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Hi, I have a 10 week old Boston Terrier which I'm trying to train to ring the bell hanging from the door knob so he can do his thing. He's very smart and has learned how to ring the bell only after I showed him twice upon exiting to go pee. Well, he's using the bell to signal playtime outside instead now and although I appreciate the fact that he hasn't used a pee pad for about a week, did I train him incorrectly or is this normal for puppies when they get bored inside?
 

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It's funny, after taking him outside for 3 false alarms, I ignored the next two door bells, and he hit it again as I was typing the above post. He definitely looked a bit more determined on this time so I let him out and he did his business. I suppose I will just have to read his intent from his urgency :)
 

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I think he might be ringing the bell to tell you that he wants to go outside, not that he has to go potty.

This: https://littledogtips.com/dog-pooping-in-the-house-on-purpose-revenge/ helps me avoid anthropomorphizing, but Laurel is little enough for pee pads.

He isn't trying to annoy your or "pull the wool over your eyes", he just doesn't understand about security deposits and carpet cleaning and he never will. Poop isn't gross to him. He doesn't understand punishment, only praise for "doing his business" where you want him to.

It's kind of amazing when you think about it. What the bleep did we do to deserve dogs routinely going to all the trouble of housebreaking? To a dog, it's for no other reason than that we get all happy when they eliminate where we want them to. Would you ever go to THAT much trouble if your dog mysteriously went into ecstasies every time you said the word "poop" in a specific place?

Also, your Boston isn't a cat, he's a miniaturized dog. Of course he doesn't want to soil his own den, but to him the living room is as far away as the next block is for a GSD or a Lab and his bladder is about the size of a marble as opposed to an orange. We did this to our portable pooches. It's our responsibility to adjust for their limitations and strengths.
 

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Thanks for the link laurelsmom, it was helpful. I don't think I could ever get angry at this little monkey. He arrived doing his business on the floor, and was going outside every time two days later. Really smart. I just need to teach him recall, and the rest is downhill from there ;)
 

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I know.

Mine arrived 100% perfectly pee pad trained at ten weeks. I didn't know yet that this simply isn't possible.

But she literally NEVER has accidents! All I ever had to do as far as potty training was stop leaving my laundry lying around where she would mistake it for pee pads.

Yes, he really is this wonderful and no, you are not going crazy. You are loved by a dog. It's an alternate universe, you will never be the same, and I don't know you but if you never pay off your credit card or have different financial priorities than you did before Moose came home, nobody here is going to think any less of you.

Little dogs are just like that. I seriously didn't think I liked them and then I thought Laurel was going to be more like a valuable piece of livestock or a practical investment in my own old age than a..........completely average and ordinary dog.
 
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