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    Hi Everyone, My fiancé and I have recently adopted a two year old English Bulldog named George. He was a rescue and since his adoption has become a wonderful addition to our little family. He is our pride and joy! He is always gentle, well behaved and completely house broken. However, George has taken to pooping on our upstairs carpeted floor. We work full time jobs from 8am to 5pm. He gets two twenty minute walks in the morning and at night (providing it isn't too cold for him). He always does his business before we leave for work and then we go out again when we get home. We thought he might be getting bored during the time we are away. But the several "Kongs" filled with treats that we hide around the house, and the many "puzzle" toys that dispense food or treats when rolled a certain way do not make a difference to him. He does not seem to notice they exists until we return home. I have read a few posts similar to mine that suggest crate training or umbilical cord training. However, I am not sure that these methods provide a permanent fix. I would prefer if we could leave George to relax on his comfy dog beds in the sunshine rather than keeping him confined in a crate. Are there any suggestions as to what we should try next? Is there something we are doing wrong that could be upsetting him? Thank you for your advice! P.S. I know that it is recommended that Bulldogs should not be over exercised, but he gets chunky due to his food if he is not active.

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    If your not fond of the crate, maybe a crate with a pen area, or gate him in one room or small area.

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    Default Re: "OH NO, NOT AGAIN!" - Me, coming home after work.

    Crating them is the safest way for them to be left alone, but as @Piamitch has said you can also make a play pin for him and give him a little more room.
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    If the only place he is doing this is on the upstairs carpet, you could put a baby gate across the stairs, so he stays downstairs, or put him in the kitchen with his bed, and toys and put a baby gate across the doorway, so he stays in one room.
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    try an X-pen... and limit his area Crate training is great, as it protects the PUPPY from the house, along with protecting the House from the Puppy!

    Clean the area with a good enzyme cleaner, we use 'Natures Miracle' follow the directions, some say saturate and then dry, others are saturate and leave, etc

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    I agree with above..if you don't want to use a crate..use Xpen or something to limit his space. He could still be adjusting and often as they relax and feel at home, they will regress. It's temporary but can become a habit very easily.

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    Agree with all the above, you want to stop this before it becomes a habit.

    Most likely, confining him awhile, restricting access from that area and cleaning
    the scent away properly will all work and prevent him from doing this later. In
    a month, he'll never remember doing it if the scent is removed and he's been
    kept away long enough. Good luck!


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    Default Re: "OH NO, NOT AGAIN!" - Me, coming home after work.

    Thank you everyone for your help. I will purchase a baby gate and get my carpets cleaned to make sure the scent is gone. Thank you again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allie View Post
    Thank you everyone for your help. I will purchase a baby gate and get my carpets cleaned to make sure the scent is gone. Thank you again!
    Eventually, he will earn the privilege of being upstairs while you are gone, but until the "habit" of not crapping up there is established, keeping him contained in a smaller area will work with his instincts as a dog to not soil in his own den.

    Too, it's possible he needs a bit longer to take the dump? Bea can produce a log cabin in minutes after going outside. Bo needs MUCH longer to bake brownies. Their time outside for this purpose has always been the same -- consistent! -- so they know that Doodie Time is eminent so there's no need to crap in the house.

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    Default Re: "OH NO, NOT AGAIN!" - Me, coming home after work.

    I used to be a littly messy myself....
    Until someone placed a sign over the toilet that read :
    "If you Sprinkle when you Twinkle, Be a Sweety & Clean the Seaty"
    So..... I now just sit instead... I find it much easier......



    Edit : My point is that dogs can't read and follow the rules so dont let them roam free for 10 hours...
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    there's some logic there somewhere... when I find it I will re post....
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    Default Re: "OH NO, NOT AGAIN!" - Me, coming home after work.

    Also...you said that you have numerous food dispensing treats around the house. "What goes in, must come out". So it could be that he just has to go. Typically, dogs sleep 18 to 20 hours a day, so I wouldn't worry so much about entertaining him during the day. My hubby and I work long hours....he starts earlier than I. My two are usually crated for atleast 9 hours. But....they are perfectly capable of holding it during the night, so I'm not worried about the day.

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