how to train French bulldogs.Training a dog is critical regardless of breed. If you have a French bulldog, training can be a mixed bag. Since the popular French bulldog is intelligent this may make training easy, but you might also find that your dog is a little stubborn. Fortunately, with a little patience, kindness and practice, your dog will become a well-trained companion.
Housebreaking Your French Bulldog
Decide where you want your dog to toilet. Avoid letting your dog get familiar with toileting indoors if you’d like it to toilet outside. If you have a place in your yard where you’d like your dog to toilet, bring it to the spot immediately. Before you even go into your house, let it sniff around the yard until your dog urinates or defecates.
- When your dog does urinate or defecate, give your dog lots of verbal praise and attention so your dog associates going to the bathroom outside with being praised.
Start training right away. In order to make your French bulldog a good household member, begin potty training your dog as soon as you get it. If you wait to begin training and let your dog toilet on puppy pads, it will take longer to potty train it and you dog will be confused about where to toilet.
- You’ll need to be very consistent and encouraging when you begin housebreaking your French bulldog.
Watch for signs that your dog needs to toilet. Most dogs will show signs that they need to toilet, so watch your French bulldog to become familiar with your dog’s specific signs. You should also be in the habit of frequently giving it the opportunity to toilet. Signs that your dog needs to toilet include:
- Pacing or sniffing around the house
- Wandering off to a quiet area
Clean up messes immediately. If you didn’t notice your dog’s cue to toilet or your dog accidentally goes in the house, thoroughly clean up the mess. You’ll need to use a product designed for pet messes or a special pet-urine enzymatic cleaner. This will completely remove the scent of urine so your dog doesn’t return to the same spot to toilet later.
- Don’t scold or hit your dog for having an accident. Your dog won’t be able to associate the punishment with the action (toileting inside) and your dog will learn not to trust you.
Get a crate. Choose a crate that will be large enough for your French bulldog. Your dog should be able to stand normally without a hunched back inside the crate. If your French bulldog isn’t fully grown, allow enough room for your puppy to grow into its full adult size. Your dog should also be able to turn around comfortably.
- Using a crate is one of the best ways to housebreak your French bulldog. The crate also gives your dog a safe space when your dog needs to retreat or you have to leave your dog alone for a little bit.
Set up the crate. Assemble the crate (if needed) and place a crate pad or soft blanket in the bottom. To encourage your French bulldog to use the crate, put a few healthy treats in the crate, but don’t leave food or water in it. Your dog should feel comfortable and safe in its crate.
- You should place the crate somewhere quiet, but also where your dog can interact with people. Your dog shouldn’t feel isolated or punished when your dog’s in the crate.