We have had our baby (Shih Tzu named Versace) now since Feb 8th 2008. He will be 6 months on the 20th of this month. In that time we were able to finally teach him to ring a bell to let us know that he has to go out and it's working like a charm. For the 3 weeks that we rang the bell every time we went out it finally sunk in that now he is doing it for himself and no more accidents in the house. We still watch him and crate him when we are not home or when we go to bed but other then that he is left out. When we do crate him he is with us in the same room including when we go to bed he is in our bedroom. After 25 yrs without a dog I'm sure glad we have our baby now.