Development of an English Bulldog Puppy

Are you wondering why your puppy defy your commands even though it has been obedient since younger? English bulldog puppy blog aims to guide you on raising your puppy as we feature the development stages of an English bulldog puppy.

Canine Socialization Period (5 to 7 weeks)
At the age of 5 weeks, puppies begin to growl to get food. The puppy is now emotionally developed and ready to learn. It is a crucial formative stage when the skills and habits formed will be retained and become part of its personality as an adult dog.

Puppies must not be weaned at this period. You can put them on supplements at three weeks of age while left to the mother when it comes to ho much nursing is done. You do not want to have an excessively noisy and aggressive puppy when you do wean the puppy. The opposite side of allowing the puppies to stay with the litter and its mother after the 7th or 8th week is that its emotional development will be restricted. Soon, your puppy will become bullish or cowed tendencies which will be a fixed trait into adulthood.

Human Socialization Period (7 to 9 weeks)
When your puppy reaches its 7 to 9 weeks in age, it is the best time to transfer the puppy to its new home. At 8 ˝ weeks, the puppy defecates in specific spots, usually at a distance from the eating and sleeping area. Potty training should be done prior or during this age.

You must take account of the socio-ecological conditions. Limit the space available when the puppy is not under human control and supply the needed elimination medium placed at a proper location specifically 2 to 3 meter distance from where the puppy eats or sleeps. Aim to take your English bulldog puppy out for a walk at regular intervals. During this time, teach your puppy where to eliminate in sites such as gutters or the lawn before the age of 15 weeks. Clinical research has shown that puppies taught to defecate in one spot and one medium until the 15 weeks of age will often resist learning how to use other media or locations. These puppies will retain themselves up to hours when placed outside until they can do their potty on their accustomed medium and spot.

Fear Impact period (9 to 12 weeks)
The fear impact period of an English bulldog puppy is a time of sexual maturity leading to an extended period. It is also an important period to teach your puppy to fetch much more for working dogs. A puppy that failed to learn how to fetch will never be able become a detector dog or a guide dog in the future.

Hierarchization period (13 to 16 weeks)
Don’t be surprise when your puppy manifests resistance from your commands. It is a critical period when the absolute authority of the pet owner will be put to the test. Your English bulldog puppy will make its initial attempts to rebel to establish itself as the dominant being in the family. Don’t tolerate its rebellious trait, at this point, for the confidence and trust you have as an owner will be lost. It is now or never to reinforce this behavior so avoid giving confusing signals to your puppy by being firm upon imposing rules for obedience. A usual mistake among new pet dog owners is the habit of feeding the dog before dining time of the family. You may think that you are doing your family a favor so the dog won’t bother when your family eats. It is quite the opposite because it sends a message to your puppy that it is the dominant member of the family hence being fed first.

Flight period (4 to 8 months)
In this period, your puppy thinks it doesn’t need you anymore thus showing interest to roam in the outside world (outside your gate to be more specific). Positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement are important disciplinary actions at this age. If your English bulldog puppy wanders around then don’t punish it upon calling it and actually come back. It will then link coming back with punishment. Chances are then low that your puppy will be obedient again. As a general rule, don’t call your dog when the only thing you want to do is to punishing it. It is suggested to reward your dog with a cookie or other treats when it does comes back after being called. This positive reinforcement is highly effective. As soon as your pet will hear you calling out its name then it will immediately associate a potential reward and will come back.

Treat your English bulldog puppy well when it goes through its developmental stages. Once you understand its needs as a developing puppy, the more you can modify your reinforcements. You’re on your way to have an obedient and loving puppy.

Development Problems: Because of the bulldog’s rapid growth it is very important that you keep play and exercise properly managed in the first 9 months, early joint damage could be permanent and may lead to osteoarthritis, irregular growth in the bones could lead to joint deformities. Hip/elbow displaysia is genetic but can be encouraged via environmental factors (ie: slidey floors, jumping etc). Fairly often puppy limping will disappear at maturity and is usually due to the rapid growth spurts or an incorrect diet.