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Hope this isn't a fluke...

Louis has been signaling to go outside!!! (He's 2, got him at that age not potty trained) I did bell-train him but I wasn't sure if it stuck with him. He would only ring the bells if I was right next to the back door.

Today, everyone (me, my husband, cats, other dog) was in the living room, Louis wandered away all the way to the back door and rang the bell! Both my husband I jumped up and went outside. We were so happy! But Louis didn't do anything. Just chewed some grass and stared at us. We went back inside.

Today again, my husband was watching him. He was getting ready to leave and took Louis outside. He didn't do anything. So my husband brought him back in, and as my husband was about to put him in the crate, Louis went to the door and stood there. My husband let him out and Louis pottied! Amazing!

It's amazing cause Louis is so terrible at signaling to go, plus he was scared to eliminate in front of my husband - and in one day, he signaled AND went for my husband!

I really hope this sticks. I do wonder if this occurrence coincides with the fact we got a new grill in the backyard, maybe he wants to sniff that. Either way - I'm crossing my fingers!!!

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I think as long as you all both reinforce the behavior it will stick. sadly, we reinforced the scratching the door behavior...and now they do it when ever they want anything and my doors are hopelessly scratched.

my boys are 5 and 6 and I am still always amazed when something new clicks. they dont get it, they don't get it, they don't get it...and then one day, they GET IT!

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We also thought it was a mistake the first time she rang the bells...the second time we were right in the kitchen and she whacked those bells with her paw and turned around and looked at us as if to say " OK I got it"

A two year old dog is much harder to train, it iis a start and a good one at that....

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I think as long as you all both reinforce the behavior it will stick. sadly, we reinforced the scratching the door behavior...and now they do it when ever they want anything and my doors are hopelessly scratched.

my boys are 5 and 6 and I am still always amazed when something new clicks. they dont get it, they don't get it, they don't get it...and then one day, they GET IT!

good boy Louis!
Don't get it ........I GET IT ..... The same look appears on a toddlers face when you are potty training them. It really is amazing how the whole training thing is just like raising children!

I have and had very good and well mannered children, need to remember some of the rules and apply them to the Bella Sisters.
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Way to go Louis! I hope it's not a fluke either. It's probably not, they seem to all of a sudden get things like a lightbulb turning on.

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Ever since yesterday, things have been very relaxed in the house. It's a very different feeling. I'm not paranoid about him peeing on the carpet! Usually I have to do a rotation of crating and pottying to reinforce good potty habits, but today, he was only crated for a couple hours and that was when I went out to dinner.

He seems to have gotten the fact he needs to hold his pee until I take him out, or if he has to go out, he needs to let me know. He is also having an easier time learning to settle down. Before, he would wander around the house way too much (from boredom, or having to pee) so I had to be very watchful.

I really hope this continues!

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Sound to me like you're both on your way to blissful routines. Yay!
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Hooray!
This gives me hope that my Toby will "get" it too. He is also a two year old rescue that was not house trained. Congratulations to you guys.
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Tonight, for the first time - Louis laid down in the kitchen while I did dishes!!!

I gotta write about all the positive things about the potty training progress so I can look back for motivation if there IS a slip up.

Usually, he would wander around. He'd manage to sneak some accidents in the short time I washed a few dishes. So I crated him each time I did dishes (or any other activity where I couldn't watch him), but this time I let him roam. He laid down on the floor and went to sleep! I'm so glad he is learning to settle.

I really think the crate training, walks, and good structure (going outside after eating, sleeping, playing) is paying off. He is earning more freedom now. He understands that when I take him out in the backyard, he needs to do his business. I also let him hang out with me in the bathroom uncrated. He lays down and waits. He hung out in the bedroom while I folded clothes. He sat there watching me. He always wants to wander during these type of activities so the fact he's staying in one place with his focus on me is very refreshing.

BUT - when I do let him have more freedom, I make sure his bladder and bowels are empty, and that he is tired - so he gets more freedom after a walk. I was afraid that staying at my friend's house for a weekend where he basically pottied in the house wherever and whenever would set him back, but he came back more potty trained in MY home lol.

I haven't forgone the crate completely. I don't trust him 100% where he can be left out unsupervised. It's a work in progress!

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