We got a Yorky puppy about 5 years ago. We had resolved that she would be a very well trained animal, etc. etc. She isn’t. She is sweet and we love her, but she is spoiled and thinks she is a person. However there was one thing we did that was turned out wonderfully and made our lives much easier.
When we first got her, we bought a small bell and hung it from the door in our apartment where she could reach it with her nose. Every time we took her outside, we’d ring the bell with her nose. She learned to ring the bell when she wants to go out and this has proved to be even more convenient than we thought it would be.
Whenever we travel, we can just take the bell with us and hang it on the door. This also works great if we need to leave her with someone else for a few days because they don’t have to try to learn how to understand what she needs. If you hear the bell ring, the dog needs to go outside. If you ignore her when she rings it with her nose, she will grab it in her mouth and shake it to get your attention.
So basically our dog has us trained to perform when she rings a bell…