I am desperate to find some help on housetraining my 4 month old bulldog puppy, Molly. We also have a 1 year old bulldog male named Bailey.
Molly is having a really hard time with crate training. If I sleep with her and Bailey in the living room and she sleeps outside the crate, she's fine and can go for 6 hours without needing to go out. When I put her in her crate and sleep upstairs, waking up to take her out at 12am, 3am, and 6am, she still has accidents in her crate. The crate is divided off so that she only has a small area to sleep in. I've tried using a dog bed in the crate, a small pad, and no bed at all and she still has accidents. We also feed her in her crate, but that doesn't seem to make any difference. I've been trying to crate train her since we got her at 10 weeks. Bailey took really well to crate training and never has accidents.
I brought her to the vet, and she doesn't have any health problems. She does eat her poop if she's in the house and has an accident, and we don't catch it fast enough. We're using food supplements to make that behavior less appealing.
I think what may be happening is that she gets upset because she feels isolated from the rest of her "pack". Her crate is in the living room and Bailey sleeps nearby, but she seems to really want to be with him or one of us. She's anxious in new environments, although at home she is completely confident. I'm afraid she's become desensitized to going to the bathroom in the house and in her crate. Even though my husband is home with them during the day, we relied on wee-wee pads at times during the day in the beginning, and now she seems confused about where she's supposed to go to the bathroom.
I wonder if we should eliminate the crate training altogether to remove the anxiety, and instead let her sleep in the living room with Bailey and take her out a few times during the night.
If you have any thoughts on this, or advice, I would love to hear it. My husband is loosing his patience but I'm determined to find a solution. Thank you!