You will need plenty of supplies to keep your new Dogue de Bordeaux puppy healthy, safe and content. Many of which will continue to be required as your puppy grows into adulthood.
You will receive a starter pack from us that includes:
- Collar & leash.
- A stuffed animal that smells like Mommy. Put this stuffed animal in the crate with the puppy when he/she sleeps. Do not wash for several weeks. The scent of momma and littermates will be a great comfort to the baby and will help soothe him/her. Check the condition of the toy often for any holes or rips. We don’t want the puppy ingesting any of the stuffing.
- Veterinarian and vaccine record.
- Grooming, exercise, training, and house breaking guidelines.
ITEMS YOU WILL NEED
These supplies should be gathered and prepared in advance before the arrival of the puppy. They will go a long way in helping the little one adjust to his/her new surroundings.
- Schedule an Appointment With Your Vet– You must have the puppy checked by your veterinarian within 72 hours of bringing him/her home and set up the next round of inoculations.
- Orijen or Acana Adult Dog Feed – This is what your puppy is currently eating. Both brands are made by Champion PetFoods and are 5 star kibbles. I highly recommend either to my puppy buyers. These are all life stages feeds. Do not feed your Dogue de Bordeaux puppy any “puppy” formulated feed. These feeds have way too many calories and too much calcium for giant breed puppies. See our page What Should I Feed My Dogue de Bordeaux Puppy. If you chose to feed a different brand, go to www.dogfoodadvisor.com to find out how that brand ranks. No matter what brand you choose, it must be grain-free. Poor nutrition can do serious, long-term damage to a growing mastiff puppy
- Knox Gelatin – 1 tbsp per day for life. For improving cartilage in the joints and relieving pain. Sprinkle over one of their meals. Here is the link to where we buy ours: Link.
- Travel Crate – If you are driving to pick up your puppy you will want a travel crate for your puppy to ride home in. Especially if you will not have any passengers riding with you. A travel crate size of 32″L X 22.5″W X 24″H, or bigger, will suffice for your journey. This should not be your puppy’s permanent crate as he/she will outgrow it very quickly.
- Wire Crate – Wire crates allow for greater visibility as well as air flow. This is important for brachycephalic breeds. Your Dogue’s crate is his den/bedroom/sanctuary. Drape a bed sheet over the crate to give it that ‘den’ feeling. Purchase a crate (with a divider) that will accommodate your Dogue de Bordeaux when he/she is full grown as opposed to purchasing a new crate every time your puppy has a growth spurt. Your wallet will thank you! Simply adjust the divider as needed as the puppy grows. The minimum size you will need for an adult Bordeaux is a 48” X 30” X 33”.
- Bedding – You’ll want to put some comfy, washable bedding in the crate. A big, cushioney dog bed is nice, although hard to wash if it doesn’t have a removable cover. While your puppy is still in the potty training phase use blankets and towels that can be thrown in the washing machine. I like to use hospital bed pads because they are waterproof on the bottom. Plastic or metal crate trays are plastic or metal are ideal for cleaning, however they offer no traction for your Dogue de Bordeaux. I hate seeing big dogs struggle to get up because the floor is too slick. This is not good for their joints at all. I have found bath mats work great in crates. They provide added comfort and traction for the dog.
- Dishes– A stainless steel bowl is best for feeding. Dogues de Bordeaux are at a high risk for Bloat (Gastric Dilation, Torsion, Volvulus). You can minimize the risk to your Dogue de Bordeaux by carefully controlling when and how your dog eats his meals. We want to avoid our Dogue gulping down his food. Us a slow feeder bowl Link if you have a fast eater on your hands. Food and water dishes should be rinsed out daily and washed with soap and hot water as least once a week. We use 4 quart stainless steel water pails: Link. ***Note*** – Dogues drool excessively while drinking. Set the water pail on a towel to soak up the initial water fall. Additionally, Dogues slime up their water dish in just a couple of uses. They do not like to drink water that is full of drool. Therefore, you will need to refresh their water at least 3-4 times per day.
- Leash & Collar – It is never too early to train your puppy to walk nicely on a leash. The sooner, the better! A typical webbing collar and leash is appropriate for a young puppy. Check the collar once a day for proper fit. Your puppy is going to grow rapidly! Front clip harnesses work equally well for young pups. For training, we like to use a 6 ft leather leash, although nylon works well too. Do not use a choke chain on your Dogue de Bordeaux until he/she is at least 8 months old. Choke chains are absolutely NOT for everyday, all day use. They are for training periods only and should never be left on your Dogue de Bordeaux when you are not in a training session. Instead, when you have stubborn puller on your hands, we suggest the Gentle Leader head harness Link.
- Chew Toys – Kong brand toys are durable enough to hold up to the kind of punishment your Dogue de Bordeaux will put them through. Provide a variety of textures. Some puppies prefer rope toys, some rubber toys, others like balls. Avoid toys that have little parts that can be broken or chewed off and then swallowed. Use caution with raw hides. As the dog chews on the raw hide it gets smaller and smaller and eventually fits completely in the dog’s mouth. This could lead to a choking disaster. Especially if you go to take the raw hide away. Most dogs will try to swallow whatever they have in their mouths instead of giving it to you. Alternatively, opt for a large raw bone or real antlers that will not splinter or break.
- Cleaning Supplies – Baby wipes, vinegar, baking soda, carpet spot cleaner, bleach.
- Treats – Scrumptious treats for positive reinforcement training. Combine the use of treats with a Clicker. Your Dogue will love learning new things when you train with this method.
- Drool Rags – Cut up old t-shirts, hand towels, anything will do.
- Baby Gates – Obviously, an 8 week old puppy should not have free reign of the entire house. There will be rooms you don’t want your puppy exploring all the time.
Nails – I prefer and recommend the Dremel tool. For traditional nail clippers, we like Safari brand Link.
Teeth – Dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste such as Petrodex Link. Do not use any human oral hygiene products on your dog!
Ears – Ear wipes and an ear cleaner should be kept on hand. For ear infections we use Zymox with Hydrocortisone Link or a homemade solution using gentian violet.
Coat – Oatmeal dog shampoo. For brushing I use a regular dog comb with the Furminator Link.
Nose – Brachycephalic breeds are prone to developing dry, crusty noses. Keep a product on hand such as A & D Ointment or Vaseline to moisturize as needed.
- First aid handbook for dogs
- First aid kit
- Pet ramp for entering and exiting vehicles, RV’s, etc.
- Emergency bloat kit sold by Nature’s Farmacy Link.