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    Hey, just wanted to say Hello! I found this resource and am looking forward to getting my first bulldog in two weeks. I'm counting the days and reading as much as I can about them. I have wanted one for quite some time and am finally in a position to have a companion.

    My avatar is a picture of him at about 4 weeks. I can't wait to bring him home. His name is Hulk... after Hulk Hogan, one of my childhood heroes.

    Anyway, just wanted to say hello and I"m very excited.

    One thing I'm still having a debate about is cratetraining.... I definately want him to sleep in bed with me when he's able and don't want to to confine him... but I've heard it's a good tool to use. Any comments on this would be great. thanks.

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    Hulk is adorabull. Welcome to EBN forum u will find anything & everything u need to know. If u can't find it just ask and one of us will help u out :] can't wait to c more pics
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    Hi and welcome!! Hulk is a real cutie!! Matilda is crate trained for when we go places. She sleeps in bed with us at night though.


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    Hulk is a cutie!

    I would recommend crate training HIGHLY! It will make potty training so much easier for you and when Hulk is trained and not having any accidents you can allow him to sleep where he chooses. If he chooses that to be with you then you are good to go, with far fewer messes to have had to clean up.

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    Welcome! Hulk is a hunk! Crate training is great, they will think of it as their safe place after a couple of months. You can still let him sleep with you, just be sure to give plenty of crate time during the day and never take them out if they cry.

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    Welcome, what a beauty he is! I think crate training is the best for when you are gone and potty training also. Few members on here have done great set ups where they have a gate around the crate for day time and the pup has freedom to come in and out and pees and eats outside the crate then can sleep inside. I have never crate trained before but after having seeing how great it does work I would in the future I think hands down. My boys sleep with us too and I wouldnt have it any other way but for daytime when they are young I think crate training is the way to go. Have heard of a few pups that died from chewing on electrical cords and such, something SO tragic.

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    Welcome and Hulk is a CUTIE! I bet it is hard to wait for him to come home! Crate training is wonderful to aid in houstraining your puppy. We also use it to put them in when we leave during the day so that they do not injure themselves while we are gone. It is their "safe place" as you know that puppies will get into things you never imagined and could eat something inappropriate (such as cabinets, woodwork, furniture, wires) or that could hurt them by causing them to choke. It will also make sure they they don't potty on your floor while you are gone and teach them to hold it for a bit instead of just going when the mood strikes. You can still let him sleep in the bed with you when he is old enough to trust not to pee or poo on the bed! lol. For my older guy and girl, I rarely crate them but I leave their crate doors open and they often choose to sleep in there during the day. You might want to be able to put him in there at night if you find his snoring is too much for you! lol.

    At any rate, I am glad you found us. You will likely have lots of questions when you get your puppy home and we hope we can help if you need it. We also love to watch puppies grow so be sure to post lots of pics when he gets home!

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    Hulk is just adorable. Welcome to the site, and yes to crate training, we crate train all of ours and they stay in their crates at night and when we leave for the day to keep them safe and out of things they should not be in. And as others have said they will go into their crates on their own during the day when we are here when they want a quiet place to sleep. Good luck with your new pup, and remember to send pics.
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    Goodness! Hulk looks like he is going to be a beautiful bullie! I love his picture, especially his arms and face freckles.
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    Glad you joined EBN. Please don't hesitate to ask questions... there are none that are too basic and there is always someone here that has been there, done that. Hulk is a cutie; cant wait to see and hear more about him as he grows.

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    The crate is the way to go. Before I brought Winston home almost 10 years ago, I read a book about English Bulldogs. This book suggested crate training, potty training, chewing phase, etc. The crate worked well for Winston. I also kept Winston corralled in the kitchen with his kennel crate while I was at work or sleeping. I am not sure who was training who, but Winston trained me really well lol! Good luck Drew, and enjoy your new kid!

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    Welcome to this forum we recently joined when got an English Bulldog recently. From our experience with our other dogs that we have raised from puppies, only allowing a puppy enough room to turn around and sleep comfortable is the only way to go. If it were me I would get a large crate and put a partition in it. You do no want to buy every size. They get expensive. If they have too much room they will make one corner a restroom. Our laundry room should be called the crate room. The crate will become their safe zone and will be great when you are away or when it storms. We had to kennel our Rott on the Fourth of July when our neighbors were shooting off fireworks. She was terrified.... Never know when they will come in handy. Good luck with your new puppy. Check craigslist for crates you might be able to find a good deal on one.

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