French Bulldog Training
French Bulldog Training During training and in general, some Frenchie’s can be a bit stubborn towards doing tasks other than they desire. One trick to keep in mind, besides patience and consistency, is that finding the right reward can expedite their learning curve. Whether it is a certain type of beef jerky, chopped ham, steak, or other reward such as praise or play, finding your dog’s sweet spot assists you in training. Begin thorough socialization the minute you get your new Frenchie home, begin schedules for everything, and establish your alpha position.
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Lead with a firm but fair attitude, and always act as though you are the one in charge and not to be questioned or challenged. If your puppy understands his or her place in the family hierarchy, it will assist you in training. Patience and fun are other important principals to follow in training. If you end up with a stubborn pup, it usually means that you will have to practice a few extra repetitions before your puppy learns and retains a command or trick. Do not delegate them to their crate except for sleeping; they are intelligent dogs that enjoy being out and having freedom. Frenchie’s compete in conformation, obedience, rally, agility, and coursing events, so besides being a fantastic family friend they are capable of more. Congratulations on choosing a terrific dog.
Gradually begin socializing your puppy from the time you bring him or her home. Proper early socialization that continues throughout your puppy’s lifetime will provide you with a well-adjusted dog that is able to handle almost any situation in a calm manner. Early, thorough, and continual socialization is important for your French Bulldog. You do not want your dog being territorial and wary of strangers, so it is important to expose them early to a variety of situations, animals, people, and places. Socialization benefits you and your dog by providing you both with peace of mind. With good socialization, you can expose your French Bulldog to different situations with the assurance that he or she will look to you for guidance in rules of etiquette for the indoor and outdoor world. Socialization is the foundation for all well-adjusted dogs throughout their lifetimes.
An effective incentive is to make everything you do seem fun. Always refrain from forcing your puppy to do anything they do not want to do. Highly prized treats are usually a great incentive to do something, and you will find that a fun, pleasant, friendly, happy, vocal tone combined with the treats will be ample reward for good behaviors and command compliance. Begin training all new commands indoors. This includes silencing all of your audio-visual devices that act as distractions to dog’s sensitive ears.
Training should always be an enjoyable bonding time between you and your dog. Remember that all dogs are different, and that there is no set time limit for when your dog should learn, understand, and properly obey commands. Always have fun during training, remembering to keep your training sessions short, and stop if either of you are tired or distracted. I always suggest beginning training new tricks or commands in an area of least distraction. I promote starting with rewards based clicker training and ending with vocal and or physical cues for your dog to follow.
If you notice any negative behavioral issues, and are not quite sure if you are offering your dog proper socialization and necessary training, do not hesitate to enter your puppy into a puppy kindergarten class to assist you with training and socialization. Behavioral issues do not have to be present to enroll your dog into a puppy kindergarten; this assistance will benefit the both of you. Properly research the available classes so that their approach matches your own. The time to enroll your puppy is usually around eight to ten weeks of age, and after their first round of shots, although some kindergarten classes will not accept puppies until they are three to four months of age.
Reward good behaviors, but do not reward for being cute, sweet, loveable, or huggable. If you wish to reward your dog, always reward after you issue a command and your dog obeys the command. During your training sessions, be sure to mix it up, add a variety of toys and treats, and do not forget to have fun. Remember to provide your French Bulldog with ample daily exercise to keep them fit, healthy, and to keep behavioral problems at away. Provide consistent structure, firm authority, rule enforcement, love and affection, and you will have one heck of a dog for you and your family.
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