The Dogue de Bordeaux is a beautiful and loving dog, but they need to have training as a puppy. Because the breed is so large, a puppy that is not started in a training program as early as six weeks old can become an uncontrollable adult. Your puppy needs to learn housebreaking, manners, socialization and obedience. A dog of this statute needs training so the owner or handler has complete control of the dog. The first two areas to work with are respect training and housebreaking. After you have this training and the Dogue de Bordeaux understands your commands, goes outdoors to the bathroom and has manners, you are on to the obedience training.
Housebreaking Your Puppy
The proper way to housebreak a dog is by using the confinement method. You need to use a kennel slightly larger than the dog. You start by confining the dog when you are not near the dog. This means, if you are not home or in a different part of the house, your dog needs to be in a kennel and let out to go to the bathroom. If you are with the dog and have control offer the puppy, you can allow the dog out of the kennel for short times. The idea behind confinement training is that the dogs learn to relieve themselves outside and not in the kennel.
Respect Training Your Puppy
Puppies by nature will talk back, run from you, and chew things up, attack the garbage, refuse to give up an object and jump. These are just a few of the bad habits; managing the puppy can only be done with proper training. If you allow this type of behavior to develop, the dog will become the leader and you will lose control. You need to take a stand and show your Dogue de Bordeaux that you and only you are the leader and they should follow you. If you lose control, you will need extensive training later on in the dog's life, which takes time to correct. This is also the time to socialize your puppy with people and other animals.
Obedience Training The Dogue de Bordeaux
After you conquer housebreaking and respect training, it is on to training that is more extensive. Obedience training reinforces the commands your puppy learned before, but with more structured commands. They will learn to heal, stay, lie down and not jump on anything. After such a time you finish all the training, your Dogue de Bordeaux should be a happy and well-trained dog. You can then on to agility training, but this is only necessary if you want to for show.
Although housebreaking, respect training and obedience training are all tied together, it is the order on how they are taught. Housebreaking and respect training are needed as basic learning and obedience will help reinforce positive behavior eliminating unruly and destructive behavior. The Dogue de Bordeaux is going to reach upwards of 145 pounds and without training, you will find yourself at the mercy of this large dog.