How to Train a French Bulldog Not to Bite

By Britt Kascjak

If you have recently adopted a French Bulldog, you may be wondering – Why does my French Bulldog bite so much? What can I do to stop it?

Training a French Bulldog not to bite doesn’t have to be complicated.

Here are 5 easy ways that you can train your French Bulldog to stop biting. These methods can each be used on their own or combined.

With a little time and effort, you can teach your French Bulldog to be a polite and respectful family member!

Why Does My French Bulldog Bite?

The first step to addressing your French Bulldog’s biting is to identify why it’s happening.

While there is some truth to the fact that biting is normal with puppies, sometimes there is an underlying cause. By addressing the cause, you can stop the behavior.

The French Bulldog is generally a non-aggressive breed.

If your French Bulldog is afraid or highly stressed, he may bite out of fear or frustration. Pay careful attention if your French Bulldog is barking or growling as they are trying to communicate.

Remove your French Bulldog from any situation that has him stressed or upset.

In young puppies, biting is a common problem. This is a form of play that they need to be taught isn’t acceptable.

How Long do French Bulldog Puppies Bite

Whether your French Bulldog puppy is teething or just playing by nipping and chewing, puppies often bite.

As your French Bulldog grows and matures, he can be taught to stop.

Most French Bulldog puppies will start to calm down around 8 months old. But, this can vary from dog to dog.

The sooner you can train your French Bulldog to stop biting, the better. This is a bad habit you don’t want your French Bulldog to carry into his adult life.

5 Ways to Train Your French Bulldog Not to Bite

Redirect Biting Behavior

The first solution for training your French Bulldog not to bite is to offer a chew-friendly alternative.

Provide your Frenchie with a variety of different chew toys. This includes different textures and styles of toys.

Anytime that your French Bulldog tries to bite or chew on your hands, feet, or objects that he shouldn’t chew, give him a toy. When he chews on an acceptable toy, praise him.

Withdraw Attention

If you are playing with your French Bulldog and he starts to bite, turn your attention away. This means physically turning your body away for a few seconds.

If you do this consistently, your French Bulldog will learn that biting will end playtime.

Use Obedience Training

Anytime your French Bulldog starts to feel overexcited and starts nipping or biting, redirect his attention with training.

Ask your French Bulldog to perform a command that you know he has learned. When he does, praise him and give another command.

Keep doing this until your French Bulldog’s attention is entirely focused on obeying you and the desire to bite has been forgotten.

Socialize Your French Bulldog in New Situations

One way you can reduce the fear response is to help your French Bulldog learn to be comfortable in new situations.

Start introducing your dog to new sounds, smells, and experiences as soon as you bring him home. The more he encounters, the better adjusted he’ll become.

When these situations are no longer frightening or stressful, the chance of a bite is greatly reduced.

Seek Professional Help

When all else fails, contact a professional trainer. They can help to determine why your French Bulldog is biting and how to best stop it.

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Britt Kascjak
Britt Kascjak has been active in the animal rescue community for over 15 years, volunteering, fostering, and advocating for organizations across Canada and the US. Her ‘pack’ includes her husband John, their 3 dogs – Daviana, Indiana, and Lucifer – and their 2 cats – Pippen and Jinx.