Randy’s Ramblings

Frenchie Tips and Tricks from Randy

Welcome to Randy's Ramblings. Every once in a while I get a call that gets me to thinking, which leads to a little rambling on about that topic. Here you will get the benefit of my years of experience as a french bulldog breeder. I will share with you my best kept secrets on how to properly raise, train and care for your frenchie. Feel free to submit a question and when I get a minute I will do my best to answer.

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Potty Training

This is the phase of training that frustrates new puppy owners the most. No one likes constantly cleaning up their puppy’s messes, but it comes with the territory. Every puppy is different – some learn quicker and some slower than others.

One of the best processes for potty training is to utilize crate training.

  • Puppies should never run loose in your house without you being able to monitor them 100 percent of the time. This way you can take them outside to potty the second you see the signs that they need to potty.
  • You should be consistent with your commands so you don’t confuse them.  For example, if you say “let’s go pee pee” the first time, you should use the same phrase every time you take them to potty.
  • Every time you remove them from your crate, you should take them immediately outside until they pee and poop. This may take up to fifteen minutes sometimes. If you get in a hurry and don’t wait for them to poop, they will poop inside the house and think that’s the routine. Don’t be surprised if sometimes they take two poops.
  • Once they do their business, praise them for being a good pet.
  • Let them go outside and stay outside as long as possible.
  • Puppies as a rule can only hold their bladders one hour for every month of age.

CONSISTENCY IS KEY

Try to take your pet outside in the morning at about the same time daily and as early as possible. I get up about five o’clock every morning and take my dogs outside while its cool.

While outside, I feed them, water them, and let them play.  When I bring them inside, I let them roam around and play. When I have to stop and can’t monitor them, I put them back in their cages.

I feed my puppies at the same time every day. First thing in morning, around noon, and a small amount around three to five. Now everyone has to adjust this to fit  their own schedules, but consistency is the key. Do not feed them in their cage.

If they do make a mess in the house, don’t make a big deal of it.  Just clean it up and go on. Make sure to spray the spot with some odor eliminator. Otherwise, every time the puppy smells this spot he will think it’s a place to go.

Be strong, patient and consistent.

Leash Training

Frenchies need an alpha male in their pack. It can be you or them, they don’t care.

The best way I have found to establish that I am the alpha male is leash training. Takes about five to six days to really be effective. Leash training is very useful for teaching commands and discipline to your older puppy or dog.

To begin, take your pet out for leash following only the first couple of days. This requires you to be forceful in making them follow you. Do not yank too hard or you can hurt their trachea. I make them  follow me until they give in and are following easily.

Next, start teaching them to heel. This means you don’t let the pet lead you or go around to your left side. This requires you to shorten the leash where they have to stay at your right heel.  Once they are doing this properly and consistently, you go to the next phase: teaching them to stop and sit.

Stop & Sit:

You basically start with the command of come on, then go a short distance and say stop and you stop as well. Then give the command of sit – you may need to place your hand on their butt and make them sit. Then scratch their back as a reward and praise them with good boy or girl.

Then, stand up and go again. Do this over and over until the dog stops as soon as you say so and then say sit. You will find the pet will start sitting as soon as you say stop.  Again, scratch their back and praise them.

Once your pet is doing this consistently, lay the leash in front of you once he sits and place your hand in a stop position and say stay. Move back a foot or two as they will immediately want to follow you. When they stay, you say come here and reward them with great loving and scratching. Continue doing this and keep trying to get further and further away from them. Do this for as a many days as you can until you feel they have it down. About once a week for the next couple of months, you should do this to jog your dog’s memory.

These commands will make your dog more enjoyably and MAY SAVE HIS LIFE in a emergency situation. You get out of this what you put into it.

Good luck and enjoy a better behaving pet.

Allergies in French Bulldogs

The French bulldog is known for allergies.

The biggest cause is their immune system didn’t develop properly leading to food allergies. I always recommend you start by changing your dog’s food to see if this solves the issue. We suggest no grain dog food that is chicken or beef based. It’s cheaper to feed them good food than to take them to the veterinarian.

Recently, one of my customers called to advise me they were struggling with allergies with their frenchy as well as their other dog and asked for help.  Since I haven’t experienced it much, I reached out to an online site for other frenchy owners.  The overwhelming response from all of them was to add a cap of apple cider vinegar to their drinking water. Evidently, it helps with allergies as well as fleas and ticks. Hope this helps.

How To Treat Hot Spots in Frenchies

A hot spot is a spot on their body, usually near the tail. This typically occurs due to fleas. If this occurs, do the following to treat them:

  • Give them a flea and tick bath
  • Trim the hair from around the area that is infected
  • Spray some Vetericyn on the spot

You can find Vetericyn at any major pet or agriculture store. Vetericyn is used for wounds and skin care and will help heal the hot spot. A hot spot is also a sign that your flea and tick medicine isn’t working. I recommend contacting your vet or changing your flea and tick medicine. Also, if the hot spots don’t clear after treating with Vetericyn, please contact your vet for further treatment.