My little guy pug/beagle mix recently started ringing the bell or just going to the door whatever he feels at that moment but it seems like he is asking to go out far to often. Last night he must have asked about 5 times between like 5:30 and 9:00 but he went everytime he went out. I dont think it is a UTI as he holds it 7 hours a day and 7 1/2 hours at night. I am wondering if others think that he is thinking this is cool I do this and they come running to let me out. DO they even THINK like that. I am definatly going to let him out when he rings it because one time I didnt' and he started to squat I got him out but he really did after to go. Just wondering what others think. He is 19 weeks and we have had him for 5 1/2 weeks.
Also any advise on how to get him to stp jumping on my 3 year old son. We use off but when he starts jumping an play biting him my son starts to yell and of course the dog gets more excited in return. I am really trying to get him to use off also but it doesnt seem to be working. I am going to bring him with me to puppy training this week and talk to the trainer but wanted to see if anyone had advise in the meantime.
Bell Ringing.... Yes.... they will do that. My pup thinks it's great fun that he can ring the bell and that everyone will jump to attention and let him out. Evenutally, it will stop being fun for him... but in the meantime... let him out when he asks...
Your son is going to have to be assertive. If he doesn't yell "OFF" then have him Yelp. Your pup doesn't want to hurt your son - but doesn't know the rules yet. Your son needs to know that he has a very active role in training the pup too.
that is the one big drawback to teaching them to ring a bell. many people have had this problem. their pups/dogs will ring the bell any time they want to go out even if they dont have to potty. if you are concerned about a UTI you can just drop off a urine sample at the vet. when dealing with pups its always easier to rule out medical problems so you know if it is behavioral or not. i dont know how to untrain the bell ringing though but for now i would let him out as often as he feels the need to go out so you dont have relapses in potty training.
your son is still pretty little yet to be able to defend himself from the pups jumping on him. i would suggest you attach a leash to the pup and let him drag it around the house. that way when you see him start to jump you can give a good pop on the leash and tell him either off or no jump. off is usually easier because it is only one word. do not use the word down because down has an entirely different meaning from what you want him to do and when you start obedience classes down will mean for the dog to lay down. he will get very confused.
Bell ringing is a great tool! I found my beagle learned to abuse it though pretty quickly and so we retired the bell-LOL! Instead she smacks the door now with her paw- I think they believe it is a bit of a game only its fun for them.
When we taught bell ringing it was while we were in our condo. I think I lost at least 10lbs running up and down the stairs with her to take her out. Now being in a house with a fenced yard I don't mind the 150x they want to go out. I prefer it over cleaning up a puddle though I understand the frustration.
I usually just look at her and ask "Do you REALLY need to go out?" If she doesn't she will come over by us and sit but if she does have to go she will smack the door again.
The alternative is constantly watching her circle or jumping up to see if she's by the door. I think overall as annoying as the bell is it's much easier. I can tell you that once the bell was gone our doors are getting pretty nicked up by the paw smacking. Now she refused the bell since she knows I hate her scratching the door. Yes they are that smart-LOL!
we hang coop's leash by the door and he knocks it when he needs to go out (and when he doesn't)...i've made a religious effort to ALWAYS take him because the only times he's had an accident were when i didn't listen! sometimes he just paces around the yard and wants to go back in, sometimes he sees a rabbit or squirrel from inside and pretends to have to go out...but most of the time he really needs to go... i guess it's better than him not telling us he's gotta go at all. sigh* more fresh air for me!
I have trained mine to sit by the door when they have to go out and if you don't listen to them then they will come and put their head in your lap. as for the jumping, i wouldn't 'pop' the leash but just step on it so that they can't jump. the leash is doing the nasty thing, not you so your dog wont be mad at you
Thanks for all the advise. I am actually very excited that he is asking I just didn't know if when they first learn to go out do they go out more often than once they are used to it. We have a fenced in yard just off the deck at the door we want him at (which he is) so really not a big deal either I will go stand on the deck or at the door depending on whether or not he runs into his kennel or soemwhere else on the lawn. As far as my little guy (39 lbs) he is getting better just being stuborn hisself Part of the problem is that he wants to play until the dog gets rough. I know this because he does the same thing with my friends grown dog. I will def. try the lease though as that will give us more control whether I snap or step on will depend on how stuborn Noddy is being..thanks again this sight is great.
Things are going well he hasn't rang the bell as much as the first 2 nights and with my son we have been working on simple commands to get the puppy to listen to him better. thanks again for the advise.
Hello everyone. Ust an update..had a few accidents yesterday as it was a saturday and a lot of commotion going on and missed the pup sitting at the door..can't wait till he comes to get us when we don't see him..i know it takes time like I said just an update..also went to training last night and she too said to keep the lease on and pull him back telling him off just as others here suggested. It hasn't been happening as much the last couple days and I/or my husband have been there to help with the telling of off. The good thing is no one is getting hurt the puppy is only 14 ibls and my son is 38 but I really don't want him hitting Noddy or Noddy biting him. Thanks again for the advise cause he is well worth the work as he is sitting curled up right next to me as I am typing this message now.
Just wanted to know what kind of door bell is inside the house? Mine is on the out side and my dog rings it when he wants to come in or the cat has come home and he will ring it for the cat so I can let him in. moog