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Old 07-28-2014, 07:42 PM
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Need help with new 12 week old Frenchie puppy

I recently got a French bulldog puppy. He just turned 12 weeks and his first week home has been extremely stressful (mostly for me).

When I picked up Pierre, I inquired about the feeding schedule they had him on. I was told 7,1 and 6, so I tried to maintain this consistency throughout the week. In the first three days I kept a journal of his activity (playtime, feeding, bladder/bowel, etc.) After three days of this everything changed, and sadly to say, his schedule has also (to some degree not all). I've done my best to maintain consistency.

So far, I've enjoyed his companionship for about 8 - 9 days now, but his behavior has changed. He's not completely housebroken, but in the first 3 days he was defaulting to approved spots during times I could tell he would eliminate. Now I can't tell when he goes or where, even when his feeding time hasn't changed. Any ideas? Suggestions? (esp. from other Frenchie owners?) I'm beginning to learn that from 12-16 weeks puppies learn to control their bowels better so this may contribute to the issue...still unsure.

I am also, a new puppy owner and this is my first puppy. Thanks
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Puppies change dramatically on a weekly basis as they grow up, so what works for a few days, needs a change in a few more days, so you are going to need to be observant and make adjustments.

There is a whole section on the forum about puppies. You might start by reading the sticky threads, especially the one about house breaking. That will give you some guidance.
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It took my puppy around 2 weeks to settle in to a vague routine that worked for both of us. Then another 2 to feel like my world wasn't spinning off its axis! She still changes drastically week to week.

Think about it as if you've just moved in with a new roommate who is also supposed to be your best friend, only you don't know each other yet. It would take a long time to feel settled and to know what the other person is really like (not just initial stressed impression).

Take deep breaths. Be patient read those puppy stickies. People on here are lifesavers in times of dire puppy stress!
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This puppy has turned my entire house upside down and I feel like I'm saying "no" more than praising him - because the praising isn't working all that well.

Some say I'm too hard on myself. Others say I need to be the Alpha female pack leader.

I'm confused and questioning the process. I keep trying various methods to see what will stick and every day it's something else that makes me feel like I'm too tuff.

I've always been against smacking a pup on the hiney and people have suggested I do this and correct him, then show him the right way and if he follows praise him on the spot. Now he's turning his aggression towards me - or maybe that's how I perceive it but it's not going as I'd hoped.

Does ANYONE else feel this way? Has anyone else been here in this same spot with a puppy (now grown or growing still)? What are your experiences?? I'm stressed out. This is supposed to be joyful, right? I mean after all, I fell in love with Pierre....
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You don't need to be a pack leader or the Alpha. Whoever is telling you that doesn't know what they're talking about. Stop punishing him. You're already seeing the fallout that punishment causes.

Learning to train a puppy takes some time as does the training. This is your first dog. Take the time to educate yourself and you will reap the rewards. Puppies can be frustrating. Dogs don't understand anything we want until we teach them. I'd suggest you get the book Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson. It will help you understand why it's up to you to learn how to effectively communicate what you want to your puppy.

Read this:
https://www.dogforum.com/training-beh...-fallout-4776/

Look here too:
https://www.dogforum.com/training-beh...rticles-11426/
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Thanks. Good point.
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Haha. I love the name Pierre for a French Bulldog.

I find that puppies (rowdy, teenaged guys especially) can be managed most effectively with a strong combination of management (removing opportunities to screw up), redirection and positive reinforcement. Just like human teenagers, when they get up to no good its not because they need to be shipped off to boot camp: they just need something more productive to do!

Also keep in mind that as the puppy goes through growth spurts and whatnot you are going to see huge fluctuations in energy-- from full or steam to silly-tired. So this is a good thing to be mindful of when encountering bad behaviour: Why did Pierre do this? Is he getting more energetic than he was last week? Or is he pooped beyond sanity and in need of a nap?
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