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    My dog was an outside dog before I got her, so we had some accidents in the house at night in the first week. I did the whole, take her out at regular intervals and praise abundantly for doing her business and it worked pretty fast.

    I do normally let her out at around 9pm and that seems to be enough for her to last until we get up at 7am.

    But last night I did not check if she actually did her business. So at 0:30am she jumped right on top of me to wake me up! I didn't get it at first - told her off and she went to lie down again - but when I got up to go to the loo myself as I was awake anyway, it was clear she needed to go out.

    I thought it was pretty clever of her! But obviously, it's not an ideal way for her to let me know she needs to go.

    I know you can teach a dog to touch a bell as a sign they need to go out. But I'm a bit worried that she'll use it all the time when she wants to go chew a bone late at night.

    What do your dogs do when they happen to have to go when you're asleep?

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    Mine normally sleep outside but each week I bring one in for a night on the end of the bed or the crate in our room. For the past 6 weeks I've had one in as she has pups. Even with eating as much as she is I've rarely gotten up to let her out.

    But the few times she has needed to go it's been much the same, I can sense her circling the bed and if I'm not quick enough she'll jump up on us.

    If it's out of the ordinary behaviour it's a pretty good indication that they need to go.

    For her I toilet her at 10:30 and wait and watch, she gets the idea, "go toilet" and she runs off to her usual spot and is back in quick smart, mums with young pups will do that though.

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    Ruby will usually start licking my face or she will put her face righgt next to mine and winge if she is really desperate but usually I am up pretty early and just let her out.
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    I taught Batty the bell thing... Worked wonders for us lol.

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    Mine lick us awake or put paws up onto the bed. To me that is far less hassle than training them to ring a bell. To me it is the same result either way. (no offence meant, Ange)

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    None taken at all

    I like training the tricks & have way too much fun with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC View Post
    But the few times she has needed to go it's been much the same, I can sense her circling the bed and if I'm not quick enough she'll jump up on us.

    If it's out of the ordinary behaviour it's a pretty good indication that they need to go.
    I think that's my issue with the jumping on top of me. She's still a pretty boisterous pup and she is inclined to do such things just for fun if I let her. So I don't really want to encourage it.

    My main issue with the bell thing is that I confine her to my bedroom at night, with a baby gate in the doorway. And if I put the bell on the gate, she might ring it when she just wants to go cruise the house.

    I suppose I could prevent this by always putting her outside for a few minutes when she uses it.

    Hm, I'll have to think about it a bit more.

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    The bell in my house was only ever used for toilet time. Every time we went outside it was toilet first, then play if he was good. So on the way out he'd hit the bell then we'd go outside for the toilet.

    I think it worked so well for me because it wasn't just ring to go out, it was ring to go toilet.

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    I'm a very light sleeper. If I hear click clack of claws on the floorboards - I know she's up. When she's really desperate, she sits at the back door like I've trained her to do and does the most pathetic "I don't feel well, let me out" bark .

    When she wants to chase cats or birds she belts up and down the hallway barking her head off and I ignore her, unless I heard the cat too, and then I let her out. Cats are not allowed to wake us up by fighting outside my bedroom window. They get the message quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelanBatty View Post
    The bell in my house was only ever used for toilet time. Every time we went outside it was toilet first, then play if he was good. So on the way out he'd hit the bell then we'd go outside for the toilet.

    I think it worked so well for me because it wasn't just ring to go out, it was ring to go toilet.
    Ditto same here......Mine only ring to go to the toilet.
    Now I get heavy breathing in my face
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