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How To Bathe Your Dog Properly At Home

How To Give A Dog A Bath

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Bath time can be tough for a scared pup. For the best dog bath, bring treats and toys to show them they have nothing to worry about. If they behave in a good way while in the bath reward them with a treat to show bath time can be fun.

french bulldog in bath


Use cotton balls to gently place in your dogs ears so water can’t get in. Water is harsh on your dog’s ears so make sure you’re not spraying water down the ear canal. A cotton ball fits perfectly to block any water and you can use them at the end to wipe up any dirt that might be in their ears.

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Sometimes it’s helpful to bring a comb to the bath and brush out any matted hair. If your dog sheds a lot this is also great to get any excess hair off — especially for French Bulldogs! I use this cool sponge that grabs hair. You can use it on wet or dry fur.

french bulldog in bath


Start wetting your dog’s fur by slowly spraying lukewarm water starting from his neck and down to their tail. Avoid the face. You can wash their face with a damp towel and really get into the creases and corners.


Before picking any dog shampoo make sure it’s the right kind for your dog. Pups can be very sensitive so choose a shampoo that fits your dog’s skin. I like this one from True Blue which has the least amount of ingredients compared to others and natural.

french bulldog in sink


Start massaging a small dollop size shampoo onto your pups’ fur. Starting at the neck, gently massage your fingertips into their fur going all the way to their tail. Rinse and make sure all soap is off.

how to clean french bulldog


It’s inevitable your dog will do a little shake getting water everywhere. So, take a towel and gently dry off your pooch and carefully place them out of the bath. Don’t forget to take out the cotton balls if you did decide to put them in.

I use these Pura Naturals Pet fur drying gloves sometimes for extra measure. They absorb moisture and are eco-friendly.

fur drying gloves


Add a special little touch at the end with a dot of nose butter or coconut oil on their nose and even paw butter. My frenchie’s nose dries out easily so this nose butter is a lifesaver.

How Often To Give Your Dog A Bath?

Depends. Of course if they have played in the dirt or get slobber on them, give your dog a bath but if they are mostly indoors with day-to-day activities, it’s recommended not to bathe them too often so you don’t dry out their skin. I usually give them baths every four weeks which ends up being perfect as I can apply their monthly flea topical right after they dry. All pups will vary!


Alise #StayPineapple Hotel San Francisco

The Alise is a 93-room boutique hotel a short walk from Union Square. Alise is part of a group of Stay Pineapple hotels located around the country with various locations in Seattle, Portland, San Diego and Chicago.

If you want to learn all about the branding experience, Stay Pineapple does exactly that with its hotels. The design is bright, yellow and cheery — free yellow bike rentals and pineapple-infused water + mini cupcakes during happy hour — even for the pups! Dogs are welcomed with yellow branded food bowls, treats and of course yellow poo bags + dispenser (which are yours to take home). $25 per day; two dogs maximum, no weight restriction.

Although the amenities are lacking (no fitness room), the rooms are updated and feel uber modern. The comforters on the beds are the best. They’re “European style” duvet covers. Two individual twin-size blankets — one on the right side and one on the left side so you don’t have to share and fight over a blanket. Super soft and fluffy.

Rooms are affordable and start at $150.



Fairmont San Francisco

The Historic Fairmont Hotel…

When I made my first trip up to San Francisco for the holidays (well, I went once when I was 18 but that totally doesn’t count), I knew the Fairmont was a must — especially for Christmas!

It’s one of the oldest hotels in SF, opened in 1907, and one of the most grand. With 591 rooms and perched atop Nob Hill, you get the best views of the city and steepest.

The location was a breath of fresh compared to all the hotels we were staying in downtown/Union Square. It felt so clean, castle-like and definitely like we were worlds away. Across the street of the hotel is a really nice grassy park — perfect for the pups.

The interior definitely feels like it hasn’t changed much from the early 1900s but it has its own old-world grandeur charm. The holiday festivities were the sweetest, with a gigantic Christmas tree and a walk-through gingerbread house. The room was a decent size with a large walk-in closet — great for longer stays! Pets are $75 per stay. Rooms start at $400.


Clift San Francisco

Clift Hotel was one of my favorite stays in San Francisco, especially knowing it was designed by Philippe Starck. It’s always a treat walking into any Philippe Starck design and the Clift was no exception. Located near Union Square, open the doors to this historic 372-room Art Deco building for a truly opulant experience.

Dark, sexy, overly high ceilings — this bold lobby is filled with surrealist-inspired furniture, including an original table designed by Salvador Dalí. There’s also a giant-size wooden chair in the middle of the room, cozy fireplaces, sitting areas, etc.

The famed Redwood Bar is also located here and I was there almost every night for a Malbec, olives and a charcuterie board. BTW, I highly recommend the charcuterie board for the variety. This one had different cuts of meats, pickles + pickled veggies, grainy mustard, grilled artisan bread and homemade honey (from their rooftop bee farm!!).

The room…

My room (a generously sized 740 sq ft one-bedroom suite) was very clean, airy and gorgeous. Not too much adornment (nothing on the walls, for example) but the very tasteful and chic furniture becomes the statement. I loved all the sunlight pouring in and the pups loved how roomy it was! Oh, did I mention, dogs stay free?! Yes, no charge for a pet (under 20 lbs)!




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