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    Hi Guys

    Teaching our 13 week old pup Buckley, the correct toilet habits has been a huge mission. For the 5 weeks we have had him we have consistently let him out to relieve himself. It's a slow and tiring process but he is definitely making progress.

    He now walks over to the door when he needs to go to the toilet, however our problem is in the fact that he never waits for us to get up to open the door and he never makes any noise to let us know he wants to go out, so he often relieves himself right by the back door. I've read a few things on google about attaching a bell to the door, but has anyone had any success in teaching a puppy to tap his paw at the door when he wants to go outside or in?

    Was thinking maybe if i lift his paw to tap on the door and say the command "wee's" (which is what i use when I'm outside and want him to go to the toilet) he will catch on?

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    We use the bells and our puppies were good at rinigng the bells. Sometimes also when they didn't need to go and just for attention. From the first day we attach the bells to the handle and as we walk out with the little one we ring the bell on the way out. It often only took two days for it to "click" and them to use the bell themselves. We have even used it on our newf rescues, who were not house trained. with great success.
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    I taught my dog to bark before I opened the door to let her out. So she learned that if she sat and barked in front of what she wanted, she sometimes got it. I do find it really helpful she can let me know she wants the roast dinner on the bench (instead of her jumping up and helping herself).

    You could teach your dog to target ie touch your hand, then to ring a bell on the door before you open it. I would not pair this with "go wees" command. I would link ringing the bell (or barking) to opening the door.

    I think if you use the command for "go wees" for the dog to ask for the door to be opened the dog might obey your command and "go wees" where it is. Have you been saying things like "do you want to go wees?" when the dog is not in an appropriate place to obey your command?

    When she was a puppy it was up to me to watch her like a hawk and make sure I got her out often. Ie if her nose went down and started sniffing. If she woke up from a sleep, if she'd just had a play, before and after dinner... before bed time. before I go out and at least every couple of hours (I'd set an alarm).

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    so i should just assume that he knows "wees" should be done outside? i just thought maybe i needed to link the idea of opening the door to going to the toilet. when he sniffs around at the door i often say "do you need to do wee's?" and then let him straight out. more often than not he will go and do his business straight away.

    most of the time i do watch him like a hawk, can't really say the same for the partner though. he has a much more relaxed approach..i've lost count of the amount of times i have told him to watch puppy at all times!!!

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    Hi Tiff

    I don't think you can assume he knows, but most dogs prefer to keep their house clean given the opportunity. However puppies like small children are prone to accidents.

    If partner doesn't watch when you ask - maybe partner can clean up. Then maybe partner will remember. Use vinegar and bicarb and water. Never use bleach - because it smells like a spot that needs "marking" or going over.

    Or partner can organise a dog door for you all.

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    haha think maybe it's my partner that needs the training...

    many times i have requested a doggy door, to be greeted with a big NO. will give these bells a go.

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