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Advice needed. I'm being driven crazy

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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My 5 month old is doing the same thing! Drives me crazy.
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My 5 month old is doing the same thing! Drives me crazy.
Do you keep taking him out or ignore and try to redirect?


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Personally,I have never trained the bell for that very reason. Have tried removing the bell and potty training her without it?

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hahaha - unintended consequences -- the dog has trained you .

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I have not. By without you mean just letting him whine at door or something? I'm assuming he would just whine to be let out rather than ring the bell and he'd do that every ten seconds too.


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hahaha - unintended consequences -- the dog has trained you .
It's certainly beginning to feel like that.


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One of the things I did personally with bell training was buying a 50' lead from a Pet store. Finn went on it when he rang the bells. If he didn't go out and pee within 30 seconds, I called him and pulled him inside. He learned quickly the bells were for potty time only, not play time.

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Another thing you might consider is removing the bell then replacing it after a suitable interval has elapsed. For example, pup rings bell. Goes outside and potties. Once back inside remove the bell for an hour or two then rehang it.

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One of the things I did personally with bell training was buying a 50' lead from a Pet store. Finn went on it when he rang the bells. If he didn't go out and pee within 30 seconds, I called him and pulled him inside. He learned quickly the bells were for potty time only, not play time.

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That was going to be my next suggestion. When I potty trained Titan, I toook him out on the lead and he didn't get to be off lead until he went potty, and not squated like he was going, but actually went. You may try that. Titan never really "asked" to go out. he literally just say by the door looking at the handle. I had to keep an eye on him constantly. Even now, he will just sit by the door. And he will do that if he wants to play too, that part never leaves. Also, do you have a command for going potty?

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