he refuses to go out and bake in the heat. To get around it, sometimes I have to carry him out and then plop him down
Deb it's funny you say that, because when we first got our English Mastiff puppy "Angus Og", in February of this year, he was 9 weeks and 19lbs. He was born and raised on a farm and lived in a barn with his mother and 3 other brothers. They had the run of the place. He never knew what a collar was, and forget a leash. So, it was a real challenge training him the first day we got him home. First, with the collar and then with the leash. The collar was the easy part. We had to let him walk around the house with the leash attached to his collar, and we also left it near his food bowl (which told him it was a "good" thing). Then when it came time to go out the door. Well,
he would plop his little butt down and wouldn't move anywhere. So we did the same thing, we carried him out the door. That started getting old the first couple of days. Then we started coaxing him with some of his dry food to get him out the door....well that worked, just to get him on the front porch. We had to work on steps, up and down...So, we carried him the first few days....Then he didn't want to walk on the leash. So, it was back to coaxing him with food....We kept it up, and walked one step at a time until he was used to walking on the leash. That, and walking him out with our other dog, Black and Tan Coonhound "Bowser", helped a lot. What one will do, the other will follow. Now, we can't get him inside he loves the outside so much
He is 6 months now and 95lbs.
Also invest in the cleaner uppers for your carpets et al. It does help all involved to ensure EVERYTHING is out of your carpet.
I definitely agree about the clean up, because you don't want the stains or the smell to stick around. I've used Nature's Miracle and I've also used Simple Solution. They both work well. But like you said, any stain and odor remover on the market should work well.