It sounds like you and your husband are going to do just fine. Just keep training in a pattern and say commands in repetition. Back in the days when Winston was at that age, it was not funny then but Winston had accidents in his crate that was bad enough I had to hose the whole crate off many times. He even had Winston doodles tracked onto my kitchen wall and all into the the porous kitchen floor tile within minutes when he was alone, outside of his crate for just a couple of minutes. No telling how many forrests have been destroyed by my consuption of paper towels during that period. It was tough love and character building for me...he had me trained very well! Love and enjoy your bully, Mike