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Just a quick update, Atticus is doing well and we are too! Just yesterday we think he's mastered the door bell indicating that he needs to go outside! Our boy's are really enjoying him but working hard not to be equal parts of the "Pack". Vet visit went well and he's staying calm through the night.Things are going well!
 

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Just yesterday we think he's mastered the door bell indicating that he needs to go outside!
you'll know for sure when he rings it five times in 10 minutes going out each time for only a minute or two. This is a test to see the bells aways mean I want to go outside.

Now if instead you wnat the bells I need to potty then what you need to do is not let him back in until he goes. He will figure this out and not use the signal when he does not have to potty. To follow hint helps in this type of training. potty training Tip
Get an x-pen, also called a puppy pen or an exercise pen. They're small pens made of heavy metal wire fencing. They give the pup an area not too much bigger than a large crate, and they sit right on the ground. Set up the x-pen in a grassy area with nothing else on the ground inside it, use a few tent stakes to stake it to the ground so it can't be knocked over if the pup jumps up against it, and put her inside. She doesn't come out to sniff, or play or go inside, until she goes potty. As soon as she goes potty, out she comes with much rejoicing, apply treats to puppy liberally, and then it's play/explore time, or whatever else she wants to do. Her reward for pottying is to get out of "potty prison". It worked pretty well for the little boy I fostered last summer--he had nothing in the pen to distract him from business at hand, and he *really* wanted out so he learned to get to work in a hurry.


Keep in mind you only need to do this if you want the bell to mean I need to go potty rather than I want to go outside. There is no right or wrong here just personal preferrence.
 

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yay for Yogi, too! but beware, what Mikey posted was true for us...

Worm got a little too good at ringing the doorbell. would sometimes ring it just to go outside. but we have shaped that behavior a bit, and now he pretty much just rings it to go bathroom.
 

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Our mutt whined to go outside about every 30 mins which is one of the reasons we love now having a dog door. He goes in and out all day and all night.
 
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