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That's very impressive that she is doing it already at such a young age. And it's very common that bell trained dogs go through a phase where they ring the bells all the time. You have to put up with it for a while (a few weeks) until you are pretty sure that she understands that she is only to potty outside and you can be reasonably sure she can hold it. Plus by that time you will know how often she *really* needs to go potty. Once those criteria are met, then you can start ignoring the "I just want to go outside" ringings. But for the meantime, you need to let her out EVERY time she rings the bells! If there are times when you can't take her out, she needs to be confined so that she doesn't ring the bells and then you don't take out, causing her to have an accident.
One thing about your post-it sounds like you aren't going outside with her (you say that she scratches at the door to come in). At her very young age, you really need to be going out with her every time so that you know when she is really going potty and to keep her mind on that business rather than just going out and sniffing/playing around.
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