Potty Training Your French Bulldog

For all dog owners, potty training can prove to be a bit of a frustration. Puppies are especially prone to making accidents and mess. If you own a French Bulldog then by now you have figured out that this is a very special breed that likes to keep themselves cleaner than all the other canine breeds. This means that once you have successfully trained your Frenchie, they will make a much less mess and will clean up after themselves. The smell however, cannot be helped!

The French bulldog breed has made house-training them quite easy! There are four basic steps to potty-train your dog. It’s always easier to start training the pups after they are 2-3 weeks old because as they start to grow they build habits which are not easy to break. You can begin to potty train your pup at 4-8 weeks in order to train them more quickly. Normally after 10 weeks puppies take longer to potty- train.

These are a few things you need to know in order to start the training yourself

  • Create a routine schedule with regular diets and potty hours. It is recommended to take your dog outside right away after waking up, after playing or after eating and drinking. French Bulldogs are much easier to housebreak than any other breed of dog. When you first get your puppy, start a house-training routine as well. Take them outside every day at the same time.  Remember to get rid of any food between the meals so that it knows to eat when food is given. You can also take away your dog’s water bowl at least two hours before bedtime.Frenchie potty training
  • Confine it to a particular area if you can’t be available for constant supervision. Limit your dog to a big crate or small blocked-off area in a room or yard. Frenchies are a mostly clean breed and will stay away from pooping in their sleeping area. Puppies less than 12 weeks old have yet not developed complete bladder control and can hold their potty only for the same number of hours as his age in months plus 1, so keep that in mind.
  • Look out for warning signs that your bulldog gives when it needs to go. These warning signs maybe like pacing from room to room, circling the room, sniffing, whining, barking or simply staring and fidgeting. If you see these warning signs, immediately take them outside because it is their potty time. You can also take your pup on a brisk walk, approximately 5 minutes after meal. Walk your dog until he/she is ready to eliminate. As soon as it’s done, praise them. One of the keys to potty training is constant positive encouragement. Lots of hugs, pats, treats and rubs will result in good behavior. This will allow your pup to get some exercise and training at the same time. Make sure to take a poop bag because you will need it.
  • Teach your French Bulldog a specific command for potty. As soon as it starts pooping, say “go potty” and once he is finished, praise him with a treat while still outside. Wait until they are finished or he may finish in the house. Before long, you’ll say, “go potty,” and your dog will know what’s expected before he starts eliminating.
  • Clean your house or room completely after any accident to eliminate urine and feces odors. If your Frenchie smells feces in your house, he is likely to use that spot to go potty. If your dog poops in the home, then place the feces in an appropriate area of the yard so that they can smell it next time he goes outside.
  • Take your dog outside on a leash and bring him to the same spot every time. This helps your companion aware of approved potty areas. When they eliminate outside, immediately praise them. It is amazing, the pleasure that French bulldogs get from basic attention and praise.  Let them run and play for some time and take advantage of this time, so they get their exercise and house-training at the same time.

Things to remember

Always take your pup out around 5 minutes after every meal. Keep this practice for 2-3 weeks and they should be house-trained.

At times a Frenchie can be stubborn, so you have to continue to be consistent and pushy. Praise wins their heart and obedience and they repeat the behavior every time.

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