Training a Boston Terrier - Owner Q&A

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Determined somewhat agressive 12 week old puppy 
When things are calm or she is playing she is sweet and easy to get along with. As soon as she goes for the feet or decides to bite that is when things …

3 bts females fighting bad  
Hi i have 8 boston terriers different ages but big prob my oldest 14 Bt female and my other 2 older ones 5 yr and 6 yrs old females also Cannot be …

rescued,abused boston 31/2fighting  
Irescuedthis little female and reallydo notknowanything about her except that she was kept in thebathroom and not fed much and never socialized.I have …

Boston Terrier Ear Down 
My 3 month old female boston terrier ears are not standing up, specially one of them. Both of her ears seemed alright until yesterday (one of them is very …

Stubborn Boston Terrier does not come when called.... 
My 3yrs old boston terrier is the cutest thing ever. She is so sweet and affectionate, a total love bug. She is pretty well behaved except when she is …

6 month old, male Boston Terrier 
Maaannn, I love my dawgy, but maaannn. I guess we have to re-crate train Marley. He does not like to go outside. When it is cold or rainy outside he does …

Boston Terrier - Crate Training 
I have a 12 week old Boston Terrier (Male) that I have had for approximately 4 weeks now. Kennel Training is not going very well at all. The first week …

My five month old puppy constantly has accidents 
Hello, I have a five month old boston named Penelope and I think she has officially made me insane. She never whines or gives me any signal when she needs …

Boston Terrier Has New Fears 
My Boston is picking up new fears. I got her at 7 weeks, traveling for work, and now a year later she hates riding, scared of heights or being picked …

Walking on leash  
Hi, we just got our new boston a few weeks ago. She is 3 1/2 months old. She won't walk on a leash at all. She just sits and facing our house and shakes. …

Boston Terrier Puppy Whines a Lot 
I have an adorable 4 month old BT named Maverick who seems to get bored quite easily. Occasionally I'll work from home so he isn't lonely. I'll keep him …

Boston Terrier Upset After Spaying 
I have a 6 mo old Boston, Darla. We have had her 5 wks and she was spayed 2 wks ago. We have not left her alone much but if left for 2 hrs (in crate) …

Potty training, from inside to outside 
Any tips for city dwellers transitioning a BT pup from going on pads to outside? We had her using pads until she was fully vaccinated and now we are crate …

Potty Training Regression after Room Change 
We recently switched my daughters bedroom with the office and turned the playroom (sort of like a family den) into a little tv room for her. Since we …

Boston Terrier Aggression 
I have a 2 month old Boston Terrier and she is starting to show aggression while eating, and if some one takes a stick or toy from her she will bite people. …

18 Month Boston Terrier Biter 
Jaxy likes to nip at arms and toes to start playing. Then he will growl and wag his tail. "No" doesn't work and trying to walk away doesn't either. He …

Frustrated with Boston Terrior 
Hello, I have a 2 1/2 yr old spayed Boston Terrier. With our family she is great, but if someone comes to the door or is walking down the sidewalk, or …

6 month old Boston Terrier Still Not Potty Trained 
Hello. I have had this Boston since she was 7 wks old. I have two other dogs, one big & one tiny & thought that watching them go outside, on their schedule …

1yr old boston terrier wont go potty outside 
I have a 1yr old that refuses to go outside to potty. I don't want to put her in a create, she in hyper and sleeps with me. She poops a lot and don't do …

Boston Terrier Exercise Pen Height 
I want to buy an exercise pen for my Boston Terrier puppy. Do you think that 70 cm tall is enough or is it is better to buy a pen 90 cm tall? Do you think …

Boston Terrier Training Ruined with Addition of new Boston Terrier? 
I have a 20 month old female Boston Terrier, neutered, and always lets me know when she has to go. Today I brought home a 14 week old Boston male for him …

Potty training issues! 
I am a proud owner of a spunky lil boy named "Lego" (my 3 yrs old daughters favorite toy of course!). Lego is now four months old and we have had him …

My boston terrier hates my husband 
Ever since we got my boston, he developed this fear/hatred for my husband. The only incident that we can relate it to where Norman (dog) might have thought …

Crating vs Puppy Pads 
I have a 4 month old Boston Terrier. She is doing really well so far and hasn't had any accidents on the floor, however she is still peeing in her crate. …

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Underground/Invisible Fencing 
I know undergound fencing (invisible fencing, petsafe, etc) is controversial. Just curious if anyone has had success with it for their Bostons. Any thoughts? …

Training my puppy to sleep with me at night 
We just got a new 8 week old BT puppy. We want her to sleep with us in bed at night instead of putting her in her crate. Any suggestions on how to train …

10 month old Boston Terrier not potty trained! 
I have a 10 month old Boston Terrier who seemed to be making great progress potty training until he hit about 6 months old and is now going on the floor. …

potty issues with our 2 boston terriers 
We have 2 BT's a Male that is a little over a year old and a female that is around 8 months old. The male was potty trained before and the girl had few …

4 1/2 Month Old Boston Terrier still peeing in crate 
I have started coming home and letting him out in about 4 hour intervals. When I started doing this, everything was fine. After 4 or 5 days of no accidents, …

8 month old Boston Terrier still not potty trained!! 
My boyfriend and I have an 8 month old Boston Terrier. He has such a great personality and makes us laugh everyday! We have had some behaviour issues, …

New Boston Terrier Runs Away 
We have a 9 month female (spayed) Boston. We love her dearly but have a problem with her running away. I have another Boston (9 years old) and never …

Help Training Boston Terrier Sisters 
I have two BT that are now a little over a year old. I am gone 5 days a week for up to 11 hours and do not have a yard. So I leave them in my garage. I …

help !!!! 
I rescued an adult male (non-fixed) 4 year old Boston around 4 months ago... He is a great dog, but he will poop in the house sometimes, it's usually …

1 yr old boston terrier won't stop going in the house! 
I've trained my boston NOT to go in my apartment since he was very young, 13 weeks, and he didn't for a long time, and the past few months he's starting …

1 yr old BT peeing in house and licking excessively 
I recently got my first BT he is very loving and affectionate, licks u excessively, and has a problem with peeing in house, tho does go to door to be let …

Boston Terrier Peeing on her bed 
I have a problem that is puzzling. My 11 week old Boston has been using the pee pads but for the past 3 days she has peed while sitting in her bed playing …

Boston Terrier Puppy Potty Trained in Seven Days 
Our BT was exactly 8wks old when we got him and he was completely potty trained in one week. Obviously every puppy is different as is every owner's schedule, …

how long does it take to potty train a Boston Terrier? 
I recently got my first BT puppy. He is 8 weeks old. I have started to potty train him indoors and outdoors. For indoors- I have been using a box with …

About to adopt a 4 year old rescue Boston Terrier 
Hi, I am about to adopt a very happy seemily good natured BT, It will be my first BT! I am concerned that he has been at the shelter for quite sometime …

6 YO Boston Terrier Still Not Housetrained 
Callie, my 6 year old BT, still potties & poops in the house, although she goes outside as well. How do I break her at this age? I am totally frustrated. …

Rescue A 2yr Old Boston Terrier? 
I have a 1 yr. Old Boston and I am thinking of rescuing a two yr. Old found wandering. Someone adopted her from a pound in Oct. But the owners are not …

Boston Terrier biting ankles 
Anybody had success training a Boston Terrier puppy not to nip & bite at their shoes or ankles while walking thru the house? He's 3 months old and we've …

Proud owner of pure bred boston baby boy Potty issues! 
I am the proud new mommy to a baby boy Boston Terrier baby he was born May 10 2011 by a couple who bred their male and female only 3 times for fun and …

7 mo old Boston Terrier only holds it 4 hrs? 
Hello, I'm new to BT'S but a former Lhasa Apso owner and currently have a Yorkie mix so I know how to deal with a stubborn dog! I'm adopting a 7 mo old …

Acting up! 
Hello, My 1 yr old BT has been recently acting up. As a puppy, he was great around everyone and all animals. During the day he was crated till I got …

SUDDENLY DEFIANT 
MY 6YR. MALE BOSTON WHO HAS NEVER SHOWN DEFIANT SIGNS UNTIL RECENTLY. HE HAS SHOWN INCREASED ALPHA ATTITUDE TOWARDS ALL IN THE HOUSE. HE HAS FRIENDS THAT …

BT 5 months old will pee on pee pad and will also go outside, however he is tearing up pee pad when I am gone. 
Boston terrier 5 months old. He has been doing a little better with potty training. However now when I am gone to work he will pee on the pee pad and poop. …

Boyfriend's 3 year-old Boston bit me 
I live with my boyfriend and his 3 year-old male Boston, Greg. We've lived together for nearly 7 months now and have had nothing but problems with Greg. …

new boston puppy 
i will be getting my new boston in april 2011. i have 2 labs at home, one 11 and one a year old. How should i put all of them together?? and i have …

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problems housebreaking my 7 month old  
My 7 month old boston terrier will let me know that she has to go, but she will still come inside and use it in our bedroom, she will pee and poop. I have …

Crate Training my 7 week old Boston Terrier 
We just bought 'Declan' our 6 week old Boston Terrier and we want to crate train him. He constantly whines all night when we put him in. And of course …

need help with our 1yr old boston 
Our boston was left in her crate all night without potty breaks from a pup up until we got her from the previous owners at 5months. We now come home from …

Mr Fuggles is ANTI crate!! 
Hi all-Im a new Boston owner and new to the forum. I have an 8 week old pup and Ive had him since he was 6 weeks old. He is arguably the smartest dog Ive …

Walking and Leash Issues 
Luke, my 4 month-old Boston Terrier, is a delight. I have recently started (or at least tried) taking him on walks. He immediately disliked the collar, …

Crate Training 11 wk. male - desperate need of help! 
Cesar Millan's or any other site didn't address anything of my puppy's behavior. He is a Boston Terrier 11 weeks (had him for two). The basic scenario …

Boston Terrier Peeing everywhere! 
Please help! This is our first boston terrier, Sydney, and she makes us smile! She will turn 3 mos old on Dec. 5. We are having a very difficult time potty …

Shared Crates for Boston Terriers? 
We are soon to be the proud owners of litter mate female bostons. My question, is should we get separate crates for them or is it Ok to use the same …

Boston Terrier Training Suggestions? 
Hi, We are thinking of one day having a Boston Terrier in our life, but we are hesitant right now to go ahead because we worry we won't be successful …

mr beans 
I have a 10 week old boston male. He is great! He is playful and at times a bit much. He is teething now and we try to make him use is toys instead of …

Leaving a Boston Terrier Tied Outside 
I asked my husband when he thought it would be okay to leave our 6 month old male Boston outside of a shop for a few minutes just to run in. Tons of people …

Boston Terrier Poops in Crate 
I have a 5 month old Boston named Doug. He is a great dog! He's potty trained as long as we are home. However, when we put him in his crate and leave, …

Boston Terrier Attitude 
My cute Louie gives me attitude! I have a 14 week old BT and he is doing great overall, crate training, potty training, leash training. But when he …

Boston Terrier Problems 
My seven month male is wetting on my couch and rugs, could this be because he is not neutered yet? Also he has chewed four pair of my shoes, the dining …

Help - cutest Boston Terrier with the worst attitude! 
I have arguably one of the cutest bostons (according to everyone who sees him), problem is he knows it. Since he was a babe (almost 2 now) tons of people …

Alone at home 
Is it ok to leave your boston puppy at home alone sometimes?

My BT refuses to use the Pee Pee Pads 
My Boston "Frankie" refuses to use the pads, unless I lock him in the bathroom and put the pad under him. He also has a problem with marking. And suggestions?? …

Leash Training 
I would like to know about leash training a 6 month old Bugg puppy?

Aggressive Boston Terrier? 
Hi, i have Male Boston Rafi ! he is a really good looking and smart dog. he is around 2 yrs old. He is not destructive at home , i give him lots …

Crate Training 
My husband and I have a 14 week old boston terrier. we are trying to crate train him but he really doesnt like his crate. I was wondering if it is safe …

Boston Females Fighting 
My daughter has a female Boston and so do I. When my daughter gets ready to leave, she gets really upset. This past weekend was bad, and I now have 8 stitches …

4 month boston pees on people? 
why is he doing this and what is the solution? he is not allowed back at puppy day care until solution has been reached.

Potty Training Help 
My Boston Terrier is almost 5 months old. She will go potty outside if I take her out. The problem is that she will not let me know when she has to go. …

Peeing in crate 
I have a 7 month old Boston named Tessa. She is constantly peeing in her crate which by the way is not big at all. There is a divider in her crate so her …

Potty training my adult dog!! 
I have a four year old Boston and she still uses the bathroom in the house. I tried crate training her but she uses the bathroom in the crate also. I had …

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Pad Training a Boston Terrier 
how do i get my boston terrier pad trained?

Chewing on EVERYTHING! 
Chewing on EVERYTHING! I have a 9 month boston terrier. I have another small dog and they are both doggie door trained. Everytime I leave the house I come …

Romping Puppy! 
OK, so my boston is over 8 months old. She's as cute as can be and I paid over a grand to send her to training. Which, by the way, was useless!!! She sometimes …

Potty training an adult Boston Terrier 
I recently got a 2 year old female Boston. She goes outside, but while i'm at work she goes in the house or in her cage. I cannot figure out how to get …

potty train  
Are Bostons easy to potty train?

Brent 
I'll be getting an 8 wk old Boston Terrier soon and I'm wondering what size crate to start him off in. I know he shouldn't have too much room but what …

Training for Nena 
I taught my dog Nena to sit that was easy. Now I'm trying to teach her to lay, I hope you or someone can give me advice on how to do it. Then other things …

Does your boston pee alot 
Hello All, I am new to the Boston world, and its so awesome. We got Digger two weeks ago, and so far everything is going great. He has learned to like …

POTTY TRAINING WITH A CRATE AT NIGHT. 
I JUST GOT A BOSTON YESTERDAY. SHE IS BEAUTIFUL AND JUST WONDERFUL. THE MAN WE GOT HER FROM HAD HER CRATE TRAINED. WE ALSO WANT HER CRATE TRAINED SO …

Playful Boston Biting 
What is to be done about playful biting?

Stubborn Puppy 
Ollie comes when he's called, and he's house trained. So I know he isn't stupid. He's trainable. He turns 5 months old this month. I'm having a hard …

Potty Training Boston Terriers 
This is ruby, our new puppy! She is having trouble with potty training. We tried to use puppy pee pads,but unfortunately it's not working! It's almost …

Bell Training 
Our Boston ("Bean")just recently died and we just found this site in our search for a breeder to get another one, our home will not ever be without a BT …

Crating Boston Terriers 
How long can Bostons be crated for? Both my girlfriend and I work 7-5 and have had the luxury of a family friend stopping by to walk our Boston during …

training a 6 yr old  
Hi, I recently saved a 6 yr old Boston from a lady in Kentucky. I don't know if it was a puppy mill or not but I believe she was at one at one point. …

Help needed with unruly puppy 
Hello, I am a Boston Terrier owner, my puppy is 3 months old and not housebroken, in fact this is a problem. We had him for only ten days, I tried to …

Bostons & Pee Pads 
I have a 4-month old Boston and I absolutely love him! He has been a really good puppy, learning quickly and generally behaving. I am training him to …

Recent wetting 
I have had Ruby since December of 2007. She has never had a problem using the potty outside. Recently she has started using the potty in her crate. Could …

Help with leash training! 
My dog will not walk on a leash. When I put the leash on her she freezes up and lays on the ground. I have tried a harness and a collar and neither of …

Boston Terrier Training for Elderly 
Hi! I am looking for some tips/info on training my Boston Pup. She is the most wonderful puppy... I'm totally in love with her. She's the third dog …

1 1/2 year old male BT still peeing in his crate!!! 
I have two Boston Terriers. A 5 year old female and a 1 1/2 year old male. My female is potty trained and has no problem holding it for eight hours while …

Boston Terrier Poops too much 
My 6 year old Boston poops a lot! I feed him Hills Science Diet. Bad food?.....

2 yr old BT potty issues -- Help! 
my two year old male BT Tyke still thinks its okay to sneak away and pee/poop wherever he pleases when we aren't looking. he gets taken out multiple times …

my 3month old Boston won't eat anymore 
My 3month old Boston just started to refuse to eat. He is pooping just fine an drinking water just fine. I did notice when we go out side he will eat grass …

crate training with access to deck in condo 
I will be bringing home a 11 week old BT. I want to have her in a crate in front of patio door so she can go outside on deck. I live in an upstairs condo …

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Rescue Boston Terrier Male is peeing and pooping in house 
Hello, So it seems that when my husband and I leave, even for short periods of time my boston will poop and pee in my house. This is even after we have …

11 week old Boston Terrier male pup-house training!!! 
We received our puppy from a friend that had a litter. When we received him at 7 weeks old he had been in a box with his litter the entire time and he …

1 year old Boston Terrier is confused 
I just recently adopted a 1 year old BT that is confused about where to poop. When I fist got him I put him on a leash to go outside to potty. The previous …

How to Stop Boston Terrier from Chasing & Biting 
I have a four month old Boston Terrier. She is very smart and follows me every where. She understands that when she goes potty outside, I tell her she …

Socializing my 3 year old boston terrier! 
I have two Bostons. One is 3 and the other is 1. I am having the hardest time training my 3 year old Boston on the leash when it comes to other dogs. As …

Boston Terrier female (spayed) pees in kennel 
Help! I have a BT female & spayed that's around 2yrs old. Not sure because she was given to me a year and a half ago and I was told she was 6months old, …

8-month-old BT won't hold urine more than 4 hours 
My 8-month-old BT, Maggie, is the absolute love of my life, but I'm at a total loss on how to "complete" our potty training. We've had dogs before, but …

Boston Terrier puppy ears not standing up 
We have a 3 and a half month old boston terrier dog and everythings going superbly. One thing, his ears aren't yet standing up, there is still the break …

My 11 week old puppy only bites when playing 
She can be a sweetheart most of the time and she like to play hard. She doesn't bit me but she will nip or play bit with my wife or my 2 kids. If they …

my boston terrier won't go to the bathroom outside 
I have a boston terrier puppy his name is bubba j and he is about 7 months old now and i have tried everything. I tried putting him on a leash and standing …

Crate training 
My 2 yo Boston has accidents in her crate every night even if I take her out 10 times a day. Any suggestions?

house train a 2 yr old boston terrier 
I'm thinking about taking in a 2 yr old Boston Terrier from a friend but I'm worried I won't be able to potty train him. He has been left outside his …

My dog pees on the rug also 
Did you ever find a solution? I just moved and my 11 year Boston keeps peeing on my rugs. I let him out to pee often. He is making me nuts. My girl …

Frustrated Boston Terrier Mother 
Hi,! My 6 yr old BT, Pepper, has been urinating occasionally on one specific area rug in the living room. Of course, it is my most expensive. (We looked …

Invisible Fence vs. traditional fenced in yard 
We are opting for an "invisible" fence and would like to know if anyone has a preference over another. We have 2 5 mo. old female bostons that we would …

Training 
We got our Boston puppy at Thanksgiving. We began letting him walk around loose right after Christmas. It was then that we began training him to ring …

Boston Terrier Potty Problems 
Why does my neutered, 5 month old Boston still have the tendency to pee on everything?!! Getting very frustrated... he was litter box trained and never …

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