|Barked: Tue May 28, '13 11:20am PST |
|I tried the bell method before and my pup just rang the bell until he managed to tear it down and proceeded to run around the house with it. I think it depends on the dog, because he prefers to loiter by the door and bark to get let out. If you're really into the bell, maybe get a smaller one? Also, you can ring the bell yourself when you take him out to the bathroom, he will then associate the bell with the door opening for the bathroom (and not a scary monster making the sound )
I think the key is to take your dog out as much as possible to teach your dog that the bathroom is outside. Next I try to identify the "I need to go" signs, such as leaving a toy to get up and prowl around. The prowling is usually a dead give away and I've also noticed that if he starts to go crazy (jumping, running around, nipping and other attention getting behaviour) he probably has to go.
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