Bull Terrier: Groom & Care
In general, Bull Terriers don't need much grooming. You have to take care of them, of course, but in comparison to some other dog breeds, Bull Terriers are easy to groom. Yay!
How many times has your Bull Terrier rolled in the mud? Once? Twice? So often that you stopped counting? Believe me, you are not alone in this. All Bull Terriers do that. So we come to the question of how often can I bathe my Bull Terrier? It depends from dog to dog. It is recommended to bathe your Bull Terrier every 8 to 12 weeks, ie 2 to 3 months, and always be sure to use mild shampoo made specially for dogs. Don't use human shampoos for dog bathing, especially if your dog has sensitive skin, it can cause itching and irritation due to different pH levels and will also dry out the hair.
But my Bull Terrier gets dirty much more often than that. Now what?
In that case (once again, believe me you are not alone in this), water is your best friend. The best water temperature for Bull Terrier bathing is lukewarm, around 37°C (98.6°F). For smaller or older dogs, you can reduce the water temperature since they are a bit more sensitive. Also, make sure you are not using too cold water, since the dogs may find it uncomfortable.
The best way to prepare your Bull Terrier for bathing is to first brush him or her in the tub to remove dirt and untangle any knots in the fur, as well as to remove the hair that has already fallen out. The simplest tool for this is a glove brush, with which you simply pet and brush your dog at the same time. Brushing also helps to improve circulation and distribute oils from skin to the fur. Another thing that can make bathing much easier is a shampoo dispensing brush. Simply pour the shampoo and a little bit of water into the brush and massage the dog in a circular motion to create a rich foam. Be careful not to get the foam into dog's eyes or ears, they hate it as much as we do. :)
After drying your dog with a clean towel or blow dryer on the lowest heat setting, it's a good time to check his ears. The ears should not be cleaned frequently and unnecessarily so as not to cause inflammation or irritation. If you see that there is a need for cleaning, you must do it slowly and carefully so as not to injure the eardrum. The easiest and safest way is to use cotton wool and gently clean the ear from ear wax with a good quality ear solution. Do not clean too deeply, only the outer part where the wax accumulates. If the ears have an unpleasant odor, you should see a veterinarian to rule out potential inflammation or infection.
Everybody loves a spa day, right?
Since you are bathing your Bull Terrier, you can take care of his or hers nails as well. Speaking of which, you can opt for two options: grinding or trimming, depends on what you or your dog prefer. If you decide to trim the nails, be very careful not to cut too much and damage the nerve and injure your dog. We advise you to invest in a good quality nail clippers with a built-in lamp that make it much easier to shorten your dog's nails. If you'd rather grind the nails, it may take some time for your Bull Terrier to get used to it. Nail grinders are great because there is lower chance for a mistake or an injury, but it takes more time to get the job done. Every dog is different, so there is not specific time frame for nail shortening, although there are signs that it is time to give your Bull Terrier a pedicure. One of them is that cute sound when your dog is pouncing and you hear the nails clicking on the floor. Another clear sign that the nails need to be trimmed is when you see that they have started to bend.
Another really important thing is to make sure your dog's teeth are clean and tartar free. One way to prevent the formation of tartar deposits on a dog’s teeth is to give solid food to the dog. Although this is very effective, it is necessary to brush the dog's teeth from time to time with a brush specially designed for dogs. There are different types of brushes on the market. The easiest to use are silicone brushes that you simply put on your finger. They are not expensive and they do their job quite well. They are also really easy to clean, so they might be the perfect choice for you. If you don't like the plain silicone ones, you can use the plastic toothbrush with fine bristles like this one. It's the same method but a little bit different style. If you'd rather use the classic toothbrush (you know, the one you can hold in your hand), you might like the three sided dog toothbrush. Three sided toothbrushes are great because they are easy to use and they clean the teeth from all sides, so it's our best recommendation for everyone.
All right, we combed and bathed the dog, took care of the nails, brushed the teeth. What else do we have left? Paw care! We must not forget those soft little cushions. It is very important that you take care of your dog's pads so that they don't crack. We recommend that you get dog paw balm and use it regularly. There is no simpler thing than that. Just apply lightly on the pads and rub in with a massage. Your dog will surely enjoy it! Our paw balm is 100% natural and smells amazing, you and your furry little friend will love it!
Do you have any other tips and tricks for Bull Terrier groom and care? Feel free to comment your experience down below.