I have tried all methods of house training pups. The English bulldog is the most difficult! However, I did use puppy pads, and it seemed to work best with them-The youngest one I have just pad trained herself. I take them out VERY often-but have the pad down anyway. I was not mentioning the pad-just taking her out, and then I would just find a puddle or a poop on the pad, inbetween-she just started using it on her own,after I found a puddle under the table-I put one there.if I didn't catch her in time. I have found that most pups I've had do really great in the beginning, and then about 4 or 5 months-they forget all about it! Don't know if it may be related to teething-or rebellion. The best way I have found to train the EBD pups, is treat reward, when they potty outside! Bribery,bribery. The youngest is 10 mo. and it's been about three weeks since there has been no puppy pad down, because whenever they were playing rough-she still would go pee on the pad(though I wouldn't see her do it! It takes time, patience,persistence, LOTS o praise and treats to reward-(special yummy ones) do not give up! Eventually, she will get it! Mine sleep in crates at night, but if I am home-have freedom-though I always kept an eye on them!