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I would like to train Chloe to ring a bell to go to the toilet, so far, I just nudge her nose on the bell before we go out and say "out", is this right?
How do I get her to stop barking? I tell her "no" which stops her for a little while but she continues. She barks when she is outside and I am in, mostly because she wants me to go out and play with her. If I don't go outside when she barks and just ignore her, she comes inside to see where I am, sometimes she stays inside, sometimes she goes back outside and continues to bark. Should I just ignore this behaviour?
I've read about people on here only allowing their dogs on the sofa when invited. How do I reinforce this behaviour? Right now she gets up freely. I make her sit before she comes onto the sofa, but if I don't tell her to sit, she'll just randomly jump up.
Ok, last question. What are the benefits of crate training? I have had Chloe about 3 weeks and I haven't been crate training her. She sleeps in the kitchen, she does mess during the night, but it's not a problem as I know she's too small to hold it. I like her to have the freedom to be able to pick which toys she wants out of her toy box while I'm out or asleep.
Let's talk about the bell first. When dogs need to go out you can teach them to ring a bell, bark, whine, scratch on the door, whatever but, and here's the big but....they have to know that going in the house is wrong....otherwise, they won't ring the bell or bark. You start by teaching them not to potty in the house first.
That leads to your last question...the crate. Crates work because dogs really hate to lay in their own waste. That's usually when they start to let you know they have to go potty.....they bark, whine or claw at the crate.
For the barking outside I think you've already figured out that she wants some attention...for you to come and play with her. It really sounds like she needs more exercise or more mental stimulation...something to do. When dogs start that barking for attention...something to do, I put them to work on basic obedience (sometimes we play Fetch). You can't ask for a better time to train....they're eager....they're ready...they want it.
I think you're confusing her with the sit before getting on the sofa. Try working on a single command like UP.....only then does she get to be on the sofa. When she tries to get up on her own without being invited, block her with your hand held out like a stop sign. If she runs into your hand on the way up...so be it. She will learn to wait for the command.