Trouble housebreaking a Boston Terrier pup?

Hi all. I recently (2 weeks ago) bought a 5-month old, male Boston terrier named Sid. He has been great in every way, except we're having trouble housebreaking him. We are crate training Sid - he goes into the crate around 11 PM and out at 6 AM until we go to work at 8 AM, then has company come around 2-3 every afternoon to let him out. With a few exceptions, he does not go in the house but he's been regularly soiling his crate. Usually he doesn't cry to go out until the morning. We just go downstairs and find that he's pooped or peed. The crate is the right size for him - just enough to turn around and lay down. When he goes on his walks (2x day) or outside in the yard we praise him like crazy. We've also been cutting off food and drink after 6:30 or 7 PM. I should say he came from a pet store, and was therefore in a crate that doubled as his toilet for the first 4 months of his life - maybe he learned bad habits? He's a terrific dog and we want to train him right. Any ideas?

Asked by Member 658595 on Jul 20th 2008 in Behavior & Training
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It sounds like Sid was probably left in his crate for hours at the Pet Store with the only option being to soil his crate so now its second nature to him. You might want to speak with a trainer in your area for other ideas, as it sounds like you're doing the right things and that being said it's going to take baby steps to train him, time and patience. It's important never to scold Sid for his accidents as he's not doing it to annoy you he just doesn't know better and by you praising him like you do he should get the idea soon.

Loomis answered on 7/20/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Blubby - Rainbow Bridge 12/13/

I can't offer any solutions, but I can certainly empathize with your problem. Have had our female Boston Terrier puppy for almost three weeks (she was 7 1/2 weeks old when we brought her home) and she is doing the same thing. She's still having many piddle accidents in the house most days and soils her crate every time we leave her in it and leave the house. We have been working on crate training, she's good for many hours at night when she sleeps with my daughter - but can't go an hour or longer in the crate during the day even if she potties right before we put her in. She was purchased from a breeder, but also was not being trained in any way prior to our bringing her home.

Good luck!

Blubby - Rainbow Bridge 12/13/ answered on 8/12/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer