Boston terriers are lively, gentle dogs with the best of intentions, but like all dogs they can have accidents in the house, which may leave you feeling frustrated and annoyed with potty training.
Of course, the odd accident is inevitable, especially with younger pups, and this is where stringent housebreaking can prove invaluable.
However, if your dog is getting a little older now, has grown out of puppy-hood, yet continues to have fairly regular “accidents” in the house then you may have a problem on your hands.
First of all, there are some important steps that you need to take in order to reduce the risk of your Boston terrier using your home as his own personal toilet. Make sure that he is let out first thing in the morning, as soon as you return home in the evening, and last thing at night, as well as after every meal.
Hopefully he will get into the habit of going potty at certain times rather than meandering around and dropping one whenever the fancy takes him!
Also, make sure that he is taken on regular walks, and given some sort of stimulating activity to enjoy on the walks, such as a game of ball in a safe and secure area. This will stimulate his body, and if you leave him outside for a short while after his walk, he may do his business then before he comes in.
If you take your Boston for a gentle stroll you will find that his body is stimulated more “slowly”, and once you get back home his body relaxes and he may then take a pee or poo on your best carpet!
You need to remember the importance of confining your dog to his crate, or his designated area when you are not around, as this can help to teach him where he can and cannot poop - it will save you worrying about what is happening to your carpets and furniture when you are away.
Whilst you are around make sure that he does not wander off into another room, as he may relieve himself when you are not looking, whereas if you are present he is less likely to do so.
In addition to this if you find that your dog is doing his business in the same place all the time then it is worth getting the carpet or piece of furniture professionally cleaned, as the lingering smell may be enticing him to continue using that spot as a loo.