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    Default Is there a light at the end of the tunnel???

    I know you guys must hear this over and over and over again...but housebreaking frustration!!! First, if one more person comes up to me and tells me that their puppy only had one accident ever and was completely housebroken in one week I am going to. Ernie is 15 weeks. We got him at 12 weeks. He never had any exposure to housetraining with the breeder. I do everything by the book. He goes out every 45 minutes, after naps, after play, a bit after eating and if sniffing.He gets a treat and tons of praise when he goes outside. I am trying the bell as well. Ernie gives no signals, just goes in the house. Makes no attempt to go to the door. I just want to know that one day he is going to wake up and it is going to "click". He is in a crate when we are not home or when no one can watch him. I know I am following procedure...I just want to know it is going to happen.

    He also shows no sign of happiness or excitement. He has no tail to wag and he does not wiggle. It is SO hard to read him. He looks like he is pissed off around the clock. So funny, we were at the petstore and a man asked me what he did to tick my dog off so bad with the look Ernie was giving him.
    Sorry for the whine.
    On a positive note....we have mastered sit, going up and down a ramp to get in and out of the car, getting down the driveway on a leash(he was terrified) and actually walking out the door by himself. Doing well with "leave it" when it is a treat....not so much when it is anything else and getting no where with down.

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    Default Re: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel???

    Your post has me laughing. Totally get it.
    In the last month, I've met people who seem to have the most brilliant pooches- while my little monkey won't even sit without a treat. So hats off to Ernie for that one.
    All I can say is it really takes time.
    I'm starting to think that whomever said "Patience is a Virture", must of owned an English Bulldog.
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    When we last got the carpet changed in our old house I wanted to run and hide with embarrassment when I saw the back of the carpet. I had potty trained my dog doing everything by the book and had the same problems you are. I was so embarrassed when I saw how many potty spots I had missed. Some dogs come to it naturally and some don't. It doesn't help the breeder didn't train him. It has only been three weeks and you know he can learn things you have mastered a lot of other things. Sounds like you are living on his schedule. I'm sure those that come along will have so great ideas. When we want to teach something new we feed ours a cube of raw meat, something they absolutely cannot resist. Maybe upping the treat value for peeing outside might help. Good Luck!
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    Default Re: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel???

    It sounds like you are doing a great job w/Ernie. At 15 weeks, I'm thinking his bladder is still small which makes it difficult for him to hold in his pee for too long a time, so like others said, you gotta be patient with the housebreaking. You can also have him on a leash inside the house w/him tethered to you and at the first sign of him squatting, you need to say NO, pick him up and put him in the area where he's supposed to go. You're gonna get there in no time!




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    Default Re: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel???

    Well..15 weeks is still a young guy. But I will share with you what my sister, a dog trainer, swears by.

    In the house, keep him on a leash tethered to you all the time. You will be amazed at the signs you are missing. Watch him like a hawk. If you need to be untethered..for yoursel.. take him out to pee..put him in his crate. Do all the normal housebreaking things..outside every 45 minutes..after meals and playing.

    If, while on a tether, you catch him starting to pee..give a gentle jerk on his collar. Give him your sternest NO word. Take him outside. If he goes..give him praise. Repeat.
    It will take a couple weeks..it's important you not let him wander. YOU need to be consistent and firm..

    Good Luck!

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    @General Jackson is going through the same thing you are. Maybe you can have online drinks together!
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    Default Re: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel???

    Thanks, that makes me feel better...I am going to try the tether. I feel like I watch him like a hawk but I can see where there are times he wanders off...
    I have to think of a good line for the people with the incredo dogs that come from the womb housebroken!!!!

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    Punk was 2 before she quit peeing in the house . . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by christyjulene View Post
    @General Jackson is going through the same thing you are. Maybe you can have online drinks together!
    Bahahaha, that made me lol LUV it! Yea 15 wks is really young. Jackson mainly goes in his kennel. He's pretty good about not going in the house but the kennel is another story. Good luck n like I need to tell myself be patient!

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    Default Re: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel???

    Hey - I'm not trying to nit pick your post by any means....but if I may ask, with *all due respect* what do you mean when you say he's learned to go out the door himself? On a leash?

    I haven't had a puppy in years, but believe me I understand and totally "get" your frustration. You take them outside, they pee, then they come in the house and pee again. You're like ... HUH? I just took you outside to pee! Stick with it. We all feel your pain and know you need to vent. Glad you feel as if you can vent here and get the support you need. Stick with it, it will get better!

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    Default Re: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel???

    he would never even walk out the door to go outside. now he will walk out without me having to pick him up and carry him

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    Default Re: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel???

    I think it just takes time with Bullies but there is light at the end of the tunnel. They are super stubborn but eventually he'll come around. Your line about not be able to read him because he looks pissed off all the time really reminds me of when we first got Buster. Every time I took him out back and tried to get him to do something like chase a ball and bring it back to me or to do his business he would give me that same face! haha! Kind of freaked me out. I really thought something was wrong with him until he got around other dogs and people and then the butt wiggles began and they haven't stopped.

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