French Bulldog Training
Thinking about bringing home a French Bulldog puppy? Maybe you’re helplessly drawn to their adorable little snouts, maybe you’ve seen their cheerful temperaments and love how loyal they are to their owners, but you’re not quite sure what you’re getting into in terms of training.
They’re amusing, quirky little guys, sure, but are they difficult to train? Do they pick up on things quickly? Let’s take a closer look at how to go about training the French Bulldog.
Their Nature: Eager to Please
The first thing you should know in regards to the French Bulldog is that he is eager to please. He’s affectionate, playful, alert, bright, easy-going, keen, lively, and patient . As his owner and as his trainer, this most certainly gives you an advantage.
Frenchies are smart and confident, so these little guys pick up on training pretty quickly. However, just like any other dog with a generous portion of confidence, stubbornness can occasionally be an issue.
Common Training Difficulties Pertaining to Personality
Some French Bulldog owners struggle when it comes to training because of their dog’s clever tendencies toward stubbornness. Also, the Frenchie’s intelligence level can pose a bit of an obstacle in training: they’re smart enough that they get bored easily with training methods, but not quite smart enough to pick up on a great many commands or tricks, like some other breeds.
The French Bulldog is not known for being a trickster or a show-off; he’d rather sit calmly in your presence and obey an important command or two here and there. This means that owners should concentrate on important key commands that the dog really need to learn and not overwhelm the dog.
Simultaneously, it’s important to mix up your training routine to keep the French Bulldog interested. Finally, this should come as no surprise, but owners who use discipline, punishment and yelling as a training method will only reap negative behaviours from these dogs, as they often can be difficult if they suspect their owner is unhappy with them (more on this shortly).
Socialization is key to having a happy French Bulldog in the home and this means socializing him with as many people and pets as possible in the early days.
As soon as you bring your French Bulldog puppy home and as soon as he has been vaccinated, Introduce your pup to other dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes, and let him get used to doggy behavior on his own. Doing this will ensure he learns not to be standoffish or aggressive toward other animals.
Do your best to refrain from picking him up when other dogs “show their dominance”, as learning to be submissive is an incredibly important part of animal socialization.
In the same way, give your dog the opportunity to socialize with humans of all ages early on – this will prepare them to be well-mannered around other dogs and other humans.
Potty Training can be tough for the French Bulldog, just like many other small dog breeds. The first thing you’ll want to do is purchase an appropriate sized crate, and ensure that put the dog in it when you’re not watching him.
In order to get his potty habits on a predictable schedule for both of you, do your best to feed him at the same times daily. Always, when taking him out, lead him to the door (don’t carry him), and show him plenty of praise for being outside once you get there.
Like most puppies, you’ll want to practice taking him out about every hour, though he probably won’t go every time. Each time he does go, praise him and reward him with a treat.
Positivity is the name of the game in terms of training your little one. French Bulldog’s do not respond well to criticism, even when it’s done with appropriate restraint.
Consider the breed itself: quirky, fun, eager to please their owners, incredibly loyal. They’re entertaining, funny, and generally very cheerful, so they respond well to lots of praise and encouragement.
Training in this way denotes that you’ll be working with your dog’s strengths, not against his weaknesses. You’ll want to do your best to keep your attitude and your training methods positive, upbeat, and fun, using a variety of praise and rewards to keep him happy.
As we mentioned, Frenchies get bored and lose interest quite easily, so you’ll want to do your best to keep training sessions short and recognize when they’re over it.
Because of how stubborn and easily bored French Bulldogs tend to be in training, it’ll benefit you both to have training done on a leash. Sit, stay, and come can all be taught with a short leash, so that the dog doesn’t wander off when bored. Bear in mind that once he does the requested behaviour, a reward is in order and the training session should end (take him off leash).
There’s no doubt about it: with a positive attitude, and working with your Frenchie’s strengths, your pup will put stubbornness aside in favour of pleasing his owner!