How to potty train your French Bulldog

This photo illustrates that this period of time won't be easy, but don't give up!
This photo illustrates that this period of time won't be easy, but don't give up!

Potty training is about patience, commitment and lots of consistency. The goal is to instill good habits. It takes 4-6 months to be fully house trained, but it can take even longer. A puppy can't have full control over its bladder and bowels until he/she is at least 4 months old.

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Firstly, create a regular schedule. It's very important. Take your puppy out at the same times throughout the day - it must be the first thing in the morning; take out after eating and drinking, after waking up from nap, after being in their crate and of course before bed. Also, feed your puppy at the same times.

Place of the puppy

Confine your puppy's space (e.g to a crate) if you can't provide supervision. Frenchies are clean and will avoid eliminating in their sleeping area. When buying the crate, make sure the one you choose is large enough for the puppy but not big enough for he/she to use a corner as a bathroom.

Puppy pee pad

Use puppy pee pads - these will give your puppy a place to pee in case they need to at a time out of the schedule.

Teach the command

Teach the "go potty" command as early as possible and praise them when they are done.


Pick up their water dish about two and a half hours before bedtime.

Check the signs

Watch for warning signs that your frenchie needs to potty. These signs could be barking at the door, pacing, circling or whining.

Remember, there can and will be accidents. It's okay, accidents happen. But don't punish them, it won't change anything. Clean up with an enzymatic cleanser rather than an ammonia-based cleaner to minimize odors that might attract the puppy back to the same spot.

 It's importatnt you to stay calm through the proccess. Frenchies have high intelligence and enjoy to be clean so they're going to learn it. 

Everyone had to learn it, even you.