Breed: Boston Terrier
Background: Brie has done several board and trains in a kennel when her family goes on vacation. She knows basic commands, does well off leash, and gets along with other dogs in a feisty terrier way. However, she has never been fully house trained. After 2 years, her family decided that Brie needed to train in a home setting rather than at a kennel. They want her to ring a bell when she has to go potty so that they know when to let her out.
We have just hit the 1 week mark here at the training house. Brie has not had a single accident in the house in 4 days. She goes to the bathroom as soon as she gets outside. However, the bell is still a bit of a mystery to her. She likes to ring the bell when it is on the ground or hanging in front of her to get a treat, but still plays dead half the time I ask her to ring it.
Also, Brie does not enjoy going outside. She would rather stay inside and pee on the carpet than initiate a trip outside. It doesn't help that it has been raining most days, which makes her even less enthusiastic about the idea.
What do you think? I have a plan for how to get Brie ringing the bell on her own, but I was curious what the wide world of dog folks thinks. Any tips, tricks, or training plans you'd use to accomplish this goal? I'd love to hear them! In a few days I'll post what I did and how things are going for Brie. Until then, thanks for helping!