How to get Gibson to let me know he needs to go out - bell training for example
Gibson is doing amazing. He is in a monster period but other than his monsterness he is an absolute joy. I work from home so there is very little by way of accidents. he's able to hold it for about five hours if I leave the house and sleeps through the night. The problem is when he needs to go and its not routine. He lets me know in subtle ways and sometimes I don't see the signs (standing at my knee, being a bit nippy) or I'm on a long call and I'm not paying attention. Is there a website or a previous post I can refer to?
I live in a high ranch - most of my time is in the living room where I have my office set up, or in the basement recroom. The doors to the house are a landing in between the two levels and a back sliding glass door. I bought jingle bells and yarn but he's not cluing into the bells being going outside. No effort to move them on his own either. On the weekends he's out and about with me and my husband and rarely in his pen.
I'm thinking of teaching him to speak or something. I'd really love some advice. He rarely barks. I don't want to open a can of worms.
Here he is barking at the back door. He's scared of the chipmunk which was long gone with a mouthful of sunflower seeds. He's 4.5 months now and we haven't had a choking episode since the last time I posted.
I'm in the same boat. I too work from home and spend long periods of time at my computer, sometimes on conference calls etc and miss out on the occasional potty signals. Stanley doesn't bark unless it's a dog on TV, and his signals are staring or circling my chair. But sometimes he does those things for no reason at all. I wish I could get him to bark or ring a bell or something.
Let me know if you find anything. I'm going to try and search the archives here to see if anyone has any ideas. I may just book an hour with an obedience trainer at home. They don't know pugs like this forum would.
It kind of takes watching, IMO. Which you don't do while you work, do you miss. Can you put a timer near you and each 15 minutes spend 5 really looking at your little one? If he looks a little distracted, unfocused, looking about for the next thing, it might be time...
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Thanks for the reply!!! We have a schedule and I can count the accidents on one hand since the day I brought him home when he was 9 weeks. Its those weird one offs. I know the signs but those rare times that I didn't clue in fast enough - they are subtle - I wish there was a more obvious way he could say he really needs to go out. But I guess its something that may take months to train him to do and his bladder probably will mature so that he will be able to hold it if I don't clue in right away.
I recently switched him to three feeds from four, so I need to figure out the new what his new poop schedule is. Its not following the old schedule LOL. I can't believe how often a young pug puppy poops LOL. I'm also going to be working on getting him to start holding urine a bit longer. I think because I work from home and take him out so frequently this isn't a good thing. I'm rarely away for more than an hour or two at a time. Maybe he won't even need the bell training but I think it could be helpful.
Every couple of weeks or so he'll let me know in the middle of the night he has to go. He does this by softly whining. I knew he'd be waking me up last night as he wouldn't do his pre-bed poop... something outside (which I couldn't see or hear) was making him nervous.
I found this post in the archives:
Yes! Worked like a charm! When Rugby was a baby, we were able to keep her in our laundry room, with a little fence across the doorway into the kitchen, so she could always see us & wouldn't be all alone. At the other end of the laundry room was the door to "Outside." We put her kennel cab (bed) and food & water dishes at the end of the room near the fence, & put newspapers all over the floor. We put a little piece of her peed & pooped on newspaper right by the door to Outside. We hung little jingle bells on a ribbon from the doorknob. Every time we took her outside, we'd say "Potty Outside? Ring the bells!" Then we'd take her paw & bat the bells, then immediately open the door to Outside. We gradually reduced the newspapers until there were only ones right by the door. She got the hang of ringing the bells fairly quick. By that, I still don't mean it was an overnight thing--it took months, but she was gradually getting better & better. Now she never goes in the house. *******