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housebreaking going backwards

January 26th, 2011, 01:12 PM
Hello, I picked up a 8 month old female Boston Bulldog the other night.
She is excellently housebroken said the previous owner who had to give her up.
She is an awesome dog but we can't get her to go to the bathroom outside.
She loves to go for walks but doesn't relieve herself after breakfast until we are gone and then goes on the carpet.
Upon my return at noon, she crawls belly on the floor nervous to me because she has gone on the carpet and feels bad about it.
Usually peeing a little as she belly crawls to me.
How can I help her? I understand a new place will throw things off a bit. But I'd like to get her on the right track asap. Mostly I need advice so I don't make things worse for her.
I do not scold her in any way upon my return and seeing the 'mistake' on the floor.
I'm planning on beginning crate training today as she has never been.
Any advice to help her out of this problem, would be greatly appreciated.

January 26th, 2011, 02:09 PM
Please be patient with her. If a dog is housetrained in one home its not neccesarily going to say that she will be trained in your home. Moving is a big change for a dog. First the door is a different area (its a whole new house). And next you don't know the dog's signals are that they need to go out. I'm sure her routine is different too. You need to go back to potty training 101 again with the dog. that means that you have to help the dog re-fresh their memory.

Here are some tips that will help.

It is important to take your new dog out to their designated area every 2 hours in
the beginning. Yes, this sounds crazy, but the strict routine is the absolute best
way to ingrain the process in your new dog. If you are very diligent in the
beginning the entire process will sink in much quicker. If you give them too
much freedom and accidents occur in the beginning, it can be a longer process.
Make sure your new dog goes to their designated area these critical times:
1. First thing in the morning
2. After they eat
3. Before being crated
4. Before going to bed
Use the same door to the designated area to keep it simple for your new dog. You
will soon see the dog going to that door, or looking at it as a sign they need to go

You might also want to keep out signs just in case the dog has a UTI as well.

Also get some Nature's Miracle or a good enzymatic cleaner to clean the pee spots. Otherwise she will still smell it and continue going in that area in your house.

Good luck! and be consistent and patient. The dog obviously was potty trained before so they will get it back in no time.

January 26th, 2011, 02:36 PM
Thank you, I appreciate the response.
She used to sleep in her previous owners bedroom.
So now we have her sleeping in the living room.
It does have her whining occasionally, not being used to sleeping alone.
The issue with her whining is likely one of those times, she wants to go out to the bathroom.
But I don't want to go to her during the whining episodes so she thinks she call call me anytime.
Should I come every time she whines and take her outside?

January 26th, 2011, 04:04 PM
You need to crate her. Do you just close her off in the living room? Most dogs will not go where they sleep. Unless of course the crate is too has to be the right size. I would put the crate in your room. Make sure she goes out before you go to bed at night. If she can't hold it thru the night she might have a UTI and training might not even be the issue.

January 29th, 2011, 09:58 PM
She is in a new environment and she might have had a good routine at her old home but this is a new house with new routines. Sleeping in the bedroom is ideal because the pack sleeps together and it helps your dog to feel safe. Being out in the living room makes her nervous so she whines, gets stressed and has to pee. She also looks at the larger space as a territory not a den, so she can soil in one spot and avoid it by going somewhere else.
Crate training can be great help and since she is older can take a few days -be patient with her.
Be sure that you keep the spot moist with an enzyme product for at least 24 hours - if it dries too fast it won't have time to work.