How to Groom a French Bulldog?
How to Groom a French Bulldog?
French Bulldog is an adorable and energetic dog you can keep in your family. This breed regularly needs grooming sessions to enhance and sustain its vibrant personality. Grooming a French Bulldog is rather an easy task because of its short fur and body.
I know you’re now planning to groom your French Bulldog. Today, we’ll chat about how you can make a grooming session fun and effective for your doggo. Let’s take a start with what you need for your Frenchie to groom him.
Recommended Grooming Tools for French Bulldogs
High-quality dog grooming tools can save a lot of time and effort during grooming. Additionally, they can make the grooming less traumatic for the dogs. Here is the basic grooming equipment you must have before grooming a French Bulldog.
- Medium Size Soft Bristle Brush
- Dog-Specific Hypoallergenic Shampoo
- Nail Clippers and Grinders
- Canine Brush & Toothpaste
- Bathtub & Towel
- Dog Hair Dryer
- Dog Ear & Eye Cleaners
- Cotton Balls
Start with Grooming Tools Exposure
Many owners neglect the fact that dogs are not used to grooming from the start. If your dog spent his young age in your house, grooming at an early age is extremely important. In the case of an adult French Bulldog, you should start by making him comfortable with grooming tools.
Exposing a dog to grooming tools and routine helps a lot in making his grooming easier in the future. Many dogs show aggressive and uncomfortable behavior when you suddenly put them down on the grooming table.
It is necessary to start by making your French Bulldog accustomed to the brushes, clippers, and other tools. Once you notice the dog is comfortable, proceed slowly step-by-step, and don’t forget to reward the Frenchie with his favorite treat.
Brushing Routine for French Bulldog
French Bulldog doesn’t demand extensive brushing sessions because of the small fur throughout the body. This breed is easy to groom and look after and therefore, doesn’t need any type of chunky combs and metallic brushes for the coat.
Use a soft bristle brush and gently work on the coat in the direction of hair growth. I recommend you do a general brushing session once a week in the case of French Bulldog. This is all this breed needs to keep the dirt and dead hair out of its coat.
Take necessary precautions before applying the brush on the face of the French Bulldog. There is no need to use the brush on the face as the hair is very fine there. After brushing, prep your French Bulldog for a nail-trimming session.
How to Clip French Bulldog’s Nails?
Due to minimal fur on the paws, you can observe the overgrown nails in the case of the French Bulldog. The nails must be clipped routinely to prevent them from causing any injury and walking discomfort to your dog.
Before nail clipping, make sure you have a sound idea about the nail quick. You can use the flashlight of your phone to illuminate the nail from the opposite side. This will give you a clear idea about where the nail quick is located. Always clip and grind the nail at an appreciable distance from the nail quick.
Teeth Cleaning & Oral Hygiene
Don’t forget to check the teeth of your French Bulldog before bath. It is necessary to clean the teeth by brushing them using a soft bristle toothbrush. Apply a small amount of toothpaste on the teeth margins with your fingers and the toothbrush before proceeding.
It is recommended to use gentle motion while brushing. Brushing the French Bulldog too fast can cause gum irritation and make the grooming experience unpleasant. Restrain the head properly to prevent the dog from shaking his head and causing injury from the toothbrush.
Bathing a French Bulldog
The small hair coat of a French Bulldog doesn’t accumulate dirt as much as a long coat breed. However, this doesn’t spare the French Bulldog from getting a relaxing bath. It is better to bathe your doggo once a month to keep the fur healthy and clean.
Prepare the bathtub by filling lukewarm water and putting the dog inside the tub. Use a handheld shower to dampen the entire body of the French Bulldog. A hypoallergenic shampoo is a friendly and safe choice for the sensitive skin of your dog.
Thoroughly rub the coat with a rubber scrubbing brush on the body, around the face, and beneath the paws. Don’t forget to scrub the shampoo between the skin fold at the tail base and on the face. These areas accumulate moisture and dirt and become a breeding ground for bacteria.
After shampooing, rinse the dog completely with the water to eliminate the shampoo from the fur. Use ample water in the skin folds and remove the debris and shampoo. After that, dry the French Bulldog with a dry towel and then use a hair dryer to complete the drying process.
Performing Eyes & Ear Cleaning in French Bulldog
Eyes and ear cleaning are as important as the rest of the body in French Bulldog. The eyes of this breed are unique and bulgy, unlike the other breeds. You may notice excessive tear production and tear staining in French Bulldogs due to environmental exposures.
Apply a few drops of canine eye cleaning solution on a cotton ball and clean the eyelids. Remove all the debris and accumulated dirt from the medial and lateral sides of the eyes. Additionally, keep a check on the development of any eye lesions such as ulcers from over-drying the eyes.
Perform a quick ear exam by lifting the external ear upward and looking for the presence of excessive wax. French Bulldogs are prone to wax and dirt buildup during playtimes and that needs to be cleaned from time to time.
There are many canine-specific ear cleaners available for your French Bulldog. You need to place a few drops in each ear and rub the ear place for the cleaner to spread completely. Then, use a cotton ball and wipe the visible ear from the inside. After this step, your French Bulldog will look amazing and fresh to play for his next outdoor running games.