My puppy is about five months old and he seems to understand that he should do his business outside but doesn't seem to know how to let me know when he needs to go out. Whenever he has the occasional "accident" he tends to do it right in front of the front or back door. He's really quiet in general and never really cries or barks. I'm pretty sure he knows he's done wrong because he acts really guilty after he does it, even if I haven't noticed it yet. How can I train him to let me know when he needs to be let out?
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You bring up a good point. I did not bell train one of my dogs because he paces in circles when he has to go out and the speed of his pacing indicates the level of urgency. The first dog I bell trained lived in an apartment where the primary door was
Just a note: It is not like my dog claws his way through the door aggressively; he simply takes his paw and runs his nails down the door. I have never seen a scratch mark left behind, and I would hate to own a door that would scratch that easily! :)
So far the only way I can tell he has to go is when he suddenly disappears or sniffs corners since he is almost always at my heels otherwise. I try catching him in the act or running him outside when I can but it's almost always too late.
In that case Lisa, it may help to back track and start taking him out more frequently - 20 Min or less after eating, drinking, waking up, or playing.
That method may work with smaller dogs, but a larger breed is likely to leave a mark even if they are gentle. My 60# Boxer occasionally gives our bedroom door a light scratch when he wants to come snuggle and our door shows it.
That method could work and I'm sure my dog wouldn't do much damage since he's just a little chihuahua/yorkie mix but I'm not sure I'd be able to hear it :(
My boyfriend loves that idea. I may just give it a shot if I can't learn to recognize his body language like agilitymatch says.
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