(don't remember where I found that, sorry)We train our puppies to "ring the bell" when they need to go out.
You'll need a 3'-4' length of soft rope ( I spool knit my "rope" with Phentex and the kid's spool knitting kit)
Make a loop at one end that will fit over the door knob and tie a great big knobby knot on the other end, so that the puppy has something to grab on to.
Attach a group of little brass bells - available at dollar stores - above the knobby knot, so that they tinkle when the rope is shaken, then hang this "rope" over the door knob of the door going outside, so that it is low enough for the pup to reach.
When you are starting the housetraining, each time you go out the door, reach over and grab the rope so that the bells ring, and say, "time to do chores" or whatever word you have chosen.
Within a matter of hours or days, the puppy will be ringing the bells on his own.
Most people do not recognize an important advantage of crate training. It does more than just stop the animal from messing in the house. It also teaches the puppy something very important. The puppy learns that when the urge to urinate or defecate occurs, he can hold it. Just because the pup feels like he needs to relieve himself, the pup learns that he does not have to. This is thought to be the main reason why puppies that have gone through crate training have fewer mistakes later on.
pitbullmamaliz wrote:Now see, I've read elsewhere that you're supposed to make sure your dogs NEVER see you cleaning up their mess. Something about how you don't want them thinking you're their personal house-servant...I don't know!
msvette2u wrote:On another forum it is recommended to "scold the accident".
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