French Bulldog Behavior Problems and How to Solve Them

French bulldog, or Frenchies, as they are called, are energetic, playful little dogs. They are mostly a pet that every dog-loving person would like to own. But, these little pups sometimes may have behavioral problems manifested through aggression due to insecurities about their owners, or other peoples (or animals) intentions towards them. These problems can make Frenchies look less like a playful friend to have, and more like a problem to solve, which is why solving French bulldog behavior problems is very important.

There are more common types of behavioral problems that may occur with French bulldog, and we’re going to look at all of them, and how to solve them.

Resource Guarding

French bulldogs playing

It’s usual for dogs to have their favorite toy they can chew on, but when it comes to Frenchies, they can get a little bit needy and protective about their toys and treats, so when you try to take these things away from them, it’s not rare to see them take a defensive stance towards the things in their possession. There are a few tips that you can use to work on this behavior that is proven to help, but there is one thing that is definitely going to make things WORSE, and that is trying to take away the dog toy or his treat, as a form of punishment on a regular basis. Here’s what you can/should do:

  • If your dog is playing with his toy or chewing on its favorite treat, you should let him do that, and not bother him.
  • Instead of just taking toys away from your Frenchie, you should also hand feed him (at least once a day), so that he can associate your presence with food, instead of bad.
  • Best way to train your dog to let go of his toy is to bring something that is the same as, if not even more rewarding for the dog than the toy itself. You should throw some tasty treats for him to follow and eat. Therefore, you’re training your dog into linking your presence with something good, and you’re making him forget about the toy he’s so connected with.

These are just some of the most usual tips, that work in the training of your Frenchie’s overprotecting resource guarding. Of course, every dog is different, so you will need to improvise to find out what works the best for your pup.

Aggression to Other Dogs

Aggression to other dogs is the second biggest type of behavioral issue that occurs with French bulldog, and it’s a very common way for many dogs to try and assert their dominance over other, bigger or smaller dogs. It can be an outcome of many reasons: your dog might feel anxious or scared of other dogs, or he can be overprotective of his owner, you. Therefore, he will go to distance to try and defend you from other dogs, even if you are not threatened by them. Dog on dog aggression is often successfully trained and treated by a professional trainer, but same as with resource guarding issue, there are some things you, as an owner, can do to stop this:

  • First, and his most important thing that you can, and SHOULD do, is to socialize your dog as much as possible. This means that your Frenchie should engage in social interactions with other dogs and people as much as possible, which will, in the long run, make him more connected to others, instead of his toys, and will definitely help his aggression towards other dogs.
  • Look for the things that trigger your dog aggression, and eliminate them. If your dog feels scared or nervous around bigger dogs, then take him for walks to places where there are no bigger and scarier dogs. If your dog doesn’t like sharing his food, feed him separately from other dogs. Whatever the thing is that makes your dog aggressive towards other dogs look for a way to eliminate it from your dog’s life until your dog is successfully trained to deal with these kinds of stuff.
  • Learn to reward your French bulldog whenever he successfully engages in an interaction with other canines. Whether it’s a situation where you Frenchie sees a big dog and doesn’t get scared or aggressive, or overprotective of you when there is no need, don’t forget to reward him with a tasty treat. This way, he will associate both your presence and acting calm around other dogs as a good, rewarding habit, so it’s really a win-win situation for everybody.

Aggressive French bulldog Solutions

  1. For a good start you should have a Frenchie muzzle to protect others and your own dog. Check out perfect dog muzzle for French bulldogs at our store here.
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When Called not Listening

French bulldogs are majestic breed. Sometimes when you think they don’t hear you actually they hear you, but they just don’t want to. Its important to train your pup from early days commands.

How to Deal if French bulldog not listening:

  • Take part in dog training courses.
  • Practice basic commands.
  • Repeat your commands in specific moments.
  • Be patients and calm to your Frenchie.
  • Use body commands. For example: Put your hand up when you have treat in your hand and you request dog to sit.
  • Use Ultrasound whistle to have attention from Frenchie

    Separation Anxiety

    Separation anxiety is one of the most popular behavior problems among French bulldogs. Frenchies very attach to their humans, so its hard for them to be a lone for some time.

    Common symptoms for separation anxiety:

    • Eating their poop
    • Escaping
    • Chewing staff
    • Urinating
    • Barking

    How to solve separation anxiety:

    • Frenchies owner has to be more present to his pap
    • Teach dog bad thinks become good. This step could be better done with professional dog trainer.

    Frenchie-Follower Behavior

    If your Frenchie follows everywhere you go then its something familiar to separation anxiety. It may mean that you French bulldog has emotional or physical distress.  But remember that at some point its normal for Frenchie breed to be close to owner.

    Begging

    If your pup is begging then probably problem is owner. For example if your Frenchie begs while you eat and you give something to him – hi understands that begging is the way to get something from human.

    How to treat French bulldog from begging:

    •  Ignore – dont pay attention! But be patient, it may take some time while Frenchie will understand.

    Barking

    Barking is something similar to begging because dog tries to express his feelings. But this time it could mean lot more health problems.  French bulldog breed is not popular barkers. That’s why try to pay attention.

    Symptoms of barking:

    • Distress and Anxiety. Yes you heard it right – Frenchie express his distress by barking.
    • Attention seeking.
    • Barking at alarm.
    • Genetics.
    • Territorial.

    Solution

    Best think how to teach your Frenchie barking is Anti barking device. And we have just what you need. Easy to use Anti barking device for affordable price in our store.

    Chewing

    When your Frenchie is young its only natural to chew bones or humans clothing. That’s because their tooth are growing and itching. After they grow up its their natural habit to chew. Dogs relief stress by chewing. But sometimes they try to pay owners attention.

    Why Frenchies chew:

    • Stress.
    • Hunger.
    • Lack of exercises.
    • Separation anxiety.

    Solution

    Maybe its a time to buy a chewing toy for your Frenchie. It’s very important to have proper toy that will be loved by your dog.

    Rough Playing

    Historically French bulldogs come from fight dogs, that’s why when you see two frenchies playing you may think they are fighting. But they are not. Frechies have to socialize with other dogs to have some play time. Its important for them to understand that human is not a French bulldog.

    Reasons why French bulldogs play rough:

    • Dominate over other dog or human.
    • Learned from other dogs being rough.
    • Too much excitement.

    There is, of course, a difference in all dogs, same as humans, so you will need to be patient with your Frenchie, as the training process can take up to a few weeks, months, or even years. The most important thing for you is to stay consistent and patient, and not forget how rewarding a dog training process can truly be, once it’s successfully done. Thank you for reading ourfrenchie.com articles!

    13 thoughts on “French Bulldog Behavior Problems and How to Solve Them

    1. Caitlin O'Keefe says:

      Hi! We have a 1.5-year-old intact male who has become more aggressive in the last few weeks. He began growling on our bed and growling at others when he feels as if he’s being dominated. Do you have any trainer recommendations in the Chicago area to help with resource guarding and aggression?

    2. Robert Wood says:

      My 6 month old French bulldog is now attacking my mother in laws cockerpoo which a fox Male is she in season or is it another reason for her behaviour

    3. jade says:

      Hi all! I have an almost 2year old very energetic female Frenchie! Two problems are barking- bikes, people walking past my windows, other dogs sometimes and 2. aggression but the aggression is not from her it’s from other dogs towards her which makes me think is she giving off a weird doggo vibe to other dogs lol. Some dogs are fine with her, some will have a pop at her as soon as they get close enough ( I keep her on her lead unless it’s only dogs around she knows and I know that are ok with her ) . Any tips for the barking? And anything as to why other dogs don’t like her lol

    4. Tina Blundell says:

      Hi my 8 month old frenchie keeps barking everytime we let her in the garden. We ave tried all the different training methods with her but she stll dose not listen to us. She is good has gold inside the house its just outside she is a nuisance

    5. raffaella galiero says:

      We have recently moved ,we have a lab.12 and frenchbulldog nearly 3,lots of dogs around our new neighbourhood that also always bark at my frenchie,he goes mad barking back at them,in the house started following me room to room,and this week itried to look at his paw that he was cleaning he turned agrssive never done before,then to my husband today that touched him has a caress while he slept snarled agressively this has never happened before.

    6. Clive Inman says:

      Hi have two female frenchies 7 and 4 and just got a 1 year old male. One female is fine and the male is a soppy as they come. The other female is not so good lip smaking and then attacking. What can I do to stop this

    7. Susan Ellam says:

      I have a 6 month old French bulldog he keeps jumping up and biting specially when other people come in to the house. My grandchildren get upset by it. What advice do you give?

      • Eric H Serrano says:

        My french bulldog is 1 year old female spayed. In the last 3 months she been very bratty. She bites me and my wife. Also barks and lunging towards us. There will be times where she will be sleeping for like 10 mins and wake up and walk towards my wife and bite her for no reason. Me and my wife decided we are going to give her back to the breeder. We cant handle her anymore especially with our work schedules

    8. Tracy Harrison says:

      Hi i have a 14month old french male bulldog, he is so loving, but when people come to the house or we go near people out he starts barking and getting really aggressive he fine with other dogs just people xx

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