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Old 01-31-2013, 09:37 PM
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Okay, so I started Angel out on pee pads. He did great! About a year later he got to where he would do both, inside and outside. Then in August of 2012 I just took his pee pad away because he had done so good. He had very, very few accidents.

My dilema - I can't get him to give a clear signal for going outside! I just randomly take him out every 2 or 3 hours. Sometimes, I get busy and don't think of it. He does give clues, like running around like crazy, pushing me, standing in front of the door, or a certain walk/sniff sequence, but I don't always make the connection right away.

I read about Poochie Bells and bought some. I put them by the door where he goes out for his business. I even tried to put some on my bathroom door which is where his pee pad was. I figured that way, if he was trying to push the door open, I would hear the bells. Well, every time I took (and take) him out, I ring the bells, say Oh boy, pee pee time! He won't touch the bells.

Today he pooped on the floor at work, not in the spot where his pee pad used to be. I did not scold him because I did not see him do it. But he was watching me clean it up and I said, what happened, huh! He just looked at me. Later, I decided to put his pad down in case I miss him again. A little while later, he looked like he was going to pee on it, so we went out as usual. Then about two hours later I hear him whining, but I could not see him. So hubby looked for him and Angel came to me, I tried to pick him up thinking he was cold, but he went to the door He knew his pad was down, he sat on it!! I took him out to do his business!

So, how do I get him to give me a clear signal on when he needs to go potty?? I am at a loss! It seems if I give in and decide to put a pad down, he lets me know when he needs to go out! But I really don't want him to use pads again on a regular basis because he always pees off the edge!!

Any help with this is greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:47 PM
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I am having a similar problem with Stella not giving clear signals (or my just not making the connection quick enough).

We have bells on our back door, I have found that I need to make HER ring the bells before opening the door or she doesn't make a connection. I physically pick up her paw and hit the bells with it, then open the door and let her out to potty. She has only rung them herself a few times, but believe me as soon as she does I run for the door to let her out!
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:32 PM
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I trained my chihuahua to use the poochie bells too . At first she was afraid of them so I first trained her to just ring the bells. Hold them in ur hand and make him touch them. Each time he touches them give him a treat then increase it to when he rings them. When hes got it down hang them up by the door. When u take him out make him ring them. Eventually he'll get it that when he rings the bells you take him out. My chihuahua picked it up pretty quick, i'm sure yours will too. It's so funny seeing them ring the bells. My zoey is paper trained ( bad weather) and trained to go outside. I'm glad i got the bells tho. It's very handy.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:44 AM
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He does give clues, like running around like crazy, pushing me, standing in front of the door, or a certain walk/sniff sequence, but I don't always make the connection right away.
With all due respect, it sounds like the solution here is that you learn your chi's behavioral cues and then start promptly acting on them . . . ?

Mine had a few "accidents" at first that I consider partly my fault for not correctly reading her signals, which seem pretty clear in retrospect. Now I'm very alert for those signals, and make a point to act on them ASAP when she gives them. No more accidents.
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