My dog's name is Lexi. She's a three year old Boxer/Pit/Bull dog. My family and I rescued her in October of 2012. We aren't sure what the extent of her abuse was (we just know that she was used to breed pit bull mixes that were used as training dummies for fighting dogs) but as a result, she's extremely jumpy, disobedient, scared by any sudden noise or movement (I can't even sneeze without her jumping on me and barking), doesn't respond well to house guests, and the only person in my family that she trusts completely is me (and that's another problem as she's very territorial and overprotective) In addition, house training appears to be impossible. I have her on a strict walking schedule. she goes out to use the bathroom at least three times a day. Sometimes she'll try to drag me back to the house (especially when it's raining or snowing) but we aren't allowed to go back until she at least pees. However, this doesn't stop her from peeing in the dining room either late at late or early in the morning when everyone in the house is asleep. There doesn't seem to be a pattern for this. Sometimes she'll do it every night for 3 nights to a week. Sometimes she'll go months without doing it. Things get even worse when everyone in the house has to leave for school/work. She absolutely hates her crate. It never fails, when we get home, her training pad will be torn to shreds, the cage is in a different spot than where I had it, and she's gone #1 and #2 everywhere (or vomit, as was the case tonight). No matter how long we're gone, we always come home to a mess and she's often covered in it as well. You don't have to be a genius to know that spending all day lying in your own waste is unhealthy and sure enough, when I was giving her a bath last night, I noticed what I thought was a poop stain on her upper chest that wouldn't come out. Upon further inspection I noticed a red bump under the fur (where the stain is) that my mom thinks looks like a sore. I'm totally at a loss now. I'm taking her to the vet of course but I don't know what to do from there. If it came from her spending the day wallowing in her own crap, then it'll just come back again if we manage to get rid of it. I'm at a loss. The odd nervous behavior I could live with if that was her only problem. But the house training is becoming a huge problem, especially now that it's affecting her health. Is there anything that'll guarantee that she'll at least stop going to the bathroom in her crate? She's a good dog, extremely lovable once you get to know her. She's treated like royalty when everyone is home. And as far as her anxiety goes, we have managed to make a lot of progress since we've had her. It's just her separation anxiety and crate training that's a problem.