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Old 11-21-2012, 04:40 PM
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she took her butt to the grandfather clock, and then would hit that with her tale so the chimes would ring.
HAHHAHA! That's just too funny! I'm always amazed at how smart they are.
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When I took the bells down, MacKenzie started to knock on the door with her tail, and when that did not work, she took her butt to the grandfather clock, and then would hit that with her tale so the chimes would ring.
Hilarious!

Is your baby really only 6 weeks old? If so, than you should be completely in control of when he goes outside and you should be with him.

Our Duffy goes through these stages, mainly when he can see bunnies outside. Duffy is older and we know when he NEEDS to go out, so my boyfriend just takes the bells down for awhile.
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Puppies are sometimes clever lil things. Although Cassie never liked the bells, she did over-signal some times.

When Cassie was a puppy, she would get a treat when she went potty outside.

After a week of this, she would signal me that she needed to go out. So, I'd take her out. She would walk 5 feet out into the grass, sit for 5 seconds (as if she was pretending to go potty), and then trot back to me, demanding a treat.

Nowadays, her over signaling is usually because she wants to go out and play.
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Sorry for confusion

SO SORRY for the confusion. Libby (the 6.5 week pup) is not home yet. I can get her this weekend or next.

For this post, I was referring to my other 9 month old pup. Haha I can only hope Libby catches on to the bells at only 7/8 weeks!!!

Thanks all for the suggestions!!!!!
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Olivia does this too and she's 18 months old.
She even gets fancy and uses her butt to ring the bells.

This reminds me of her

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OMG this is absolutely her. TOO funny
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The same thing happened with my Yuki, who is 10 months old. He learned to use the bells quickly as a young pup, never had an accident in the house, and only rang them when he really needed to go outside to go potty. That all changed when he was about 7 months old. He started ringing the bells constantly, just because he wanted to go out to play, check out the yard, chew on a stick, etc. After a few weeks of this, I took the bells down and put them away. They had served their purpose when he was younger and really did need to potty frequently, but now that Yuki is older he only needs to go about 4 times a day, and he manages to communicate those times to me with a grunt or a whine. I don't think we need them anymore.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:51 PM
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Bella did that at first too. I bought the bells at about 3 months. She probably thought it was funny that she could make the human jump up so quickly when she rang them.

After a a day or two of that, I would just say "wait Bella." If it had been more than a couple hours, I would take her out. She eventually stopped doing that, and the bells work great now.
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