I'm new to the forum. My husband and I purchased an English Bulldog puppy about a month ago. He's 13 weeks old, and while he's adorable and we love him to pieces, he's just not seeming to get the whole concept of not going to the bathroom in his crate, or the house in general.
When we first brought him home he seemed to be making pretty good progress. He would sit/sniff next to the door if he wanted to go outside and we would take him out. He had a few accidents indoors, but it wasn't too bad. Then about a week after being home, we found out he had pneumonia and had to spend 48 hrs at the emergency clinic. Since coming home, he no longer sits by the door or provides any indication that he needs to go to the bathroom. We take him out every 1 1/2 hrs, as well as right after a nap, and before and after he gets put in his crate.
Unfortunately, he has also started peeing in his crate at night, too. Our vet told us to remove any blankets from the crate and to let him sleep on the plastic and that he would not go in there since there was nothing to absorb it. Not so. Yesterday he got TWO baths because he peed in the kennel and then just laid in it.
We're kind of at a loss for what to do. I don't know how to teach him to signal that he needs to go, and when he does go inside it's a small amount because he's being taken out so frequently. We're also rewarding (and using praise) when he goes outside, but it doesn't seem like that's reinforcing the postiive behavior.
I've heard that bulldogs can be especially stubborn and hard to train. Does anyone have feedback on anything else we can be doing? I know puppies will have accidents here and there, but to me it's unacceptable to have a dog that goes indoors ALL the time.