Potty Training Your English Bulldog

October 4, 2007


thanks so much for the email, and I look forward to your course reading.
Magnum is a good little pup; 3 months 25lbs; our only issue is potty
training, he still goes in the house and the kennel, but I think it’s
just youth.

Your thoughts?



Hi Nate,

It is his youth, but there are some things you can do to help.
A puppy wants your praise and attention more than anything else.
He goes in the house because he thinks that’s the place to go.

What you need to do is take him outside often and when he
does his thing, praise him highly and use a word like “quick quick”
every time he goes.

Never get mad at him if he goes in the house. If you catch him
about to pee, pick him up and rush him outside and then praise
him when he goes.

Eventually he will learn that it feels good to go potty outside (remember
he loves lots of praise) and he’ll associate the words “quick quick”
with going potty and will be stimulated to do it when you say the

If you are still having problems, perhaps with an bit older dog,
you can take him outside and then keep her moving around until
she pees – don’t let her back inside until he pees. When he does pee,
give him a treat and lots of praise. He’ll get the idea and be proud
to pee outside.

For more training information, take a look at this 7 day puppy potty
training course

Your Bulldog Pal,



2 Responses to “Potty Training Your English Bulldog”

  1. nasticscat7 Says:

    I have an 8 month old male English Bulldog. I am not sure if this is behavioral or physical/health. We got our English Bulldog Rogan at 4 months old from a kennel and I believe he got used to eliminating in his crate and cleaning up after himself as well as eliminating wherever and whenever he wanted. Since we got him 4 months ago, he has improved with housebreaking issues. However, the rule of thumb I heard is he should be able to hold his pee for 9 hours (months ofa ge + 1). He has no problem holding his pee overnight or whenever he sleeps for up to 10 hours at one point. However, when he is awake he will not hold it. If we are there, he wants to go out every two hours. If we are not there, during the day during the work week, he pees probably 2 or 3 times in the crate during the 8-12:30 time frame and then again 2 or 3 times during the 1:00 – 5:00 time frame. I have no idea what to do…I know he doesn’t want this nor do I as an owner. Does this sound like it could be a behavior problem or maybe he physically can’t hold it??

    Please help!

  2. It may be that since you got him when he was older, that he was kept in a kennel all the time where he learned to eliminate whenever, so he may not know any better.

    I’d suggest you switch him to a pen or some other confined area and see how he does.

    If that fails, you could try those scented mats they sell at PetSmart and see if you can train him to go on that, then move it outside. I’m not a big fan of these because it trains them to keep going inside.

    Let me know how he does.

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