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A Guide To French Bulldog Potty Training – Tips and Timing

21 Replies to “A Guide To French Bulldog Potty Training – Tips and Timing”

  1. December 31, 2018 Kim

    We have a foster French Bulldog 7 months old who prefers pottying inside. She receives many opportunities to go out but doesn’t show the usual signs. When taken out, she will just sit but when brought in, she will eliminate. Have never had this before…

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    1. January 7, 2019 Frankie

      Hey Kim,

      That sounds tricky! Have you considered getting a grass pad inside to begin transitioning them?

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  2. January 14, 2019 Jennifer Lembo

    I have a 14 week old Frenchie. She will only “dribble” pee outside. When she comes inside she eliminates fully. She will never poop inside only outside. Any suggestions on how to get her to fully empty her bladder outside? Thanks!

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    1. January 14, 2019 Frankie

      Hi Jennifer,

      Unfortunately, it is just about persistence and positive reinforcement. If your pup does pee outside, make sure you reward the behavior with a treat and a positive tone of voice. It may take a while but if you stick to your guns and create a regular schedule for taking her outside to pee, it will eventually come good.

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  3. January 15, 2019 Becca

    I have a 12 week old puppy and she doesn’t pee or poop outside at all she just plays with the grass! She doesn’t have regular times that she goes even though we have a set feeding schedule. Is there anything I can do?

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    1. January 16, 2019 Frankie

      Hi Becca,

      Congrats on the new pup! Lots of fun times ahead 🙂

      The best advice is to be patient. 12 weeks is still very young, and most Frenchies would take longer than that to be fully potty trained.

      Some can take up to 6-8 months to be completely trained for going outside. We know, not the greatest!

      Just stick to best practice and be patient, you’ll get there.

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  4. January 29, 2019 Ben

    6 months old she will only wee outside if she is absolutely desperate she will wait you out so she can’t do it inside been like this for untire time I take her out every hour regardless and still no luck maybe 1 in 3 are outside bits that’s only because she’s desperate not because she knows to do it out there

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  5. January 30, 2019 Marci kirk

    Hi there I have a 6 month old frenhie he is so good he pees and poor out side all day but at night he just does it all in the kitchen can u help me in what to do. Thank you

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    1. February 4, 2019 Frankie

      Hi there, thanks for your comment!

      Unfortunately, when it comes to potty training, it is all about patience, positive reinforcement, and repetitive habits. Keep persisting.

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      1. February 15, 2019 Anthony

        My frenchie uses the restroom when I take him out but he has the small tiny accidents in the house when he gets scared or excited. For example, if we play or right before I pick him up (he gets scared when I pick him up). Is it normal for a French puppy (he’s 7/8 months) to have these “dribble” accidents?

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        1. February 19, 2019 Frankie

          Hey Anthony, it could be absolutely nothing to worry about and your pup could grow out of it within a few months. But if you’re concerned, it’s always best to talk with your vet. Alternatively, you can chat with a vet online here: https://trk.justanswer.com/SHHq

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  6. February 21, 2019 Cristina

    My frenchie is 4 months old. He does his business outside no problem. Goes to the door and hits the bell with his nose. But the last 2 evenings he does his zoomie around the house and we are finding pee. Even though he knows to go outside. It is just happening once in the evening. Any reason why he might be doing this all of a sudden?

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    1. March 4, 2019 Frankie

      Hey Cristina, Thanks for checking out the website!

      There are a number of reasons that could trigger a behavior like this, anxiety or stress is one, for example. Sometimes if you are separated from your pup more than usual or they are getting less stimulation than they need they could do this to act out. If it’s one of these things then it is a fairly easy fix. If you don’t think it’s something like this then you may need to see your vet.

      All the best!

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  7. February 23, 2019 Emilia

    I’ve has such a challenge with my frenchie in terms of potty training. She was pretty good about learning the pee pad at 8 weeks and then we went backwards. She’s always done little bits of pee many, many times a day and rarely emptied her bladder. She went into eating her pee pads and newspapers. That set us back quite a bit. Now she’s re-learning the pee pad. It’s tough for us because we live on the 5th floor and work away from home at least 5 hours a day.
    Any tips? She’s 17 weeks today. She also likes to eat her poop. We clean up when we see her pooping or as soon as we find it. Crate training has been considered but she pees in her crate, on blankets and had a rough experience with her crate coming home.

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    1. March 4, 2019 Frankie

      Hey Emilia,

      Thanks for sharing your challenges. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! 17 weeks isn’t an unusual amount of time for a Frenchie to take to learn. They can be quite stubborn. You may feel like they are never going to get there, then all of sudden it will click. Just be patient, provide positive reinforcement, stay consistent with commands, and they will get there.

      If possible, staying at home with them for a week or two could accelerate things so you can set boundaries and create positive habits.

      All the best!

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  8. February 28, 2019 Chelle

    My Frenchmen is 16 weeks old and is doing well with toilet training mainly outside a few accidents but not everyday. I crate him at night with a pad for him to wee, he hasn’t popped for a week just weeks. When do I take the pads away from his crate.
    Thank you for

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    1. March 4, 2019 Frankie

      Hey Chelle!

      There is no perfect timing for this. If you think he’s ready then try it out in a controlled environment, where you are available to clean up any mess. Once you’ve tested it out a few times you can extend the time and then eventually you won’t need them at all!

      Good luck!

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  9. March 3, 2019 Mindy marcus

    Hi there, we inherited a Frenchie who just turned 2 and she pees and poops in the house still! I take her out all day and before bed and maybe she pees 2 times. What do I do? She is ruining every rug in the house! I scold her when I catch her and praise with a treat outside. She just stares at me like what? We love her …

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    1. March 4, 2019 Frankie

      Hey Mindy!

      That sounds frustrating… It may be worthwhile getting an expert trainer to help you out or chatting with your vet. The only your pup gets the harder it will be to train them.

      With that being said, they can still learn habits at 2 years old. Try to avoid the negative scolding, and instead pick her up and place her where she should pee as she is doing it. Positive reinforcement when she does the right thing is always good.

      You could also try out an indoor grass mat or pee mat to bridge the training gap. In the end, patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement will get you there!

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  10. March 15, 2019 Ksenya

    Our puppy (female) is 8 months old and most of the time she can hold for about 4 hours during the day and 8 hours at night. The Frenchie and my boyfriend have a very good relationship and she is usually behaving well when he’s home. But with me, last month she jumped on the couch and peed on the blanket while looking at me, which was 30 minutes after she went outside. And yesterday I was lying on the couch, she jumped up and peed on the couch right beside my leg while looking at me, which was an hour after we walked. I don’t know what to do with her. Any suggestions why she might be behaving like this when she’s with me?

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    1. March 15, 2019 Frankie

      Oh no! That sounds like a real challenge…

      It does sound like she is acting out for some reason. Usually, it’s not a great idea to use punishment or negativity when potty training, but if your pup is already trained and this is misbehavior, then it might be the way to go.

      At one point when Frankie was fully trained, about the same age, she would stare straight at us and pee on the bathroom mat after we got home from work. She knew it was wrong, but it was like she was acting out. We found that a timeout immediately at the time of the misbehavior worked well. For us, this was isolating her (in a room, outside, or a pen if you don’t use this for other reasons) for a minute or two after saying a stern ‘No’ directed at the behavior.

      It won’t take her long to realize that the behavior is unacceptable.

      Good luck!

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