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Question about Housebreaking

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Our pupppy Berto is about 6.5 months. When we got him he was pretty well trained to use a litter box. About a month ago we decided to try to transition him to go outside and for the time being have eliminated the box so not to confuse him. At this point he is pretty reliable as long as we take him out frequently. Also, if we are out and we leave him in an expen or crate he generally won't have an accident. Our problem is, is that he doesn't ask to go out. He will just go on the floor! I have read about putting a bell on the door or something but wondering if anyone has any suggestions. This is our first Hav. Other dogs I have had would always cry, bark, scratch on the door--Something! Thanks so much for your help. This is forum is such a great resource. Elyse
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We have a dog door. Years ago our big dogs used a bell. Even with the dog door if it is raining I have to watch my girl she will go out if I make her but she hates to poop outside in the rain so we watch for her signels, all dogs have them its just figuring them out.

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All I can tell you is that it took a LONG time for Kodi to start to ask to go out too. He was reliable in the house mostly because we knew pretty reliable about knowing when he was likely to need to go. He was at least a year and a half before he started really asking to go out.

And I know the bells work for some people, but they were a total failure for us. We tried for quite a while, but all that happened was that the bells scratched up our door. Kodi NEVER rNg the bells without us picking up his foot to do it.


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I trained Tillie to ring the bells as soon as we brought her home, took about 3 weeks, but once she figured it out, she has never had an accident in the house... she was about 4 months old when she learned to ring the bells.
Otherwise, I agree, they don't really have a WAY to TELL you that they need to go out... I really like the bells because it gives the dog a "polite" way to ask to go out. BUT it may not work for every dog...

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Stella uses the bells. http://poochie-pets.net/
When I house trained her, I used her paw to hit the bells every time and said "go potty" before I took her outside to potty. It took no time at all for her to do it on her own when she wanted out. My sister also trained her Coton to do the same thing. It took him a little longer to get the hang of it but he eventually did and now always does too.

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The only confusing part for him was taking away the litter box. It does not confuse them to have a place they can go inside and also go outside. To the outside is a transition. Not an abrupt change. Try to get him back to the litter box, and then pick a spot outside and place a couple of handful of the litter scattered on a spot where you want him to go.

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Thank you everyone for your thoughts. I really appreciate it. Thank you Tom. I would love to use both and I am happy to hear that. He is happy to go in the box or outside. The issue is that when neither is available even if it hasn't been a long period of time he'll sometimes just go on the floor. thx elyse
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Sophie is also 6.5 months and we have had the bells for 3 months. She will not ring the bells and the only way I know she wants out is she has a look that says "I want out". I keep a peepad at the door, and if she can't get me to let her out she uses it.
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