I have not talk about French bulldogs much except in this article when I reviewed the best dog life jacket for French bulldog. The reason is I don’t mind them particularly cute although that is not saying others don’t. Nevertheless, I still like to cater to owners of this breed via useful information. This is what today’s topic is all about.
French bulldog need training just as any other breed. But of course, we can use their specific characteristics, to make training better and more successful – by focusing on those characteristics.
#1: They can be a little bit stubborn, so positive reinforcement training is even more important than with other breeds. Kind approach is a key to a happy French Bulldog that behaves socially acceptable. Do not try to intimidate or punish him, because you will lose his trust. Training based on positive reinforcement simply means rewarding wanted behaviors and preventing unwanted behaviors, rather than punishing a dog for them.
#2: Because of the stubbornness, one of the most important things to focus on is a recall. Be consistent and do net let a puppy be free, until the recall is 100% reliable! A great thing to use is a LONG LEASH(8m+). That way, your dog will never get a chance to run away and will not develop a habit of running away.
#3: French bulldogs make great guard dogs. But in our modern society, we don’t really need our dogs to guard us and therefore, guarding is considered an unacceptable behavior. It makes sense to work on that from the beginning. Early socialization is a key to a happy and friendly French Bulldog.
An example for a training session: make strangers give your dog treats, so that he connects strangers with a reward coming.
#4: They are usually good with other dogs, but make sure that you remain your dog’s main source of fun. Even in a group of dogs, your dog must pay attention to you more than to other dogs.
An example for a training session: keep rewarding him with high value treats for every time he turns to you in a group of other dogs.
#5: They are easy to groom, but make sure to get him used to touching and handling, so that you won’t have any problems when visiting a vet, for example.
An example for a training session: touch random parts of the body and immediately follow the touch with a treat.
#6: French bulldogs are great family dogs and it’s very important to treat them like a part of a family, so that they don’t feel left behind. If you don’t want your French Bulldog to live in an apartment with you, then don’t get one!
#7: As many other small breeds, French Bulldogs can be a little bit difficult to potty train. A solution is to begin EARLY. Buy a crate and start training a dog as soon as you get him. What you want to do is REWARD him for doing his thing where he’s expected to and prevent him from peeing in the house. Never punish a dog for making a mistake. Know that YOU are the one who did not train him well enough.
To summarize, be CONSISTENT, stick to POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT and work hard on SOCIALIZATION. Even though they are small, they can be stubborn and difficult. Do not disregard the importance of training just because they are not big!