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Old 12-10-2012, 03:49 PM   #1
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Signal to go outside

Hi there,

I'm almost certain this has been covered in a previous post somewhere, but I'm not sure how to find it specifically, so I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask again.

My little Freddie is doing fairly well at housebreaking. He #2's 99% of the time outside (we've only had 2 accidents in the 3 weeks that he's been home), but he continues to sniff out spots to pee if I'm not proactive to take him outside when I see he's getting restless.

Is there a way to train him to give me some kind of signal to go outside? He does whine sometimes to tell me it's time to go, but it's not consistent.

Thanks!
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:20 PM   #2
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Training bells work well for puppies too small to jump in our laps or have other methods to let it be known. This time of year, large jingle bells are readily available and a little less expensive than Poochie Bells or similar bells. I just make sure my puppy hits the bells with his nose or paw before I open it.


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Old 12-10-2012, 05:50 PM   #3
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Training bells work well for puppies too small to jump in our laps or have other methods to let it be known. This time of year, large jingle bells are readily available and a little less expensive than Poochie Bells or similar bells. I just make sure my puppy hits the bells with his nose or paw before I open it.


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Great idea Claire! So, just hang the bell at nose height and have him jingle it before we go outside?
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That's what I'm doing with Raider . . .though I think it would work better if it wasn't 12 degrees outside and he was more eager to go out


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Old 12-10-2012, 06:18 PM   #5
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Yeah. I guess Freddie would actually have to *want* to go outside for this to work
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:20 PM   #6
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Welcome! I have a Freddie too

The bells work great. My sisters Hav uses them.

Good luck!
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:59 PM   #7
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yup, I taught Tillie to ring the bells around 15 weeks old. She caught on right away, she just needed a WAY to tell me she needed to go out!

BUT be warned... in the begining, when they are learning, they will ring them a LOT. and you HAVE to let them out. EVERY single time. Otherwise it undermines thier training and confuses them.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:06 PM   #8
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Good to know! Thanks Tammy!
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This is helpful for me too. Doug is going OK with his toilet training. Though if we weren't ontop of it he would pee all day inside!! He just seems to enjoy it I think lol a couple of times I have taken him out spent 10 min outside while he enjoyed just laying on the grass so come back inside, litterally while I am shutting the door behind me he has then peed inside! Grr lol. We have started him on the doggy door from yesterday and he seems to be taking himself outside to go - so not signaling to us but having the access means he seems to be understanding inside is not for potty.... I hope.
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This is helpful for me too. Doug is going OK with his toilet training. Though if we weren't ontop of it he would pee all day inside!! He just seems to enjoy it I think lol a couple of times I have taken him out spent 10 min outside while he enjoyed just laying on the grass so come back inside, litterally while I am shutting the door behind me he has then peed inside! Grr lol. We have started him on the doggy door from yesterday and he seems to be taking himself outside to go - so not signaling to us but having the access means he seems to be understanding inside is not for potty.... I hope.
Tia, I'm hoping the same thing will happen with Freddie -- that he just needs a way to access outside that's consistent.
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