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    Hi, I have some questions about housebreaking. For those that know. We got Nora at 11 weeks and had poor proof of shots, so we are doing all her shots from scratch. She is due for her second round on Monday. We haven't been taking her out much because of this. The vet said she can go outside but not on grass and to not let her near any dog poop that people fail to clean up. (Shame on them!) We have made quite a few mistakes....this being our first puppy. I didn't want to crate her right away and am now wondering if I made a big mistake. I broke out the crate today and she did not take well to it. I lured her in with a treat and put a nylabone and a kong in with her. I only left her in about 5 minutes or so as an introduction. I stayed in the room with her as well. She barked a bit and chewed on the metal. Did I make a mistake by not crating her from day one? She has been with us for 3 weeks today. Also is it possible to housebreak her with out crating her at all? Also by what age should she be fully housebroken. How long does it generally take? Ugh. Sorry so long with so many questions. Thanks everyone!

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    I am a firm believer in crate training, I only use the crate when I have to be away from the house, I have 3 dogs in the house and though my dogs get along very well they play rough and if I'm not there to monitor, simple play could turn to a fight and I can't even imagine how I would feel if something happened to my babies so I play it safe and crate them when I leave. With consistency Nora will get use to the crate as long as being in the crate is always a positive experience she will learn to love it.

    As for potty training, you set a schedule of potty breaks and take her out regularly to relieve herself ... as she does better, expand the time between potty breaks but again its all about patience and consistency ... rewards for going potty outside lots of good girl and loves. bulldogs are smart and they figure things out fast, if it makes the human happy, in my experience, they want to do it because they love to please their people.
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    She's not too old by any means! I have a wonderful online dog magazine that helped me immensely when crate training Jake. They have tons of info on lots of subjects..let me see if Ican get a link for you!

    http://www.canismajor.com/dog/crate2.html#Hsebrk


    Check out the magazine..they have a great part on actual process of housebreaking. Worked like a charm!
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    I agree with @bulldogs4me set a schedule and be consistent and patient, and before you know it, the potty training will be behind you. We crate train all of our bullies. Since you are just starting out training yours, make the crate a fun place to be, leave the door open for now, feed her in there and when you put her in there, give her a treat, and it won't take long before it's her little house and she will go in by herself.

    Plus the info that @JAKEISGREAT gave is some good info too.
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    Thanks for the replies! We are getting started. I will continue to do little spurts in the crate and try feeding her in the crate and then taking her right outside (she tends to go immediately after eating, this morning she wasn't done with breakfast and she stopped, went, and returned to breakfast!) Its a relief to know it's not too late!

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    I agree, scheduled potty breaks and lots of praise when she goes outside and you will be on the right track. Try to keep a schedule, I'm forgetting what the rule of thumb is for how long they are supposed to be able to 'hold it' but I'm sure someone else will be along to assist further. We crate Bacon at night and have since day one, one thing we did that helped was to put a blanket over his crate so he felt more secure when inside his crate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAKEISGREAT View Post
    She's not too old by any means! I have a wonderful online dog magazine that helped me immensely when crate training Jake. They have tons of info on lots of subjects..let me see if Ican get a link for you!

    http://www.canismajor.com/dog/crate2.html#Hsebrk


    Check out the magazine..they have a great part on actual process of housebreaking. Worked like a charm!
    I've been reading this link during my lunch hour and it's very helpful.

    Currently, I'm housetraining Tate and Finn b/c I never did it properly (or at all). They both are peeing everywhere in my house and so I'm starting with the crate training as best as i can.

    Question is, they've been "free" to roam in most areas of my house up until a few days ago...and now that i'll be using the crate more will they get used to being in their crate eventually? I feel really awful that I have to put them in there but it's for the sake of house training and for my own sanity. Also, is it okay to keep Finn in his crate more than Tate since it seems like Finn is the one having more accidents? They are both 1.5yo now.




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    Quote Originally Posted by cali baker View Post
    I've been reading this link during my lunch hour and it's very helpful.

    Currently, I'm housetraining Tate and Finn b/c I never did it properly (or at all). They both are peeing everywhere in my house and so I'm starting with the crate training as best as i can.

    Question is, they've been "free" to roam in most areas of my house up until a few days ago...and now that i'll be using the crate more will they get used to being in their crate eventually? I feel really awful that I have to put them in there but it's for the sake of house training and for my own sanity. Also, is it okay to keep Finn in his crate more than Tate since it seems like Finn is the one having more accidents? They are both 1.5yo now.

    You can always teach a dog new tricks!!! I would maybe try putting something in there whenever they go in. With Linus we fill as many frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrot veg mix inside his Kong as will go in. Then put him in there with it. Keeps him occupied for quite a while!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzy220 View Post
    You can always teach a dog new tricks!!! I would maybe try putting something in there whenever they go in. With Linus we fill as many frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrot veg mix inside his Kong as will go in. Then put him in there with it. Keeps him occupied for quite a while!!
    My hope is that they both will be potty trained and not to even have to use the pee pads anymore. I read to get rid of those as that still lets them know it's okay to go inside. Problem is, Finn will usually do his #1 and #2 in the wee hours of the night b/c i'll see the evidence on the pads when i wake up. Should i get rid of them entirely and would he be able to change his timing on going potty?

    this has been a bit of a frustrating time for me and i know the boys can tell mommy has been whacked out of her mind w/this training. I feel bad for them but i'm trying hard to make this as positive experience as i can for ALL of us!




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    I initially had the pee pads close to Ambers pen,then I put them further away until they were right next to the door and then put them on the other side of the door with the screen door open so she could see them. Once she got that idea she goes straight to the door and looks up at me. Consistency and patience is key along with lots of praise. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cali baker View Post
    My hope is that they both will be potty trained and not to even have to use the pee pads anymore. I read to get rid of those as that still lets them know it's okay to go inside. Problem is, Finn will usually do his #1 and #2 in the wee hours of the night b/c i'll see the evidence on the pads when i wake up. Should i get rid of them entirely and would he be able to change his timing on going potty?

    this has been a bit of a frustrating time for me and i know the boys can tell mommy has been whacked out of her mind w/this training. I feel bad for them but i'm trying hard to make this as positive experience as i can for ALL of us!

    Henny..you can start with them just like new pups. But you know they can hold it much longer. You will have to be on your toes and cut their freedom out. Until you can trust them. Dena Dawg was a stray and wasn't properly housebroken. She was appx. 1-2 years old when we got her. We didn't use a crate but isolated her to small space when we weren't home. We started at square one with her and just stayed consistent. I'm thinking if you think they will be in crates too long..how about citrates leading to Xpen . I would get rid of the pee pads and just go all in. Outside only. Always begin when you will be home straight for a few days. Lots of trips outside and I know you can do it!

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    thanks for all the encouraging words and advice. I really need it. I haven't felt this overwhelmed and discouraged in my bully parenting skills in a long time. I think my mental state is rubbing off on Finn and maybe that's why he's been having probs sleeping too. When I get home from work, it can be anywhere from 5 or 6pm, and there's just a mess in various spots. Sometimes all on the pads, most of the time not. So that gets me upset and feeling defeated.

    I still have not gotten the xpen but now i'm going to need to look into it further. The other option is to gate off the kitchen portion and just have them in the laundry room where their crates are.

    I know this is going to take some time, step by step.




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