English Bulldog Training

English Bulldog Training: The Definitive Guide (With 6 Steps)

Does your puppy rest on sofas, grab objects, and chew them?  

Even worse relieve himself only to keep you changing sofa covers quite often?

The truth is, if you encourage these undesirable behaviors, he's going to carry them on to his adolescence stage. 

Up next I’ve compiled for you everything you need to know. Plus, the critical steps you can easily follow when conducting English bulldog training successfully.

Behaviors he should adopt. And you’ll realize training is not as complicated as many people perceive it. With consistency, positive results are attainable.

Well, let's dive right in.

English Bulldog Training 101: Why it is Essential to Train Your English Puppy

You see, when you train your puppy, you not only promote his well-being, but also qualify to be a responsible pet owner. By teaching him, you'll learn to accommodate his needs better while you manage your expectations.

You’ll also stimulate him mentally thus making him jovial every single time. It gets even better when you include the early morning exercises for the sake of his physical fitness.

And for better results, introduce a training that’s reward-based to make your English bulldog to respond well to the lessons. You'll also improve your relationship with him.

The reward-based training discourages nasty behaviors. Where you’ll not offer any rewards if the puppy messes up. He’ll have only the  option of maintaining good habits always.   

Having that said. Next, we look at the right time to train you English bulldog.

English Bulldog Training: The Best Times to Train Your English Bulldog

It’s important.

To know your English bulldog is active certain times during the day. Try to monitor him closely to get to know these times.

Take advantage of this period to train him as he’s alert and can respond with a lot of energy. And remember, Bulldogs have a short attention span of about 15 minutes. 

So when you’re training him, never exceed this limit else your efforts fall on deaf ears. Adhere to these spans throughout the day to see your training progress.

Together with those attention spans, your puppy will respond better to your instructions only if you inaugurate yourself properly on the onset.

Step 1. How to Inaugurate Yourself the Correct Way

First.

You want your English bulldog to recognize you as the Alpha of the house. Openly letting you take charge and standing firm.

Let me explain in details:

  • When giving him commands, wear a serious face and tone for him to obey your commands right there.
  • When moving in and out of the house, lead as he follows you. It signalizes he should always let people go through the door first.
  • No matter how much you grow fond of him, refrain from moving around him. Let him pave when you pass by.
  • When its feeding time, feed yourself first then him second. It doesn't matter how hungry he is, he has to practice a little patience.
  • Let him visit his usual spot to enjoy his food. Feeding him on a family table is unacceptable. He should be away from the dinner table.
  • Teach him to never sleep on your bed. Temptations are there when you convince yourself, ‘it’s only for today.’ Please don’t fall for it. Let him sleep on his bed always.

After you set those boundaries straightaway, the next thing's to get these ‘tools of the trade’ as soon as you can. They’ll save you a lot of troubles as you delve into the training.

Step 2. Handy ‘Tools of Trade’ That Gets You Both Rolling

Let me guess.

You don’t want to be on all fours each passing minute tracing your tiny puppy. That’s why you need to get your puppy used to wear a collar and a lead.

A collar and a lead make it easier for you to grab your English bulldog when you need to. And you will always stay connected when walking together.

Let me show you how.
  • Start purchasing an adjustable collar. Your puppy will outgrow it soon enough. Buckle the collar not so tight and not so loose around his neck. Supervise him because
  • He might hurt himself bad trying to get rid of it. Remember he finds it a bother as he’s not used. Watch him from a distance a couple of times until he’s comfortable wearing the collar and start.
  • Watch him carefully so the lead doesn’t get tangled or catch nearby objects. If you notice he’s okay with it, hold the lead’s tip and start moving away calling your puppy. The only mistake you can ever make is to drag or fight him
  • Instead, encourage him by showering him with lots of treats and praises. So he gets to walk towards where you are. Keep this training session short and positive.

Let me say this straight.

Your first walk together won’t be an easy one. Only you need to remember those first steps he’s making are the beginning. If you’re impatient, stop the lesson, take a break and try again later.

In no time he’ll get used as you two take trips to for example a bank, the shopping, the vet’s clinic etc. And forget not.

To attach an identification tag to the collar. When your English bulldog gets lost, this awesome tag will play a major role in bringing him back home.

As you’ve already got your hands on the training, your prayer now on will be, ‘may it run smoothly.’ And oh! The answer to your prayer might not be what you think. 

Step 3. The Secret to Bolster the Training Process

Admit it.

You want your English bulldog to be reliable, listen, and do what you say each time.

First, get your puppy only if you’re available or have someone to teach him around. The grave mistake you'll ever make is to bring him home with no time for him.

Training your English bulldog should kick start as soon as day one; otherwise, he will develop some nasty manners you’ll find hard to pull out.

Now, develop a schedule you are going to follow throughout the training period. A schedule that corresponds with his active times as we earlier discussed.

A schedule that fits your family and hangs it somewhere in the house. It’ll drastically save yourself or other family members from knowing what activity follows next.

To help you visualize how it should look. Below I've drafted one you can ‘steal' and use right away or better still use it to come up with something better.

Ready?

Morning              - pick him up, feed him, and take him out, 

Mid-morning     - feed him, take him out, play with him

Noon                     - take him out, play with him, feed him

Evening                - play with him, feed him, and take him out

Night                    - feed him, take him out before bed.

Puppies are small, and so are their body parts including the bladder. Meaning holding for long is impossible. With a schedule in place, your puppy will learn and discover control.

You realize in our sample schedule, there are several trips right? These’re necessary as your puppy will get used to moving out when nature calls often.

Do you know what you’ll be avoiding?

Correct! Accidents in your house. But please don’t get caught up in a schedule because your puppy will do what he feels like.

Your schedule should only act as a guide to ensure you stick to a strict routine. Real quick, formulate a comprehensive schedule that best suits your family and your puppy and

Like a glue, stick to it. Before you know it, your puppy now graduates to learn these essential lessons.

Step 4. Core Essentials Your English Bulldog Must Absorb

You don’t want to waste your time and energy teaching him a ton of commands. As they may seem interesting to you but not to him.

Some basic commands such as below will make your life and his a lot easier. Shall we explore them?  

Get Him to Respond to His Name.'

Your goal here's to get him to familiarize with his name and instantly respond when you call him.

  • 1
    Begin by holding a reward close to your heart or any other body part you prefer.
  • 2
    Start calling out his name. Initially, he'll gaze at the treat you’re holding.
  • 3
    Keep calling him until he looks straight to your eye.
  • 4
    Quickly give him a treat and repeat this exercise a couple of times.

When he gets used, try to call him with no treat. Instead, heap loads of hugs and praises on him when he responds. Want him to come?

‘Come Here My Darling.'

So, you want to get your English bulldog to come where you are. To begin:

  • 1
    Call him in a happy or excited tone and give him.
  • 2
    The Come command. Back away from him.
  • 3
     He’ll bound after you. Praise and give him a treat.
  • 4
    Don’t call him for punishment at this point. It shows you’re punishing him for coming

Practice this lesson during meal times, when walking together, for grooming sessions and you'll be happy with your puppy's response. Want to talk to him?

‘Sit There My Little Puppy.'

It’s important to let him sit when you want to offer him something or have a ‘talk.’ What you should do is:

  • 1
    Find his favorite treat and show it to him 
  • 2
    Politely tell him to sit while you move your hand back over his head. 
  • 3
    He’ll follow your treat and hand back, his nose up while sinking on his haunches
  • 4
    Keep your hand low over his head, praise and give him a treat.

Repeat this severally then end the session on a positive note. Some activity he's conversant. How about to discontinue?

‘Stop it

This’s a less formal command you can use while you are leaving, e.g. the house. What you need to do:

  • 1
    Walk towards your door, if he’s following you.
  • 2
    Say ‘wait’ so he doesn’t go through the door with you
  • 3
    If he insists, go ahead and restrain him
  • 4
    He’ll have no option than waiting you go through the door first

You have to be patient here, and if you get mad, please don't pour all the feelings on him. Keep at it he’ll eventually ‘get it.’

Tip: Always finish on a positive note. If there's a command, he's not getting, go back to the one the already knows and let him have a break

Step 5. Easily Potty Train Your Puppy With this Guidance

Frankly speaking. 

English bulldog puppies are tiny, and so are their organs. For instance, we earlier learnt to formulate a schedule as their small bladder cannot hold a lot of urine. 

That’s why at first, you’ll need to take numerous trips with him outside. As days go by, your puppy will demonstrate these surefire signs when he wants to relieve himself outside;

  • He’s likely to perform some preliminary dance 
  • He might Sniff a bit and circle around 
  • The back and forth pace that’ll get shorter and shorter before he finally goes out
  • Puppies tend to whine when they want to use the bathroom

Please keep your eyes peeled for those gestures. And quickly take him to potty before he relieves on himself. Wait! One more thing.

Always reward him and praise him for obeying your commands, in this case, when he eliminates in the right place. Similarly, you can assist him in advance to go potty

After feeding him, playing or walking. Also, remove his water bowl hours before he takes the evening nap. And before he sleeps ensure he empties his bladder.

Tip: Always have treats on hand or stuff them in your pockets to reward your English Bulldog whenever he does you proud.

Step 6. Rectify These Common Behavior Problems

Here's the interesting.

Your English bulldog is going to develop certain behaviors as he grows up. Behaviors that if not controlled early on will earn your English bulldog a ‘naughty dog’ title.

Let’s delve deeper.

Isn’t it Good to Share?

It is but not for this process.

Because when you don't give him, he'll beg today, tomorrow until it becomes his norm.

So, no matter how tempted you’re to offer him a piece of the chocolate. Please don’t. Let him wait for his turn if it will ever come. You can even play this other trick.

Intentionally eat your snack until you finish it while in his presence. I know it sounds unfair yet you're merely showing him to be content whether he’s given or not.

You’ll understand better why begging’s a nasty habit. When your family will be enjoying dinner together, or you host visitors in your house and your bulldog storms on stage. Hope you get my point.

What’s Wrong with Excitement Jumps?

Before you answer.

The brutal truth is, English Bulldogs aren't bouncy and jumpy. If your puppy does it, stop that habit for once. Let me explain why.

Yes, watching your dog jump for joy when you come home is a good feeling. Not until you’re well-dressed at the door ready to step out for an important meeting.

Of course, he'll be all over your cute outfit with his muddy paws, unknowingly shedding fur on it.  That’s when you realize it’s no longer a good feeling. You can say you don’t mind him yet.

When you'll host visitors in your house, they’ll not find the excitement jump any funny. And you know what’s worse? With his accumulating weight?

 He could knock over a child or an adult causing an injury. Let me not labor my point anymore. Simply let everyone in the house ignore his jumps until he learns it isn’t funny.

Is Burrowing Okay?

I’d say, it solely depends on you.

Bulldogs aren’t diggers, but young ones still dig. Two options you can choose.

One, allow him to dig and be filling up those random holes while you wait for him to mature. You are ensuring to monitor the digging, so your puppy doesn't end up eating toxic tubers or.

Two, prepare his digging spot by clearly marking off the spot, add some sand or dirt and introduce it this way to your puppy.

Bury his favorite treat, could be some dog biscuits under the sand’s surface or you drizzle some bacon grease on the ‘digging spot'. Before you know it, your dog finds it a tremendous digging place.

How About Yapping?

Yapping isn’t cool.

Initially, teach him to maintain calmness at all times. Show him the polite way of asking for something without necessarily creating a scene. Wait! There’s a red flag.

If he barks continuously, panic not, ensure he’s not distracted. Either he saw people he doesn’t know, suffering from separation anxiety, noise from passing vehicles.

Or, could be the weather is too cold or hot for him. Calm him down by taking him for a walk, give him tons of hugs, play with him, and feed him. This should be your new distraction routine.

But what do you do if it doesn't stop him from barking? Don't despair.

If You’re About to Give Up This Entire Process, Here’s Your Medicine

I admit.

This process might get into your nerves especially if you’ve never handled dogs. You’ll even feel like you were not cut out as a trainer.

Don’t beat yourself up too hard. Consider getting help no matter how small, or big the issue is. Truth is the longer it takes, the more the issue escalates to even serious problems.

And because you don’t want that to happen, Seek professionals in your local area or online to assist you. They’re readily available only if you seriously seek them.

If you think your puppy doesn’t get to play enough. The daycare should be your next available option where he’ll play with other puppies.

And Be taken good care of before you pick him up in the evening. Though I need not stress anymore how consistency and patience are paramount in this entire process.

In case you’re still trying to wrap all these tips we’ve covered around your head, let me summaries them for you quick.

What to Bear in Mind When Training An English Bulldog?

Honestly.

I don’t want you to dive headfirst into the training and only to regret later. That’s why I’ve put all these basic tips you need to consider from the onset.

They'll prepare you mentally on what to expect and what to do you immediately commit yourself to the training process.

  • It's going to be a long ongoing process which requires tons of patience and consistency to attain positive results.
  • Train him as soon as the day you bring him home for him to adjust and respond to the commands you dish out.
  • Maintain constant communication to help your puppy understand your lessons better. As a result, you'll open communication lines between you two.
  • Stress your tone a little when you want to stop him from doing something rather than yelling at him. Dogs do respond best to positive reinforcement.
  • Carefully pick those commands you plan on teaching him as not all commands he'll take well. In that case, only choose the essential commands for your dog.
  • To achieve success with training, work with your dog's strengths rather than battling his weaknesses day by day.
  • Encourage your English bulldog to socialize, for instance, let him play and interact with other dogs to learn a few things from them.
  • Ensure the area you choose in the yard is where you want him to go always and with the urine smell he’ll automatically discover he’s in the right place.
  • Play with him after he goes out and not before. Only because, he might go out playing and forget to return home and you don’t want that to happen.

Bottom Line About English Bulldog Training

Imagine, owning an English bulldog. This time, you purchase a puppy with the little bucks you have. He becomes your companion everywhere you go, e.g. to the bank, shopping wherever. 

Along the way, you even buy him a ton treats accompanied by huge hugs and cuddle. All because of the strong bond you both share.

Even better, he obeys each command you dish out to him because you religiously followed through the self-training steps I've shown you above.

And it’s not hard. With patience, persistence, and practice you should get positive results in a matter of time.

Do not wait for tomorrow that will never come. I've given you the necessary information you need to get started in English bulldog training. Change your mentality, Get an English bulldog and start training him right away.

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