Frenchies are generally sweet, sassy, little chunks. They are a loving breed with a big personality! But sometimes big personalities can lead to disruptive behavior. I’m talking about resource guarding. At times, Frenchies will her so attached to their favorite toy, not even mom can pull it away without getting snapped at, growled at, or in extreme cases bitten. It’s important to break up this behavior for your sake and your Frenchies. No one wants a pup that’s aggressive towards humans and dogs alike.
A great way to prevent resource guarding is fetch! When your Frenchie is playing fetch, he is bringing you the toy back. This may seem like a fun game, but your Frenchie is learning to hand over the toy. It detaches them from that toy and is now simply a game!
Another way to train your Frenchie to let go of his toy is… TREATS! Get your Frenchie away from his beloved toy by introducing something more enticing. While administering the treat slowly take away the toy. Give him back the toy as another form of reward later in the day.
Aggression to Other Dogs
Frenchies can also show aggression to other dogs. I have a female and have personally seen this. The socialization for your French Bulldog is so important and can completely avoid this issue. But if it does occur it’s typically due to your Frenchie being anxious, overprotective of you / your home, or to assert dominance.
First and foremost, socialize your Frenchie. I cannot stress this enough! Being used to other breeds and personalities will allow your Frenchie to be a lover not a fighter. They will be more comfortable with pups they have never met and play nice no matter the setting.
Know your Frenchie. Aggression comes due to different triggers. If your French Bulldog is afraid of bigger breeds, take note of that. Get your Frenchie in the mix with larger dogs so he is more comfortable around them. The behavior will subside!
Show your Frenchie you’re not afraid! When you and your pup are around other dogs, pet them. Showing affection towards the “enemy” can alleviate the stress your Frenchie may be feeling. Talk in a calm voice so your fur baby know it’s okay, and the larger dog is friend not foe.
If you are finding more difficulty with your Frenchie I highly suggest a professional. Seek out a trainer for guidance. They are a great resource for larger matters and can help turn around negative behavior!