How to Make Life Easier When You’re Allergic to the Pet You LOVE

How to Make Life Easier When You’re Allergic to the Pet You LOVE

All dog owners know your furry best friend can breathe fresh, joyful energy into your life. But, unfortunately, if you’re one of the 30% of people affected by pet allergies, they can also make it hard to...well, breathe. 

Thankfully, there are many solutions to allow allergy sufferers to keep their beloved pets while also successfully warding off those sniffles and sneezes. Here are five tips to reduce your allergies as a pet owner.

July 26, 2021 — Maggie May
10 Ways to Save Money as a Dog Owner 💸

10 Ways to Save Money as a Dog Owner 💸

We get it, being a dog owner is expensive. Between vet bills, dog food, toys, and boarding (not to mention hoodies, harnesses, and oh-so-adorable accessories), those credit card bills can pile up. But luckily, there are ways to save money as a pet parent without cutting corners.

Today, we're breaking down 10 ways you can save money as a dog owner while still giving your furry family member the best life, like, ever! 

July 22, 2021 — Maggie May
What's the Best Homemade Dog Food for my Pup? 🤔

What's the Best Homemade Dog Food for my Pup? 🤔

Rising pet food costs, empty carbs, picky eaters -- whatever your reason, you may be considering making the switch to homemade dog food. But what is the best homemade dog food recipe for your pup?

This quick guide takes a look at the basics of how to make dog food at home. We'll break down proper protein-to-flavor ratios and preparation, as well as what NOT to add to your pet's food. 

July 20, 2021 — Maggie May
Summer Vacay! 7 Tips for Road Tripping with your Dog

Summer Vacay! 7 Tips for Road Tripping with your Dog

It's officially summer vacation, which means it's time to hit the road! But for some pups, the idea of hours in the car is less of an adventure and more like a V-E-T trip. If you're looking to include your pup in your summer adventures but don't know how to make her comfortable in the car, here are 7 ways to roadtrip with your dog WITHOUT too much stress.

July 09, 2021 — Maggie May
Frenchie Gives Back: Surfing Into Summer with Cherie and FBRN!

Frenchie Gives Back: Surfing Into Summer with Cherie and FBRN!

Summer is in full swing, and we're back with an amazing partnership for our July charity drive! This month, we're teaming up with Cherie the Surf Dog to release a limited-edition summer-themed bandana. And the best part? All proceeds from this surf-tacular accessory go directly to the French Bulldog Rescue Network!

Can you tell we're excited?!
July 01, 2021 — Maggie May
10 DIY Dog Toys: Pet Parenting on a Budget

10 DIY Dog Toys: Pet Parenting on a Budget

Saving up for summer adventures? We know that one of the unexpected costs of being a pet parent is also one of the most fun: Dog toys!! There are so many cute and trendy toys on the market, so it's easy to pull a "oops, I spent half my paycheck" at the pet store. 

The Frenchie fam's got you covered with 10 DIY dog toys you can make with stuff you've got lying around at home.

June 28, 2021 — Maggie May
How to Socialize a Puppy

How to Socialize a Puppy

One of the best parts of raising a puppy is all those kisses and belly-rubs. However, as much as your pup may love being part of the family, early socialization is the key to making your puppy a good member of canine society. 

Why it's important to socialize a puppy

Socialization is one of the most important processes of a puppy's growth. Proper socialization -- meeting lots of new people, dogs, and other exciting things -- is the best way to guarantee your pup stays friendly and happy no matter the circumstances. 

The process of socialization teaches a puppy to react correctly to unexpected situations, no matter how scary or exciting they may be.

Meeting strangers, riding in a car, or interacting with children can all be complicated moments for a young dog -- and showing her how to react in these situations is the best way to guarantee she develops good manners.

When it's time to socialize a puppy

Socialization should start as early as possible, and is particularly important during the first three months of life. If you adopted your dog from a reputable breeder, this process should already be started by the time you bring your new four-legged family member home. 

Shelter dogs and rescues sometimes have a harder time with early socialization, simply because they've been through a lot of confusion and chaos early in life. 

Either way, it's critical to introduce your new puppy to new people, sights, and sounds as soon as possible -- but at a reasonable pace!

How to socialize a puppy

There are a few ways to jumpstart a puppy's socialization. At its heart, the process involves introducing your new dog to new things -- and making the process as positive and non-scary as possible. 

Here are a few things to remember:

  1. Go slow. Introduce only one or two new things at a time, like one new friend or dog. This can start out simply as walking on a bunch of unfamiliar surfaces (grass, concrete, asphalt, carpet, hardwood, etc.), and move up to more complex experiences like riding in the car with the windows down. 
  2. Focus on positive reinforcement. Treats, treats, treats! Praise and yummy snacks go a long way toward associating these scary new experiences with positive fun. 
  3. Have variation in the people and dogs they meet. It's great if your pup takes a shining to your mom or your best friend, but make sure she meets a range of people and dogs. This way, she knows how to greet a stranger with enthusiasm and friendliness, instead of being frightened when someone new walks in. 
  4. Involve your whole "pack". Every member of the family should take part in socialization. It's not enough if your pup is comfortable with Mom but scared of the world with Dad. Divvy up the "chores" of puppy training so that you're constantly taking him out of his comfort zone, then using positive reinforcement to show him everything is okay. 
  5. Go public. When you're ready, take the party outdoors. Dog parks (once your puppy receives the right shots), pet stores, and hardware stores are all great places to practice meeting new people and experiencing new sights, sounds, and smells. Just remember to take it slow!
  6. Remember that the whole world is new. Like every step of training a puppy, the key to socialization is patience. Your puppy is experiencing everything for the very first time, and that can be scary! Calm voices, excited new friends, and reassurance from Mom are the best ways to keep your puppy comfortable throughout the whole process. 
  7. Enroll in a puppy training class! Finally, to get a leg up on training and socialization, enroll in a puppy training class. Offered at most pet stores and by personal dog trainers, puppy classes give young dogs a chance to learn how to listen in public, especially when surrounded by all their new best friends. 

Can you socialize an older dog?

Absolutely! Although that crucial three months of puppyhood has passed, you can still teach an old dog new tricks. (And by tricks, we of course mean handshakes and hugs!) 

The same methodology follows true for older dogs as it does for puppies. Start slow, and put even more of an emphasis on positive reinforcement.

If your dog has an existing fear or phobia (for example, fear of men or riding in the car), focus on slow exposure to these circumstances, making it as fun as possible for your dog. This way, she'll begin to associate the same things that once scared her with all the fun she's having with her family. 

So what now?

If you know one thing about our team, you know that Frenchie Bulldog LOVES puppy pictures. Wherever you're at in your puppy's socialization process, we'd love to see every step of your journey. 

Plus, for a comfy and stylish leg up at the dog park, check out Frenchie's collection of adjustable strap harnesses and bandanas -- adjustable to fit your puppy as she grows! 

June 22, 2021 — Maggie May
Proud To Be Frenchie: Giving Back to GLAAD and the Center for Black Equity

Proud To Be Frenchie: Giving Back to GLAAD and the Center for Black Equity

Happy Pride Month, Frenchie fam!! We're always excited to share the news about our charity partners, but this month we're even more pumped than usual. In celebration of Pride Month, we're supporting GLAAD and the Center for Black Equity, two incredible organizations leading the charge for LGBTQIA+ rights and community growth. 

As always, we're here to shine a spotlight on these leading organizations. And we're just so PROUD to share that a portion of the proceeds from our Limited Edition Leo Pride Collection will go directly to GLAAD and the Center for Black Equity.

June 16, 2021 — Maggie May
How to Choose the Right Dog Trainer

How to Choose the Right Dog Trainer

So your pup's having trouble with potty training. Or maybe she listens to you sometimes -- and only when you've got a treat in hand. Maybe he gets scared at night and barks so loud your neighbors complain. 

When you're at the end of your leash, it's time to call in the dog trainer.

May 21, 2021 — Maggie May
Frenchie Gives Back: Last Chance Animal Rescue!

Frenchie Gives Back: Last Chance Animal Rescue!

Happy May, Frenchie fam! We're back spotlighting another incredible animal charity: Last Chance Animal Rescue! This rescue is particularly close to our hearts because a member of the Frenchie family adopted her dog from LCAR!

May 06, 2021 — Maggie May
Earth Day Essentials: How To Be An Eco-Friendly Pet Parent

Earth Day Essentials: How To Be An Eco-Friendly Pet Parent

Happy Earth Day, Frenchie fam!! Whether you're headed out to enjoy the spring weather or planning a hardcore day of gardening, it's time to celebrate this beautiful Earth of ours. This Earth Day, we're highlighting a few steps you can take as a dog dad, mutt mom, or pet parent to reduce your puppy's footprint. 

April 22, 2021 — Maggie May
Frenchie Gives Back: Joey's P.A.W.

Frenchie Gives Back: Joey's P.A.W.

Happy April, Frenchie Fam! We're back with another charity to add to our list of amazing grantee partners. For April 2021, we're delighted to shine a spotlight on Joey's P.A.W., a 501(c)(3) charity that provides partial or full funds to dogs who are in need of a wheelchair or prosthetics. 

April 13, 2021 — Maggie May