Teaching your dog to ring a bell to go outside... innocent or slippery slope?

Be careful what you wish for and be careful anytime your dog is making demands on you. I often have clients that want to teach their dog to ring a bell when it needs to use the bathroom outside. This sounds like a fantastic and practical skill to teach. And... it can be with no issues whatsoever. However, I personally see a few problems with this: 1. The dog will quickly learn "I ring the bell = I get to go outside." While it can start off practical and innocent, it can get annoying quickly, especially for a dog that loves to play the in and out game all day long... having the humans come running every time they want to see what is going on outside for a brief moment, 2. I have never been a

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