French Bulldogs are a very common dog for a variety of reasons. They are wise, (somewhat) healthy, and really faithful to their owners.
Besides, the French don’t have too much upkeep for people who lead busy lives and don’t need a lot of space, so they’re perfect for staying in condos.
Much like any horse, you ‘re going to have to train your latest puppy. It is one of the toughest aspects of the training process, as it can be exhausting, both for the trainer and the dog, and it’s often sort of dirty!
In fact, French bulldogs are a very persistent breed. They’ll stay with it forever until they know it, but the initial step of learning may be a struggle. Below are a few ideas to help you train the next French Bulldog.
French Bulldog Puppy Potty Training Tips
I’m going to give you 4 tips on how to potty train your French Bulldog puppy. These 4 tips are not the standard tips you’ll find in other YouTube videos like ‘you should use a dog crate’. Nevertheless using a dog crate is good advice but I want to give you something different you’ve never heard before so you can work on that thing with your French bulldog puppy.
These 4 tips come directly from my book How to House-Train Your Puppy: The Ultimate Guide, which I wrote in cooperation with 24 dog trainers and dog experts.
I’m here to help you prepare for your puppy in the best way possible, so you’ll know what to expect and what to do when you get a puppy.
Besides my book How to House-Train Your Puppy: The Ultimate Guide, I have written three other puppy training books. And I’ve written these four books in cooperation with over 30 well-known dog trainers.
4 Tips from 24 Dog Trainers
Again, these 4 tips I’m going to share with you in this video come directly from my book How to House-Train Your Puppy: The Ultimate Guide.
1. Take Your French Bulldog Puppy Outside Immediately
My first tip for you is to take your French Bulldog puppy outside immediately. Also when your puppy is still 8 to 12 weeks old. What do I mean with this? Well some vets still advise not to take your puppy outside until it has received all its vaccinations.
That would mean your puppy can only pee in the garden, to prevent it being infected by other dogs. This in turn would mean that your pup is not allowed to leave your home and garden for up to 12 weeks, resulting in an insecure and anxious dog.
2. Socialize The Puppy
The second socialization stage of a puppy’s life covers the period between 8 and 12 weeks of age. During this crucial period, puppies need to be socialized to fit in with society.
They need to gain positive experiences with the things they will encounter later on in life. If you never let your puppy get familiar with traffic, for instance, you run a serious risk of having it respond anxiously to all traffic later on.
In short, it would be very harmful to restrict your French Bulldog puppy’s world to just your home and garden over the period between 8 and 12 weeks of age.
Besides this is good practise for socializing your puppy it is also very good for housetraining your French bulldog puppy. You probably prefer that your pup will pee and poop outside rather than inside or in your garden. So why not take it outside immediately instead of letting it pee and poop in your garden first? My second tip for you is to stop using the confusing rules of thumb
Some people use a rule of thumb in puppy house-training regimes. An example of such rules of thumb is the following: “a two-month-old French bulldog pup can retain urine for three hours
For every month that it ages, add one hour to this number. This means that when your French bulldog is three months it can wait for four hours before having to pee.”
Despite what may be roughly accurate in general, the best advice is not to use a rule of thumb when rearing pups, including house-training regimes. Every single dog is unique, and all sorts of different factors affect the pace of the house-training process.
If you do operate by a rule of thumb, you run the risk of focusing too heavily on that rule. If your puppy should somehow pee inside the house, you are likely to think that something is wrong with it, which will not help the process of rearing your pup.
On top of this, there are dozens of factors influencing the length of time that any puppy can go without a pee. Consider fluid intake, for instance, or the metabolic rate of its body, or the level of activity and anxiety it experiences. It is by no means exceptional for an eight-week-old puppy to need to pee after only 20 minutes of intense activity.
On the other hand, puppies may well sleep the entire night without having to go if they’re resting peacefully. MUST READ:The Secret To Goldendoodle Training|FREE PDF
So in conclusion, do not use a rule of thumb when house training your French bulldog puppy. Instead just focus your attention on your puppy and look at his behavior and previous activities. Have you just had a play session with your puppy? Take it outside first before putting him back in its dog crate. Running, walking and playing will result in your puppy having to pee much sooner than expected according to the rule of thumb.
3. Get The French Bulldog Puppy A Dull Pee and Poop Space
My third tip for you is to find the dullest place close to your home for your French bulldog puppy to pee and poop during his first week. Why dull, you wonder? Well many people ask me all the time how can a pup that’s just been walked pee indoors only five minutes later?
The thing to keep in mind is a puppy’s endless curiosity. As you take it for a walk, it is usually so focused on its surroundings that if you don’t give it a clear opportunity to pee or to poop, you run the risk of allowing it to forget all about nature’s call.
Once you get home, it calms down, suddenly realizing why you went for that walk in the first place. Try to imagine yourself in its situation. You wouldn’t be able to take a whizz with everyone around you watching because you would be too tense. You’d be much more relaxed if you went to the toilet and focused on the task at hand all by yourself.
This is the reason you want your pup to get bored and relax, making it realize that it needs to pee and poop. Any place in your immediate surroundings that provides minimum distraction will do.
During the first week, use the same boring spot as often as you can, to teach the pup where it can and should answer nature’s call. Repeatedly visiting the same spot makes it even more boring for your puppy, causing it to switch attention to peeing sooner.
If you notice that it’s working out nicely, you can start looking for a second airing space. Try to find more and more different airing spots, to teach your French bulldog pup to relieve itself in different places. On the grass, in the sand, on the gravel, and even on the pavement if you’re living in an urban area without a spot of green nearby.
4. Don’t Leave the Young Puppy Home Alone for Longer
My fourth tip for you is to not leave a puppy of 8 weeks home alone for longer than 2 hours on end because you’ll run the risk of having it pee or poop indoors. Many people wonder how long they can leave a puppy home alone because they need to get back to their full-time jobs a few weeks or even a few days after taking a puppy into their home.
It’s best to take a vacation of a minimum of 3 weeks to cover the initial arrival of your new puppy. When you need to get back to your job after you could also consider a dog walking service, or you could ask a friend, neighbor, or a family member to walk your puppy when you are not around. You need to remember that puppies have small bladders and because of that they need to pee very often.
That is why it’s so important to consistently stick to the walking schedule. You can download my walking, sleep and eating schedule for free I specifically created for you and your French Bulldog. You can find a link to the free French Bulldog walking schedule in the link in the description below or you can go to my website puppybee.com.
My bonus tip for you is to check out my other dog training articles I recently published also about potty training. In this video I give you 6 tips on how to potty train your puppy. These are not the same tips I discussed in this post so you’ll definitely hear something new.
Well, there you have it. My 4 tips + 1 bonus tip on potty training your French bulldog puppy. To quickly summarize the 4 tips:
Tip 1: take your French Bulldog puppy outside immediately. Also when your puppy is still 8 to 12 weeks old. And we do this because it is very important to socialize your puppy immediately with traffic and such.
Tip 2: stop using the confusing rules of thumb. Every dog is unique and each day is different. Instead of using a rule of thumb focus on your dog and act accordingly.
Tip 3: find the dullest place close to your home for your French bulldog puppy to pee and poop during his first week. This will prevent it from pee inside after your walk 5 minutes later. And the last tip.
Tip 4. do not leave a puppy of 8 weeks home alone for longer than 2 hours on end because you’ll run the risk of having it pee or poop indoors. You walk your French bulldog puppy four times a day, but you could be taking it for a pee and poop for as many as fourteen times a day (walks included).
And also, my last bonus tip. Check out my other potty training your puppy with 6 other tips. You’ll find a link to that video in description below.
I hope you found at least one tip you didn’t know yet so you can work on that thing. If you liked my article about potty training your French bulldog puppy, please give it a thumbs up, so I’ll know I need to make more posts like this.
Please visit my website, www.findhelpx.com for more information about puppy training. And last but not least, please leave a comment below this video and tell me what name you will give your French bulldog puppy. Or if you have given it a name already.
I am very curious what its name is. Leave a comment below and tell me. Also do you have an Instagram account for your French bulldog puppy? Promote it in the comments below so I can follow your dog on Instagram. I would really like that.
My dog’s name is Doody. I have published some articles with him on this website. I wish you all the best with your French bulldog puppy. Make sure you enjoy every moment! Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next time!