Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Eastern South Dakota
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.
My Dog: Krissie ~ Beagle Mix Extraordinaire 09/09