Separation panic. Isolation distress. Separation anxiety

Corona virus. At home with your dog, maybe for weeks? Pre-empt separation problems by spending time away from him/her. Discourage constant following you about. Go into the garden without him. Go a short way from your front door for several minutes, leaving your dog indoors. Click here for help.

If he already has separation problems,now is a great opportunity to do something about it. ⏳

Noah suffers from separation panic whenever he’s left without human company.  He’s most distressed when his young lady owner’s mother leaves him.

The whole family suffer too. Their two happy Standard Poodles are no substitute for human company.

Frenchie suffers separation panic when leftNoah howls.

Not only does it distress the family, it upsets the neighbour. (more…)

Angry and frustrated. Maybe scared. Battling BOAS

easily becomes angryBuddy’s angry behaviour has escalated in the last few weeks.

The ten-month-old French Bulldog snorts and gasps. His common Frenchie breathing problem (Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome – BOAS) must make normal life a constant struggle.

If he were an adolescent human struggling to breathe, Buddy could well have a very short fuse, ready to hit out, angry at the smallest thing. (more…)

The little Frenchie is no trouble at all, until…..

No trouble at allYesterday I met a nearly trouble-free dog. Usually dogs that have a problem in one area have other issues across the board. Not Lady.

Lady is a French Bulldog and she has lived with the young couple for just four weeks.

Four years old, she’s had at least one litter of puppies and two homes, the first with a breeder. She is so little trouble that it’s hard to understand why her second home gave her up.

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Bites hands. Aggressive Barking. Territorial. Protective.

Frenchie bites handsBetty is another French Bulldog that barks loudly at anyone coming into her house. “Go Away!”

Sometimes she bites hands.

I have just looked back through my more recent stories of French Bulldogs. I am surprised how many cases have been about territorial and protective aggressive behaviours towards people coming into their home.

As a behaviourist, I only visit those Frenchies with problems. Of these problems, most have protectiveness and barking aggressively at people in common.
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Protective. Territorial Only When His Humans are Present

Percy didn’t like me!

At least, he didn’t like me in his house with the young man and woman present. It seems, had they been out somewhere, he would have been friendly and welcoming.

Protective Frenchie

See that look Percy is giving me!

Instead, he barked at me fiercely.

The man took Percy behind a gate where, despite still being able to see me, he seemed quite calm. The man led him back in again and Percy once more barked at me in a protective, angry tone from his position beside the man. (more…)

Angry Barking. Frustrated and Stressed

Oh, Gus, please stop your angry barking at me! The French Bulldog burst out of the utility room and charged at me where I was sitting at the kitchen table, sending his water bowl flying. There wasn’t time to think. He was out like a rocket. They quickly grabbed his […]

Guarding Human Resource is Stressful Work

Hector sees her as his human resource The lady hadn’t seen this as the cause of his growling. She has two adorable and adored French Bulldogs, brother and sister aged nine months, Hector and Annie. As is often the case with siblings, their nature and behaviour is entirely different.  As one may […]

Food Aggression and Parading Bones

We all know what Pugnacious means! Frank is a delightful, friendly and playful ten-month-old Pug French Bulldog mix. He is a typical teenager in that he likes to play his family up – he is a clever boy! What I was called for is Frank’s behaviour around dropped food, bones […]

Barking For Attention and Getting it

Barking for attention is ultimately guaranteed to succeed. What constitutes attention to Stella? Anything involving a human looking at her, talking to her or touching her – or all three at once which is usually the case. She may be glared at. She may told QUIET. She may be pushed away. Stella is […]