potty training same for puppy as adult, i recommend crate training , bottom line is must keep eye on dog and if u catch going to bathroom discipline verbally and take outside, if u didn't catch in the act well then u weren't keeping an eye on dog. If u cant keep eye on dog then put in crate .
qu.2 dog must earn his freedom, start off small then gradually give more , nothing wrong with some confinement , too much space creates anxiety , not like the dog is running around doing exercises when u are at work. All dogs are different but usually 2 weeks until dog is used to new routine and can give them a little more.
Be warned , do not leave dogs unattended together at beginning , this should be very gradual if ever .
qu.3 sleeping in the bed puts the dog at an equal status with u , i don't recommend it but depends on dog and pack dynamic, dogs will fight over possessions ,food,toys and jealously , i.e u or the bed become the juicy bone and can be vehemently guarded, my gut feeling would be don't do it .They wanna be there cos what it represents not cos its comfy.
qu.4 "has to go back" ? go back where ?
i would have him be part of the pack and family to full extent but with good structure, rules boundaries and limitations, the same as he can have in new home, i.e crate trained, calm, walks well on leash , waits for food , good recall to you, etc the more trained the easier to re-home.
Remember this is still a bully breed dog , try not to set him up to fail , i.e if he sleeps in your bed he will want to in new home and they may not want that, then issue occurs, this dog was hours away from dying so best thing u can do now is not feel sorry for him and give him structure best suited to re-homing.Hes a lucky boy !
Dogs are instinct driven so if u give him too much he will see it as weakness and possibly take advantage of it .
He must trust u and respect u.
patty hope this helps a bit
let me know any other qu/issues
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