Valentine’s Gifts for Your Frenchie Lover

Valentine's gifts for your Frenchie Lover!

Are you looking for Valentine’s gifts for your Frenchie lover? I don’t know about you but I have fallen in love with all things Frenchie even wearing them pretty much on a daily basis. We have Frenchie Valentine’s swag for the whole family. Here’s a few of our favorites but not limited by any means. 

For the Frenchie Momma

For the Frenchie Dad

For the Frenchie Kiddo’s

For the baby & toddlers that love their Frenchies.

For the coffee lover

All of the above items have been created by my best friend Erica who recently became a single momma of 5 young kiddos. This helps her create an income and still be available for her little ones. Not only do you get to sport your Frenchie love but you spread the love by helping another momma do the best she can for her kiddos. We also offer personalized items and would love to create them for you with your very own Frenchie as the model.

These are print on demand so make sure to order Valentine’s gifts for your Frenchie lover in enough time. You usually receive them in 7-10 days.

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French Bulldog Leggings You’ll Love

French Bulldog Leggings You'll Love

I was sitting in yoga thinking I needed more workout clothes when I realized I have a store of fabulous Frenchie Bulldog leggings and other workout gear. Also, have you ever looked around and really saw no inspirational workout items on everyone around you. It seems that everyone is dressed the same. My word for 2022 is enjoy with the goal to bring enjoyment to every aspect of my life including my workout gear. When I look at my Frenchie leggings it brings me great enjoyment. In fact, I am stopped in stores and told often how much people love them.  Would wearing cute Frenchie workout gear bring you more enjoyment during your workouts? If so, I’ve got some cute ones just for you.  

Another factor that brings me great enjoyment about the Frenchie workout gear is my best friend Erica designed them all. She is about to become a single mom of 5 fabulous kiddos as she had the bravery to leave a negative relationship where she was completely financially dependent on him. I’ve always admired her eye for design and we made a deal that whatever she designs I will promote and she receives 50% of all profits to begin the journey of supporting her family and to be an example of what is possible to her kiddos. Not only will these workout items bring you happiness wearing them but also satisfaction in knowing you are supporting another woman pursuing her dreams of financially providing for her family. Today we are going to talk all about leggings, joggers, and yoga shorts.  

French Bulldog leggings

These leggings are fabulous! When I look for leggings I am looking for certain features. First, they must be high waisted to help hold in my mum tum and not fall down from the waist. I hate pulling my pants up in yoga!   These have great tummy control. Second, They cannot fall down in the crotch area. These Frenchie leggings passed the test. Third, the ankle area must be snug. I find it quite annoying when my leggings look like little bell bottoms but ankle level. These fit snuggly around the ankles. Fourth, I prefer my leggings to reach my ankles. I don’t like them above or calf length or else I feel like I look like a Roman soldier. These fall perfectly. 

We have two versions of Frenchie leggings available. The regular Frenchie and Toon Frenchie. I personally have the Toon Frenchie Leggings but the regular are on there way to me. I can’t wait until we (I mean Erica) design more!!

Got a kiddo or youth size that would love the Toon leggings? We’ve got you covered!

The regular Frenchie also comes in yoga shorts and yoga joggers. I have these coming as well and will give a full review in a future post.

If you are looking for some fun French Bulldog leggings that will put a smile on your face as you workout or even just to cuddle up on winter days with your Frenchie, you will love these! We’d love to see you in your Frenchie gear…maybe even working out with your Frenchie.

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What should I do when my Frenchie has diarrhea?

What should I do when my Frenchie has diarrhea?

I see this posted all of the time in Frenchie Facebook groups, ” What should I do when my Frenchie has diarrhea? This is a great question as your little French Fry will likely experience this at least once in their life. It can be frustrating and worrisome as to much fluids enters their GI tract for whatever reasons, interfering with the GI tract, and even causing malabsorption issues and dehydration. I understand. Last month we had a round of diarrhea going through the Frenchie clan. They had squirts on the walls,  floor, and covered their blankets in it as well. My full time job at that time was cleaner and detective. This will likely be your role as well until you get it cleared up. 

Let’s go over some common reasons why your French Bulldog has diarrhea. Some are acute (sudden) and some are chronic (persists). 

  1. A sudden change in diet. I had switched their food so I thought maybe this could be it. 
  2. Getting into the garbage. 
  3. Parasites. This is often the culprit especially in pups as they are unfortunately often a part of puppyhood. Giardia and coccidia are often offenders. Your vet will need to run a fecal test to determine if there are parasites. If so, prescribe the proper medication which your number one job is to give your pup every single dose whether he likes it or not. 
  4. Eating a foreign object such as a sock or toy. If this happened, other signs may include vomiting, abdominal tenderness, or lack of appetite. This is something your vet will need to help you diagnose and may even need surgical removal. If you see your Frenchie  swallow something he shouldn’t, act immediately. Check out this blog article: What to do when your Frenchie eats a sock or something like it. 
  5. Eating toxic foods for dogs like chocolate or poisonous plants like poinsettias. In small amounts, it may pass. If your Frenchies acts odd or just to be safe you can contact a vet or poison control: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A consultation fee may apply.
  6. Allergic reactions. If your Frenchie has allergies, his body can be trying to flush it out of his system. If you notice your Frenchie is constantly licking/chewing his paws, scratching, and/or moist/scabbed skin this may be the culprit and will likely require an elimination diet to find the source .
  7. Medication side effect. Did your Frenchie just start a new medication? If so, check out if this is a common side effect via your vet or pharmacy. 
  8. Irritable bowel disease. If your Frenchie is also experiencing weight loss, this could be the case. Your little Frenchie will need to see the vet to be diagnosed. 
  9. Kidney or liver disease. If your little one has diarrhea with a hunched over position, weight loss, not wanting to move, vomiting, blood in urine, increase/decrease in urine, or lack of appetite this could be a sign of kidney or liver issues and you need to see the vet. 

What to do when your Frenchie has diarrhea. 

Ask yourself these questions,

  1. Is he playing and acting normal?  If not, it’s definitley a sign to call the vet. Do take your dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible if at any time your dog shows any of these symptoms: bloat, lethargy, fever, large amount of blood in the stool, frequent liquid diarrhea, vomiting, can’t keep food or water down, at risk of dehydration, or showing any other unusual symptoms that worry youDid he recently have a change in dogfood? 
  2. Did he eat something such as toxic food or plant? 
  3. Did he swallow something he shouldn’t have? 
  4. Is it accompanied with weight loss? 
  5. Does he have allergy symptoms like licking/chewing his paws, scratching, and/or moist/scabbed skin? 

Call your vet or join Pawp.com to access vet 24/7. I love Pawp.com and use them myself. You can have up to 6 pets on an account and receive up to $3000 one time coverage for a true emergency that is approved by them. Only $19/month.  I love them and consult with them often. They can tell you what your next step should be and are an amazing source when you cannot get ahold of your vet. 

Here’s what I did to get tootise roll poops coming out of the booties of all my Frenchies. 

  1. Fasted for 12 hours. Gave a bland diet for 24-48hours. Some sources say to fast them for 12 hours some do not. Puppies should not be fasted. Basically they fasted overnight and then began the bland diet in the morning. 
  2. Made sure they had plenty of water to prevent dehydration. After fasting, gave a few licks of water at first and  slowly introduced water back into the system. 
  3. Gave probiotics and digestive enzymes twice daily.  I love these digestive enzymes that have probiotics in them.
  4. Made a 1:1:1 mixture of L-glutamine, FOS (fructo-oligosaccharide), and Slippery Elm. 1 tsp twice daily sprinkled in food to help ease the intestinal lining. You can order these on Amazon (affiliate links). L-glutamine, Slippery Elm, FOS.
  5. Fecal exam by vet: Positive for coccidia. Gave albon as prescribed by vet.
  6. Switched to homemade raw dog food fed twice daily. 

Please remember your Frenchie’s diarrhea treatment plan may differ depending on the situation. You are the detective to help guide yourself to a solution. You can use Pawp.com or your own vet to help you. 

What to do when my Frenchie swallows a sock or something like it?

What to do when my Frenchie swallows a sock or something like it?

What to do when my Frenchie swallows a sock or something like it?  You may or may not be asking this but I can guarantee you will want to know this information just in case. I have found in my 20+ years experience with Frenchies that they are snackers. They love to put everything in their mouth like toddlers and some even like to swallow these items. 

Last weekend I was watching a movie with the boys with the Frenchies all around us. My boys decided to take off their socks which the Frenchies love the smell of dirty feet so they were instantly drawn to these delicious “treats”. I am so used to the Frenchies chewing on the socks because in my household 5 & 6 year old boys are not concerned with placing them in the hamper after removal. Bubbles, a 6 month old, particularly loves her “toys” she finds. I thought it was just so cute how much she loved her treasure and I was willing to throw away the sock so she could enjoy her time chewing on it. She moved to the other end of the room near the doggie door and continued chewing away. I happened to look at her and see the yellow sock partially hanging out of her mouth.  Then I saw her take a big gulp and the sock disappeared. I couldn’t believe it. She swallowed the whole sock.

Options of what to do when a Frenchie swallows a sock.

I placed her in her bedtime crate and picked up my trusty iPhone so I could consult with Dr. Google. I had two options. One let it pass through which could take 24-36 hours and the sock was huge. I didn’t think that was a good option as it would likely get stuck and need surgery. The second option was have her vomit it up. As it had only been a few minutes and likely still in her stomach, I chose this route. Back to Dr. Google and I found a great source for dosing hydrogen peroxide. They say to give them 0.5-1ml per pound of body weight and to start initially with 0.5ml/pound and see what happens. If you give too much then they may not be able to stop from vomitting. So be careful with dosing.

As she is a puppy and growing, I did not know her current weight. So I stepped on the scale, got my weight, stepped on the scaled with her, and then subtracted the difference. She was 17lbs. I chose to give 15mls (equivalent to about 1 tablespoon) and place her back in her crate. I then went back to Dr. Google and found it would take about 15 minutes or less if it worked. I watched her for a few minutes and noticed she was burping. I left her for a few minutes. Came back and there was the sock. Naughty Bubbles. The size of the sock in proportion to her blows my mind and she is now known as my little python. If I wouldn’t have seen her gulp it down, she would have been in trouble and could have died from it being wrapped up in her intestines. 

What to do when my Frenchie swallows a sock or something like it? 

  1. I have to give the disclaimer to always contact your vet. But guess what, they don’t always answer. If your Frenchies are anything like my Bubbles, they do these things on a Friday night. I do highly recommend joining pawp.com. You get 24 hour access to vets who will answer your questions in situations like this. The nice thing is you can have up to 6 pets on the account and $3000 for one emergency vet per year all for the price of $19/month. I love them and was waiting to have a vet join but I felt pretty confident in my plan of action. I’m a pharmacist but when my babies, two and four legged, have an issue I sometimes lose my brain and it’s nice to have another professional guide me on the best course of action. Check into it and be prepared for your next Frenchie emergency. 
  2. If you catch it within a few hours of swallowing, give them hydrogen peroxide 0.5ml-1.0ml per pound of body weight. Remember 15ml is about 1 tablespoon. Don’t know your Frenchies weight? Step on a scale with and without him and then subtract the difference.  Your Frenchie will usually vomit the item up within 15 minutes or less. 

Once a sock swallower. Always a sock swallower. Make sure to communicate with each person in the household to keep objects like socks away from the Frenchies. I had to go out and scour the backyard looking for socks as my boys like to take them off before jumping on the trampoline. Always double check their toys and throw them out if they have fluffing coming out of them, rope toys coming untied, or just appear like they could be a potential hazard for swallowing. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Replace them with new toys. Here’s some our Frenchies love. 

Yes, Frenchies can throw all kinds of obstacles at us that we must solve…like swallowing socks, but they are worth every moment as they bring so much joy to our lives. Just remember, it’s always better to be proactive than reactive. Keep things away from them that they can swallow and have hydrogen peroxide on hand. You can order here on Amazon if you don’t have any on hand (affiliate link).

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How to avoid French Bulldog Puppy Scams. 

I can’t tell you the numerous times I’ve been told about French Bulldog puppy scams. There was a complete litter that we placed that each person told me their story of being scammed. As many of you are aware, scamming is abundant in the Frenchie world. Most of you only purchase a puppy a few times in your life and they prey on people who are unsuspecting and who fall in love with a puppy. I realize not all of you will choose us as a breeder but I’m going to give you a few tips to avoid being scammed yourself and to treat real breeders with courtesy and respect. 

Never ever give a deposit for a puppy that cannot be reversed.

Scammers will only have you pay in ways that can’t be reversed such as cashiers checks, money orders, bank transfers, money wires, Venmo, Cash App, etc… I’m going to say this again. NEVER EVER give someone money that can’t be reversed. A professional breeder will have taken the time to set up a secure way for you to pay. We use Stripe which is an online secure portal for credit card transactions. We do not receive your credit card information but use Stripe to process your payment. Also, our deposits are only $300 and the remainder is paid at pickup. 

If the price seems too good to be true it probably is. 

I hear it over and over again that the price for a Frenchie was $800 and the person ended up being scammed. I continue to speak with people about Frenchies who said they were interested in another puppy for $800. I do my due diligence and let people know it is likely a scam. Unfortunately, I never know if most listen to me or not. 

Choose a breeder that’s bred for several years. 

Unprofessionalism abounds in the breeding world. Many people will just try it once, a few times, or even continue breeding without developing themselves professionally.  I hear often that they saw the puppy, gave a deposit, and then were ghosted before the puppy was able to be picked up. My prediction is something happened to the puppy as there is a high mortality rate in Frenchie puppies compared to other breeds. The breeder likely decided to duck and hide instead of talking with the client. We have 20 years experience in breeding Frenchies and 20+ more years with other breeds and are used to handling the hard stuff. We also have a few litters each month as well so if something does happen we are usually able to provide you with another puppy. Remember puppies are not bicycles. They are biological systems that are not always predictable. 

Ask to meet the puppy live via FaceTime or Zoom. 

Many breeders will not do in person meetings for you to meet the puppy as it’s a crazy world out there and you never know what you are exposing your pups to when bringing in strangers. Scammers do steal pics and videos to make websites  seem legitimate. You will even see our puppies pics on their websites. They have been stolen and there’s not much we can do it about it. We recommend that you ask to meet the puppy live virtually via FaceTime or Zoom so you will at least know that the puppy exists. 

Bringing in a Frenchie baby is an exciting time in your life. We just recommend you recognize the warning signs of scammers such as non-reversible payments, too good of a price, not being able to meet the puppy virtually, and even lack of professionalism in communication of breeders. 

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What airlines allow French Bulldogs to fly in the cabin?

What airlines allow French Bulldogs to fly in the cabin?

We are often asked, “What airlines allow French Bulldogs to fly in the cabin?” There’s confusion as to whether they can fly or not. Snub nosed dogs like Frenchies cannot fly in the cargo area of the plane but they can fly in the cabin of the plane underneath your seat. There are some things to consider but this is not an exclusive list. You must call the airline to confirm you are following all rules they have as each airline is different. 

  • Most airlines have a minimum age of 8-10 weeks old.
  • You must have a kennel of some sort that fits under the seat. We recommend soft ones as they can more easily fit. 
  • Puppies must be up to date on shots. Some airlines ask for documentation some do not. 
  • Most airlines typically require a rabies shot if over 16 weeks old. 
  • Most have the requirement that they are 20lbs are less. Some airlines weigh them and some do not. 
  • Your Frenchie must have room to stand up and turn around in the kennel. 

Tips for flying with your Frenchie: 

  • Book a seat in the aisle so your Frenchie has more air flow to stay cool. 
  • Typically they do not need to be fed during a typical US flight but bring dog food and collapsible bowls in case your flight is delayed. If my travel is 8 hours or less, I do not feed them as I do not want to deal with pooping. If your Frenchie puppy is on the smaller, you may consider feeding but typically it’s not necessary. 
  • Place puppy pads at the bottom of the kennel in case your pup has an accident. This way you can easily clean it up. 
  • Don’t act nervous about flying with your pup. Your Frenchie pics up on your energy and will act accordingly. I literally have flown with 50 or more different Frenchies. None of them have given me any trouble but I hear about it from others. 
  • Visit the airlines pet policy page to understand the guidelines. 
  • Call the airlines to confirm any questions you need clarification for.  

My favorite airlines to fly with are Frontier and American Airlines. On Frontier I can book my pet when I book my flight and there’s no need to check in when I arrive. American Airlines I can take two puppies in one kennel as long as they weigh under 20lbs (check-in required and they weigh them). My least favorite airline for flying puppies is United.

Airlines allow French Bulldogs to fly in the cabin (Google airline + travel with pet in cabin):

  • American Airlines
  • Frontier
  • Southwest
  • Delta
  • United
  • Alaskan Airlines

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Will my Frenchie come with a health guarantee?

Will my Frenchie come with a health guarantee?

As a potential Frenchie owner you may be wondering, “Will my Frenchie come with a health guarantee? The answer is yes. We provide a two year health guarantee on genetics. Before you pick up your puppy we will email your health guarantee which also serves as a receipt as well. You will e-sign it before pickup and a copy will be emailed to you as well. 

Before leaving us your puppy will be checked out by the vet and will have a clean bill of health. Part of the health guarantee states you have 48 hours to take your puppy to the vet for a puppy wellness checkup (96 hours if picking up on the weekend). This is important to make sure your vet agrees with our vet. If something were to appear in the check-up, you are to contact us immediately so we can deal with the issue immediately. 

You will have access to the health guarantee in The Prep for Your French Bulldog course. In one video we review the health guarantee in depth and you have a pdf version accessible to review as well. If you have questions, please ask. 

You are required to keep your Frenchie on a multivitamin we have developed specifically for Frenchies. If you’d like to extend the health guarantee for 5 years then you can do so by keeping your pup on the vitamin. It is so be ordered directly from us. 

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Do French Bulldogs slobber, snore, and make funny noises?

Do French Bulldogs slobber, snore, and make funny noises?

When determining the best breed to add to your family you may ask, “Do French Bulldogs slobber, snore, and make funny noises? These are legitimate questions as you will be spending much time with them and dedicating over a decade of your life committed to your Frenchie baby. 

Do French Bulldogs Slobber? 

Overall French Bulldogs do not slobber a lot like other breed such as English Bulldogs or Mastiffs. They can have moisture around their mouth, but you won’t be covered in drool. After eating, I do notice some moisture on their cute little chops but a quick wiping off with a washcloth is all that’s needed to accept their Frenchie snuggles. 

Do French Bulldogs snore and make funny noises? 

French Bulldogs are a brachycephalic breed thus have cute, short little snouts. With these short snouts they do not breathe as efficiently through their noses as longer nosed breeds. You will find they will breathe more through their mouths than these other breeds and can produce some unusual noises like noisy breathing and snorting even when at rest. We find these noises as endearing and cute and are not bothersome at all. 

Most Frenchies do snore. Some snore a little and some snore more than others. I actually find the snoring of Frenchies quite comforting. In fact, I’ve always said I sleep better with the sound of little dogs that sound like little piglets snoring in the background. Put a human snorer in the room and I can’t sleep a wink. Overall, I’d say they snore but it’s not annoying. 

When should I notify the vet? 

Excessive noises coming from your Frenchie may be due to overexertion and will need to rest up a bit. I find if I take my Frenchie on a walk when it’s too hot (over 72 degrees) that they make excessive noises panting to cool themselves off. Watch your Frenchie carefully in the heat and keep him cool. Almost all Frenchies reverse sneeze at some point in their life. If it becomes excessive, contact your vet that has experience dealing with brachycephalic breeds as he may have too narrow of nostrils or weak flaps that close upon breathing (stenotic nares), and/or excessively elongated soft palate. Both are related to brachycephalic airway syndrome and may require a simple surgery to correct. 

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Do French Bulldogs shed?

Do French Bulldogs shed?

Do French Bulldogs shed? I have received this questions numerous times. Yes, they do shed but typically not as much as other shedding dogs. There are dogs who are hypoallergenic that have more human like hair and tend to not shed like bichons, poodles, etc… We’ve all seen the opposite end of the spectrum with dogs who shed piles of hair everywhere. Frenchies are short haired and single coated and I would say that you won’t find as much hair around the home as those other breeds. 

We also find that cream Frenchies usually have the thickest and shed more. The lilacs tend to have a smoother coat and shed less. All of the other colors tend to be in between. Remember this is a basic trend we’ve seen and may not always be the case. Yes French Bulldogs shed some but really are about as good as it gets for minimal shedding for a dog who has fur.

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Are French Bulldogs Sociable?

Are French Bulldogs Sociable?

Many people ask, “Are French Bulldogs sociable?” I would say 100% yes. They love people and aim to please.  When you get a new French Bulldog puppy anything that you want them to be around when they are older make sure to expose them young. If you are more of an extrovert and want your Frenchie used to going to dog parks, outdoor dining, etc… then get them used to going with you early. I recommend waiting until they have their full series of shots (around 16 weeks old) before taking them to areas where they are exposed to other dogs that you don’t know the history of. 

Also, I have noticed that your Frenchie picks up on your feelings during the experience. Such as if you are nervous about flying with them, they will be nervous and act up. Always check yourself when taking your Frenchie to a new location/experience to make sure you are calm for your little one. 

If for some reason your Frenchie starts acting unsatisfactorily in any social situation, nip it in the bud at as young of an age as possible. Take a training class to help you correct it if you do not have the skill set to correct it yourself. I learned from my first dog as an adult to never allow a little puppy to act out in any way that will not be cute when older and bigger.

Overall Frenchies are very social and want to be a part of the family. They love being involved and a part of the action. When exposed early they do well in social situations but often adjust well at older ages as well. 

Do French Bulldogs Get Along with Other Pets?

Do French Bulldogs Get Along with Other Pets?

We get this questions often, “Do French Bulldogs get along with other pets?” The answer is most of the time yes. Frenchies are really adaptable and when introduced to other puppies do very well. They are very loving and accepting when introduced as puppies (around 10 weeks old). When you introduce them young they usually are accepting of cats as well. 

We obviously have several Frenchies. I have 5 personally. The only issue we have found is sometimes two intact females may not like each other especially when they are in heat or expecting. When we have two females that don’t like each other we have to keep them separated. If the whole clan of pets are spayed or neutered we don’t really find issues. 

Below are several pics of our Frenchie puppies who have been placed with pet siblings.

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Overall, if you do adopt a little Frenchie to bring into your home the likelihood of them happily joining and getting along with your other pets is high. 

How old should my French Bulldog be before being taken to the park?

How old should my French Bulldog be before being taken to the park?

How old should my French Bulldog be before being taken to the park is a great question. We say around 16 weeks old after your little one has had his/her full series of shots. We give a combination shot called DA2PP at 8 weeks old. Typically you pick up your puppy around 10 weeks old. Your puppy needs two more shots in the series to have it’s full immune response. Each puppy has a different immune response to the first and second shot. Some will a little response, some a big response, and the rest will be in between. This means they are not fully protected until after the third shot in their series which should be complete at 16 weeks old. 

You may also choose to give your Frenchie bordatella (protection against kennel cough) and that will likely be complete at 16 weeks as well. 

We recommend to not take your puppy anywhere you do not know the history of the dogs before they have their full series of shots. For example, keep them away from dog parks, pet stores, the floor at the veterinarians office, and puppy pee areas. You may even want to wait a couple of weeks after their final shot in the series to allow time for the immune system to develop a full immune response. 

Also, beware of other dogs if you decide to take your Frenchie to the dog park. Many owners have much larger dogs and not all dogs are well behaved or well controlled by their owners. Keep your eye out to keep your Frenchie safe. 

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