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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-12-2009, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Tricks your Hav has taught you.....

Well, I thought Phoebe was smart for learning how to "ring the bell" in one quick session. If we want to put her out, she knows she has to whack the bell, get a treat and then go outside. I thought the only thing left was to teach her to do it when she wanted outside. HA! tonight she's perfected the trick, but it's different than I planned. She whacks the bell on the door, smiles at me, I give her the treat and open the door. She stands and smiles at me. It seems she has now perfectly trained me on MY new trick "I'd like a treat mom". And she's making me practice it a lot today.

Don't even try to suggest that going outside is supposed to be her reward- she's an indoor girl, and I hate to think what will happen when it's too chilly for her little footsies outside, not tomention if she'll get wet out there...

What has your fuzzball taught you lately??

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LOL Thats too cute. I never trained Bugsy how to smack a bell... but he learned quickly that if he smacked the vertical blinds hanging/covering my sliding glass door, that mom will know he needs to go out side.

So, hold off on the treats. Watch her and see what she does when she needs to go potty. then say, LETS GO OUT SIDE AND GO POTTY, and before opening the door, hit the bell. Maybe then she'll start to understand.

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You should treat her AFTER opening the door and having her go outside. This way she knows that ringing the bell means to go outside. Once she knows that the bell opens the door, you can take it one step further and only treat her for pottying after ringing the bell. In other words, open the door and have her go out. Wait. If she potties then treat her for doing so but if not just have her come back in until she does it again.

And I think all our dogs teach us tricks! Mine are perfect little manipulators and though they know they can't get away with things with *me*, they also know that they can with everyone else who comes to visit.

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Dexter will ring the bell if dh is home and taking care of Dexter. Dexter just looks at me and expects me to read his mind!

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