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Old 08-29-2013, 12:07 PM
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Housebreaking A 2 year old Rescue

Well I adopted an English Bulldog, and she's about 2 years old. When I got her I was told she was housebroken, and had no issues. Boy was that one HUGE lie...This dog is nuts. She is absolutely terrified of the outdoors, and hates going on walks. It's to the point where I have to drag her down the sidewalk, which I hate doing...Being that her fear is so strong she also won't go to the bathroom outside. I tried, and tried but I got nowhere so I resorted to the pee pee pads. But this is just becoming to disgusting to deal with. My G/f is also pregnant, and I don't want this happening in a small apartment with a baby. Also her family is nagging me to get rid of her, but I personally can't do this, and will try everything before this has to happen.

So today we began once again to try and housebreak her. But she is some kind of stubborn let me tell you...I remember one time, she held it for 24 hours straight!! I haven't tried in a long time so I know it's going to be hard, but I'm ready to make this happen. Here's what I am doing so far:

When I wake up, I feed her. She usually goes right after she eats on the pads, so I took her out instead when she was done eating/drinking. I took her out, and she fights me on the leash to turn around and go back, but I force her to the backyard. I wait there for about 10 minutes and she just sits and stares at me. I walk back inside, and keep her tethered to me with the leash. I have a crate but she will pee/poo in the crate if I let her sit in there...I wait every 30 min, and take her out again. Still nothing...She peed a little in the house after the first time i took her out part of the reason I have her tethered to me.

So basically I just want to know what to do when they DON'T go...I feel horrible making her hold it that long, but I don't want to cave and put the pads out for her to go on. I figure if I just keep battling it out with her and keep her on a routine and be consistent maybe I can break her. What can I do? I really don't want to re-home this dog...I absolutely love her, and if I had to get rid of her because of this I would be devastated. Please help!
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I wanted to ask this specifically...When it's time for me to go to bed and she still hasn't gone, what do I do?!
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Hey this POS forum is useless....What a waste of time.
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Force is not the answer. Teach her where to go but first you need to get her out side, this is not stubbornness it is fear. I would get her right out side the door and give many treats if she calms down and relaxes there. Move slowly day by day to extend the distance. Lots of treats and positive reinforcement no negative. Sound like she got a lot of negative out side attention where she was before you. Here is a video that will help with house breaking Kikopup is the best.
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I wanted to ask this specifically...When it's time for me to go to bed and she still hasn't gone, what do I do?!
Then you have to put her some where with a pad available so she has a place to relieve herself. If you dont she will wait until you are out of sight and she will go. A pad is better than the floor or worse the carpet. If you have a kitchen door I would put the pad close to the door and leave the dog in the kitchen at night until she is trained.
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Our dog was 3 yrs old when we adopted him and for the first month it was hard because he wasn't going outside but he would go inside, even inside the crate which he didn't like to be in. I picked a spot close to our back steps and eventually he caught on. I also would give small treats and say good boy!! Good pee pee! Etc. all of a sudden it all clicked and he stopped going in the house. Good luck...just be consistent is my advice. And patient...
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