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A couple of years ago I saw some sort of spray at petsmart that you spray in your yard to go in a certain area rather than others. It wasn't a repelant because you spray it in the area you want them to go in. I cant seem to find it on the website right now. Has anyone ever seen or tried this? Does it work?

I was also looking at one of those grass potty pad things. A couple reasons... because we have to go down stairs to get outside, and we have to carry her because she hasn't learned how to go down them yet. Currently our fenced back yard is nothing but a dirt/mud pit with some weeds. The one time we took her back there, she did not potty but ran around attacking the weeds & dirt, rolling around and playing. After about 10 minutes she was filthy, although she had a great time. She had to go directly into the bath. We have a little un fenced front yard that we have been taking her in. We want our 5 year old to be able to take her potty once in a while (like if we are cooking, or busy doing something and she has to go NOW). He can not do that currently because I dont want him walking down the stairs with her or out in the front unsupervised. With one of these, I could put it on our deck and my son can just open the door for her. Thoughts?

I found on the petsmart website that there is a natures miracle solution that you can put in your carpet cleaner. Before I saw this I was thinking of spraying all the carpet with it, letting it soak in and then running the carpet cleaner over it with just the water rinse on. Has anyone tried this?

I've heard hanging bells on the door for dogs to paw at when they need to go works well. I thought this might be a little easier to train her on rather than barking or sitting by the door. I dont like barking, and dont know how to even teach a dog when to bark, and sitting by the door doesn't work unless we are looking right at her (once she has more freedom around the house). Anyone use these?

I know non of this is going to STOP her from going in the house. I am just looking for ways to make it a little easier on everyone. Any info on these products or other ideas would be great.
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I trained my puppy to ring bells and it works great! She is now five months old and rings them when she needs to go outside to potty there was a stage where she rang the bells for fun but now she has the hang of it it's very convenient when we are busy doing other things

I have tried natures miracle it works fantastic!!! I think it is a must have when potty training

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I am using the bells with my 2 - 8 week old pups!! It is working great!! Wish I had them in the past with other pups!! They can tell me when they need to go out!! Now 90% of the time they go pee or poop!! Sometimes they just want to play!!! Lol


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I trained Vinnie to ring the bell. He is 81/2 months old and still rings the bell. He has not had in accident since about 9 weeks old.


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Well it seems I'm going to have to find some bells. Thanks everyone!
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Well it seems I'm going to have to find some bells. Thanks everyone!
Here's a picture of mine. I just used some craft bells from Hobby Lobby. The scratches on the paint are from my previous dog. The bells also help eliminate that.

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Here's a picture of mine. I just used some craft bells from Hobby Lobby. The scratches on the paint are from my previous dog. The bells also help eliminate that.

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I went to the craft store today and got some ribbon and bells. It was super easy to just tie the bells on the ribbon. Thanks everyone.
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Been using bells for Bella since she was about 3 months. At first, she rang them too much, but I stuck with it, and she's grown out of that habit. Also, I had to tape some cardboard to the wood door frame behind the bell to keep it from getting scratched.

I trained Bella to go in a certain part of the yard by first bringing her out there on a leash. To this day, she gets a treat if she goes in the right spot.....and just a "good girl" if she doesn't. She usually wants the treat.

I would suggest that a crate is the best potty training tool that money can buy.

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I would suggest that a crate is the best potty training tool that money can buy.
We put her in the bathroom with a baby gate. It works just fine. She has only gone potty in there twice. Both times when we left for a few hours. She has never done it at night. I dont want to have to put her in there all the time, but it seems like that is the only way to keep her from going in the house. I spend more time cleaning up her messes than I do doing anything else at home.
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We put her in the bathroom with a baby gate. It works just fine. She has only gone potty in there twice. Both times when we left for a few hours. She has never done it at night. I dont want to have to put her in there all the time, but it seems like that is the only way to keep her from going in the house. I spend more time cleaning up her messes than I do doing anything else at home.
If you put her in a crate, she can be in the same room as you. In addition, it's highly unlikely that she would soil the smaller space. Outside as soon as she comes out of the crate, play in the yard for a few minutes, then about 20 minutes of playtime inside, then back in the crate. If she doesn't go potty, back in the crate and try again in a 1/2 hour. I suppose its not the only way, but I promise you won't have to use the Nature's Miracle as often.


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