Some Potty Training Tips Help a French Bulldog in Santa Monica Stop Having Accidents in the House

By: David Codr

Published Date: October 29, 2017

For this Santa Monica puppy training session we taught 7 month-old French Bulldog Lou lu some basic commands and shared some puppy potty training tips with her guardian.

We spent the first part of the session going over the importance of rules and boundaries. Puppies push boundaries to test and determine where boundaries and limits are. Not having any rules can lead to a lot of puppy behavior problems. Additionally, dogs base leadership and respect on what they see. A lack of structure can confuse a puppy into thinking they are peers instead of followers.

After wrapping up the initial consultation, I got down on the floor to go over some basic puppy training. After demonstrating how to teach a puppy to sit, lay down, sit up and stand on command, I coached her guardian through the process.

Once Lou lu has all of these commands down separately, I told her guardian to make sure to practice them individually. This way the dog sees the commands as separate instead of one set of actions always linked together. Positive puppy training starts with these core commands so it will really help the guardian to master them completely in the next week.

Next I showed the guardian how to add structure to daily activities to help the dog build up more respect for her human as an authority figure. Petting with a purpose and rewarding desired actions within 3 seconds will go a long ways towards helping Lou lu feel inclined to repeat them on a regular basis.

Now we were ready to address the primary reason they guardian wanted to fix; accidents in the house. As a dog behavior expert I have seen many guardians make some simple to correct mistakes when potty training a puppy. I made sure to point them out along with a number of potty training secrets that should help Lou lu learn that going potty outside is not only desired, it is rewarded.

Housetraining a puppy is all about observation, positive reinforcement and good timing. If the guardian can apply these potty training tips to Lou lu for the next week or two, the accidents in the house should stop for good.

We wrapped up the session by shooting a roadmap to success video filled with a ton of free puppy training and behavior tips.

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