Hello folks! I'm looking to adopt a Frenchie in the NJ/tri-state area. Does anyone know where I can be directed to an adoption center? Thanks so much!
Hello there! If I were you, I would first of all try the famous French Bulldog Rescue Network at http://www.frenchbulldogrescue.org/ or French Bulldog Village at http://www.frenchbulldogvillage.org/. There is also a nice rescue named S.N.O.R.T. - not only frenchies, but all short faced pups, like pugs and bostons http://www.snortrescue.org/ and they are exactly in NJ.
Very often people refer to small breeds of dogs as to “yappy and snappy”. Still owners forgive them for this behavior and spoil their pets rotten. But is it any good for your little canines? Why many behaviors we do not allow the big dogs to get away with we find cute in small breeds, when in fact they are same specie and suppose to have the same instincts that have to be fulfilled in order for the animal to be happy and balanced.
Today Dailyfrenchie will try to convince you that discipline, boundaries and limitations should be applied same way, no matter how adorable or daunting your furry friend appears. And yes, our beloved smooshy faced froggies are after all CANINES, whom mother nature made the way, that they are happier knowing what rules are about.
So here are some examples of behaviors that shouldn’t be tolerated at any time:
If an 80 pound German Shepherd jumps on a human, everyone agrees this should definitely be corrected, so no one gets hurt. When an 8-pound Miniature Pincher does the same, we look down and assume: “Aww, he is so happy to see me!”
Well, no. In the dogs world jumping has different meaning than in the human world. It is dominancy and respect issue. When you’re allowing your dog to jump on a human – you allow him to disrespect the human. Giving affection to your dog often follows right after jumping, because “He is such a friendly puppy!” that leads to quite an unhealthy relationship afterwards.
If a Rottweiler were to growl at your guest, you both knew there is a problem. However when a tiny 6-pound Chihuahua growls, well it’s just what he does. He is adorable after all, right? Wrong! There is no difference in dog’s mind, whether he is a Great Dane or Yorkshire Terrier. This is a sign of aggression that should be addressed by applying proper discipline to your dog.
If your Toy Poodle decides to bark and growl at another dogs while you walk him down the street, it is almost seen as cute, because “Oh, he thinks that he is a big dog!” However, if your 120 pound Akita barks and growls at another dog, the dog is more likely to be put in their place and told to stop. No matter huge or small, dogs should never be allowed to display dominant behaviors. Dogs don’t “think” whether they’re big or small: they only have instincts, and if not corrected their dog aggressive behavior can lead to trouble.
Laps and Space.
If you’re working at the computer and your Boxer comes and jumps at your lap, knocking everything down, we bet you won’t appreciate it. It is not that you don’t like your pet, but there is time for work and time for play, and the master decides when to do things. However, when your Maltese comes and begs for attention… he gets what he wants, because he just “loves you so much”!
In the animal world the space issue is a leadership issue. It is ok for your pup to sit on your laps, but only when YOU invite them to do so. It is okay to make your pup wait until he is allowed to be next to you. See, when dogs climb the couch and sit on your lap on their own free will, we see it as sign of love and affection. Dogs see it as owning you. So do not be surprised if your pup will snap at another being, whether it is a feline or even your spouse, who decided to take a spot next to you next time.
While walking a Pekinese you think that it is nothing, if they are pulling the lead as hard as they could to get to that tree to pee on. After all – it is just a small stubborn dog and you can always apply some strength to get it back on a path. Wrong again.
What if it was a 70-pound Labrador Retriever pulling you same hard? There is a good chance they may just drag a human across the pavement. Large dogs are most likely to be taught to behave on a leash, than little dogs. You know what they do when they pull? They take YOU for a walk, when by all the right they should be besides or behind human. The strongest leader goes in front. Mother nature made it so, and dogs do not know any other laws.
You won’t hurt anyone’s feelings if you prove your right to be a leader for your little pooch. He will follow you the same gladly, but there will be more sense and satisfaction for both of you on the walks.
Ouch! We all love it when they snuggle… But if you think of it – you wouldn’t invite your Pit-Bull to share the pillow. There is simply no room for a human and a large dog in one bed. Why should it be different for a Miniature Dachshund or Pomeranian? In the dog world, the pack leader sleeps in the highest (height wise) most comfortable place. And for those very tiny dogs, who cannot jump on the bed themselves, they get to bark and TELL THE HUMAN when to put them on the bed and when to take them back off the bed. In a dog’s mind only the pack leader tells others what to do. It is not bad to have your dog in your bed, as long as he realize it is YOUR decision to have him there. so do not allow your dog to push you out of your spot. Your dog needs to lie around YOU, not you around THEM.
Following the rules and having borders and restrictions doesn’t display the lack of love. It is in fact quite opposite. Dogs have been created to live with humans, to serve them, to be led. When this need is fulfilled they feel happy and satisfied, so by creating boundaries you’re simply providing your pups with another way for them to show loyalty. And it is always a good idea to give them lots of love after they proved they can behave!
Why Frenchies should come with IVDD warning: Oslo's Story.
One of our wonderful followers, Tamara L. from Vancouver kindly shares the story of her French Bulldog Oslo, who has been diagnosed with IVDD last year and bravely made it though.
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Like many lucky dogs, my French Bulldog Oslo leads a happy, active life. He loves to cuddle, play fetch, do the infamous ‘Frenchie 500’ and rough house with other dogs. Also, like many lucky French Bulldog owners, I considered myself well educated on the inherent health issues and threats that are associated with this breed. Knowing that they are extremely durable, but also extremely fragile, I tried to limit how much ‘crazy play’ my little guy partook in. Small bouts of activity - usually 10-15 minutes in length was our rule. No jumping off high furniture & absolutely no running up and down stairs.
One beautiful morning, last July (just a few days before Oslo’s 3rd birthday) I took my boy out for a game of ‘Fetch’. We played for maybe 10-15 minutes. Then we walked the 1 block back home. As soon as we got home that day, I noticed Oslo acting ‘funny’. He wouldn’t really come when I called him, instead he would just stand in place, stiffly, and stare at me. I chalked it up to him, perhaps, just being tired and bull-headed. Most bulldog owners will attest to the fact that sometimes their dogs simply will not come when you call them!
The next morning, Oslo was still acting quite stiff and unusual. He was walking very slowing & his breathing seemed a bit ‘shaky’ & ‘quivery’ as well. So it has been decided to schedule him a Vet appointment for that same evening. I felt a bit silly because up until then he had no other symptoms other than ‘acting strange’, but I was concerned & I wanted to err on the side of caution.
The Vet did a physical exam including a spinal ‘pain’ test where-by they run their fingers down along the dog’s spine trying to illicit a ‘pain’ response. Oslo passed with flying colors. He showed no pain in his spine. The doctor suggested that perhaps he just had some residual ‘over heating’ from the game of fetch the morning earlier. She said that sometimes ‘heat stroke’ can last a few days. She sent us home.
As that evening at home progressed, Oslo’s condition seemed to worsen. His whole body was quivering and shaking uncontrollably. His breathing seemed quite labored, he was tossing and turning unable to get comfortable in any laying position, and he seemed to ‘grunt’ whenever I touched him. After a short confrontation with family members at 10:30pm Oslo went back to the clinic. Again the Vet did a spinal pain test, and again Oslo passed. She seemed perplexed and concluded that perhaps he was dehydrated. We agreed to leave him over night for observation.
At 4:00am I got a call from the clinic. Oslo had lost function of his hind legs. He was, essentially, paralyzed & he could no longer control his bowel functions. And that is the exact moment that my entire world was flipped upside down.
Because his condition was now considered too delicate for a normal, general practice Veterinary clinic, Oslo was referred to a Specialist Clinic here in Vancouver. It was there that he was diagnosed with ‘Inter-Vertebral Disc Disease’ (or ‘IVDD’ for short). When a dog has ‘IVDD” their spinal discs harden. As the dog moves, these now hardened discs are unable to bend (like a normal, soft, squishy disc does) and they will shatter and break through the disc wall, causing extreme pain and neurological damage to the spinal cord. Occasionally the discs can break with such force that the spinal cord actually gets severed from the force.
Depending on the severity of the disc rupture, dogs can sometimes recover on their own with the help of 8+ weeks of strict crate rest and a heavy round of pain meds, muscle relaxers and inflammatories. However, in a situation as sever as Oslo’s had become, where-by he had already ‘gone down’ (become paralyzed and lost bladder control) he was not deemed a likely candidate for this ‘conservative’ form of treatment. His best chances at recovery were to have surgery… immediately.
Surgery was quoted at $7,000 - $8,000 and we were NOT insured. We did not have that sort of money sitting around, but we were able to borrow enough for the surgery to go underway. Oslo was operated on that same day & his chances of a full recovery were set at 80-90%.
I am happy to report that Oslo came through the surgery beautifully (with 27 staples down his back!). The first few months of recovery were very tough; Oslo had to relearn how to walk & how to go to the bathroom. His care took countless hours and seemed to cost countless dollars. I absolutely could not have done it without the help of all the people who donated their hard earned money to his cause. It has been 7 months now since Oslo’s surgery and I still update his blog on a weekly basis. He has recovered remarkably well, though I am not sure that he will ever be 100% ‘normal’.
If there were just a few things I wish people could take away from Oslo’s story, it’s this:
1. Bulldogs are extremely tough little dogs. Just because your dog is not yelping or screaming in pain does not mean that something very serious isn’t going on. Pay attention to subtle symptoms like quivering, shaking, lethargy and soft whimpering and take them very seriously.
2. IVDD can affect ALL dogs, but it is especially prevalent in ‘short legged’ dogs like Frenchies, Dachshunds, Corgis, etc. Owners of these breeds need to familiarize themselves with the risks, causes & symptoms.
3. Obtaining your dog through a ‘good breeder’ does not mean that your dog will never suffer from IVDD. Regardless of where your French Bulldog comes from, and how ‘good’ it’s lineages are, you need to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of this disease.
4. GET PET INSURANCE NOW! Do not let the cost of a life-saving procedure be a factor in whether or not you do whatever you can to save your pet’s life.
5. Above all- Trust your gut. You know your dog better than anyone. If they are acting ‘funny’, have it checked out. Do not let anyone (your spouse or even a veterinarian) tell you that it’s “nothing” when you truly believe that it’s “something”.