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    Old Dawg (Senior Member)

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    Default Max has learned the bell!

    When we first got Max, we were happy to see that he'd just as soon go outdoors to relieve himself. We hoped that would make potty training easy. But we struggled to make that jump to preferring NOT to go indoors. He seemed to feel that an out of the way spot indoors should work just as well if he got an urge. Our puppy class instructor suggested a bell on the door, and he finally learned to ring it himself yesterday! Now that he has a way to ask to go out, he seems to prefer outside a bit more. Perhaps we have light at the end of the tunnel!

    One issue that may have slowed us down is that we have some red dog pillows/beds around the house, and Max seems to think these are equally good for a nap or to pee on. He would seek them out for accidents. We have picked them all up for now.

    Another issue is that it would be easier to potty train on leash. But Max has never in his life pooped while on leash and rarely pees while on leash. He will hold it if at all possible. He seems relaxed and happy on leash, and he loves to go on adventures and to training classes that are all on leash, but he needs a trip to his own fenced yard after an outing, because he will hold it.

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    Puppy (New Member)

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    Wow...our girl will not go while on a leash either. We are having a hard time with the whole "not going indoors" thing as well. She has always gone outside since we brought her home, she just doesn't realize going inside is bad. We can only correct her when catching her, which we very rarely do. She also does not like to go outside when it's raining. I guess the deck was technically outside...lol. I'm thinking of getting special treats that I keep in a sealed can outside that she only gets when when she goes potty outside. Our Lab was always trained to ring the bell, so we will try that as well.

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    Old Dawg (Senior Member) nick's spirit's Avatar

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    Congratulations to you & Max!

    Your patience & guidance has helped him understand another rule of the house!

    now let's hope he isn't one of those dogs who loves to ring a bell!!!

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    Old Dawg (Senior Member)

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    Max does consider the bell a summons to let him out. While he has now been rock solid on potty training for months and the bell helps him tell us when he needs to go...he also uses the bell to ask my son to go out and romp with him or just to go out and chill in the yard. Sometimes when he rings it, we have to tell him not right now, diva.

    My suggestion with the potty training is to limit where the dog can go. Max was so smart from day 1, he wouldn't go in our bedroom or the kitchen. But he thought spaces we use less often should be OK, like our study, dining room and game room. We used gates to limit his access to those spaces unless we were in there with him, and the habit of going outside got stronger every day. Then we took down the gates except the one to the laundry room where the cats eat and our bathroom where the kitty litterbox is.

    Now it's kind of funny that he respects a 3 foot gate he can rest his chin on, but he does. He hates his crate and drools when he's in there, though he doesn't whine or cry. And he could have free reign of the house, but he keeps destroying Christmas ornaments, so we've been putting a gate up to keep him in our bedroom for a few days when we leave. He just naps on the bed.

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