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Question by anfin01
Submitted on 1/24/2004
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My Boston is 5 months old now and we are still having problems with her peeing inside, and occasionally having BM (inside).  We have tried newspapers and the crate.  For a couple of weeks she only had like 2 accidents, but the past week in a half she's been going constantly inside (but not while she's in her crate).  When she does go inside, she acts as if she knows she's done wrong because she comes to you with her head down.  But the "head down" look sometimes comes before she's done the act.  Any suggestions or answers to this problem?

Answer by Anonymous85
Submitted on 4/1/2004
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Dogs are generally clean animals and won't "mess up" their own living space. What I did with my 2 collies is sectioned out a small area of the house and newspapered the hell out of it until they did mess it up. They hate being in their own mess that after a week or so of them messing their living area they will try and hold it in until you let them DIRECTLY from their living area to outside.

You have to obviously keep the living area clean enough so that you can stand it but not so clean that the dog doesn't mind - keep in mind that dogs have a lot better smelling senses than us so it will smell really bad to them.

When the dog is in the living area it will WANT to get outside to get away from the smell, and it will most likely start doing it outside from then on. GOOD LUCK!


Answer by AJ515
Submitted on 5/15/2004
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I have a Boston terrier that is a little over 3 months old and someone suggested to us that we tell him "good pee" and "good poop" when he does his business outside.  This will eventually help.  When you first take him out say "go pee" and if he does tell him "good pee".  We have been doing this and it seems helpful because we tell him "good boy" a lot in the house.


Answer by Bergamomma
Submitted on 6/27/2004
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My first suggestion is to have her checked out at the vet to be sure that she does not have a bladder infection. Sometimes when they are not feeling well a pet will poop or pee in the house to get your attention.

Both my Bostons were a little more than 8 months old before I considered them house trained completely. I have heard for other Boston terrier owners that they found the same with their Bostons as well. So be patient - she will get the idea.
I have some great house training tips in an article on my website if you want to check it out.
Good Luck your patience will pay off :)


Answer by Bostonlover
Submitted on 8/23/2004
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I have a Boston Terrier, she had the same problem. No matter what, (we just moved into a new place)and she would pee, without warning! We finally broke down and bought a doggie door. She goes outside whenever she has to go now. She hasn't had one accident since we put that in. When we are gone, we put her in the kitchen and put her bed in there. We keep it enclosed with childproof gates. She won't pee, because we've made it into her own place by having her bed in there. works great! Good Luck!!


Answer by Jennifer
Submitted on 1/29/2005
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We have a little boston terrier who is 4 1/2. We purchased him at 2 mts. old and he was running to go potty outside the first week we brought him home! On the doorknob, hang a ribbon with a small bell attached at the bottom (we used a little wedding bell). Make sure it is long enough for your puppy to reach with his nose or paw. Every time we took him out to go potty, we rang the bell and said "lets go potty!" They are smart and will begin ringing the bell in no time at all.  Good Luck to you.


Answer by elduke23
Submitted on 9/12/2005
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My boston boy is almost 7 mos. old and I'm having the same issue. He likes to go outside and do his business but left alone for an hour or so outside of his crate he will pee. I had to restart his bathroom reward, I simply give him a treat every time he pees outside and I tell him "good boy". This seems to be working and I think we are on our way. Hope that helps.


Answer by newboston
Submitted on 10/10/2006
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Two Boston Terrier's.  One 5 years old and the other is 8 months old.  The older one took almost a year before he could hold it and "knew" where to go for his business.  The 8th month old is still letting it go in his cage and I constantly clean up after her every day.  It's not you, keep doing the right thing.  They will get it.   Sometimes I wonder if they will ever learn.  But they will.  


Answer by Rena
Submitted on 10/22/2006
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My Boston Terrier will be 2 in January. He still urinating all over the house. I had the vet check him out he is fine. He knows what lets go out means (which is every 2-3 hours)but he still lifts his leg all over. I am desperate for help!


Answer by zane716
Submitted on 2/26/2007
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I have a 2 yr. boston terrier and he is wonderful about going outside, but as soon as cold weather rolls around he tends to hold it for long periods of time and ends up going inside.  I've even bought him jackets and it is still a fight to get him outside to potty.  good luck!!


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