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To teach your canine to signal when he wants to go outside, you have to train him to associate a certain cue with being let outside to eliminate. For instance, you could attach a small bell to the door and ring it each time you let your pooch outside to go potty. Each time he hears the bell, he'll associate it with going out to eliminate. Eventually, you will want to encourage your canine to ring that bell himself. Reward your dog each time he rings the bell with a treat, immediately let him outside, and give him the command to eliminate. Your canine will be alerting you to potty breaks in no time.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|