Potty training your new English bulldog puppy is never easy, but it’s not impossible. It’s probably one of the most important things you train your pup to do, and yet many English bulldog owners struggle with teaching their pup to do their business outside, not inside. While English bulldogs are a notoriously stubborn breed, in many cases it’s the trainer, not the trainee, that is making things difficult.

If you’re having trouble potty training your English bulldog, then check to see if you’re making any of these four mistakes:

Delayed and/or irregular training

In order to be effective, potty training must happen each and every day, from the moment you bring them home. If you delay potty training by a few months, or if you’re not consistent in your training, the lessons won’t sink in for your pup.

No rewards

We all are motivated by rewards, and dogs are no different. Your English bulldog puppy will learn best when there is a great reward at the end. It teaches them that what they’re doing is good, not bad. If you’re not giving them any treats or praises when they do as they’re asked, then they won’t learn that this is something they should be doing on a regular basis.

No crate training

Crate training and potty training go hand-in-hand. Why? Because the more your puppy sees that crate as their home, the more likely they are to keep it clean. By crate training your puppy at the same time as potty training, you’ll be killing two birds with one stone.

High expectations

Finally, a big mistake that many first-time dog owners make is having too high of expectations. Some owners believe that their pup will be potty trained in a manner of days or weeks. However, reality is much different. Some puppies could take a few months before they’re fully potty-trained, especially if you’ve had a few slip ups along the way. Keep your expectations realistic, and wait until a few accident-free months before letting your guard down.

For more tips on how to care for your English bulldog puppy, read through our blog or contact Bulldog Angels today!