Brushing and Bathing English bulldogs
There is nothing better than a well groomed English bulldog
Getting Ready for Bathing your English bulldog
Before you tackle your English bulldog, you’ll want to go through a pre-bath checklist. Prepare the bathing area out of your bulldog’s presence. (There’s no point in warning your English bulldog ahead of time; It will only get anxious.) Here are some items you’ll want to have on hand:
A veterinarian-approved dog shampoo “one that contains Ketokonazole” try to get one from your vet it does miracles, so I suggest trying and getting it. (People products are not recommended because they can cause allergic reactions.)
Mineral oil and/or cotton balls
Washcloth or sponge
Towels (the bigger the English bulldog, the more towels you’ll need)
A warm, draft-free area
A bathing tether if you’re bathing him in a tub. (If you’re bathing him outside, a tether to a fixed point will do.)
Brush and comb your bulldogs coat
A soft brush for in between his toes and on his nails
A rubber tub mat
Never wash your bulldog outside if the weather is cold. This is particularly true for puppies, who have trouble regulating their body temperatures. Bulldog Puppies should be at least four weeks old before they receive their first bath.
Before bathing your bulldog, comb and brush out all mats. Otherwise, the water will turn the mats into solid masses, which will require clippers to remove. If your bulldog coat is matted with paint, tar or some other sticky material, trim with clippers or soak the area with vegetable or mineral oil for 24 hours. (You may want to speak with a professional groomer if the tangles are difficult.)
Now it’s time to prep your English bulldog. Put a drop of mineral oil in the eyes to protect them from suds. Some people use cotton balls in the ears. If you use cotton balls, make sure they’re the right size for your bulldog’s ears; if they’re too small, they may slip down the ear canal, and will be really hard to take out.
If you’re using a tub, fill the water to the level of your Bulldog’s knees. The water should be about his temperature; around 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Bulldog Bath
Bring your English bulldog into the tub. If you have a bathing tether, attach one end to his collar and the suction cup to the bathtub. Ladle the warm water over him. If you use a spray, use it on low and hold it gently against your bulldogs coat so the spraying action doesn’t scare him. When he’s thoroughly wet, apply the shampoo on his back and work it gently through the coat for about 10 minutes. Be careful not to get soap in his face or mouth. Use the washcloth or sponge to clean and rinse his wrinkles in his face, and the soft brush to clean the paws, between toes and on nails.
When you’re ready to rinse, don’t forget to drain the tub first. The rinsing cycle, by the way, is very important. You want to do it twice to make sure all the soap is rinsed off. (Leaving soap on the dog can cause an allergic reaction.)
If you need to, drain the tub again so your dog isn’t standing in water while he dries. Now, you’d better back up; your dog has been waiting to shake off the excess water since you began.
Gently squeeze out excess water (don’t forget to remove the cotton from your bulldogs ears) and finish drying your bully with the towels. If you use a hair dryer, keep the heat and blow force on low. Remember to dry the ears with cotton balls to prevent infection.
Keep your bulldog away from any drafts until his coat is completely dry.
Thinking of bathing English bulldogs, well here are a few tips to follow.
Before you bathe your English bulldog, you need to brush. A thorough brushing beforehand removes loose hair and significantly improves the effectiveness of the shampoo in cleaning down to the skin. And it makes bathing much less of a ‘hairy’ job.
Different coats sometimes require different brushes; for suggestions see Brushes and Combs: How to Choose the Right One for Your Dog. Prior to brushing, you may want to consider spraying on a detangling grooming mist, which will condition the hair and make brushing easier before bathing your English bulldog.
Be systematic about brushing your bulldog. Start at the head and work toward the tail. Use firm, but gentle strokes with an emphasis on gentle. Pulling or ripping through and mats hurts your English bulldog and quickly erodes trust. Brushing can and should be a pleasurable experience for your English bulldog, so take your time.
For English bulldogs with thick coats, first brush against the grain starting at the skin and brushing outward. When the entire coat is brushed this way, start over and brush with the grain. For all other coats, brush with the grain. Use long strokes for longer-coated English bulldogs, and short strokes for English bulldog with short hair.
After brushing, you can use a comb to remove more of the loose hair. A hand-held vacuum also does a good job if your pet will tolerate the noise.
Bathing English bulldogs
The first decision to make is where the bathing your English bulldog will take place. Kitchen sinks or laundry utility tubs work well for smaller bulldogs, while bathroom tubs or portable pet tubs are best for larger English Bulldog. Outside hoses, while convenient, are not a very good alternative since the water is so cold. Water should be lukewarm for the shampoo to work best and for your English bulldog dog’s comfort.
Bathing your English bulldog with a shampoo that contains Ketokonazole will prevent your bulldog from developing skin problems like, fungus, staff infections, mange, dermatitis, I also spray down my English bulldogs at least 2 times a month with apple cider vinegar and let it dry in the sun, this helps maintain a good PH balance on their skin and helps reduce the dog smell to them.
When bathing your English bulldog make sure you always clean their ears, and i have tried everything and the best thing to clean your English bulldogs ears is Iodine, best results cheap and it keeps them free from bacteria, so every time you are bathing your English bulldog remember to clean their ears it is very important so they do not get an ear infection.
Apply an ophthalmic ointment to protect the Bulldog eyes, and insert a cotton ball in the ears to prevent water from entering the canals. There are many shampoos to choose from depending on your pet’s hair coat, skin condition, or desired result. DO NOT use shampoos made for humans. They contain harsher detergents, are not pH balanced for pets, and could damage their coat or produce sensitive skin.
Thoroughly soak your English bulldog with water and apply the shampoo. Again, be systematic, working from neck to tail, and massage the shampoo into the hair and down to the skin. Use a cloth saturated with water and shampoo to wash the face, being careful not to get shampoo in the eyes.
Rinse completely, paying particular attention to the groin area, armpits, and between toes. Apply a second application of shampoo if necessary and rinse again. For a soft, manageable, and shiny coat, use a conditioner next, or mix the conditioner with your rinse water.
Cutting your English bulldogs nails and filing them down every week is a must, have you ever seen those bulldogs that their front legs and bones are all bent, or BO legged, that is because the owners never cut their nails, when Bathing English bulldogs specially mine, the first thing i do before I start is by cutting their nails.
You have to teach them that their nails have to be short, if not you will have a huge problem cutting their nails as they get older after, and if you cut your English bulldogs nails really short you will no longer have to cut them all you have to do is just file them with a Dog nail grinder.
What you do is buy nail clipper and cut the nails really short almost to where it starts, I know it sound hard to do, but it is for the health of your dog, plus he will look nice and groomed it will hurt the fist time but after you do it all you have to do is grind them every week. since cutting them really short will make them bleed there is a product that i use called KWIK STOP, i recommend it highly this stops the bleeding immediately, to be honest is hurts more when you put on the powder them when you cut the nails, you have to do it between 2 people so you don’t hurt your puppy.
After you have completed bathing English bulldogs then comes the Drying process of it.
Squeeze excess water from coat. Then, for short-haired pets, use a cotton – or better yet, an absorbent chamois-type towel, to rub the hair vigorously first with the grain, then against, working from head to tail.
Keep English bulldogs warm and away from drafts while the hair dries, and do not let your English bulldog outside until hair is completely dry. A damp coat is a magnet for dirt.
For a full, fluffed appearance, blow dry (with warm air, never hot) while brushing hair against the grain. Direct air flow at the undercoat and work out to the end of the hair. To remove fluffed appearance, finish by brushing hair with the grain.
The first step is to consult your veterinarian about your particular bulldog. Your dog requires bathing and what sort of pet shampoos work best. If your dog spends a lot of time playing outdoors, chances are he’ll need a bath more frequently. English bulldog Dogs with smooth coats generally require even fewer baths. Again, it depends on your dog’s lifestyle.
Too much bathing (such as once a week) will remove vital oils from your English bulldog dog’s coat, causing his skin to dry out. Unless your dog is especially dirty, regular grooming can reduce the number of bathes. It will also keep him looking and feeling fresh. For more information on grooming, see the related article “Grooming Your Dog.”