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01-17-2014 09:50 AM
Originally Posted by carmspack View Post
hahaha - unintended consequences -- the dog has trained you .

Should be in the other thread.
01-17-2014 09:42 AM
Originally Posted by carmspack View Post
hahaha - unintended consequences -- the dog has trained you .
Hahaha ... Still laughing
01-16-2014 11:16 PM
bill I taught Stahl to bark" when he has to go. He did the same thing as your dog" he would bark to go out when he didn't have to go! Yes they are very smart. The way I broke him is when he went to the potty" we played tug after" when he cried wolf" I would bring him back in and put him in the kennel. It didn't take but a few times" now no false alarms! Good luck this is one way that worked for me. They want to be with you" he learned quick! Bill
01-16-2014 10:55 PM
OriginalWacky When I've taught this in the past, I've also taught a potty command along with it. Then when they ring the bells it's ALWAYS out on the lead, and no play or fun until they potty. If they don't after two minutes or so, then it's back in the house with no fuss or anything. I make sure to take them out on lead at other times, and do a couple real quick obedience things, and then have playtime, so that playtime is when the bells were not rung. I'm not sure I'm explaining it really well, but essentially it's a matter of letting the dog know that 'faking' the need to potty wouldn't get them the chance to go out and play and have fun.
01-16-2014 05:52 PM
Originally Posted by lkcheertex View Post
Baron is four months and I'd say housebroken. He rings a bell to go outside. Problem is he now rings it like every five minutes sometimes. I just took him our five times in a half hour. My husband wants to ignore him saying he doesn't need to go he just wants to go play. I say we have to take him out because I don't want him to think we aren't going to get him. But it's driving me crazy!


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And THAT is exactly why I never taught mine that!

Be careful what you teach them! They are smarter than us!
01-16-2014 05:26 PM
stmcfred Whether I let her out or not depends on how soon she had just been out. A lot of times now she'll just sit by the door or she'll pace. I may do away with the bells. This is the first dog I've ever used them on and now I'm wishing I hadn't. Luckily, my house is a ranch and I can usually see when she has to go out anyhow.
01-16-2014 05:21 PM
Galathiel You still need to have a potty schedule and not just depend on the bell (with regard to the fear that he will go in the house). Unless there is a medical reason, you know your puppy and how often he will more than likely need to go out. You still need to keep on top of it. My pup is housebroken, but I still don't wait for him to ask to go out. I still have a routine of taking him out every 1-2 hours. Just for my peace of mind
01-16-2014 05:07 PM
wyoung2153 and if he does.. then just remember that you changed it up and it's a learning process for him again. Not a huge deal, he will catch on quick jusst be consistent in whatever you choose to do. If you keep it. You might try letting him out and if he doesn't potty, bringing him right back in. You may also try a different signal for going out to play. Whether it's a different bell or something just a different noise. When you take him potty, ring one bell and when you go out to play, ring another.
01-16-2014 05:06 PM
Neko This is cute =) haha
01-16-2014 04:48 PM
lkcheertex All great suggestions thank you. I guess I'm just afraid he will decide to go in the house if he can't get outside.

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