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Signaling the need to go

November 27th, 2009 1 comment

As puppies show signs of progress, they can be taught to signal to go outside. For example, a dog can be taught to nudge a bell hung on a doorknob, sometimes call a “bathroom bell” or “doggie doorbell” with its nose or paw when it needs to go outside. To do this, you should encourage the dog to touch the doorbell and should reward the dog for this accomplishment by opening the door. Repeated encouragement and reward should teach the pet to use the doorbell when it wishes to go outside. Another way to teach a puppy to signal its need to go outside is to question the dog with a key phrase (e.g. “Need to go out?”); the pet’s reaction will indicate whether it needs to or not. And some dogs can be taught to bark to signal the need to go outdoors.