Already doggie accouterments are arriving. Stef has gotten toys and bowls and a Barbie placemat (please–don’t ask) plus a ‘crate’ large enough for a family of Roxies! I was thinking of putting in a loft and closets… but I digress.
All our friends and family, knowing the dog is coming but not when, have been quizzing us and in some cases giving us advice. Sunday evening, at Cathy and Steve’s, I was told about ‘bell training.’
“The dog was totally trained over a weekend,” was Cathy’s claim!
This is not exactly potty training. Cathy was talking about training their dog Yankee to signal when he wanted to go outside.
She hung some small ‘jingle bells’ from the door knob. Then, when it was time for Yankee to go out, she jingled the bells before leaving the house. Cathy started this on Friday.
By Sunday a strange thing happened. While watching TV bells began to ring! Sure enough Yankee wanted to go out.
After hearing this story I went to Google and found this is a fairly common behavior to teach a dog. Stefanie finds it hysterical, but we plan on giving it a try.
When you think about all of this in the abstract isn’t this the dog teaching you?
If you have any experience with this will you leave a comment or drop me an email, please?