French bulldogs are the perfect indoor pet. They love hanging around with their humans and aren’t really known to be an active breed of dog. They’re perfectly happy to chill inside, cuddling with their loved ones or doing absolutely nothing at all. But for them to become the perfect indoor pet, you’ve got to potty train them to avoid making a stinky mess all over the house. This is an essential part of housetraining him or else you’d have to deal with all the mess each time he goes potty anywhere in the house.
Potty training your Frenchie starts the moment you take him home with you. You’ve got to let him know right from the start that he can’t just poop or pee anywhere he wants to. Choose a designated spot for his bathroom needs. Of course, it’s not going to be easy peasy. That’s why you have to be dedicated, consistent, and firm when teaching him where he should go potty from Day 1.
Frenchies are quite easy to potty train when you start early. They are people pleasers and would want nothing more than to earn the attention and affection of their owners. You’ve got to understand that your Frenchie has a small bladder. This means he needs to go to the bathroom more frequently. As the days go by, you will observe that he needs to relieve himself during certain times of the day –as soon as he wakes up in the morning, after meals, after playtime, or when he’s had too much to drink. You will also know the signs he’s making when he wants to pee or poop such as circling your feet, scratching the door to be able to go outside, and isolating himself from you. Be attuned to your pup’s bathroom needs so that it would be easier for you to potty train him.
Potty training your Frenchie< You need a potty mat or choose an area outside where he can go potty. From here on, it’s all about routine and reward. Set a potty training schedule and stick to it. This will help your Frenchie know when it’s time to go to the bathroom and he will eventually expect it daily. Then, use treats or just shower your Frenchie pup with lots of praises to motivate him to poop or pee on the correct spot.
Take your Frenchie to his designated bathroom spot during those certain times of the day that he’s most likely to poop or pee or when he’s showing signs that he needs to go to the bathroom. You can tell him to “Go potty” or “Go toilet” as he starts to poop or pee so that he can associate this command with going to the toilet. Once your pup goes potty on the right spot, give him a treat and shower him with praises to reinforce the good behavior. This will lead to quicker results. Do this each time he needs to go to the bathroom. If there are accidents, make sure you clean the area thoroughly so that he won’t mark that spot for his bathroom needs.
Be patient in potty training your puppy. It will take time but it’s going to be worth it.