If you’re considering to buy a Frenchie, then you might want to know whether it barks a lot. French bulldog barking can sometimes grow into a behavioral issue, so that’s why it’s important to know how to prevent it. Uncontrolled barking in French bulldogs is annoying not only for you but also for your neighbors. Therefore, by observing your pet’s body language, you’ll be able to determine if your dog has a problem.
How much do French Bulldogs bark?
French bulldogs belong to small dog breeds, so they bark less than other dogs. Barking ability depends on the dog, so some Frenchies will bark more or less. Even though some French bulldogs don’t bark a lot, they can make other strange sounds. Whining, howling, yelping, screaming, and growling are only some of the funny sounds your pooch can make. That’s why these dogs are considered one of the most hilarious dog breeds.
French bulldog barking can be triggered by different factors such as excitement, aggression, boredom, or anxiety. Once you determine the cause, you’ll be able to easier tailor the training lessons.
How to prevent French bulldog excessive barking?
Since it can be quite disturbing and unpleasant to see your dog barking at other people, aggressive barking in French bulldogs can be prevented by early socialization. Socialization plays an important role in building a confident and healthy personality. Interaction with other people, dogs, and animals from an early age will make your pet act friendly and calm.
Excitement can also be one of the causes of a French bulldog’s barking. Dogs want to alert everyone that their favorite human has just arrived home. Since it usually lasts for a few seconds, it is often unnecessary to treat such behavior. However, if a dog overreacts and seems unable to settle down even after a few minutes, then you should think about training lessons.
The best way to teach your dog to react calmly to your departure or arrival routine is not to show excessive emotions. Stay calm and don’t hug and reward your dog. Instead of overreacting, just say ‘Hi’ to your Frenchie and don't tell praise words.
Separation anxiety, fear, or anxiety are other potential reasons for a French bulldog's excessive barking. Depending on the severity of a condition, your Frenchie might need training lessons with a behavior specialist. In mild cases, unwanted barking can be solved by occupying the dog’s attention.
Try using interactive French bulldog toys that will improve the dog’s intelligence and make him work for treats. The following Interactive egg features different levels of difficulty. Your Frenchie will enjoy playing with it because as he rolls it, the egg will release the treat.
Other toys that can prevent French bulldog’s barking behavior are chew toys. Chew toys are made of durable silicone or rubber and often release a squeaky sound to attract the dog’s attention.
Tips to teach your French bulldog to stop barking:
‘Quiet’ command is one of the most important lessons to teach your Frenchie. The main benefits of this command are to teach the dog not to bark at people walking by and other dogs.
When your Frenchie barks, wait for him to calm down slightly. It usually lasts for about 10 seconds. When your dog pauses, place a tasty snack in front of his nose and say ‘quiet’. Reward him with a few more treats while he is quiet and repeat the lesson daily.
It’s also recommended to gradually increase the time your French bulldog needs to wait for a treat. After a few sessions, you’ll be able to notice improvement. Your dog will patiently wait for a treat in front of you and you should continue saying the command ‘quiet’ before rewarding.