The simplest way to help your French bulldog overcome pulling is to understand why he or she does it in the first place. Behavioral problems in general stem from the fact that you let your Frenchie pull your whilst you are walking. They are in fact walking you! The reason for this is because your French bulldog thinks it is the leader of your pack and he or she is assuming that position and responsibility. This is hindering your dog from having a fun and carefree walk in order to relax.
There are so many gadgets on the markets: from harnesses to collars. None of these will help your situation if your French bulldog thinks he or she is the alpha in your relationship with them. These devices will not cause your dog to suddenly focus on the path in front of him and stop the distractions from the area around you. If you have to correct and reprimand your Frenchie every so often, then you have a problem. If you assert yourself as the pack leader and train the French bulldog to obey orders then you will have smooth sailing from here on out. The ironic thing is that your French bulldog actually knows how to walk properly; you just need to practice with it and show it how.
The reason for this behavior is quite simple to understand: whilst you are on a walk with your Frenchie it knows that either one of you has to assume the position of ‘leader’. Your dog is simply assuming the position that you have not yet made clear. The first stage of the walk is the perfect opportunity for you to show your French bulldog that you are in control. You should start showing this before you even leave the house so that both of you know what your positions are.
Here are some tips that you can implement before heading out into the streets:
- Wait for your French bulldog to calm down after you have shown them the leash. Even if this takes a while, you should not rush this stage.
- Learn and teach your Frenchie not to pull inside of the house first.
- Walk around the house and furniture with your dog on a harness before you take them out into the open.
- If your French bulldog starts pulling when you are outside, simply change the direction, leaving him behind you.
- If they start dragging behind you, hold still for a few seconds and wait for them to follow you.
- Control the doorways when your Frenchie is on lead.
- Practice walking in and out of doorways first. Keep doing this until they calm down.
- Check that your posture radiates calmness at all times. Make sure that your shoulders are down and your arms are straight at the elbow.