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    So after I posted about how much I want a dog door, we had 2 poos and a wee in the loungeroom overnight! After 10 months, I still have no idea when Banjo is telling me she wants to go out. She is usually ok until morning if I let her out around 9-10pm. But clearly she wasn't last night... And I was up till 2am even, just had no idea she needed to go out.

    Soooo, because it will still be at least 6 months before we move into our own house, I need to finally train her to ring a bell if she needs to go out.

    I just bought a dinner bell that I can tie to the door handle. I haven't taught Banjo touch, but shouldn't be too hard and I think I'll manage to teach her what the idea is easily enough.

    But I'm wondering if it's more effective to teach her to paw it than to touch it with her nose? She is quite tactile with her paws. If you bell trained your dog, how did you go about it?

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    I doubt it matters, you will have to start with nose as that is what they naturally explore with anyways.

    How often are you taking her out to the toilet? I think an easier method would be for you to take her out every 2 hours or so and praise her loads when she goes out the back, put a cue on it like go wees or something similar and then you can just ask her, "want to go wees" and if she heads to the door then thats your answer.

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    I have no doubt about her motivation to go outside at all. She has never had an accident if the back door is left ajar. And as I said, she can usually last about 10-12 hours at night without having to go. I don't see any need to take her outside if she doesn't need to go.

    It's just that her signs for needing to go out are too subtle for me to notice. If I think that she needs to go, asking "do you need to go outside" does work. She'll then walk to the backdoor if yes or treat it as an invitation to lick my face if no. But if she needs to go when normally she just sleeps till morning, I often won't notice and won't ask. And obviously I cannot ask in the rare event that she needs to go when I'm asleep either.

    The bell would solve the problem. I am now tempted to get a wireless doorbell. You can get them for $8 from China.

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    Just so you don't freak out some time, those wireless door bells sometimes pick up wirless internet signals as well. Had ours going berko one night. Was ready to kill the neighbours kids as I thought they were pranking us. Then the bell went off with me standing right there. Reason I found it was internet was my computer picked up the signal at the same time as the door bell. I turned off the bell and had free internet for a while. Then the buggers next door moved.
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    Thanks for the warning.

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    That is quite funny Nev, lol gotta love free internet.
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    I train my puppies by just jangling the bell every time we went out for potty......they just connected the two and I never taught them what to use (nose/paw)......Katy just used her nose.........She now does a woof, which came about a year later
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    I missed that reply, newfsie. I could've tried it that way too.

    But it only took me two 5 minute sessions to teach her "Paw" and hit the bell. I really should teach her more tricks, because it is so easy (but I'm so lazy). I'll reinforce it for a few more days and then start teaching the connection between bell and door opening.

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    I taught Frosty to sit at the back door and bark. Or she taught me. I'm not sure. I do reward her "indicating" by sitting and barking at what she wants. She usually doesn't bark much, just enough to get my attention. Ie if I ignore it, she tends to escalate. Bad when it's the dirty saucepan she wants and she's not getting it.

    As for the late night thing. last thing I do before I go to bed is let the dog out. I assume she's got something to deposit whether she asked or not. Because if I don't we get the 3am wake up - ok I wasn't busting at 10:30pm but I am busting now... erm. Small children have that problem too. Ie they think there's no point going (or asking) until they're busting...

    And that may not happen at a convenient time.

    Haven't used a bell. You could probably get a pressure senstive door mat (d i c k smith/ internet?) that would work too.

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