Hi all, Boone is over 2 1/2 mos old (born Aug 10th), and has been home since he was 6.5 wks. We are having a terrible time getting this wee sized guy (under 3 lbs still) to bark or scratch at the door. He is however going potty by the doors now-which I assume means he figuring part of it out. Most of the time we get him out on time...just for the fact we take him out about every 2 hrs during the day and after meals. We have begun to make him walk to the door vs carry him which seems to have helped him go close to the door. We praise him, give him a treat, and use the same word POTTY over and over. What can I do different get him to alert us??? Thanks!
I have heard of people putting a bell by the door you want your puppy to go outside from. Then everytime you take Boone out tap the bell so it rings and bring him out and do the potty routine. Make sure the bell is low enough where he could tap it with his nose. Before you take him out everytime ding the bell. Soon when he needs to go out, he'll tap the bell himself (hopefully!) I've never actually trained a puppy to do this, but I heard that some people do it. Good Luck =0)
If your dog is going over to the door already, you are doing VERY WELL. Put a pad by the door if there is a little rug getting peed on. Some dogs never scratch on the door or bark when they want to go out. My dog just sits there and looks at me. If I don't notice her, oops! too late! If you've taught the dog to speak, you can make them speak before opening the door or try taping a bell to the door. (that one's probably good for dogs that scratch on the door when they want to go out) I recommend just walking the dog on schedule and they won't even think about going until you take them out on their scheduled time. But theat doesn't happen until their older.