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    Hello Everyone.
    I just adopted Bella today. She is a beautiful 3 yr old. I adopted her from a no kill shelter, in her former life, she was kept in a tiny cage. It wan't a
    "breeding" situation, it was a animal hoarder.
    Does anyone have any advice on housebreaking.? I've kept her on a short leash with me at all times in the house and I've taken her outside immediately if it looks she's sniffing around. I've house trained from puppies before but never an adult dog with issues. Everything is new to her. She is very loving and playful, just a joy. I can't wait to see her personality really shine.

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    Hi Welcome and thank you for adopting<3

    I would try and do as with puppies, take her out often, especially directly in the morning and after food and so on.

    When she does her business outside I'd praise her immediately. Dogs like to poop where they've pooped before so if you have a garden or an area outside where you can leave one of her poops she'll probably prefer going potty there again.

    Adult dogs usually have some kind of schedule for pooping so in time you'll figure that out

    If she goes potty inside I'd take her outside right away, then I'd just clean it up, not say a word about it or be upset.

    She sounds like a doll, would love to see pictures of her
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    Thanks Petra,

    She's been so happy to be out of the cage, that she wants to see everything, we haven't been going to the same spot. That's good advice, I'll take her back where we've had success. I'm going to take some pics tomorrow. She has to go back in two weeks for some dental work. At some point she suffered a broken jaw and it was never treated, so it healed incorrectly. It sure doesn't slow down her eating, lol.

    I'm pretty new to forums in general. Not sure if I should start a new thread for a different question....she has another issue..she did great in bath today, but when it came time to towel dry...wow, she didn't like that at all. I don't know what her experience with towels was, but it wasn't good. She's gonna need a couple more baths. the smell was overwhelming Any thoughts on the towel issue? She really is super sweet and follows me everywhere...not aggressive, it just distressed her.

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    yup. Please post pics of Bella.
    Hug your bully today

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    Wendy, Bless you for saving this baby. Even though she came from a no kill shelter, you have saved her life. I can't wait to see pictures of Bella. We have a rescue that came to us at 2yrs old. He had some issues with having hands near his head. What we did was have a treat in our hands and very slowly we would try to pet him while telling him he was a good boy and giving him a treat. He learned to associate having his head touched with something good and loving. Now he is a big mush and enjoys big kisses all over his big block head!! If while you are trying to towel Bella, you can treat and give lavish praise, she will come around in no time. Good luck
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    @wendyk313 - You've got some great advice here already! Just wanted to say THANK YOU for rescuing sweet Bella. Rescues are the best ever, and I'm so glad Bella finally got her furever home where she is going to be loved on just like she deserves. Yes, please posts pics of your girl, we'd love to see her! Bless you again for saving her, and I know she will be the bestest friend to you in no time!

    Regarding the towel, you'll have to take your time with her, and she has to gain your trust. Try letting her smell the towel first... show her a treat in one hand... slowly rub the towel on her, and if she responds ok... give her the treat.... to show her there is no threat from it, but rather a reward. You never know what happened in the past, that's what kills me about people. They are heartless. Keep us posted on her progress & WELCOME!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petra View Post
    Hi Welcome and thank you for adopting<3

    I would try and do as with puppies, take her out often, especially directly in the morning and after food and so on.

    When she does her business outside I'd praise her immediately. Dogs like to poop where they've pooped before so if you have a garden or an area outside where you can leave one of her poops she'll probably prefer going potty there again.

    Adult dogs usually have some kind of schedule for pooping so in time you'll figure that out

    If she goes potty inside I'd take her outside right away, then I'd just clean it up, not say a word about it or be upset.

    She sounds like a doll, would love to see pictures of her
    Petra has given you great advice. When I trained my pups, they got praised and rewarded with a small treat For "going" outside, because I learned that EBD's are SO much more food/treat oriented than other breeds. (some might called it "bribery" after the fact!!) That worked wonders for me!
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    .... THANK you for giving this sweet girl a new second chance at a great life!

    The gang gave great adive.... best of luck and look forward to pictures!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wendyk313 View Post
    Thanks Petra,

    She's been so happy to be out of the cage, that she wants to see everything, we haven't been going to the same spot. That's good advice, I'll take her back where we've had success. I'm going to take some pics tomorrow. She has to go back in two weeks for some dental work. At some point she suffered a broken jaw and it was never treated, so it healed incorrectly. It sure doesn't slow down her eating, lol.

    I'm pretty new to forums in general. Not sure if I should start a new thread for a different question....she has another issue..she did great in bath today, but when it came time to towel dry...wow, she didn't like that at all. I don't know what her experience with towels was, but it wasn't good. She's gonna need a couple more baths. the smell was overwhelming Any thoughts on the towel issue? She really is super sweet and follows me everywhere...not aggressive, it just distressed her.

    Aww, shame it's so nice to hear good rescue stories sad about her jaw, glad she's going to get some treatment

    If you want you can start a new thread, but since the towel situation is also a training/behavioral issue it can just as well be posted in this thread I don't really have that issue cos mine loves to be dried with the towel... I would probably try and put her on a huge towel on the floor and then just take the corners of the towel and give her a nice butt rub with it, or use a few of those small face cloth towels, the might seem less frightening. Is she doing ok with face cleaning? In that case the smaller cloths could work and then you can increase the towel size over time
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    Thanks again Petra for the wonderful advice and everyone for the warm welcome

    She did fine with face cleaning.. Here nose is crusty and she let me put some Elta (no fragrance) cream on it..No problem. Your right might be the size of the towel. I watched a video here on a rinse for after bath, I'm gonna try it. She looks so much better, but she still have some of the smell from the hoarding situation. I'm going to wait a few days then bathe again and follow with the rinse...And small towels, lol

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    Wendy, welcome to EBN and congratulations on your new little girl, Bella. She sounds like a total doll You have rec'vd very good advice. Praise her like it's a party whenever she goes potty outdoors. Soon she will associate all that positive reinforcement w/going potty where she's supposed to.

    Thank you for giving this girl a brand new life with you!!




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    My heart is mush from hearing your rescue of Bella and giving her
    a forever home, GOD bless you! She sounds wonderful!!

    I've had 2 rehomed bullies, both adults, both came w/potty issues
    and neither showed any signs of needing to go or sounds, just went
    wherever, including my bed! Staying calm, being patient and getting
    them on a schedule is key, disagree with the behavior but no yelling
    or punishment, bullies are truly sensitive, when they potty outside
    (use a consistent phrase such as, "Go Potty") lavishly, over the top
    praise and, at first, a treat (it can be a bit of kibble). It doesn't take
    long, bullies are smart.

    After bathing & rinsing well, do a final LEAVE IN with a plastic pitcher
    of warm water & 2 cups cheap, white vinegar mixed in, from neck back,
    pour all over her. Hand press out then put towel on her WITHOUT rubbing
    her. Put heat on in bathroom and let her air dry or lightly press dry with
    more towels. She'll gradually let you rub her dry after she understands you
    will not harm her with them.

    Wait until she fully trusts you, it's an incredible gift, a bully's adoration, like
    no other breed and I've had them all. Please keep us informed and pics when
    you can, Welcome to EBN, what a pleasure to have y'all


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    RIP beloved boy.

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