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Another 3 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.

1. Take breaks and give them a timeout

One of the ways we taught Claude not to bite was without time outs and verbal clues.

For example, if we played and he nipped at us, we would say a firm “ouch”, turn our backs, and walk out of the room, stopping the play which was the last thing he wanted to happen.

He soon learned that if he bites us when playing then the playing would stop for probably what seems like hours to him – timeouts are a fantastic way to discipline Frenchie puppies because they just want to have constant fun with you.

2. Try using a squirt bottle or water pistol

This is not something I have ever tried, and in truth, knowing my Frenchie, he would probably think it was a game as you can see in the YouTube video below. The video is from our French Bulldog Owner Youtube channel (subscribe here).

However, some owners swear by this punishment and disciplinary method. All you do is squirt your Frenchie with water when they misbehave, combined with a firm “no” command.

3. Use distraction methods

If all else fails, you can try distracting your Frenchie to stop them doing what you don’t want them to do. This was a method I would use in public with Claude, as often it was the only way to get him to stop being bad as a young puppy.

For example, I was out on off-leash walk with him, and some little kids where playing ball. Claude ran over, got their ball and would not give it back, and even starting to jump up at the kids… he was only 5 months old at the time, so still very much an adolescent in the training phase.

The best way I could get him to stop was to call his name, get his attention, then pretend to run off myself. I made myself look far more exciting than the kids, meaning he then dropped the ball and ran after me, thinking he had a better deal.

It’s a classic distraction method and any type of distraction can work very well, if the discipline isn’t working or you don’t have time.

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