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    Default Re: FED UP with the potty issues!

    I'm sorry you're going through a frustrating time with Belle. Since you only got her in February, I'd say try not to stress and give her a little more time. Dogs can take longer than just a few months to acclimate and realize that she won't be moved to yet another family. Try getting a really high value treat -- cheese, bits of hotdog, whatever her favorite thing is -- and reward her with it for pottying outside. Take her to potty immediately before you leave and right away when you come home and don't bring her inside to crate her until she has pottied outside. When she does mess her crate, don't make a big deal of it at all so not to draw any attention to it. She will learn, it's just hard for her because for so much of her life she wasn't let out of her crate enough so she learned to do something dogs hate, mess where they sleep.

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    Default Re: FED UP with the potty issues!

    Everyone has given you great advice. I believe the Tinkle Trousers might do the trick! I learned many years ago-with horses that it is alot easier to train one that hasn't been trained, than to re-train one that has been trained wrong! Your poor gal had no choice, and it's just like she had been trained to potty IN her crate. It sounds like she is a good girl in every other way, and you haven't had her long enough for her to be "re-programmed" with something she HAD to do for so long. I know it is frustrating, but just try to be patient,as I said it is harder to re train.Hang in there! It could be a lot worse!!
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    Thanks for all of the support and advice. Again, we ADORE Belle and she's never going anywhere. She may find herself wearing some cute new underwear when we leave but she has a forever home with us She's an incredible dog and we will do whatever it takes to get this issue fixed. I will keep you all posted. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
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    It's hard to break habits, especially with bulldogs I've noticed... Bennie used to poop during the night in the house we lived at before, since we moved he hasn't done it once even. Most bulldogs follow routine very strictly, for good and bad. In time I'm sure she will be able to break the bad circle.

    I used to stay out with Bennie until he pooped before we went to bed, that helped cos then he didn't have any poop left, lol. It's frustrating cos to us it doesn't make sense... but since Belle has a difficult past it was her only choice, so it makes sense to her. Shame, I hope she'll figure out soon that she doesn't need to poop in her crate.

    Dogs are very loyal, they love human attention. Maybe she didn't get any attention before, unless she pooped in her crate... I'm sure that got some attention even if it was bad. It's sad but dogs work like that. I'd try to completely ignore her when she's done it, just clean it without a word and leave her alone for a while after.

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    I just want to offer my support, as that's a really challenging thing to live with. I'm really hoping you can find resolution.
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    Default Re: FED UP with the potty issues!

    I also wanted to say I've seen some dogs in the bully rescue group here take an entire year to truly settle into their new home. I truly believe time will be the biggest help with her issue.


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    Well, we went 2 days without an accident while being crated but this morning she peed again when left alone for an hour. *sigh* She's so stinkin cute that I just can't get mad at her. She looks up at me with those huge brown eyes and I melt
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    Maybe someone's said this before... but have you tried treating her like a puppy again? Try to really praise her when she's going potty outside, I mean full on fan club, clap hands, baby talk and super butt scratch to show her how good she's doing, lol.

    And if she's going inside, totally ignore.

    It works on puppies

    I'm sure if she gets on a different schedule she'll stop. The trick is just to figure out how to do that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petra View Post
    Maybe someone's said this before... but have you tried treating her like a puppy again? Try to really praise her when she's going potty outside, I mean full on fan club, clap hands, baby talk and super butt scratch to show her how good she's doing, lol.

    And if she's going inside, totally ignore.

    It works on puppies

    I'm sure if she gets on a different schedule she'll stop. The trick is just to figure out how to do that...
    Lol, oh I do that already. My neighbors probably think I'm insane. I jump around like an idiot when she goes potty outside and she just looks back at me like I'm crazy
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    Quote Originally Posted by OliviaB View Post
    Lol, oh I do that already. My neighbors probably think I'm insane. I jump around like an idiot when she goes potty outside and she just looks back at me like I'm crazy
    Lol, well if they ever own a stubborn English bulldog they'll understand My neighbor still think we have kids... we have a room facing their house that is decorated like a child's room... it's our dogs room... with a princess play tent and other not so adult accessories We have a stroller parked on our veranda for... our dogs. I'm also doing quite a lot of baby talk during my days so I think it's in my favor that ppl think we have kids...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petra View Post
    Lol, well if they ever own a stubborn English bulldog they'll understand My neighbor still think we have kids... we have a room facing their house that is decorated like a child's room... it's our dogs room... with a princess play tent and other not so adult accessories We have a stroller parked on our veranda for... our dogs. I'm also doing quite a lot of baby talk during my days so I think it's in my favor that ppl think we have kids...
    LOL, that's amazing.
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