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13 January 2008 @ 07:31 pm
Hey everyone, just looking for suggestions....
My boyfriend has a Boston/English bulldog mix who is 8 months old. He's wonderful. But we've been trying to train him and things are getting hard. He has so much energy and really wants to be in the middle of everything. So when we take him to school he really pulls and has such a hard time focusing. So how to help keep him focused?

Another thing... he's potty trained. He has a crate at his own home and at my house and he's crate trained. And at my boyfriend's house he has no accidents. He can sleep with his crate door open and be fine. But at my house he simply can't hold it. I don't know what it is but he always pees. He doesn't poop anymore (thankfully) but he pees! I don't know why that is... even when we take him out just a little while ago. Why do you think this could be?
Nancieeicnan on January 14th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
When he was younger and not potty trained did he spend equal time at your house and your boyfriends? It's possible if he already had a ton of accidents when he was younger at your boyfriends that he's marking his territory at your house.
lonelypinkroselonelypinkrose on January 14th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
He's been at my house pretty equally throughout. But could the fact that I have dogs come into play with all this?

Nancie: Pets Banjo BT For Dummieseicnan on January 14th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
It sounds like it does. I'm more used to female dogs but after reading all your other comments it almost sounds like he's marking his territory to get his smell on top of the other dogs. If I remember correctly bulldogs have a stubborn trait? I had a saint bernard that took a long time to fully potty train thanks to the stubborn trait, it just took a lot of time and patience for her to finally figure out the potty rules apply to every home she vists (I'd say it was about 11 months when she fully grasped it if that helps set your mind at ease).
Casscass4canines on January 14th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
My dog is completely potty trained but if something smells weird or different, he'll pee on it, so shampoo your carpet and see if it helps.
lonelypinkroselonelypinkrose on January 14th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
my room is in the basement, so we have a tile floor (ohhh sooo cozy on those freezing winter mornings!)
This is an awesome suggestion though... I'm going to be an odor eliminator to see if that'll work..
tinaguppietinaguppie on January 14th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
Is he fixed? Unfixed boy dogs tend to mark their territory more than fixed dogs. Otherwise, I think a change in routine causes dogs to regress in their house training. One of my dogs is perfectly house trained and hasn't had an accident in my house in years; but when I took her to stay the night at a family member's house over the holidays...one of the first things she did was take a big dump on their living room floor!
Phoenixshannon_elaine on January 14th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm sorry I don't really have any answers for your question, but I have a 7 week old english boston bulldog so I'm really excited to so0meone else with one! http://pics.livejournal.com/shannihilation/gallery/0002hqd2

Do you have any pics of your boyfriend's dog?
lonelypinkroselonelypinkrose on January 14th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
omg he's ADORABLE!! I love the breed! Just be aware the mix of the traits. Porkchop has tons of energy and loves to chew! lol endless energy... plays without end. Seriously we have to stop him in fear of him over-heating and over-exhausting himself
Phoenix: Me - Smilingshannon_elaine on January 14th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Right now Bugsy wants to chew everything. And he's developed a nasty little attitude the last couple of days. He's finding out though that isn't going to get him anywhere.
lonelypinkroselonelypinkrose on January 14th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
they can be SOOOO STUBBORN.
Porkchop is seriously like a driven horse. And he used to bark in his crate at my house until we discovered that the spray bottle with water worked so well!! He is such a mover and a shaker and a lover.... the best of all worlds!