Bathing a Frenchie presents one of the first routines every dog owner needs to learn. It might look challenging at first because many pups don’t like to bathe or have had traumatic experiences. They would rather skip that time and enjoy playing. However, it’s one of the most essential things to do when owning a Frenchie. If you get them started early you will make things SO much easier down the road in getting them used to baths.
How Often To Bathe a French Bulldog?
For most Frenchies, it’s enough to have a bath once a month. However, if you’re pooch deals with environmental allergies then he’ll probably require to have it more often. I wash my Frenchie about once every two weeks. Regular fur cleaning between baths is also essential because in that way you’ll remove the allergens from his skin. Another thing to consider when deciding how often to bathe your Frenchie is his lifestyle. If he likes to roll in the grass and looks like a messy piglet every time you get home, then he’ll require more frequent bathings.
How to Introduce a French Bulldog to Bathing?
Introducing a dog with batching should be performed from an early age. To make a Frenchie have a positive association with this routine, I recommend you allowing him to play with water first. During summertime, you can sprinkle your Frenchie puppy, and allow him to play in a baby pool. Of course, it’s highly important to keep your pup supervised.
Another step presents telling your dog praise words and giving him treats. You should practice the routine of bathing gradually and increase the time spent in the water until you succeed to do the bathing. Using lukewarm water is essential because a dog’s skin is different from ours. Bathwater should never be hotter than what you’d run for a human baby.
How to Bathe a French bulldog
Make Them Comfortable
To keep your Frenchie safe in the tub, I recommend you keep his eyes and ears protected. The bottoms of the tub can also be slippery, so it’s a good idea to have a bath/tub mat down. Older Frenchies that experience issues with mobility are on a higher tendency to have accidents in the tub, so it’s better to think about how to keep them safe on time. The mat will help a French bulldog to feel more secure.
Protect Your Pup’s Ears
Use cotton balls to gently place in your pups ears so water can’t get through. Water is harsh on your dog’s ears so make sure you’re not spraying water down the ear canal. It fits perfectly to block any water and you can use them at the end to wipe up any dirt that might be in their ears.
Start wetting your dog’s fur by slowly spraying lukewarm water starting from his neck and down to their tail. Avoid the face. You can wash their face with a damp towel and really get into the creases and corners.
Lather, Shampoo and Rinse
Before just picking any shampoo, make sure you are checking the ingredients. Oatmeal-based shampoos are much easier on French Bulldogs’ delicate skin.
Start massaging a small dollop size shampoo onto your pups’ fur. Starting at the neck, gently massage your fingertips into their fur going all the way to their bottom. Rinse and make sure all soap is off.
Here Comes the Shake
It’s inevitable your dog will shake. So you can take a towel and gently dry off your pooch and carefully place them out of the bath. Don’t forget to take out the cotton balls if you did decide to put them in.
Extra Spa Treatment
Add a special little touch at the end with a dot of nose butter or coconut oil on their nose and even paw butter. My French Bulldogs nose dries out easily so nose butters are a lifesaver.
Frequent brushing is required as French bulldogs have a fine, short, and silky coat of hair. Brushing the hair will allow its natural oil on the hair and skin to get evenly distributed and maintain its natural shine. French bulldogs do not need regular baths as this can cause a loss of their natural oil. Many believe that the required number of baths a French bulldog requires is about 5 to 6 times a year. All Frenchies are different, and their hygiene status can differ from one pet owner to the other. Frenchies, which spent most of their time outdoor, will need more grooming than those who stay indoors most times. Considering everything, you should bathe a Frenchie once or twice a month. Bathing it more than twice can result in the Frenchie losing its natural oil on its skin and hair.