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AAAAAArrg please help.

June 17th, 2005, 12:00 AM

I have a three year old english bulldog. A few weeks ago my wife house sit her dads min pin for a month, while we were doing this we moved into a new townhouse. Before we moved my bully was the only dog and had a big yard he could go into at his leisure. We now only have a patio.

The little pup we were housesitting wasnt fully housetrained and ended up going in the house a few times. My bully immediately started to as well. We used natures miracle and cleaned it up right away every time, or at least as soon as we saw it. The min pin went home two weeks ago and my bully is still spraying the side of the couch, and pooping on the rug when we are not around, or are asleep. Now our back door is open, we leave it open so he can go in and out as he wishes, and to avoid accidents...... NOT WORKING!!! My bulldog is also deaf so yelling at him does not work... however when i come home and find the mess he knows he has done something wrong, he will hide in his crate outside he will be excited to see me, then once he realizes i found the poop he runs to the patio.

I've had this guy for about a year and have never had this problem. Its getting really frustrating and would appreciate some advice. I cannot simply leave him in the patio because the weather gets to the mid to high 90's here.


June 17th, 2005, 11:46 AM
If you only have a patio, where is he supposed to go and was he going there before the other dog came? I'd be confused if I had a big yard to use before and now there's only concrete instead of dirt and trees... do you have to walk him now, & is it frequently enough?

June 17th, 2005, 11:52 AM
Is he neutered?

Lucky Rescue
June 17th, 2005, 01:35 PM
IF he isnt' neutered, do so.

Then go back to square one, as though he were a little puppy you are housetraining. Confinement when no one is home, regular bathroom breaks, and lots of praise when he goes outside.

As fltanz mentioned, if he was used to going in the yard, maybe he thinks he's not supposed to go on a cement patio, and with no other options he goes in the house. He sounds very confused and stressed.

And yelling doesn't work with dogs who can hear either.

June 17th, 2005, 03:50 PM
He is not neutered. The patio has about 3 feet of a dirt around the outside of the cement, the length of the fence. I didnt mean to sound like i yelled at my dog, he is my best friend, i wouldnt treat him like that. Though it is frustrating to say the least that he keeps going in the house. He will go 4 or 5 days then go in the house for no particular reason it seems....

June 17th, 2005, 03:53 PM
K, I'm sorry but d'uh! He is marking his territory. He's an unneutered male.

June 17th, 2005, 04:09 PM
He will go 4 or 5 days then go in the house for no particular reason it seems....

This is because he is unneutered. He is marking his territory, it probably started all of the sudden when the other dog was staying with you because he was letting the other dog know that this was his stuff. He does it every 4 or 5 days because the smell wears off so he remarks so everyone knows it's his stuff.

Neutering will help with this problem, but may not stop it completely because you have waited too long. The first step would be to get him nuetred and then begin training all over agin.

June 17th, 2005, 05:15 PM
i had no idea that him not being neutered would have this effect. I guess i should make an appointment asap. That makes good sense that it only happens every few days because the smell wears off.

June 17th, 2005, 05:17 PM
He would probably have not done it but because you had a visitor who did, he now needs to make sure his presence is known.