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    I have a new 13 week old English Bulldog puppy. I am attempting to crate train her but the 1st week has been kind of rough. At night, I wake her up ever 2 hours to go outside. I carry her outside to go to the bathroom. I have a bad back and all this lifting is bothering my back. Is 13 weeks too young for her to be put on a leash? She will go out during the daytime and the evening and I can just walk with her outside and dont have to carry her. However, during the night after I put her to bed around 11:00pm-11:30pm I have to carry her outside to go to the bathroom. I will take her into the grass and she may pee pee but doesn't always pee and poop. If she doesn't do both, I keep putting her back in the grass everytime she climbs back up on our deck until she poops. All this lifting is killing my back. Is she old enough to start using a leash?

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    Yes..she is! If she has trouble getting used to it..put her on the leash and let her drag it around the house. She will get used to the tugging and feeling of a leash that way!

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    I would have said the same thing !!!!

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    I agree with @JAKEISGREAT ! It's a hard process to potty train but it pays off! Usually they won't pee/poop where they sleep! My Brutus was a piggy sometimes eweww lol others will be by to help as well!


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    Yes I would get on the leash thing! Otherwise you will end up with a Cooper and you will be dragging her by the leash!

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    Default Re: Taking my 13 week old Puppy Outside

    we got lola at 11 weeks and we only took her out once in the middle of the night, around 3am, until she wanted to sleep through it, a few weeks later. now she goes out for the last time anywhere between 8;30-10:30 and when we wake her up at 7:30, but she'd hold it forever if we didn't make her go out. i think maybe every two hours is overkill. lola would be peeved if we woke her up that often! she also doesn't pee and poop on the same trip. especially in the morning, its pee first. poo about 30 minutes later. if we're frustrated and we know she has to poop, then we'll just stand on the porch and tell her to keep trying. she runs back and forth from potty spot to backdoor until she gives in and poops.

    she didn't actually start walking to the backdoor until we took her to our parents house for xmas and had to leash her to go out. i think that is what made her realize that we could easily leash her (which she hates) or she could walk to the door nicely. she didn't walk down the stairs of the porch until she was about 4 months old though, now she shuffles right down easily.

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    I started Kain on his leash when we picked him up at 10 weeks. He was all 'what the heck is this' we stayed VERY consistent with it and his potty training is absolutly amazing. We have also been very consistent but blessed also as his breeder had him in a kennel and he transformed to our house in a kennel pen same as he was in with zero difficulty.

    As for the leash we put it on 'every time' we take him out (basically every 2 hrs) throughout the day. He doesn't like it much, lots of times sits down and refuses to move, pulls the other way etc, I've tried VERY hard to NOT pull him on the leash and make him regret it or learn to bite it. Now I put a slight tightness to it, wait for him to loosen it and click and treat as per his clicker training. They talk about the same training for loose leash walking so I'm kinda starting it in house/yard and then will continue on the sidewalk during walks. Basically I will set the path and there is no other option but to listen to what I want.

    I have tried to remain calm although sometimes it is hard, I then tell myself, Ok, I have all day let's do this, he comes around quickly. <lol>

    Funny thing is we go through 2 doors as well so my process is :

    - Sit
    - Put on his leash
    - Convince him to come to the door
    - I open the door
    - Request a sit and Stay
    - I walk through and command to come
    - proceed to next door with convincing across the sunroom <lol>
    - Command a Sit and Stay
    - I walk through and command a come
    - do his business outside (this also takes convincing to follow the leash and go in a certain spot etc and allow me to put it in the garbage after I pick it up
    - Getting back to the door to go in is "Easy..."
    - Command Sit/Stay
    - I enter request to come
    - next door
    - Command Sit/Stay
    - Enter and request to come
    - Command sit
    - Remove the leash

    (Wow - I just realized how anal I am with taking him outside consistently <lol>)

    Our day is typically :

    7am - Wake up, and straight outside to pee
    7:15 - 7:30 - Breakfast and straight outside till he poops
    -- Cuddle and Play until we leave for work
    8:30 - In his Kennel as we are off to work and kids head to school
    11am - Daughter is home from school and lets him out to pee (poop if needed)
    12pm - Dinner and straight outside for a poop
    1pm - Kennel as we head back to work and kids back to school
    3:30pm - Kids let him out of kennel and outside for pee
    5 - We are home from work, Cuddle and play time
    6 - Supper for the humans then supper for Kain
    6:15 - Outside for after supper pee / poop
    Evening ritual - Clicker Training, Walk (If this weather ever warms up), fetch etc, Cuddling and watching tv.
    9:30 - 10pm - In his kennel for the night until 7:30am the next day.

    So far blessed with NO accidents in his kennel or around the house, too good to be true so we are enforcing the above schedule like glue.

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    @Vince00 You run a tight ship over there! You make me look bad! Sometimes we are off schedule! That is the best thing to have when training it makes it so much easier and definatley works!
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    I feel obligated, I've always wanted a bulldog and now I got one, I have to be sure he is everything I want him to be or there is no one to blame but myself. I'm working with my wife and kids to help us all get there as I think we will all benifit greatly in the future. Now that I've seen how capable he is it's amazing and i'm caught to teach him more and more. I'd be mad as heck to have new furniture ate or something that was our fault, or worse yet eat at something electrical that should be protected so we want to correct and get through this puppy stage as best we can.

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    Absolutely... no reason she should not be on a leash
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    thanks

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    thanks for the advice

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