I just recently adopted a 3 month old puppy. In his foster home he mostly lived in the kitchen and was let out the back door to potty. There was an older dog living there who showed him the ropes and taught him to bark if he needed to go out.
The problem now seems to be this: we live in a second floor apartment. The front door is on the first floor, and there is a long set of stairs to climb. I have to carry the puppy, as he isn't coordinated enough to tackle stairs yet.
I've had him for a week and I can only tell if he has to potty by the nose-to-the-ground sniffing and circling, but usually he finds a place to pee so quickly I can't catch him before he does it. He's had about 6 accidents inside. Whenever I do take him out (every 2 hours if I'm home) he already knows what "go potty" means and goes #1 AND #2 without a problem.
How do I teach him to bark near the top of the stairs? I always say "outside" when I pick him up and start down the stairs. Currently he has no obvious way of telling us he needs to go, it's all timed guess-work on my part. Does he just need more time to adjust? Am I doing something wrong?
***Edited By: gabby_atkinson on 1/12/2007 5:32:05 PM*** Reason: to add needed content
tie bells to an area that leads to the stairs. Everytime that you take him out - ring the bell and say "outside". He'll come to associate ringing the bell with going outside. Remember to praise him when he goes potty outside.
Do you crate your dog? It made things a lot easier for us.
Just realize that until you get this problem solved its eyes-on with your puppy. Everytime he has an accident you are starting pretty much from the beginning. You are reinforcing his decision to go in the house and he's leaving more and more scent markers. And if you don't have your eyes on him at all times you may not know how many accidents he really is having.