In general, dogs are very social animals that have cohabited and worked with humans for thousands of years.  They have played extremely important roles in many different cultures and are highly valued for their intelligence and loyalty.  When you bring a dog into your life, it is vitally important that you train them and care for them properly.

Although dogs play an important role in  society today, many dog owners both old and new find that they run into many different challenges when it comes to training their new friend and properly caring for them.  While many people want to own a dog, such as a French Bulldog, many do not know how to train them.  A dog that does untrained will not bring happiness to their owners, and there are far too many people who allow their dogs to develop bad habits.

The first step to properly caring for your French Bulldog is to make sure you are purchasing a high quality food.  Even if the food is on the expensive side, the good quality food will give your French Bulldog the proper nutrients to make sure that they are feeling and looking their best from the inside out.

French Bulldogs and all dogs in general are similar to small children and should be treated as such.  Your French Bulldog shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time because they will likely get into trouble.  When your dog is left alone at home, they should have a designated area with boundaries containing chew toys and other things that will keep them distracted without getting them into trouble.

When your French Bulldog behaves properly they need to be praised and rewarded accordingly.  This will teach them that good behavior leads to positive rewards, and will reinforce the good behaviors as they do them.  This will also discourage bad behaviors. If your dog misbehaves, a punishment should also be given so that they can understand the difference between right and wrong.

When you are disciplining your French Bulldog, it is important to understand the clear difference between discipline and abuse. There are some dog owners that don’t understand this and it leads to their dogs being hit, kicked or worse.  This is considered abuse and it may even cause your dog to attack you.  When you train your dog it is important that they respond out of respect to you, not out of fear.

A good way to discipline your French Bulldog without hitting them is to fill a spray bottle with water and spray them while giving them a verbal warning against the bad behavior.  This will get the message across in a non-abusive way.  How you go about training your French Bulldog is very important and will ultimately determine the behaviors of the dog when they are fully grown.  It will also help your dog live out a long and happy life with you by their side.

Dr. Marika Zoll

Dr. Marika Zoll