Crate training problems-English Bulldog puppy

Posted by KarlaLynn
Jan 13, 2008
We have a 10 1/2 week English Bulldog puppy and have trouble with him going in his crate not so much #1 but #2. We take him out before bed around 2-3 in the morning and again when we get up at 6 in the morning. He still seems to go in his crate (bed). Help!! Does he just need more time? I thought that they will not go where they eat and sleep. FYI we feed him 1/2 cup of Nutro Ultra Puppy Food 3 times a day. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Also sometimes he goes out and he will still stand in front of you and pee! We take him out constantly and he seems to know why he is out there.
Posted by Todd
Jan 22, 2008
Hi there and thank you for your question.

It is good to hear you are so committed to your dogs toileting. Getting up as you are doing is great. He is still quite young so you can expect some mistakes along the way. But there are a few things you can do to help your puppy learn.

When you have found a mess don't punish him. Dogs only remember things they have done very recently so telling them off for something they did an hour a go doesn't help.
If you do catch him while he is messing here is what you should do.The next time your dog has an accident inside:

*Growl as your dog is doing it. You must reprimand your dog as it is performing the undesirable behavior, because dogs only ever associate your punishment or reward with the very last action they have performed.

*Soak up the puddle or pick up the waste with a sheet of newspaper.

*Then clean the spot with your odor neutralizer. Good neutralisers are available from your vet or animal health store.

*Keep the soiled newspaper, place any solid wastes or the soaked paper outside, or wherever you want their bathroom spot to be. This will give your dog a place it can return to that is marked with its own scent and therefore safe to use as a bathroom. (keep in mind that dogs mark their territory and therefore claim their dominance as they eliminate, if another dog has been where you want your dog to go, your dog will only go there if it is of a dominant disposition and wish to challenge the opposing 'dog'.)

*Take your dog out every hour on the hour (when possible) to that place where you have placed its waste. Introduce the command "Be quick!....Good Dog" as your dog goes and reward it with treats if you wish. This command is handy, as your dog quickly associates your voice command with the act of eliminating. This may be hard as the problem is occuring at night.

Try not to feed him before bed as this can make the problem worse.
A dog door is a great way to allow your pet out when he wants too but leave this for a little later when he can be trusted to be free in the house.
You can try to let him sleep in the same room as you sleep in as then you may be able to hear when he needs to go.

Good luck give him some time and i am sure he will get better. If you have any questions please ask away.

Kind regards

Todd Field