When you finally bring your new puppy inside, he will usually be between 8 and 10 weeks old, which is the ideal period to begin training him because they are still easily impressionable. Because French bulldogs are notorious for their obstinacy, it is essential that you establish an authoritative tone from the very beginning of your relationship with your pet. The following is a list of some of the most critical things you need to start teaching your new puppy as soon as possible:
It is very important to teach your new puppy how life will be in his new home, puppies like to feel safe and have some kind of routine to their day and now is a good time to start. Some of the things you should teach him are:
* Where he will sleep.
* Where to find his food and water.
* When it is time to go to bed and get up.
* Where he will go to the bathroom.
* Where his toys are.
Once this is established your puppy will begin to form a bond with his master, he will find that you are dependable and can provide him with what he needs, he will feel safe. You can then go onto teaching other just as important things such as:
* What the word “NO” means – this is a word that you will probably find yourself repeating very often in the beginning, however by repeating it every time your puppy does something wrong he should quickly learn what the word means.
* Housetraining – this is the perfect age to start teaching your new puppy housetraining, you can introduce him to his bathroom and persist in taking him there every half hour, however due to the young age it can take several months for his young bladder to grow strong enough to stop accidents from happening.
* Being handled and groomed – your new puppy will be just like a young child always wanting to play and run around, however you should start a grooming regime at this young age to get into good habits. It is also wise to get your puppy used to being handled and picked up.
* To be gentle – now is a good time to teach your puppy how to be gentle, for example when he is taking something from your hand or when he has something in his mouth you want to take from him. You should teach him not to bite, grab or hold onto anything tightly.