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Confinement and Bell Ringing

Hello!
Leone came home 3 weeks ago and we are really struggling with potty training.

One thing I am confused about is how to use confinement and bell ringing.

Leone is always kept close to us, either in his crate or ex pen if I can't be right there with me (shower, errands etc.), but most of the time I keep him close to me... in whatever room I am in. I do this because most advice I have read is to not give him full run of the house.

But how do I teach him to ring the bell if he doesn't have free run of the house to ring the bell at the front door?

We are having a lot of pee accidents lately. I take him out hourly, but even when crated for 10 minutes he is peeing in it, or in the middle of playing and training will pee. He was doing so well at holding it that I am confused by this regression.

I would appreciate any advice!
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When you take him out. Ring the bell yourself. I'm sure that when he's older and potty train you'll give him full run of the house. He'll know to ring the bell just like you did.
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I trained by ringing the bell and giving them a treat. Then they put their nose on it and made it ring. I would give a treat and a lot of praise. Then we would go outside when they rang it. You could have a bell in several areas. Mine ring the bell for just going out sometimes but thats fine with me. Your puppy sounds like he may need to be checked for a UTI he is going potty a lot. Some foods can be the cause of the problem. Did you change his diet lately?

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forget the bell training for now. here's a good article http://dogtrainer.quickanddirtytips....-your-dog.aspx Bell training can come later., once fairly reliable.

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forget the bell training for now. here's a good article http://dogtrainer.quickanddirtytips....-your-dog.aspx Bell training can come later., once fairly reliable.
I followed Dave's advice and this article and at 5 months Sofie was 80% reliable with the bells. After another month, she now rings the bells for potty regularly (except when she is being testy and that generally occurs for her between 4 and 6 pm). We did start and stop the bells twice before. She was not ready to learn the bells. She thought they were just another toy and not only rang them, but tugged and shook them like her stuffed toys. We removed them. At 5 months she began to realize they were more than just a toy and the learning took off and quickly.

I know others on here did this sooner than this, but Sofie just wasn't ready. Her world was all about playing with anything within her reach.

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