Solving Your French Bulldog Barking Problems

Excessive barking is annoying!

What’s making it worst is when you have no clue to why your French Bulldog is barking.

Wouldn’t it be great if you are able to understand what he is communicating and stop those unnecessary barking?

Well, the good news is that it is possible.

In this article, you will learn the different types of barks dogs make and how you can stop a French Bulldog barking problems permanently.

Do French Bulldogs Bark A Lot?

No. French Bulldogs do not always bark.

Just like any other dogs, your French Bulldog won’t bark just because he feels like barking.

There is always a cause or a specific reason to why he is barking.

As you probably know, barking is a form of verbal communication used to communicate with others.

To understand barking better, let’s take a look at the reasons why and when your Frenchie is barking.

  • Seeking Your Attention: This is a common bark. When your French Bulldog wants a treat or when he wants to go outside, he will normally bark to grab your attention.

  • Territorial: Your home is considered as your Frenchie’s territory. Whenever he sees other animals that he deems as a threat, he will start barking. This bark is commonly heard among dominant dogs and insecure dogs.

  • Alert/Alarm: Whenever there’s a stranger or your guest is standing at your door or loitering around your area, your French Bulldog will start to bark. This is to let you know that there is so someone outside.

  • Boredom: A common bark you will hear especially if your Frenchie’s mind is not being stimulated. Also, when he is not getting enough exercise, he will bark as a way to release excess energy.

  • Greeting: Have you ever brought your French Bulldog to the dog park? If you have, you will notice that it’s either him or another dog that will bark towards each other. And it’s not only dogs, but he will also bark at other people and animals as a way to greet them.

  • Separation Anxiety: This bark is normally followed up by whining. When you leave your Frenchie alone, he will start barking and whining. This is to express their loneliness.

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How To Stop Your French Bulldog From Barking

The good news is that you can train your Frenchie to stop barking excessively.

However, all types of training require consistency which means you can’t expect results right away.

Make the training fun and be patient.

Yelling and losing your temper is not going to help him.

So without further ado, here are 5 ways you can train your French Bulldog to stop barking.

1. Physical & Mental Exercise

Exercising your French Bulldog for at least 30 minutes daily will benefit both his physical and mental health.

When your Frenchie does not receive enough exercise, he gets bored and frustrated.

This would then lead to behavior problems such as excessive barking.

To prevent this behavior from worsening, you should plan daily activities which would help stimulate your Frenchie’s mind.

These activities don’t have to be conducted outdoors.

Simple games such as hide and seek or puzzle toys are great to keep his mind busy.

If you happen to have other things going on, you might want to consider hiring a dog sitter that has experience with handling dogs.

Give that person clear instructions on the daily activities and exercises he or she needs to conduct.

2. Pay No Attention

If your Frenchie barks just to grab your attention, you can solve this issue simply by ignoring the barking.

What I notice most owners do is that they tend to their French Bulldogs the moment they hear him barking.

Remember, your attention is considered a reward.

By paying attention to his barking, he will soon learn that all he needs to do is bark to grab the reward which in this case, is your attention.

So the next time your Frenchie barks to get you to turn around, don’t acknowledge his presence until he stops.

You should not even lay eyes on him.

When he stops barking, only then you make the approach to reward him with treats or your affection.

Practice this method every single time your French Bulldog barks to grab your attention.

3. Getting Accustomed To The Source

You should at least try to figure out what is causing your French Bulldog to bark.

Once you figured it out, there are two ways you can handle this situation.

Remove Or Get Rid Of The Source

By getting rid of the source that is making your French Bulldog bark, you are preventing this behavior from developing any further.

I personally feel that this only works if your Frenchie has not yet developed a barking problem.

Redirection

To get your Frenchie accustomed to the source, you can train him by redirecting him with treats.

For this example, let’s say the cause of barking is the dog living next door.

Bring your Frenchie toward your neighbor’s dog.

It should be far enough to ensure that your French Bulldog is just being alert but not barking.

During this time, redirect him with treats that he loves most until the other dog goes away.

If your Frenchie starts barking, take a step backward.

That’s it!

All you need to do now is keep repeating this process and bring your Frenchie closer to the other dog in every session.

4. Learning The “Quiet” Command

The main idea for this training method is to get your Frenchie to stop barking using a command which in this case is “Quiet”.

This is useful especially if your French Bulldog is the type that barks whenever someone is at the door.

To get started, grab some of his favorite treats.

You can also ask someone to stand behind the door to act like a guest.

When your Frenchie starts barking, display the treats towards him and say “Quiet” repeatedly.

If he stops barking and starts eating the treats you are offering, give him affection and praises as a reward.

Repeat the whole process four to five times per sessions and remove the treats as he progresses through the training.

So the next time your guest is at the door, you can command your Frenchie to stop barking just by using this command.

5. Seek Professional Help

Seeking help from professional dog trainers will speed up the process to put an end to your Frenchie’s barking behavior.

Depending on your location, the cost may vary but the results can be pretty impressive.

You can find great trainers by asking other dog owners.

Most of the time, a reputable dog trainer are more likely to be recommended by others.

You should take note of the training methods the dog trainer is using to accomplish the end result.

Here are some of the common training methods:

  1. Clicker Training
  2. Positive Reinforcement

Pay close attention to the training and track your French Bulldog’s progression.

At any point in time, you don’t feel comfortable with the training methods used or you have doubts, get the trainer to explain.

 

Conclusion

Barking is a form of vocal communication dogs use to communicate with others.

To stop your French Bulldog barking problems, first, you have to understand the cause or the reason to why he is barking.

Make sure he receives an adequate amount of exercise.

Whenever he barks just to grab your attention, ignore his barking until he stops.

Once he stops completely, feed him treats and reward him affection and praises for not barking.

Try to analyze the things that make him bark.

You can either get rid it or get your Frenchie to get accustomed to it by using the redirection method.

You could also get him to learn the “Quiet” command.

This would be useful especially when your French Bulldog barks at people who stands at your door or when he hears the doorbell.

Finally, if you feel that you are not able to find the time to train your Frenchie personally, you can seek professional help.

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