Though few things are better than snuggling with your French Bulldog while watching Netflix, the excitement of their perky ears and body warmth can easily turn into separation anxiety when you’re forced to leave.
There are a few symptoms that may help you identify anxiety in French Bulldogs:
Whining or whimpering
Accidents inside the house
An important thing to know about dog anxiety is that it comes in several forms:
Separation anxiety. French Bulldogs are very affectionate, so they may not cope well with being left alone when their people are at work.
Social anxiety. If your dog is new to socializing with other dogs or people, they might not know how to react when greeted. They could growl, become aggressive or nervous, and may even appear fearful.
Stress-induced anxiety. Changes to your schedule or routine can make a French Bulldog anxious, so if you’ve recently started a new job, moved to a new house, or brought home a new baby, don’t be surprised if they’re having trouble adjusting.
Post-traumatic stress disorder. If your dog has PTSD, it’s most likely from abuse or neglect suffered during its childhood at a shelter or rescue organization.
One possible reason for your Frenchie’s anxiety is that she might be physically sick. Some French Bulldogs are prone to health problems, like chest issues, and her signs of illness could have been mistaken as emotional in nature.
There are many causes of French Bulldog anxiety. Let’s discuss some solutions.
Crate training. Crates or kennels will give your dog a safe, quiet place to retreat to when they are feeling anxious. They can also help prevent them from chewing up your furniture while you’re not home. Stuff it with blankets and other things that have your scent for an extra calming effect.
Exercise and interaction. Frenchies are known for their nervous energy. They get bored, lonely, or stressed easily and can get anxious. By spending time with them you’ll reassure them of your love and help expend the nervousness they have bottled up inside.
Time-delayed treats and toys. Interactive dog toys will keep them busy and improve their motor function, while also providing mental enrichment. They’ll be so focused on the peanut butter filling inside of a Kong that they won’t notice that you are gone.
Routine. French Bulldogs are very routine-oriented. Their behaviors can be better managed when they can count on things like daily walks to help them get through the day without getting anxious.
Professional training. Sometimes it’s hard to train your dog on your own. That is why places like the Pupford Academy exist, offering online training modules that cover a wide variety of issues and behaviors.
Medication. If your French Bulldog seems to be nervous and anxious, talk to your vet about anti-anxiety medication. A combination of medical treatment along with behavioral training can help bring about calm behavior in dogs suffering from anxiety.
You can help your French Bulldog with its separation anxiety by understanding what you’re doing to cause it and making changes. You’ll be able to bond even more closely with your pup, and everyone will be happier.