When I was getting ready to purchase my Bully pup I spoke to several people, researched the web and read books so that I would be ready to begin training her when we brought her home. One thing in particular that I remember about the housebreaking part of training was that Bullys will not go potty in their bed/home. Apparently mine is the exception. At east 2-3 times a week she will eliminate in her cage and i've tried just about everything I can think of. I wake up and take her out during the night, give her treats every time she goes potty outside, and even limited her space in her cage thinking that maybe she has too much room, but so far nothing has worked. Please, any info/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
MOST dogs have a instinct to be clean, some may be a little dirtier than others. puppies who lived in thier own flith and even played with it, may be some of these dogs.
So, First thing is to rule out-- medical. Second thing--is thier bedding in the crate. if so remove it. third, are you sure the crate is JUST big enough for the dog? Fourth. If all else fails, no food after 5 no water after 7. potty at 930-10 oclock.
If the puppy is really young you may have to set an alarm for every 3-4 hours to let the dog out.
Every dog has it's share of "problems"...This is not the end of the world. Keep trying, This part of the joy of owning a dog.
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The myth that dogs will not go in their crate isn't really true. If a puppy is forced to eliminate in their crate, then they will do it again. They aren't doing it becasue they are trying to tik you off. They don't know its wrong or right to go in the crate or outside, they just don't know. They have a mentality of a small child of 2 years old. If the puppy is useing the crate to go to the bathroom, its now time to make some changes. I heard some good suggestions, like restricting food and water intake, but you have to be careful if the puppy is young. Technically I need more information about the dogs liveing conditions, how long the puppy is in the crate etc. But it may be necessary to paper train for now and slowly teach it to go outside, just like our kids, some dogs have more difficulty holding it.(And Bully breeds don't catch on as quickly as say a poodle)So it may take longer. I would buy a fold out wire pen, put it around the crate, so there is somewhere to sleep, and the rest will be totally papered for accidents. If you want we can talk privetly about paper training and how to do it properly. Another reason for the eliminateing in the crate could be separation anxiety as well.
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