|Barked: Tue Mar 4, '08 5:24pm PST |
|For starters, make sure his crate is not too big. Very important. If his crate is too big he will go potty in it because there is too much room. He has to learn to separate the "den" from the potty area. Dogs are not supposed to soil the area that they sleep in - dogs are actually very clean that way. Also, when you feed him take him out directly to go potty so he can learn to associate the two. Find a key word to use - we use potty or tinks (yeah dont laugh they understand) and praise him when he does go. The take him back inside to his crate.
Our experience with our first bullmastiff - when we got him he was still with his mommy and I think already had that sense to separate the two. Potty training for him was a breeze. Our second one was already separated and crated with her sister and they were allowed to do whatever in their crate. When I tell you it was a nightmare to crate train her, I am not kidding. Almost daily baths to wash the poop off! lol It took her quite some time to get potty trained.
Never fear, they will figure it out.
Agador n Magda's mom.
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