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The Best Supplement for Dogs with Allergies May Surprise You

Skin and Coat supplement

I am dedicating this post to my favorite product I carry in my natural pet product line, Natural Dog Company’s Skin & Coat Supplement. Not only is this supplement great for the skin and coat as it suggests but it has many other benefits of which my favorite is relieving allergy symptoms. Let’s start by analyzing the nutrient-dense organic ingredients and break down the benefits of each of the first five of these ingredients.

Skin & Coat Supplement Ingredients

Salmon: Salmon is the first ingredient in these supplements. Salmon provides a plethora of health benefits. It is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which aid in healthy skin and coat, relieve itchiness, prevent inflammation, aides in heart health, and strengthens the immune system.

Pea Flour: Pea flour is basically peas without the moisture and peas are a great source of plant protein and fiber.

Flaxseed: Flaxseed is high in fiber and contains anti-inflammatory properties. It is full of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and aids in digestion as well as healthy skin and coat.

Navy Bean: Navy beans are a great source of protein, fiber, and B vitamins.

Coconut Oil: Coconut contains anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties and aids in healthy skin and coats.

In addition to these nutrient dense ingredients, the key ingredients making these supplements so effective are DHA Gold, Biotin, and Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil.

So, why do I love these supplements so much? If the benefits of the ingredients above did not pique your interest, what I am about to tell you surely will. Prior to giving these supplements to my frenchies, I was giving them Benadryl every night! That’s right! Every night! If I missed a night, you could see their allergies flaring up the following day. Very shortly after starting these supplements, I no longer needed to do that! This was a WIN-WIN for me! First, I was giving them a supplement that had many health benefits and second, I no longer needed to give them Benadryl every day! In addition to alleviating my frenchies allergy symptoms, my frenchies (all three of them) now have the most beautiful coats and extremely healthy skin.

If you are worried about your pup not liking these chews, worry no more! The salmon and pea flavors are more than enticing to dogs. My three absolutely love these chews and can not wait to get them every day!

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How to Celebrate Halloween with Your Dog

French Bulldogs in Halloween Costumes

I don’t know about you, but Halloween is one of my favorite days of the year. There’s just something fun about dressing up, handing out candy, and taking the little ones trick-or-treating. Halloween can also be fun for our furry family members. However, there are risks involved so let’s talk about how to have fun with our furry friends while being safe at the same time.

I love dressing my frenchies up in Halloween costumes and taking them trick-or-treating. However, costumes are not for all dogs. For some, it causes severe stress. If you are unsure whether dressing your fur baby up will cause them stress, here are a few things to look for:

Physical Signs of Stress in Dogs

  1. Panting
  2. Pacing
  3. Shaking
  4. Yawning
  5. Drooling
  6. Licking
  7. Whale eyes
  8. Stiffened body
  9. Cowering
  10. Growling

If your dog is showing one or more of these signs of stress, it is best to avoid dressing them up at that point. If your dog has never worn a costume, it is a good idea to slowly get them used to wearing a costume. If your costume has several pieces, put on one piece first. If they are calm and not showing signs of stress, give them a treat. Wait a few minutes, then put on the next piece of the costume. If they are still okay, give them another treat and continue with this method until the costume is complete. It is a good idea to do this a few days before Halloween to get them comfortable with wearing the costume. Springing a costume on them the day of Halloween could cause anxiety and not give you the opportunity to assess whether they are showing signs of stress. If your dog is showing signs of stress wearing a costume, do not fret, there are other ways you can have fun with your furry family member on Halloween. Take them trick-or-treating anyway! Who says dogs need costumes to go trick-or-treating? After all, they’re cute enough without a costume, aren’t they? If you do choose to take them trick-or-treating (with or without a costume), be sure your dog is microchipped and have your vet check the microchip prior to October 31st to ensure it is still reading correctly. It is also a good idea to double check your contact information on the microchip registration is accurate and up to date. Be sure your pet has some type of identifying information in addition to the microchip. I strongly recommend microchips. However, they require the person who found the lost dog to bring them somewhere to be scanned. Tags or a collar with your phone number enable someone to find the dog and call you immediately to retrieve your dog. Finally, always watch your dog very closely and know where the candy is at all times. The last thing we want is for Halloween to turn into a horror story for your pup.

A couple more fun things to do with your dog on Halloween are taking them to a pumpkin patch and holding a doggy themed Halloween party.

If you still haven’t purchased your dogs Halloween costume, there is still time! PetCo and Chewy both have some super cute costumes. See the links below.

Shop Halloween Costumes at Chewy!

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Have Fun, Be safe and Happy Halloween everyone!

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National Make a Dog’s Day 2021

French Bulldogs playing

This Friday, October 22, 2021, marks the 3rd Annual National Make a Dog’s Day. National Make a Dog’s Day is not only a day to celebrate your dog, but also a day to bring awareness to the “less adoptable” shelter dogs. Subaru started this tradition in 2019 in hopes to help “The Underdogs” as they call them. It is an unfortunate reality that when people look to adopt, they are looking for the youngest and healthiest pups to adopt. While it is certainly a good deed to adopt any shelter pup, the older and disabled pups often get overlooked. If you are currently considering adopting a dog, I would like to follow Subaru’s lead and encourage you to consider adopting an “Underdog.’ An “Underdog” is a dog that requires just a little more care and maybe even a little more love. They may be blind, deaf, incontinent, have behavioral issues, have neurological issues, or may have a physical impairment requiring wheels. Whatever the case may be, these underdogs are assuredly looking for love and companionship. You may believe that you are ill-equipped to take on a special needs companion. However, special needs dogs are very adaptable and may do better at your home than you think. You can always speak to the rescue or the shelter and ask for detailed care instructions.

How to Celebrate Your Dog on National Make a Dog’s Day

As I mentioned, National Make a Dog’s Day is also a day to celebrate your dog so get out and do that special thing your dog enjoys. If they enjoy walks, take them on an extra long walk. If they enjoy car rides, take them on an extra long car ride. If they enjoy the park, take them there. If you are interested in finding some of the best dog parks in the United States, click here: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2020/12/12/best-dog-parks-in-florida-and-the-us/

If they love the beach, plan a beach day. For information about some of the best dog beaches in the United States, click here: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2020/12/05/how-to-keep-your-frenchie-happy-and-well-behaved-dog-friendly-beaches/

Finally, be sure to shower them with plenty of treats and toys. You can find all-natural organic dog treats that are sure to please your pups tummy here: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/product-category/organic-dog-treats/

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Some other ideas to celebrate your dog are planning a doggie play date, organizing a doggie barbeque, buying your dog a pup cup and/or baking them a doggie friendly cake.

Whether you decide to adopt an underdog or to celebrate your dog or both, be sure to share the celebration on social media with the hashtag #MakeADogsDay.

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What To Do If You Have an Aggressive Dog

French Bulldog

Before we discuss what to do if you have an aggressive dog, we must first determine what aggression is. Some people may confuse normal dog behavior with aggression and more often, people tend to confuse normal puppy behavior with aggression. Let’s start by discussing normal puppy behavior.

How to Distinguish Normal Puppy Behavior from Aggressive Behavior

Dogs, including puppies, can play rough. They bite. They bark. They growl. So, how do you tell the difference between rough play and aggressiveness? Normal puppy play will include biting, barking, and growling. However, there are cues to observe to ensure it is play and nothing more. One of the best indicators that the puppy is playing is the play bow. The play bow is the action of lowering the head and lifting the hind end. This is also called “downward dog” which I’m sure you have heard in the field of yoga. Another sign that dogs are playing and not fighting is tail wagging or wiggling of the behind in the case of dogs that do not have tails. So, what about the barking and growling? If the growling and/or barking is high pitched, it is play. However, if the growling is deep and long it could be aggressive. Puppies and even adult dogs do nip when they’re playing, and this is normal behavior. What you do not want to see is a stiffened body posture and/or lip curling or snarling. Finally, make sure that the dogs are taking turns playing. If one dog is dominating the play session, it could turn into an aggressive situation. If you have observed your dog and determined they are, in fact, demonstrating aggressive behaviors, what do you do then?

How to Address Aggressive Behavior

Let me start by saying that correcting aggressive behavior will not happen overnight. You must work at it and it is up to you as the pet parent to remain patient and consistent. There are many types of aggression and identifying the source of the aggression is the first step. Sometimes the aggression is redirected aggression. To learn more about redirected aggression, click here: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2021/06/09/redirected-aggression-in-dogs/

If you can determine the cause of aggression and eliminate what is causing the aggression, this will be your most productive approach. If you cannot eliminate the cause of the aggression and your dog becomes aggressive, it is crucial to remain calm. Many dog parents react to aggressive behavior by yelling and with quick movements. This is undoubtedly going to escalate the situation. You want to approach your dog slowly and speak in a soft calm tone. It is important to train your dog to know what is acceptable behavior and what is unacceptable behavior. This is where positive reinforcement comes in. If you are able to approach them slowly and walk them away from the situation calmly, it is very important to give them a lot of praise and treats if they are treat motivated. Do not punish the dog. This will only worsen the aggression. Behavioral modification methods are very practical in many situations. To learn more about behavioral modification, click here: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2020/08/01/behavioral-modification-using-operant-conditioning-training-your-frenchie/

If your dog becomes aggressive seemingly out of nowhere or if behavioral modification methods are not successful, be sure to have your dog examined by your veterinarian to rule out any health problems. If you have done all this and you still have issues, it is time to consult with a behavioral modification trainer.

Of course, the best method is preventing aggressive behavior to begin with. If you have a puppy or a new dog, be sure to provide them with plenty of socialization. Socialize them often with other people and other dogs. If you see them displaying dominant behaviors, attempt to stop them and be sure to present yourself as the alpha. Watch carefully for behaviors that could become aggressive and redirect. Most importantly provide them with a stable loving environment and show them plenty of love. Be sure to provide positive associations to situations you desire. For example, when people come over and your dog is acting how you would like them to act, give them plenty of love, praise, and treats. Remember, it is best to teach what is right instead of correcting what is wrong!

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The Benefits of Crate Training Your Dog

French Bulldog in Crate

The topic of crate training can be a controversial subject. Some people believe it is cruel to use a crate while other people believe dog crates are the best thing invented since sliced bread. Additionally, others may tend to use a crate as a crutch. I believe in crate training, and I also believe crates can be used TOO often. I will begin by discussing the reasons to crate train and why you should moderate the amount of time dogs spend in their crate. I will end by discussing proper crate training methods.

What is the Purpose of Crate Training?

Crate training can be beneficial for many reasons. Let’s start with security. Crates provide a safe and secure place for your dog to retreat if they are feeling anxious. If there is too much activity in the house and your dog is becoming overwhelmed, they have the option to retreat to their crate. Crates along with a calming dog bed can help them to self soothe. Their crate can also be their place of rest and relaxation. If a dog is crate trained appropriately, the crate becomes their den, their security, their sanctuary that is theirs and only theirs.

Having a dog that is crate trained may be crucial in the event of an emergency situation. If you and your family are required to evacuate and stay in an emergency shelter which requires your dog to be crated, already being crate trained will ease the anxiety on both the part of your dog and your family. In addition to this, your dog may be prescribed crate rest by their veterinarian and if your dog is already crate trained, it makes this prescribed crate rest much more palatable for your dog.

One of the most obvious reasons to crate train is to have the crate be a safe place when you have to leave the house. This is especially important for anxious dogs. Anxious dogs can be destructive and may hurt themselves when they are left alone. Therefore, having the crate as their sanctuary while you are gone will relieve their separation anxiety. It will also lessen the chance of an unsupervised accident occurring.

Crate training can also be helpful when potty training. Dogs typically do not like to soil the place they sleep. The trick here is making sure to have the correct size crate. If the crate is too big, they could have a sleeping area and a potty area and that is counter productive to what you want. You also do not want a crate so confining that your dog can not move around. For more tips on potty training, read this post: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2020/06/28/potty-training-your-frenchie-puppy/

It is important to remember that leaving your dog for long periods of time may require them to soil their crate. After all, you can only hold it so long! Let’s talk about more reasons to moderate the amount of time your dog spends in the crate.

Why You Should Moderate the Amount of Crate Time

Crating your dog for long periods of time and too often could have negative impacts on your dog and your dog’s health. First, requiring your dog to hold their bladder for long periods of time could have negative impacts on their health by causing problems such as urinary tract infections (UTI’s). With reoccurrences of UTI’s, your dog could suffer from incontinence. Second, while crate training can lead to good behavior, crating too long and too often could have the opposite effect leading to bad behaviors. Crating too often can actually be cruel and in fact is illegal in some parts of the world.

So, how much crate time is too much? They say that anything over 8 hours is too much. However, my rule is to not crate them more than 4 hours. Additionally, if you have crated them for 8 hours during the day, crating them for another 8 hours at night is too much. Think about it. They are crated practically all day and then all night. That is a lot! A good rule of thumb is to make sure they are out of the crate more than they are in the crate. So, how do you properly crate train your dog anyway?

How To Crate Train Your Dog

The most important thing to remember when crate training is not to force your dog into the crate. It must be an enjoyable place for them to retreat and not something they are afraid of. You can start by making the crate comfortable. All my dog crates have calming dog beds and a blanket in them. As I mentioned before, choosing the right size crate is also important. You don’t want it too big, but you also want them to be able to move around in it. I start training by opening the door to the crate to see if they will naturally go in out of curiosity. If they do, that’s great! Let them go in and come out by themselves several times. Do not lock the gate the first time they go in. They need to get used to walking in and get comfortable knowing they can walk out if they want to. If they do not naturally walk in, throw their favorite treat or toy into the crate and give a command such as “crate”. They will most likely go in, grab the treat or toy and come right back out and that is okay. The point is that you want to be able to give a command so they will go into the crate on their own. Remember to reward the behavior of going into the crate. The most important thing to remember is to create a positive association with the crate. Positive reinforcement is important here. For more information about positive reinforcement, you can read this post: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2020/08/01/behavioral-modification-using-operant-conditioning-training-your-frenchie/

In conclusion, some time spent in a crate can be good for your dog and there are many legitimate reasons to crate train. However, too much time spent in crates can be detrimental to a dog’s physical and mental health. Ultimately the decision of whether to crate train is up to the dog owner and whatever you choose is just fine. My go to saying is “Mama knows best” and that’s not me, The Frenchie Mama. That is you, your dog’s Mama (or Daddy)!

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Signs of an Overheating Dog and What You Can Do About It

Just before summer began, I wrote a post about how to keep your dog cool while outdoors during the summertime. You can read that post here: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2021/05/15/summertime-with-your-frenchie/

I thought now was an appropriate time to expand on that post since temperatures are soaring and many of us are experiencing record high temperatures. Dogs, especially brachycephalic breeds, can overheat very easily so I wanted to help other dog parents by listing the symptoms of overheating and by letting you know what to do if your dog does overheat.

What are the symptoms of a dog overheating?

There are many symptoms to alert you that your dog is overheating. They may include one or more of the following:

  • Difficulty breathing and/or excessive panting
  • Excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth
  • Lack of urination
  • Fast and/or irregular heartbeat
  • Disorientation
  • Discolored gums
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Collapsing

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to act fast. Don’t know what to do? Read on.

What to Do for an Overheating Dog

  1. If you can get the dog indoors to a cool place, do that right away. If not, a car can work if the air conditioner is on.
  2. Wipe the dog down with cool wet towels paying particular attention to their paws, neck, and armpits.
  3. Call your veterinarian and have him or her on notice that you will be bringing your dog in shortly. Make them aware of the situation (give details) so they may respond appropriately.
  4. Give your dog water to drink but don’t force them to drink. If they will not drink, you can wet the area around their mouth. You may also ring water into their mouth with a wet towel.
  5. Avoid rubbing ice cubes on your dog as this may cause their temperature to change TOO rapidly. Continue to wipe them down with a cool wet towel until all symptoms subside or you bring them to your veterinarian.

I have read all too many stories of dogs, French Bulldogs in particular, overheating lately. I hope you never have to respond to a situation like this. However, if you do, I hope this post helps. Remember to read my post about keeping your dog cool so you don’t have to encounter a potentially fatal overheating situation.

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Why You Shouldn’t Use Flea and Tick Medications Containing Isoxazoline

French bulldogs

Did you know that the FDA issued a warning about flea and tick medications just over a year ago? They stated that flea and tick medications containing isoxazoline were causing adverse neurological events in dogs and cats such as ataxia, muscle tremors, and even seizures! So, why are we still using them? Before we answer that question, let’s talk about why flea and tick control are important.

Why Flea and Tick Prevention is Important

Fleas can be harmful to our pets in many ways. Fleas cause major skin irritation. In fact, many dogs are allergic to fleas to the extent that flea bites cause flea allergy dermatitis. Flea allergy dermatitis may cause excessive itching, inflamed and irritated skin, infected sores, rashes, hair loss and even bleeding in extreme cases. Fleas can also cause tapeworms if your dog or cat ingests a flea with a tapeworm. Symptoms of tapeworms include weight loss, nausea, vomiting, and of course visual evidence of the tapeworm in feces. You may also notice lethargy and/or your dog scooting his bum along the ground. Tapeworms are treatable and just like with anything else, early detection is key. The earlier you catch it, the less likely your dog is going to suffer more extreme health issues such as dehydration.

Then we have ticks! These nasty little buggers cause many diseases including Lyme disease, Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis. Lyme disease can be particularly dangerous to dogs and if not caught early may cause kidney failure. Symptoms of Lyme disease include lameness caused by inflamed joints, fever, lack of appetite, and a decreased activity level. Babesiosis is a disease that will literally destroy your dogs red blood cells and is therefore a very dangerous disease. The symptoms of Babesiosis may include weakness, fever, dark urine, and/or jaundice. Veterinarians will often look for pale mucous membranes, swollen lymph nodes, and an enlarged spleen when they suspect Babesiosis. This disease is often not detected early enough, due to a lack of visible symptoms, and unfortunately by the time it is recognized, the damage may already be done. Ehrlichiosis is also a very scary disease because it can spread very rapidly. Symptoms of Ehrlichiosis may include fever, sores, nose bleeds, lethargy, lack of appetite, and difficulty breathing. Treating this disease may require a blood transfusion depending on a blood cell count.

What You Can Do About Fleas and Ticks

As you can see, fleas and ticks can be very threatening to our pet’s health and prevention is necessary. But do we need to use the flea and tick medications which contains isooxazoline? The short answer is no! Isooxazoline containing products are effective against pests because they are pesticides and as such can be very dangerous to our canine and feline companions. You can read the FDA’s alert in regards to isooxazoline here: https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/animal-health-literacy/fact-sheet-pet-owners-and-veterinarians-about-potential-adverse-events-associated-isoxazoline-flea

There have also been earlier warnings about the adverse neurological effects of isoxazoline as well as studies showing adverse neurological effects across different species.

The good news? We do not need to use this prevention method! There are many natural flea and tick preventatives such as Flea Free food supplement. Flea Free protects our pets from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, mites, flies, and internal parasites. Additionally, it contains vitamins and minerals that support a healthy coat, skin, and digestive system.

Flea free food supplement
Flea free food supplement

So to answer the question of whether we need flea and tick prevention, yes, we do need some sort of flea and tick prevention. However, we do not need to use products containing isoxazoline when there are natural and effective options of flea and tick control available.

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Giving Thanks – Frenchie Style!

What do frenchies do best? I would say they are the best at showing love and, well, others may say they are best at curling up on the couch and letting out a big ole fart! While some find this endearing and some cannot stand the smell, either way we must give thanks for our little guys and gals that we love so much and bring so much happiness into our households. We can also give thanks for the food we are provided that causes that foul smell to come from their little frenchies bums, especially when so many people around the world are starving and wondering where their next meal is coming from. Since this Thanksgiving is already a little less traditional than past years, you may consider volunteering to serve food for the homeless or maybe even delivering a meal to a family in need. Bring your frenchie along. They would love the ride and the people are sure to love them since we know how our frenchies bring joy wherever they go. Speaking of thanksgiving fixings, are you aware which Thanksgiving foods you can and cannot feed your frenchies on Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving treats you can share with your frenchies

Turkey is a perfectly fine and delectable food to feed to your frenchie provided he or she is not allergic. Dozer is allergic to chicken and for this reason, I have not even attempted to feed him turkey. I take the safe route and just assume he is allergic to all poultry. However, if your pup has no food allergies, feel free to give them a breast with the skin removed. Sweet potatoes are also a great treat for your dog. Just be careful that the sweet potatoes are not candied or covered with marshmallows. Only feed them the plain cooked sweet potatoes without the skin. Green beans are another thanksgiving favorite that can be fed to our frenchie babies. Just be sure there is nothing mixed in with them, especially onions! Onions are highly toxic to dogs! More yummy Thanksgiving treats for your frenchie are raw carrots and pumpkin. Carrots are loaded with vitamins and pumpkin is great for digestion. Finally, if you are making an apple pie, throw your frenchie a piece of raw apple before making it into a pie. With all these Thanksgiving treats, your frenchie will be sure to give thanks for YOU on Thanksgiving Day!

Other ways to give thanks like our frenchie friends

Frenchies love to cuddle so be sure to give your family a little extra cuddle time this holiday season. Many frenchies love to give kisses so shower your significant other with extra kisses on Thanksgiving Day. Frenchies love to play outside so give your thanks to nature by spending more time outside. Frenchies love toys so show your thanks for all the toys you are able to buy and think about all the little boys and girls that may not be receiving toys this year. You can show your gratitude by finding a local Angel Tree and becoming an Angel to a child in need. To find an Angel Tree near you, contact your local Salvation Army.

Let’s all show our thanks like frenchies do by giving love to others and most importantly, let’s all be sure to thank our frenchies for being….well….so FRENCHIE! If you are wondering how to thank them properly, check out my last post which has plenty of Christmas gift ideas for your frenchie!

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Frenchies are more like humans than you may think

Have you ever watched a specific behavior your frenchie was acting out and thought “Wow, that was very human-like?” Well, there is something to that! Dogs and humans may have more in common than you think.

While observing the interactions between my two female frenchies and while observing the interactions between my females and my male, I cannot help but make comparisons to human behavior. Both girls will share toys with Dozer and happily play with him. However, they are territorial over their toys with each other. Molly absolutely will not let Harley take a toy away from her. Both Molly and Harley play well when they are one-on-one with Dozer and they play well with each other when Dozer is not around. This behavior is intensified when the girls are in heat. If Dozer and Molly are playing and then Harley starts nipping at Molly, Molly will become very agitated and lunge at Harley. This leads me to believe that adding the male (in this case, Dozer) into the mix changes the dynamics of the relationships. With human behavior, females are known to compete for the attention of males and males are known to compete for the attention of a female. Is this what is causing the changing dynamics when Dozer is around? Do Molly and Harley compete for his attention? I do think so.

What other human-like traits do frenchies have? Well, for one thing, they pout. Yep, they will lay down, huff, and pout if they do not get their way. The areas of the brain that control emotions are very similar in dogs and humans and I do believe that frenchies get their feelings hurt.

Another thing we have in common is that dogs have an internal clock just like humans do. They understand the concept of time but they understand it differently than we do. They do not know the concepts of hours and minutes. However, they do know when it is time to get up, when it is time to eat, and when it is time to go to the bathroom. This is one of the reasons that routines are important for dogs. Since they understand when these things should occur, they expect them to occur at a certain time.

It has always been believed that dogs do not have a sense of self and while they do not recognize themselves in a mirror, they do know their own smell. Dogs sense of smell is greater than their sense of sight so it makes sense that this is the way they would recognize themselves.

Just as humans have distinct personalities, so do dogs. Dogs get scared, dogs get stressed, dogs feel love, and dogs can suffer from anxiety. Some dogs are more affectionate than others just like some humans are more affectionate than others. Some dogs are more independent than others, just like some humans are more independent than others. You get the point; they have personalities and OH do we love those quirky frenchie personalities!

Another commonality is that dogs love food just like we do. Interestingly, recent research has shown that the microbes in their digestive systems are the same as ours. Just like in humans, these microbes function better in healthy dogs than they do in obese dogs. So, not only do we have social and emotional similarities, we also have physical similarities.

Dogs and humans have been evolving together for an exceptionally long time and have developed an understanding of each other. The best example of this understanding is the fact that dogs look where you point. You can point to an object and the dog will look in the direction you are pointing. There are other animals, such as elephants, that understand pointing. However, no other animals understand our gestures like our canine companions do.

Take some time to just sit and watch your dog’s behavior and how they react to certain situations. If you really pay attention, you will see that your frenchie really isn’t that different from you.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Frenchie parents are continually looking for recommendations on products other frenchie parents use so I am dedicating this post solely to listing and providing the links to some of the products I use on a regular basis and that have worked well for me.

So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things:

Favorite toys:

KONG 41938 Classic Dog Toy, Large, Red, KONG Classic Large #ad

KONG KP24 Puppy Toy – Natural Teething Rubber – Fun to Chew, Chase and Fetch (Colors May Vary), 035585131214, Medium, Assorted Pink or Blue #ad

EASTBLUE Dog Chew Toy for Aggressive Chewers: Nearly Indestructible Natural Rubber Puppy Toy Durable and Tough for Medium and Large Dog #ad

KONG Floppy Knots Fox, Dog Toy, Medium/Large #ad

Kong Wild Knots Bears Durable Dog Toys Size:Small/Med Pack of 2 #ad

My frenchies all love stuffed animals. However, it is usually only a matter of minutes until they rip them open and I have to pull the stuffing out. I have found that the Kong Knots are the only stuffed animals that last any amount of time and all three of my frenchies love them.

Favorite treats:

Tylee’s Freeze-Dried 100% Salmon treats #ad

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Treats Wild Bits Grain Free Soft-Moist Training Dog Treats, Duck Recipe 4-oz bag, Model:800068 #ad

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Treats Wild Bits High Protein Grain Free Soft-Moist Training Dog Treats, Salmon Recipe 10-oz bag #ad

Minty Breath Bones

From this list of treats, the Tylee salmon treats are my favorite. All three of my frenchies love them and it is a single ingredient treat. They also love the Blue Buffalo treats and they do not upset my Dozer’s sensitive stomach. However, they do have ingredients that are not on my preferred list making them my second favorite dog treat. In addition to these treats, my frenchies love carrots, watermelon, and bananas. There are many fruits and veggies that are healthy choices for occasional treats. Make sure you research first though because there are some fruits and veggies that are toxic to dogs.

Favorite care products:

For weekly cleaning of face wrinkles: Natural Dog Company – Wrinkle Balm

For weekly cleaning of the tail pocket: Squishface Wrinkle Paste – Cleans Wrinkles, Tear Stains and Tail Pockets – 2 Oz, Anti-Itch, Great for Bulldogs, Pugs and Frenchies #ad

For daily cleaning of the face, bum, and girly areas: Baby Wipes, Pampers Aqua Pure Sensitive Water Baby Diaper Wipes, Hypoallergenic and Unscented, 12x Pop-Top Packs, 672 Count #ad

For bathing: TropiClean Hypo Allergenic Puppy Shampoo 2 Pack, Gentle Coconut, 20 fl. oz. or Natural Dog Company Sensitive Skin Oatmeal Shampoo

For ear cleansing after bathing: Animal Pharmaceuticals Sweet Pea

Favorite toothpaste: Well & Good Dental Health Kit for Dogs, Chicken Flavor #ad

Favorite all natural tooth powder: Keep Your Dogs Teeth Healthy, Try a Sample of 100% Natural Toothpowder! #ad

Favorite nail trimmer: Dog Nail Grinder, 2-Speed Electric Dog Nail Clippers Trimmer Grinder, Portable Rechargeable Low Noise Pet Nail Grinder for Small Medium Large Dogs Cats Pets Painless Paws Grooming, 2 Grinding Wheels #ad

Favorite bedding:

MIXJOY Orthopedic Dog Bed Comfortable Donut Cuddler Round Dog Bed Ultra Soft Washable Dog and Cat Cushion Bed (36” x 36”) (Brown) #ad (the small size works for me)

Extra Softness and Fluffy 350 GSM Lightweight Microplush Fleece Throw Blanket for Small, Medium and Large Dogs, Puppies, Cats and Kittens, Multi-Colored, 40 x 32 Inches #ad

Favorite products for walks:

Adjustable Dog Harness, No Pull Dog Harness Outdoor Vest with Easy Control Handle, Hook and Front Reflective Straps – No More Pulling, Tugging or Choking for Small Medium Large Dogs #ad

Max and Neo Reflective Nylon Dog Leash – We Donate a Leash to a Dog Rescue for Every Leash Sold (Orange, 6×1) #ad

Favorite life jacket:

Vivaglory New Sports Style Ripstop Dog Life Jacket with Superior Buoyancy & Rescue Handle, Camo Blue, S #ad

Favorite doggy cam:

TOOGE Pet Dog Camera Wireless Home Security Camera FHD WiFi Indoor Camera Pet Monitor Cat Camera Night Vision 2 Way Audio and Motion Detection #ad

Favorite pet trailer:

Schwinn Rascal Bike Pet Trailer, For Small and Large Dogs, Small, Green #ad

Favorite pill wrap:

Wrap a pill

Favorite supplement:

Natural Dog Company – Skin & Coat Supplement

This supplement is a must have for allergy prone frenchies. It treats allergies and overall health from the inside out!

Favorite probiotics:

Purina pro plan FortiFlora

Zesty paws probiotic bites #ad

I sprinkle Zesty paws on their food daily and use the Purina Pro Plan as needed to firm up their stool.

As the title of this post suggests, these are a few of my favorite things. I hope this list and the links help you in your search for the perfect products for your frenchie. As we know, not all frenchies are made alike. However, after testing many products, these are the ones that have worked best for me.

If this post helped you out, I would be honored if you would give it a like.

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My Crazy Wonderful Life as a Frenchie Mama

Why I started this blog

Hello Fellow French Bulldog Fanatics! My name is Becki Leggett and while I have always been passionate about dogs, there is something particularly special about French Bulldogs. If you have owned them , you already know what I am talking about. If you have not yet had the pleasure, I hope to give you plenty of insight. I created this blog to be about all things frenchie, for other seasoned Frenchie mamas, for brand new Frenchie mamas, and for those of you who are not yet Frenchies mamas (but want to be). We also can not forget the Frenchie Daddy’s out there. Frenchie dads love these little bulldogs just as much as their Frenchie Mamas (well……almost!). New Frenchie parents are rarely prepared for the crazy wonderful life that comes along with owning a French Bulldog (or two or three). Why two or three you ask? Well, quite frankly French Bulldog ownership can be addictive. I currently have three myself: one boy and two girls. They are huge cuddlers, but can be very independent at times. They love you with all they have, but can be extremely stubborn. They are very smart and easily trained, but their stubborn streak can make training seem hard at times. They can be going 100 miles per hour one second and passed out and snoring the next second. You will hear people say they are lazy, and while they definitely can be lazy, in my experience they can go, go and go some more. This is especially true of french bulldog puppies. There is a term endearingly named “The Zoomies” that you will learn about in later blog posts. Seasoned French Bulldog owners know this term well. French bulldogs are more than dogs to their owners, they are their kids, their babies, and they require very special care and have varying special needs. Because of this, new (and even seasoned) Frenchie parents have many questions about French Bulldog ownership. I will dedicate all my early posts to answering as many of the frequently asked questions by new Frenchies owners that I can. This includes questions about puppy training, quality food, quality treats, frenchie care, toys, biting, chewing, gender differences, breeding, rescue groups, frenchie colors, litter mate syndrome, and so much more!

A little about my frenchie babies

How did it all start, you ask? Well, I came home from work one day and the first words out of my husband’s mouth were “I want a French Bulldog and his name WILL BE Dozer.” I wasn’t even sure what a French Bulldog was. Even when I researched the breed (because that’s the type of person I am, I research the heck out of everything), I was not 100 percent sold. But, he wanted one, so I started on the search for our new french bulldog puppy. I made several appointments in the closest big city (At the time, I couldn’t find any close to me) to meet some of our potential future “children”. Dozer was the very first frenchie puppy we met and I was in love! To this day, my husband will tell you he (Dozer) is the love of my life and…. I can’t disagree. One thing about male frenchies is they fall in love with you and you can not help falling in love with them. I loved him so much, I wanted a girl so I went on my search for the perfect little girl frenchie. Boy did I find the perfect girl. She is Blue fawn, has beautiful green eyes and she is a perfect mix of doll baby and evilness! I named her Molly. Molly had a merle sister that my husband preferred. Well, fast forward a few months later and we are the proud owners of sisters and as I’ll discuss in another blog, sibling rivalry definitely exists in dogs too! All my babies have many quirky frenchie traits in common, but just like human babies, they all have their own distinct personalities. Dozer is a mommy’s boy for sure, but loves everyone (furry and not). He is a big lover and loves to play with his toys. Molly is my little diva. She is gorgeous and she knows it! Harley (Molly’s sister) loves belly rubs and whenever you place your hand near her to pet her, she rolls on her back to get belly rubs. She is a daddy’s girl, but also loves her mama and she is weary of other people. I will talk more about my babies in future blogs. For now, just know they are very loved and very spoiled!

Topics to be covered in upcoming blogs

One of the most common questions I hear about french bulldogs puppies is: Why are they so hard to potty train? This will be answered along with potty training do’s and dont’s in an upcoming post.

The second most common question I see new Frenchie owners asking is what food they should feed their Frenchie. It can be daunting finding the right food for these sensitive dogs so I will discuss this extensively in another upcoming post. I will also include information on how to choose quality treats.

French bulldogs require a little more care than other breeds of dogs, but it is so worth it. I will write another blog post about proper frenchie care including cleaning their folds, bathing, ear health, teeth cleaning, and more.

Frenchies are ferocious chewers which can frustrate owners when, for example, they chew up their mama’s baseboards so I will dedicate a blog post to toys: do’s and don’t and longest lasting toys.

People often ask whether they should get a boy or girl frenchie so I will dedicate an entire blog post to this subject, including litter mate syndrome and why you should be careful choosing litter mates.

Another hot topic is breeding. I will delve into breeding, differing breeders, and rescue groups in a future blog post.

Ever wonder about all the frenchie colors? My Dozer is Red Fawn, Molly is Blue Fawn, and Harley’s coloring is called Merle. I will explain all the colors, what is standard, and the genetics behind all the differing color patterns produced in french bulldogs.

If you haven’t already figured it out, I am beyond passionate about Frenchies and I hope you find my blog posts helpful whether you are a seasoned Frenchie owner or a new Frenchie owner.