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Petrisor Andrei

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4 Ways To Discipline Your Frenchie

Dogs learn from their owners, and none more so than Frenchies. Our dog Claude is a great example and he really does mirror me in so many ways. And that’s all due to how he has been raised and trained – but it was very hard work that I had to put in during his puppy months.

With good training and discipline, you can sculpt the personality of your French Bulldog. But the key here is to not confuse discipline with physical punishment or loud yelling.

Dogs don’t understand it when you punish them with aggression. Dogs get scared when you shout. It’s more than likely that they will mirror that behavior back with barking – and a dog that isn’t treated well, can develop bad behavior like biting.

But this doesn’t mean you aren’t able to punish your French Bulldog puppy. You can punish a Frenchie, but it’s by using discipline, and not hurting them.

And that’s what this guide is about; I am going to show you how to discipline a French Bulldog so you get them to behave like a well-adjusted dog without resorting to physical punishment which should never do, even as a last resort.

How do you discipline a French Bulldog puppy without punishment?

This breed is notoriously stubborn, and I’ve covered this aspect to their character in my guide to raising a healthy and happy Frenchie. So many new dog owners will struggle with their French Bulldog, but if you persevere, stay consistent, and use corrective discipline you can soon iron out any unwanted behavior.

Before I get into the tips you can use to discipline your French Bulldog without using physical punishment, here are the rules of engagement:

Always use positive reinforcement when they do something good.

Always discipline them at the time of the issue so they understand.

Always be consistent with your discipline and “punishment.”

Use a firm voice and appropriate body language.

Never hit or shout at them as you will get the response you don’t want.

French Bulldog discipline tips

The following tactics are all ones that I used with our Frenchie and have never had to resort to any physical methods of punishment.

1. Stay consistent with the discipline and training

Dogs can easily get confused, and Frenchies aren’t always the sharpest mentally, so keep things consistent and simple.

For example, if on Monday you clap to get their attention, so they jump up at you, but then two days later scold them for jumping up at a stranger, they aren’t going to get it.

This was probably the biggest training mistake I ever made with Claude – when he was around 10 weeks old, I would play fight with him in our garden, encouraging him to nip at my hands. It was a fun game and didn’t hurt as he was so young. I should never have started this game though…

By the time he was 4 months old, those teeth were sharper, and he still wanted to play the nipping game. I had re-train him to stop biting, which probably confused him at the time.

With any French Bulldog discipline, you need to be consistent. By doing so you will get quick results, and the result you want.

2. Discipline them at the time of the offence

If you leave your Frenchie home alone only to come back to a scene of destruction, they aren’t going to put two and two together when you start getting angry and shouting at them.

For example, if you walk in the room to see your prized cushions chewed and torn to pieces and then start shouting at your Frenchie, he’s going to wonder what you’re getting so mad about.

Whilst French Bulldog’s do have good memories, they won’t be able to marry up the fact you are punishing them for something they did hours earlier. It simply won’t compute in their brains.

The point is, unless you catch your Frenchie in the act, it’s pointless punishing them after the event. However, if you do catch them doing something wrong, you can discipline your French Bulldog there and then with some firm words and body language – which I explain in the next point.

3. Use firm body language and tone of voice

Dogs understand change in voice and tone, and even your chosen body language at the time of punishment.

My preferred French Bulldog punishment method is to say a firm “no”, and raise my arm and finger, whilst also changing my facial impressions from a smile to a frown.

I believe that this is a great way to discipline a Frenchie because you’ve gone from happy to firm… but without losing your cool and hurting them.

You’re the pack leader and alpha, and this is how punishment should be meted out rather than shouting or hitting. Loud voices and pain will be interpreted as a threat, rather than something relating to their behavior.

4. Use positive reinforcement

After you have disciplined your Frenchie and you get the required result, you should always reward their good behavior.

French Bulldogs brains will become trained with rewards. If you are teaching them how to recall and come back to you, give them a treat each time they get it right.

By withholding a treat, you can punish them for getting it wrong.

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