French Bulldog Traits and Training:
The Frenchie requires minimal exercise but they do enjoy learning. There is some debate about crating a puppy or a dog. A crate trained puppy is easier to housebreak and it helps to give the puppy much needed time alone (we call this Nap Time). A dog regards its crate as its den, a safe haven and home. If you travel, the dog is safest in a crate in your vehicle and also when you stay in hotels or visit other people. If the puppy should be ill or injured and needs to be kept quiet, this is much easier if he is happy in a crate. In warm areas, cooling pads and fresh water should be placed in the crate too. You should take your French Bulldog to training classes (socialization) as soon as your veterinarian feels they have had the proper immunizations. This will help your puppy get accustomed to being around other dogs and people, will teach you how to communicate your wishes to your puppy, and will teach your puppy basics like walking well on a lead, sitting, staying, and coming on command.
Although cute and cuddly-looking, a French Bulldog has a big personality and needs an adequate amount of training to make it a civilized companion. Contrary to the stereotype as “stubborn”, most Frenchies strive to please their owners and are therefore very trainable with the proper motivation (usually food).
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American Bulldog Traits and Training:
The American Bulldog needs a home where outdoor activities are the norm. They need at least an hour or two of vigorous exercise per day to meet their daily activity requirement. Without it, owners can kiss their furniture good-bye, because this breed will become destructive. They enjoy being outside and should be provided a variety of activities including walking, jogging, chasing balls, agility, farm work, pulling weights (they'll happily pull kids on a sled for hours) and advanced obedience. Apartments and condos are not the best living situation for an American Bulldog, unless a true commitment is made to their need for exercise. Houses with fenced in yards or farms with wide open spaces are the best environment for an American Bulldog.
American Bulldogs are strong willed and can be a challenge to train until leadership is established. Not the best choice for a first-time dog owner, this breed will make his trainer prove who is in charge. Training requires absolute consistency – give an American Bulldog an inch and you'll find he's taken about six miles. A calm-assertive approach is best, with lots of positive reinforcement and treats for extra incentive.
Once the initial hurdles are crossed, however, American Bulldogs can excel in advanced obedience and agility training.
American Bulldogs need to be socialized as puppies to treat other dogs with respect. As they grow up, same-sex dogs might still create problems, especially if they are left intact and not spayed or neutered. This breed will also chase cats with ferocity, so unless raised alongside a cat, felines should not be introduced to an American Bulldog's home. Despite their animal aggression, American Bulldogs love people. If they bark when a stranger approaches, they are just doing their job as sound watchdogs, but as long as they have been properly socialized, are almost always friendly to new people.
Given the history of this breed, the public stigma against any breed with fighting roots, and the fact that they look a lot like Pit Bulls; American Bulldogs should never be left off leash in an open area.
There is some debate about crating a puppy or a dog. A crate trained puppy is easier to housebreak and it helps to give the puppy much needed time alone (we call this Nap Time). A dog regards its crate as its den, a safe haven and home. If you travel, the dog is safest in a crate in your vehicle and also when you stay in hotels or visit other people. If the puppy should be ill or injured and needs to be kept quiet, this is much easier if he is happy in a crate.