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Sometimes they’re sour… but always sweet. French Bulldogs are hard to get angry at… But when they’ve demolished your household items for the second time in a month, it’s time to get serious about training. Hopefully this blog can identify some key factors to helping with training.

Do French Bulldogs Have Behavior Problems?

Let’s start at the beginning… French Bulldogs can make wonderful companions. They’re loyal, playful, sociable, and good with kids, so they honestly are the perfect family pet. 

With that said, Frenchies aren’t always angels. They can and do come with behavioral issues, and depending on the dog, these issues can have many different causes:

  • Abuse/neglect: If your Frenchie is a rescue he/she might act out because of what they’ve endured from previous owners or shelters.
  • Health problems: French Bulldogs can be vulnerable to many health conditions, including cataracts, hip dysplasia, and gastroenteritis. Some bad behaviors might be symptoms or side effects of whatever is ailing them.
  • Boredom: Dogs can be remarkably similar to toddlers. Is yours getting enough physical and mental stimulation to keep them from getting into trouble?
  • Bad habits: Your pup might just need some discipline. There doesn’t have to be an underlying cause for things like bed-wetting and slipper-chewing. They might do it just because they know that they can get away with it!

When assessing the behavior of your French Bulldog, it’s important to find out why before working on a plan to correct.  Here are some examples.

  • Destructive Biting and Chewing
  • Aggression 
  • Bad leash skills 
  • Using the bathroom in the house 
  • Excessive barking. 

How do you stop French Bulldog behavior problems?

Every Frenchie is different, and the training techniques of one owner might not work for another. Speaking very generally, however, here are some steps that you can follow for fixing a French Bulldog’s behavioral problems.

1. Identify the cause

Are they bored? Are they stressed? If they’re peeing on your couch because of a health issue, it won’t do any good to punish them like they’re misbehaving on purpose. On the flip side, if they’re just acting out to get attention, coddling them can make it worse.

2. Make a plan of action

Maybe you can buy more chew toys for a teething puppy. Maybe you can crate- or kennel-train a dog that can’t be trusted to roam the house. There are many solutions out there for undesired behaviors in dogs, so it’s just a matter of finding and implementing them.

3. Stick to your guns

Training your French Bulldog will require time and patience. They’re stubborn little creatures, and they aren’t always welcoming of change, especially if the change involves spending less time with you or not getting the toys or treats that they expect. You just have to be consistent. Remember that you’re doing it for your own good!