Puppy Forum and Dog Forums banner

1 - 3 of 3 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hey guys,
We have a 9 week old English Bulldog puppy, and I was looking for some advice on potty training him. I know there is a lot of info out there; I wanted to see how it can pertain to our current situation and had a few ideas as well.

First I will describe what we currently have been doing:
I am home Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all day. On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday my wife and I are staggering our work hours to leave him alone the least amount of time as possible. I leave at 9:30 a.m., and she gets home at 4:00 p.m. I know this part is not ideal.

We are in a newly built neighborhood, so there is no landscaping yet, but will be done next year. So there is just rocks and dirt outside, no grass yet.

We set up a pen in the master bathroom (tiled floor) that contains his crate with blankets, some toys, and 2x potty pads in the corner of the pen. He always pees only on the pads, and never poops anywhere in the pen. We take him outside around 8 times a day where he does his business.

We currently play with him in the morning, around noon, and in the evenings; this seems to tire him out and he sleeps good through the night. On days when we are not around during noon, I give him his lunch as I am leaving at 9:30 a.m.

The problem comes when he is outside his pen... outside the pen and he has not gone on a potty pad a single time in a week. I don't know if he can't distinguish the difference between a pad and the carpet, but he also ignores the potty pad on the hardwood floor as well. Its as if he considers anywhere outside his pen as being outside or something? I generally follow him around, and I can tell when he is about to pee. Every time he squats down to pee, I pick him up and put him on the pad. He always stops mid stream, and never finishes on the pad.

I would love to be able to have him in my office while I work during the day, but if he is free roaming he will do his business pretty much anywhere. And if I set up a pen in my office, he would bark to be let out, so that won't work either.

We are also afraid that the potty pads are teaching him poor habits anyways, so we were considering switching to those things that are basically litter boxes, but have fake grass instead. We were thinking of putting this in his pen instead of the pads, then putting one on the back patio for him to use as well (until landscaping is done). But this still doesn't solve the problem of how to teach him when he is out of his pen and we are playing with him.

What do you guys recommend? Thanks and any help/advice is greatly appreciated!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,450 Posts
I would suggest only using the pads when you're not home to watch him and take him out. When you are home, take him outside (on the dirt) consistently on a schedule (like every 20 minutes). Praise and treat him like crazy when he goes potty outside. If he doesn't go, take him inside, but take him back out in 5 minutes to try again. Also take him out after naps, play, eating, or drinking.

I used the pads for both my dogs when they were puppies and house training took way longer than it should have. I think it confuses them more than anything because they learn it's okay to go potty in the house. Then they have to un-learn that and learn they have to go outside only.

House training a puppy is a huge amount of work, but if you're consistent it will go by much quicker.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
115 Posts
I used puppy pads and didn't have trouble training Milo. That being said we also have hardwood floors and didn't leave anything on the floor for him to get confused over. I think it would have been hard if we had carpets. We did have a throw rug in the living room but he peed on it a few times so we removed it. Whenever we were home we monitored him all the time and took him out at regular intervals. Around 5 months he just stopped using the pads at all and hasn't had an accident since.
 
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
Top