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    mine are self taught as well.
    I also at times open the door and ask "widdle widdle" and those who need to go out.
    During the night mine put paws on hubby and he gets up to let them out.
    I trained hubby as I always pretended to be asleep if they came to me so they gave up and go to him all the time.

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    Yeah i decided i am gonna teach her to bark at the door instead of pawing it because i am renting. But this morning i forgot to do it once so i failed. lol oh well always next time. I only started this morning i am just getting her to sit at the door and then opening the door and giving her pats. Would give her treats but i need to buy some softer ones as the ones i have are hardish and she takes like twenty year's to eat them due to her little doggy mouth lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    mine are self taught as well.
    I also at times open the door and ask "widdle widdle" and those who need to go out.
    During the night mine put paws on hubby and he gets up to let them out.
    I trained hubby as I always pretended to be asleep if they came to me so they gave up and go to him all the time.
    Lol good stuff better not show him you said that he'll learn your trick.
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    We have always had multiple dogs and getting up and down to a multiple rythym every time one wanted out, or in, was getting to be a pain. So we installed a doggy door.

    Little Fire is crated at night and she lets me know at around 5 am that she wants to go by giving a little whine or 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nev Allen View Post
    We have always had multiple dogs and getting up and down to a multiple rythym every time one wanted out, or in, was getting to be a pain. So we installed a doggy door.

    Little Fire is crated at night and she lets me know at around 5 am that she wants to go by giving a little whine or 3.
    Yes i so wish i could have a doggy door but My dad, sister and i have three indoor cats between us. And no safe place outside for them to go unfortunately.
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    Ok i've been telling her to sit at the back door when she needs to go. She wee'd at the back door today so atleast she knows where the back door is. She just didnt let me know. And i didn't notice because i was cooking tea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    You have to break it down in to steps...

    I really don't want my dog pawing the door - she will mark it.

    I have her sit by the back door, and she barks if I don't notice.

    So first I trained her to sit by the back door. And I rewarded by opening the back door and releasing her from the sit so she can go outside.

    And then I trained her to sit and bark at things she wants. this works best with plates of food cos she's very chatty at dinner time. So if she sits and barks she gets a treat. So we do that at the back door - I open the door, and chuck a treat out the door...

    Repeat every time you want to go out the back door - whether it's for dog toileting or not. So we do the same deal - when I want to hang the washing out or go gardening or put vegie scraps in the compost bin etc.

    Ie dog learns that the place to toilet is outside. And the dog learns to get outside we sit at the back door (and bark if necessary). Dog wants to toilet outside, so dog sits at back door and gives you the "let me out" signal.

    PS food is not involved much anymore, only praise - and she's usually gone before I can pat her...
    Question how do i get her to bark at the back door? She is not barky inside at all not even when i'm feeding her. Should i try toys? She loves playing.

    So when she sits at the back door wave a toy around not close to her till she barks? I'm not sure how to do it.
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    Oh yeah also my sister told me she only started doing it when there younger chihuahuas would bite her legs.
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    Hyacinth - I just found a video on youtube of how to do it.
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    Update: I have tried food, treats, knocking, toys, and even barking myself. And it still doesn't get my dog going. lol.

    Edit: The only time she barks it seems is when she wants to get out of her crate, or she wants to come inside if she is outside. But normally if shes barking in her crate as soon as she hears me coming to get her she stops. Maybe i should try a different technique with my pup?
    Last edited by Kelpielover; 07-02-2012 at 12:05 PM.
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