French Bulldog Aggression Biting isn’t as common in Frenchies as in other breeds, especially if you start training them as soon as you bring them home. The vast majority of French Bulldogs are not aggressive. They have an excellent temperament as a breed.
However, it does happen, and one of the most challenging situations I am asked about on social media is French Bulldog puppy biting.
Would you please read over the entire document and take everything in? This is, in my opinion, the best complete approach to preventing a French Bulldog from biting that you will discover online. Make a drink, relax, and I’ll show you how to stop your dog from biting you, starting with why it happens in the first place.
What Causes a French Bulldog to Bite? What constitutes normalcy and what does not
Fear and violence are typical in French Bulldogs. However, it can begin with anything as mundane as barking. Your Frenchie’s way of telling you to stay your distance is to bark.
If you ignore the warning, the barking will become a snarl, and the fangs will be seen. If you keep approaching them and invading their area, a bite is the next logical step.
Most of the time, it will be a slight nip that will not break the skin. The bite of a more aggressive Frenchie, on the other hand, can be excruciating due to their strong jaws. If your child is bitten by a French Bulldog, this will be of particular worry to you as a parent.
Do French Bulldogs bite so much?
Yes, Frenchies can bite and nip as puppies as part of teething and play. As a general rule, they will grow out of their bad habits.
However, in general, Frenchies are a non-aggressive breed. The majority of it will be due to the owner’s training and raising of the dog.
What causes French Bulldog Aggression Biting?
Puppies will bite for enjoyment at times while teething puppies will bite at other times. Frenchies explore with their mouths, and minor nips here and there can be explained by their age. Others may act and bite aggressively off of fright, while others may bite excessively over play.
Another cause of biting behavior of french bulldog pupies is to demonstrate that they are the ones in charge of your connection. If this is the instance with your puppy, you must intervene immediately, as nibbling is only the beginning of your problems if your puppy believes it is dominating.
Biting is a manner that needs to be nipped in the bud as soon as possible when the dog is young, regardless of the situation. As the Frenchie gets older, this will assist in preventing significant difficulties.
Although, there is a distinction to be made between biting and playing. Claude, our own Frenchie, is a perfect example. I used to play with him a little too energetically as a puppy, and he would go for my hands for that reason — happily, he outgrew that, and yours will as well.
Biting adult Frenchies is a problem.
On the other hand, French Bulldogs that bite until adulthood can be problematic, especially if the biting begins suddenly and without warning. Please take the dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible to eliminate any illness or injury causing the problematic issues.
In situations like this, veterinarians will frequently refer you to a dog behavior specialist.
What can you do to keep your French Bulldog puppy from biting you?
If your Frenchie puppy begins to bite or act aggressively, you must intervene as quickly as possible. Otherwise, it may persist until adulthood and develop into a behavioral problem rather than a humorous one.
Here’s how I got a French Bulldog puppy to stop biting.
1. Make a puppy squeal (bite inhibition)
When pups are playing together, they will squeal if one of them is bitten. This will be seen in the litter, and the shriek will cause the biting puppy to back away.
We can imitate this behavior as humans.
It is a widespread strategy among dog trainers since it makes your puppy believe that every time he bites you, he is injuring you.
Your puppy may take this warning to heart. When we tested it with our puppy, he became obedient and ran to my wife for comfort.
Playtime is the most likely time for your Frenchie puppy to begin biting, so try to stop it as soon as possible.
The goal is not to console them at this stage since this may encourage them to bite again. You’ll obtain the best results if you temporarily avoid the puppy. It may sound harsh, but you must be forceful if you genuinely want your French Bulldog to quit biting.
The earlier you begin, the sooner your puppy will understand that biting is not acceptable.
We successfully employed this strategy with Claude and our next-door neighbor’s Frenchie puppy. It is pretty compelling.
2. Do not retaliate with play if someone bites you.
Never respond with playful pushes off, a wrestling game, or running away when you want your Frenchie puppy to quit biting. You are encouraging bad behavior by doing so.
Puppies enjoy playing, so if you reflect their biting with a little roughhousing, you’ve got yourself a winner.
This is one of the most fundamental suggestions, and failing to follow it will lengthen the time you have to try to change your poor attitude.
3. Place a thumb and a finger under the puppy’s tongue and chin.
I haven’t tried this method because it seems a little brutal and more labor than it has to be, but if everything else fails, you might want to try it.
When you’ve been brutally bitten, let out a loud squeal or “no” and swiftly place your thumb beneath the tongue in his mouth. Place another finger under the chin after that.
Hold this position for ten seconds, but don’t hold it for too long. Because your puppy will be uncomfortable, he will stop biting you.
This tip came from a dog trainer who swears by it.
4. Put on gloves that have a foul odor.
This is another bite prevention method that I haven’t tried but was recommended by a dog trainer. It entails donning a pair of gloves with a foul-tasting substance on them. A bitter spray was suggested by my trainer.
After a few nibbles, your Frenchie will quickly realize that if it bites you, it isn’t going to taste good!
5. Instead of chewing on your hands chew on chew toys.
While it may be tempting to play with the biting puppy with your hands, do not do so. I see why this is appealing because puppy bites aren’t painful – at least until they get older!
If the puppy begins to approach your hands or fingers, move them out of the way and replace them with a chew toy. Focusing on the toy instead of the puppy’s hands will learn that needles are not for biting and will instead link biting with a chew toy.
6. Don’t let them bite your toes if you don’t want them to.
Your feet, shoes, and shoelaces are another location where you can have a biting problem. Yes, it is entertaining for Frenchie puppies to follow feet and nibble at shoes, but it should be discouraged sooner rather than later.
Puppies enjoy chewing their owners’ feet, shoes, and shoelaces as a game.
If you don’t, they’ll keep trying to bite your feet even when you’re an adult, thinking your shoes are toys. To discourage feet nipping, use the same preventative strategies as in tips 1 and 2.
7. Be careful not to hit your Frenchie puppy.
Physical force is never effective. According to animal behaviorists and veterinarians, physical punishment will only intensify the biting problem and increase your French Bulldog’s fear and aggression.
Fear is at the basis of many biting issues, and it will only make your puppy fearful of you, making him more likely to give you a sharp nip.
8. Train your Frenchie to accept your hands near their mouth.
When puppies begin to bite, I’ve already mentioned that you should avoid using your hands around them and instead rely on toys. However, you must train your Frenchie puppy to tolerate your hands when they come close to their lips.
You’ll have to fish objects out of their mouth as puppies, and you’ll have to inspect their teeth and give them treatment as they get older.
When your fingers require to go into the mouth area, you must teach them not to bite your hands. Please give them a small treat and swiftly take it out of their mouth to do this.
9. Teach your Frenchie puppy not to bite when eating.
Food will be another flashpoint. Puppies are fierce guardians of their food bowls and would wolf it down in seconds if anyone else tries to consume it. However, this behavior, which they learn at an early age, will lead to biting issues around their food dish.
Even the most well-behaved Frenchie can develop food aggression, so your goal here is to teach the puppy that you can take meal away from it without it becoming angry.
Here’s how it’s done: put the food bowl in front of the puppy, then rapidly remove it. If you don’t get an angry reaction, praise the behavior and put the bowl back down; if you do, give a firm and loud “no” and retain the bowl in your hand for a few moments.
Repeat the lesson until your French Bulldog puppies understands that you, the master, have complete control over food and can freely give or take it away.
If you have children, educate them how to do this, as the dog should never have power over any member of your family.
If you can get your French Bulldog puppies to stop biting over food, you’ll be on your way to having a well-adjusted, non-aggressive pet.
10. Make it clear who is in charge.
I’ve already mentioned the need to assert your authority and preventing your French Bulldog from being the dominating dog.
You may still encounter it in other situations, such as when they are envious of another pet, child, or visitor. It can also happen when you try to persuade your dog to leave a couch or bed to make room for you.
This is how they exercise authority over you, so stop it in its tracks by rewarding excellent behavior. Once you’ve lifted them down or gotten them to jump down on their own, thank them with a treat.
11. Allow your puppy to interact with other dogs.
Ensure that your puppy has access to other dogs to play with. Puppies, especially older canines, learn from each other. That’s why I think two Frenchies are preferable to one because the younger will follow in the footsteps of the senior.
We discovered this when our friend Frenchie came to visit, as she would play with Claude and learn from him about what is and isn’t acceptable, which included biting repeatedly.
By wearing them out and learning from mature dogs, you can help prevent a French bulldog puppy from biting.
They will not only learn from one another, but they will also exhaust one another. This means that your dog won’t have the energy to bite you.
If you can’t get two dogs or have one come to you, spend time and money in puppy socialization programs so they can learn to interact with other people and dogs.
12. Allow your dog to be exposed to loud noises and frightening circumstances.
I’m not advocating deliberately scaring your young dog, but exposing them to situations that could cause fear, aggressiveness, orbiting is critical. Consider loud noises like passing vehicles, children yelling or crowded public spaces.
The sooner you train your Frenchie to remain calm in these situations, the better your chances of them not reacting negatively and biting fearfully or aggressively.
13. When you have a pet, always keep an eye on your kids.
Biting a youngster by a French Bulldog is a very severe matter. Because of this, I’ve heard of Frenchies being taken away from their owners and destroyed.
In most cases, the bite will be minor. However, there is still enough of a risk to ensure that more minor children are supervised at all times while playing with Frenchies.
When your dog is around young children, keep an eye on him at all times to avoid bites and hostility.
An energetic Frenchie may easily knock a child over, and I’ve seen pups lunge for ears and faces when they’re very eager.
While French Bulldogs get along well with kids, they should never be left alone.
When should you seek expert assistance?
If your French Bulldog still bites after trying all of these training methods, please get in touch with your veterinarian right once.
An expert will be able to inform you whether your puppy’s mouthing is normal behavior or something that needs to be addressed.
Biting and fear aggressiveness in French Bulldogs can also be addressed by specialized animal behaviorists.
Please be patient with the puppy throughout the teething stage (which can last up to 8 months), but if it persists, there’s a good possibility it’ll continue until adulthood.
The risks of get bitten by a dog
Biting adult dogs can be a significant issue. It’s also possibly harmful. Every year, people die due to bites, and septic wounds can lead to deadly diseases.
Bacteria such as Capnocytophaga, Pasteurella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus infect you in about half of all dog bites.
“The front teeth will grasp and squeeze your tissue, and their smaller teeth might tear it. The consequence is a jagged, gaping wound. When an injury becomes infected, the results are often severe. Infection is the most painful issue with these bites. You may need to be admitted to the hospital and get intravenous antibiotics. If you’ve been bitten, you should always contact a primary care physician.” Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Sayles.
If your French Bulldog has bitten you and you have an open wound rather than a scratch, use the steps below.
- Gently squeeze on the wound to compress it. This will squeeze out some blood, which will aid in the removal of as many bacteria as possible.
- Using clean water and light soap, clean the bite wound.
- To stop the bleeding, place a clean cloth over the bite.
- To treat the bite wound, apply antibiotic cream.
- Apply a sterile bandage to the bite wound.
- As soon as possible, consult a medical practitioner.
The general guideline is to reward excellent behavior while discouraging unwanted conduct constantly when preventing a French Bulldog from biting. This rule is essential in any dog’s training.
It doesn’t matter whatsoever method you use to teach your Frenchie puppy not to bite; the most important thing is to be consistent.