How to Train a French Bulldog Puppy

It can be frustrating as accidents do happen and smells do occur! but we love them and care for them so we are okay with it! kinda! Luckily the Frenchie is a very clean breed, what I mean is that once it is house trained it’s very rare for your Frenchie to have any “accidents”

So please be patient and take your time with your new and ‘unskilled’ French bulldog, and to help you we have put together loads of information on how to train your French bulldog.

How To Crate Train Your French Bulldog

crate training french bulldogCrate training is when you confine your Frenchie to a crate when you are unable to directly supervise him. Also when you wish to teach your Frenchie to relieve themselves in the right area. Develop a daily potty routine that includes leashing your Frenchie as soon as you wake up and telling him or her “let’s go potty!” This will familiarise the phrase with your puppy when relieving itself.

Take you Frenchie outdoors to where you want him to use as a bathroom. He may be easily distracted and want to play so make sure you are firm with your instructions. Praise your Frenchie with excitement when they relieve themselves in the correct place outside. If he does not “go potty” take him back into his crate and repeat every 10 minutes.

Make sure you repeat this routine after each of your puppy’s meals, before you leave the house and first thing in the morning. Oh and do not forget to do this last thing at night too! Your Frenchies crate should have just enough room for him or her to turn and lay down. Dogs will not usually relieve themselves where they sleep (unless they are left for too long).

Make sure you repeat this routine after each of your puppy’s meals, before you leave the house and first thing in the morning. Oh and do not forget to do this last thing at night too! Your Frenchies crate should have just enough room for him or her to turn and lay down. Dogs will not usually relieve themselves where they sleep (unless they are left for too long).

You can give your Frenchie a treat when he or she does well in potty training. But if your Frenchie has an accident in your presence then scold it and quickly move them outside. It is important to remember that your French Bulldog puppy has a small bladder. Make sure they have the chance to relieve themselves every 2 hours and at night when required. Please do not crate your French Bulldog puppy for longer than 4 hours when they are small. Do not scold your Frenchie if it has an accident and you do not witness it, it will only confuse them.

Potty Training Your French Bulldog

are french bulldogs easy to potty trainEach time the puppy goes in the right spot, he is being trained to relieve himself there. Consistent training with your puppy will bring consistent results You may found it helpful to have an exercise pen for the house, and one for the yard. But please so not leave your Frenchie out in cold or alone in hot weather.

Place the other exercise pen in the spot you wish your Frenchie puppy to use as a permanent potty spot, both as a puppy and adult. State commands like “go potty” or “hurry up.” After he does his duty give him a treat and tell him he was a good boy. Use your Happy Voice! If you provide your French bulldog puppy with a crate that is way too large then it may allow him to relieve himself in one end and sleep in the other which isn’t good!

Make sure you take your Frenchie puppy outdoors to eliminate on a regular schedule and especially prior to being left for prolonged periods of time. He will start to circle and sniff and look for a place to potty when he has to go and when you are watching him, you can quickly take him to his potty spot. By watching closely, you will soon learn your puppy’s individual body language. Minimize his chances of making a mistake by predicting when he will need to relieve himself.

If you are going to be playing and interacting with your puppy, then it is absolutely fine for him to be out of his crate as long as you like. Times to watch are : As soon as he awakens, as soon as he finishes a meal, first thing in the morning, after a play session, and as soon as you take him out of his crate. Do NOT let your puppy run lose when your eyes are not on him, even for a couple minutes. Each time your puppy has an accident, he is being trained to potty in that spot.

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Some More French Bulldog Training Tips

Tip One…

Make sure that you create a schedule that involves regular feeding times and meal times for your French bulldog puppy. We recommend that you should get the little guy out for a walk as soon as he or she wakes up, after play time and also after any eating or drinking. It’s good to remove your puppy’s water bowl a couple of hours before bedtime too.

Tip Two…

Confine your Frenchie if there is a chance that supervision is going to be a problem. If you limit your dog to a crate or confined space then they will refuse to relieve themselves in what they would see as living quarters or sleeping quarters. This also goes back to their clean breed set up. They don’t like eliminating where they lay.

Tip Three…

Keep your eyes peeled for any warning signs from your French Bulldog! They will include things like circling in the room, pacing around from one room to another, some sniffing about, whining, maybe even a little barking. Remember, if you spot any of these sure fire signs then immediately take your Frenchie outside to eliminate.

Tip Four…

Teach your Frenchie the “Go Potty” command. SO when your little chap needs the loo and starts to go where he/she shouldn’t, say “GO POTTY” and point outside or on the training mat. When they finish heap loads of praise on them while they are still outside or on the training mat and give them a little treat. It will not take long for them to get used to this command and eventually just go outside!

Tip Five…

Make sure all indoor “accidents” are cleaned away completely. You want to eliminate the odor of urine and feces around the house as when the dog smells this around the house he or she will be more inclined to use it to go to the toilet. A good tip is to remove the guys little accident into the back garden or yard and leave it out there, that way they can identify the spot with where to go potty.

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Why You Should Only Train Your French Bulldog At Certain Times…

There are certain times in the day when your French Bulldog is more active so try and train your Frenchie when they are more alert – they pay more attention. Frenchies have an estimated 15 minute attention span so when you are training your little freind then make sure you keep that in mind as anything over this and he will already be losing his focus.

If you schedule these little bursts of training sessions throughout your day, you will make more progress and keep these sessions happier for both of you. Make sure that you have established yourself as the Alpha leader with your Frenchie. They will always respond better to training when they know who is in charge at all times.

This does not mean that you have to hurt or dominate your French Bulldog. It can be as simple as ensuring that you always eat first at mealtimes before giving him his food. Do not limit rewards to your French Bulldog to just when he follows your commands. If you see him doing good positive things reward him then too.


He will catch on very quickly! Always use your French Bulldog’s name when you need to get his attention, like at mealtimes, playing, walkies etc. It will get him used to what he needs to respond to. When giving commands to your Frenchie make sure that you are serious at all times. Don’t let him ignore your commands otherwise you will have problems in the future.

Do not reward or scold your French Bulldog for something they did 15 or more minutes ago. They will not associate the action with the event! They have terrible memories remember! Your Frenchie may do funny things that are also bad. You must still punish him for this and DO NOT LAUGH! This will only confuse your dog and make training harder down the line.


Training Your French Bulldog With a Leash or Lead

If your French Bulldog is not obeying commands he may not be very well so be careful when dishing out punishments as you do not want to scold your Frenchie for being ill. If you suspect that your Frenchie is in fact unwell and not being a stubborn so and so! Get him down to the vet as soon as possible, and get him checked out.

Some French Bulldogs find collars and leashes uncomfortable and may play up when you put them on, so make sure you use collars and leashes from a small puppy. To avoid any episodes outside with leashes, put a leash on your Frenchie around the house a few times before your first trip outdoors, it will help the whole thing go more smoothly.

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Positive interaction is one of the most important and basic needs of a French Bulldog prior to training him. Greet him with lots of attention whenever you meet him, so he can bond with you. Before you can even get your French Bulldog’s attention for training you need to make sure that he feels safe and secure with you. Remember, he has just been separated from his mother.

A good healthy diet from day one will ensure your French Bulldog is ready for anything that you throw at him! Good quality food will mean a good day’s training!

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