If your bulldog is well trained, both you and your dog will be much happier. British Bulldogs’ instincts are to comply with his pack leader’s discipline-this is your job to make sure they are loyal. British bulldogs learn what is essential and required of them and how to please you through training. Take a little time and effort to train your bulldog puppy, and you will more than enjoy the company of an obedient dog.
House training is seldom an issue for puppies that have been raised under the right conditions. Bulldog puppies want clean naturally and will do all it takes to please their owners. As soon as you bring your dog home, you can start the training process. Any delay in setting up a proper schedule will hinder training later.
It needs patience and perseverance. Puppies would like to urinate and often defecate because of their small bowel and bladder. If you have an enclosed courtyard, take the puppy outside and position him at an ideal spot whenever he shows signs of relieving himself. Also, first of all, send him to the same place in the morning, last of all after dinner and for long periods when he is indoors. Make sure you go with the puppy and stay with him until he does; then appreciate him lavishly for good practice. Don’t punish the bulldog when there are mishaps. It leads only to confusion and anxiety. Don’t rub his nose in it, if it’s a mess.
The earlier you start the better, but if your puppy has not had any lead training before you get him, wait a week or so until he’s settled comfortably into his new home before you begin.
You will need a lightweight “choke chain” collar and a lightweight lead. The collar should be long enough to slip over his head with ease and have some room for growth, but should not be more than six inches longer than the circumference of his neck. Put the collar on the puppy 50 that it goes over his neck from his left to right. Fasten the lead to the collar and let the puppy lead you around. If he doesn’t move, move a bit and coax him to move after you. Do not ever pull on the lead and drag or choke the puppy. This should be a happy experience for the puppy so give him lots of praise. As he becomes used to walking about with the collar and lead, begin to give little tugs and encourage him to follow you rather than you following him. Always keep him on your left side. Keep his lessons short. Several five to ten minutes sessions a day are better than one half-hour session. Do not play with the puppy during his lesson, but do praise him often when he follows you.
Once he is following you with consistency you can begin taking him on walks around the neighborhood. You will probably need to give him several gentle tugs the first few times to keep him with you rather than exploring on his own. You may need to stop and talk to him a few times. Again, do not pull on the lead and drag or choke him. A quick jerk and immediate release on the collar is the way to control him. Do not try to rush this. A few minutes a day, every day, lots of praise when he does it right, a quick jerk and release to correct when he doesn’t, lots of praise, patience, and consistency and he will soon be walking nicely at your side. If you plan to exhibit your puppy, you will also need to train him to stand still and let you hold his head. Start this training along with the lead training as early as possible.