Some breeds of dogs tend to bark excessively. French Bulldogs are known for producing irritating sounds, including barking, but that doesn’t mean they are compulsive barkers.
Barking is the most common way for dogs use to communicate. Not all dog breeds bark with the same intensity and frequency. In fact, some only do it in certain situations.
Many people think that French Bulldogs bark a lot, but that is not the case. In fact, their barks are quieter and less frequent than other dog breeds. Because French Bulldogs bark little, they are great for families living in condominiums or apartments.
Reasons French Bulldogs Might Bark
There are many breeds of dogs that bark excessively for no reason. The French Bulldog is not one of them. These dogs are characterized by barking depending on certain circumstances:
Boredom is one of the common reasons French Bulldogs might bark. These dogs are playful and need lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you don’t provide exercise, training, and games, they will get bored easily and may resort to loud barking.
It is not recommended to leave this dog breed alone at home for more than 4 hours. In case that happens, it will develop destructive behaviours that include loud barking, which could cause a lot of inconvenience for your neighbours.
In addition, here we can also include boredom since being left alone at home, these dogs will not be able to exercise or play with their owners.
This breed of dog can be easily frightened by the presence of a stranger or by hearing a loud noise from thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. Also, visiting new places or moving to a new home will cause anxiety and fear in these dogs.
Barking is one of the most common symptoms that indicate that our French Bulldog could be scared.
French Bulldogs are good guard dogs. They are loyal to their loved ones and love them unconditionally. This feeling and bond that they create with their human family make them feel the need to protect them. Obviously, we cannot expect a French Bulldog to attack an intruder, but it can notify its owners through loud barking.
When your French Bulldog notices the presence of a stranger or senses a threat, it will start barking to alert you.
How to Prevent Excessive Barking of a French Bulldog?
As we have said, French Bulldogs are not characterized by being compulsive barkers. Its bark will be weaker than that of other breeds of dogs, but it could still be irritating. For this reason, it is important that you take into account measures to prevent the barking of these animals:
Give Your French Bulldog Physical and Mental Stimulation
We have already mentioned that these canines tend to get bored easily and quickly. That usually happens when they have not received enough physical and mental stimulation.
If you want to prevent your French Bulldog from barking excessively out of boredom, it is best to play with it. These dogs love all kinds of games, and that will not only keep them entertained but also tire them out. At the end of the day, your pet will not want to bark.
In addition to games, it is vital to meet the exercise needs of these dogs. Although French Bulldogs are not energetic or need a lot of daily exercise, they should still get some form of physical activity.
Do Not Leave Your French Bulldog Alone for a Long Time
French Bulldogs seek attention when they are alone through barking. The more time they spend alone, the more they will bark. Separation anxiety is a disorder that should not be taken lightly.
It is always advisable to ask someone (a member of your family or a neighbour) to take care of your French Bulldog while you are not at home. The problem is that said person will not always be willing to come to your house to take care of your pet. For that reason, the best thing you can do is hire a dog sitter.
Teach Your French Bulldog the “Quiet” Command
It is possible to teach a French Bulldog to stop barking. If your dog is not too stubborn, it could quickly learn everything you teach it.
A great way to stop your dog from barking is to teach it the “Quiet” command. Once we say the word in a firm voice, we should reward it with treats and praise.
If you want the training to be more effective, teach your French Bulldog the “Speak” command. This command is useful for making your dog bark. Once it barks, we will proceed to use the “Quiet” word.
You should always use positive reinforcement while training it, and you should also be very patient throughout the process.