How to select the best training school for your Frenchie

As we have a high number of queries from parents on training your French Bulldog, we have started a series of posts to help you train a well behaved and happy puppy. In the first article, we talked about the basic rules to follow, while in the second post our expert team members shared step by step tips on how to teach them the basic commands. We also recommended attending a dog training school, so this time we give you a few guidelines so that you can select the best one.

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How to find the best training school for my Frenchie?

Attending a dog training school with your pup is a good idea even if you train him or her at home, and they behave well. A good trainer can help you be more efficient with the commands you need, fix behavioral problems of your pup and add some more difficult tricks to your repertoire. You can attend dog schools occasionally or complete a general or specific course to improve certain areas. Click here to read how you can become your Frenchie’s pack leader.

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Ask other puppy parents

As always, it’s a good starting point to ask other puppy parents you meet when walking your baby, and in groups like the TomKings Frenchie Family. Ask what people like about the training school they recommend, what they learned, why they find it efficient. Listen to what they say, but always be conscious of the fact that everybody is different (be them four- or two-legged.) You or your pup might have a different temperament, level of knowledge and needs from others, so never make a decision based solely on reviews and feedback from peers.

Talk to the dog trainers

Visit some of the recommended schools in the area, but always make sure you talk to the actual trainers. The manager, owner or receptionist of the school can make a good impression on you, but you’ll spend your time with the trainer. Ask them about their methods and the techniques they use. As we earlier wrote, rewarding the pup is crucial, and you’d better select a trainer whose philosophy follows this principle.

Try a session with your pup

Some schools offer a free session or you can sign up for a taster class. It’s a good way of seeing how it works in practice and how your Frenchie enjoys being there. Don’t forget that the trainer’s job is to train you to train your dog, so it’s crucial you’ll get on well with him or her. You can also experience the level of knowledge they share with you, and how the whole group works together. In some cases, you might find out that you prefer a private trainer who trains only you and your Frenchie.

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Look at the professional bodies

In the US, dog training is not a regulated industry, i.e. trainers don’t need to have certain qualifications in order to start a school. However, there are excellent trainers who gain knowledge by training hundreds of pups and having the right attitude.

Many trainers are certified with organizations like the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, which is not mandatory but might give you some reassurance.

Chemistry is the most important

Regardless of reviews, certification and good reputation the most important thing is how you and your pup feel during and after the classes. It shouldn’t only be restricted to education but should be a lot of fun together with your furry baby.

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Please find here the two previous articles of the How to Train your Frenchie series:

Follow these rules when training your Frenchie

The basic commands to teach your French bulldog after adoption

The article was written based on the experience of the TomKings Puppies Team. TomKings Puppies have been breeding French Bulldogs for 10 years on their farm. All the pictures in the post belong to them and show a puppy from their breed. Check their available puppies here, or if you have any questions or comments let us know below the article.

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2 thoughts on “How to select the best training school for your Frenchie”

  1. We have a five-year-old Frenchie who has recently stopped sleeping through the night and wakes up and cries and cries. She sleeps near us in a bathroom that is open with a gate up. We have given her some Melatonin at the suggestion of the vet and it helps her to fall asleep quickly (which has never been the problem) but does not keep her asleep. Do you have any suggestions or advice on how to stop this and get her to go back to sleep? We have tried moving her to her crate downstairs and the crying is worse there.

    1. Hi Meredith,
      It’s a tough one. Have you tried taking her for a long walk before going to bed? If dogs become exhausted, they are more likely to sleep through the night. It is also important to ignore her crying otherwise she’ll get used to you guys coming up to her every time she starts whining. If you stick to this routine, I believe that your pup’s sleeping schedule will get better. 🙂

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