Get your french bulldog to stop barking.
Oké First I want to tell you a little story about how and why it was important that my Frenchie stopped barking. I came home from work and I was playing with my Frenchie when all of a sudden my neighbor knocked on my door, he was quite upset and yelling at me. It turned out with my French bulldog who was 8 months old at the time was barking continuously while I wasn’t home.
Needless to say, my neighbors weren’t happy in fact they were quite upset with me.
Afraid that my neighbor was going to call the pound or harm my poor Frenchie, I knew it was time to learn how to train my pup how to stop barking and I needed to come up with a solution fast.
I was vigorously searching online for a solution to stop my pup from Barking. after a lot of searching online and reading countless reviews, I found one program that stood out and everybody was raving about. I will tell you what this program is later in the article but for now, I first want to give you 10 tips on how to get your French Bulldog to stop barking.
First of all, you need to know why your dog is barking. because barking is one of the most irritating traits of a dog in most owners opinions. Also, remember that there is barking and there is barking. There can be different reasons why your French Bulldog is barking. as such there are also different ways where are you and the owner can make sure that the dogs stops barking.
First, let’s discuss why your French Bulldog might be barking:
The answer isn’t as simple as you might think because there are at least 9 or more different reasons why your Frenchie is Barking.
- To get attention or food.
- Defense (territorial, food, toys, resting place)
- In a conflict or out of fear.
- Separation anxiety.
- While hunting.
- While playing and other social activities.
- Group behavior.
- Enforced behavior.
- Medical reasons, for example, pain or discomfort.
To reduce barking, management is essential. This means that you as the owner have to take precautions that results in your Frenchie not barking so much.
At this stage, it is important that you get clear on which stimulants your French Bulldog reacts to. I can hear you think: “ but he barks at everything” but this is only your perception and it’s not the case.
By clearly writing down in which moments and situations your dog is actually barking, and in which he isn’t, it now becomes clear which areas you can train him in. And once you know what makes your French Bulldog bark, it is also a lot easier to come up with precautions in order for the dog do not be exposed to this stimulants.
To give you a little example, once I heard that my Frenchie was barking a lot when I was not at home, I installed a little camera so I could watch him from my phone to see why it was barking (more on that later).
To my surprise, he was barking when people passed the window. At this point, I could have thought ok my French bulldog reacts to other people walking by the window, but it was only when I looked at the clips more carefully that I saw he was reacting to people on a bicycle and too little kids.
So she wasn’t barking at just anyone, she was barking at kids and bicycles. To make her stop barking all day long I put a foil to about halfway on the window so she couldn’t see anyone passing by the window anymore. I also relocated the couch because it was standing in front of the window and she could easily get up and stand on the edge to look at people passing by, and by removing the couch from under the window and applying foil on the window the barking problem was solved 🙌🏻
Now I could be thinking ok problem solved, but it really wasn’t. I now know that my Frenchie is afraid of little kids and people on a bicycle, so I need to train her to remove the fear of little kids and bicycles.
Stop the Barking.
One of the questions I get asked the most on this website is: how can I teach my Frenchie to stop barking? The answer is quite simple. Teach them that being quiet is more beneficial to them than barking. If you are handling the problem by correcting the dog when he’s barking, there is only a small chance that his behavior will change over a long period of time.
Research shows that 86% of dogs who were “punished” with a water gun while barking at a fence, after 3 months they just started barking again. Other research shows that when good behavior (meaning not barking) is rewarded with something the dog enjoys (like a treat), that after 90 days only 4% started to bark again.
so to recap the most important things to do are:
1) Never ever reward barking, for example by giving a toy, giving him attention, playing with him or feeding him.
2) Make sure that puppies and young dogs build-up a positive relationship with sounds and various situations and also with other people to prevent barking out of fear.
3) Teach your Frenchie some basic commands (like bark and quiet) to gain more control.
4) Take the necessary precautions as soon as possible and train your dog if he barks a lot in certain environments or situations.
5) Identify and remove the cause that makes the dog bark.
6) Recognize the underlying emotion and treat the underlying problem ( like separation anxiety…)
7) Avoid anything that will make him bark even more ( for example giving him attention)
8) Reward him when he is silent.
What worked for my Frenchie?
Earlier I told you about a program I bought online that really helped my Frenchie stop barking, it also helped me with training her to walk calmly on the leash.
A popular dog trainer named Adrienne helped me come up with the solution of putting the camera up and seeing why she was barking every time I wasn’t at home. She also helped me with training her to stop barking and taught me how to help her get over her fear of little kids and bicycles.
If you need help stopping your French Bulldog from Barking I really recommend you check her out. She also addresses things like having your dog listen and come to you every time you call, help with your dog walking nicely and calmly on the leash, stop your dog from being aggressive towards other people or other dogs, and training if you have a new puppy.