Most Frenchie owners would be hesitant to take their bulldog on a hike. Frenchies have breathing issues, hard time regulating body temperatures and can suffer a heat stroke easily. We are bringing you the best tips to make hikes safer. Hikes with your dog can be an incredible experience for both of you.
Reduce aggression - Hiking in the great outdoors can help reduce dominance and aggression. See how Cesar helps an aggressive Boston Terrier dog mom lead a mass pack walk in the great outdoors.
Yes, generally they can with the following exceptions:
Slowly add minutes to your daily walks for several weeks. Add 3 minutes daily which will add up to 21 minutes weekly. By the end of the third week your Frenchie should be able to walk around an hour.
You can continue to walk an hour a day for a few days or a few weeks until you feel comfortable and confident your dog can handle a short trail. Remember to add food and water to your Frenchie's daily intake since he/she will be more active.
Lean muscular fit Frenchie
Many dogs will keep going whether they are exhausted or not. It is normal for all dogs to pant and breath heavier during a hike, However, there are warning signs your dog may have pushed over their own limit:
Foaming from the mouth -indication that a heat stoke is imminent. Immediately find a shade cool off your dog with water. Squeeze lemon in the windpipe if saliva is like a meringue egg whites or stiff mousse. To avoid suffocation the lathery saliva froth can be melted by the acidity of the lemon juice.
It is important to mention that every dog is different so you should get you know your own dog’s warning signs.
The ideal hiking trail will have lots of trees, shade and possibly water streams. Avoid trails that are desert like with little to no shade and unbearable heat.
It is best to find a trail that is pet friendly and also will be Frenchie breed friendly as mentioned above.
Wooded, forest like hiking is the best for Frenchies.
We talk about everything here even when it comes to number two. Take your Frenchie potty time prior to the hike to minimize the chances of it happening along the trails.
If it does happen during the hike be prepared and bring a freezer Ziplock bag. Seal the poo bag inside and strap that bag to the outside of your backpack. Always clean after your dog and be consciences about others and our environment.
Merle Frenchie wearing Frenchiestore cooling bandana and health harness
You can carry snacks in a cooler that will hydrate you and your pup during your hike. Ice cubes are always highly recommended to bring in your cooler.
Not only the ice cubes will keep your actual snacks frozen it will also be a great addition to your water or just to chew on.
You can replace the bananas with almost any other fruit, this is just an illustration of the different methods of making quick and easy dog ice cream snack.
For the au natural pet parent - Frozen bites of fruit is a pawfect snack for you and your dog. You can freeze bananas, blueberries, mango pineapple and much more. Make sure to cut them into small bite size.
Keep in mind certain fruits are higher in sugar such as bananas and apples and be mindful of the amount given to your dog.
For the pet parent that wants to take the extra step -Cut the fruit to small bite sizes spread peanut butter or nonfat yogurt in between pieces and freeze.
For the fancier pet parent - in a food processor mix 2 cups plain, nonfat yogurt, 1 cup creamy peanut butter and 2 whole ripe bananas. Freeze in a popsicle mold.
Pro tip - you can use a dog treat stick instead of the popsicle mold to have a zero waste on the go snack.
Only give your dog foods that your Frenchie is familiar with and that never had any allergic reaction to. Always consult with your vet if you are unsure about certain foods.
We hope with the above tips you are able to enjoy quality time together with your Frenchie, bond and build a strong relationship. We hope you stay cool and safe especially during the summer months. As always let us know if you have a suggestion, tip or a question below.
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