Ok, so I thought I would pass along this funny story. I have a 7 month old miniature poodle mix that I adopted from the local shelter two months ago. Housetraining progress has been steady, but my little boy Duncan seemed to have a hard time communicating to me that he had to go outside. So I read on training sites that many people teach their dog to ring a bell to say that they want to go out. Well I figured I would give it a try. It took all of about 2 days to teach him to ring the bell and about 5 more days to associate ringing the bell with a trip outside. In total the process took about a week. Here is where the training turned on the trainer. Now that Duncan knows that I will jump to take him out when he rings the bell, he rings it whenever he gets bored. Just who is Pavlov's dog, Duncan? No. I'm the one jumping at the sound of the bell now. Oh, well now I have to pretend that I don't hear it and instead distract him with a toy. Or just ignore him, until I know that enough time has passed that he really does have to go. Boy Poodles are smart little guys.
I taught my rottweiler to ring a bell on the back of the door when he wants to go outside. It took me a few minutes to get him to associate, bell/outside. It is a wonderful thing to teach especially if you are in the other room and he needs to go out. You will here him out in the foyer ringing the bell so that's our cue that Dakota needs to go outside.