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Ok... my two pups are pretty much potty trained but they won't TELL me they have to go out. I figured they would learn it but they are not. Is there anything I can do?
 

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how old are they??? Our pup just started to scratch on the door at 6 months old and we have had him since he was 2 months old... but even now if you don't catch his cue or hear his scratch at the door he will pee in the house.....
 

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Well they are 5 1/2 months. We got them at 3 1/2 months and they had had NO training. I really hope they start doing something. it's so frusterating!!!
 

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We were having that same problem with Bella until we trained her to ring a bell by the back door. Some dogs need a minimum of 6 months of absolute consistency before they even begin to understand potty training, so you're already better off than some dog owners! :)
 

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Haus is 8 months old, and at 6 months he started sitting by the back door and either barking or whining when he needed to go out. We take him out the same door each time to potty, so he knows that's the door to go out. It really helped. :) He picked it up in about 2 months.
 

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bella_blue said:
We were having that same problem with Bella until we trained her to ring a bell by the back door. Some dogs need a minimum of 6 months of absolute consistency before they even begin to understand potty training, so you're already better off than some dog owners! :)

A BELL! How cute. Was that hard to do???
 

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Shelly said:
bella_blue said:
We were having that same problem with Bella until we trained her to ring a bell by the back door. Some dogs need a minimum of 6 months of absolute consistency before they even begin to understand potty training, so you're already better off than some dog owners! :)

A BELL! How cute. Was that hard to do???
No, not at all! My fiance and I started her on the bell when she was 10 weeks old (but it can be done earlier than that.) I think I explained this somewhere else on this forum, but I'll just repeat myself. :) We let Bella watch us as we attached the bell to the back door. She was naturally curious, so she pawed at it. As soon as she did that, we gave her lots of praise and a treat then took her outside to encourage her to go potty. We'd been saying "Go potty!" since the first day we brought her home, so she was catching on to what she had to do outside. Basically, any time she rang the bell, we gave her lots of praise and took her outside. She caught on in just a couple of hours. One of the bad things about it is that she rings it even if she just wants to go outside and play. Some people don't like the idea of a dog "demanding" that you let them outside, but I'd rather have her do that than ruin our house! :) When Bella rings the bell when I'm in another room, I make her sit, then I say "Gotta go outside??" in a cheery voice. If she rings the bell again (on command, essentially), I let her out.
 
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