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    I think Cosmo may have finally got it. We've been crate training him, and when he's not in his crate, anytime that he even remotely looks like he has to go we rush him outside. Well last night, I guess that we weren't paying attention, when Cosmo was over at the door scratching on it to go out. I opened the door, he went out, did his thing and came right back inside.

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    Good job, Cos!! Excellent!

    Now you just need to find a way to keep him from scratching the door. Willow scratches at doors and we now have permanent "signatures" that will probably outlast her!
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    Since Cosmo is already scratching at the door you should try hanging a bell from the doorknob and train him to ring it instead of scratching. I did this with Chester when he was a pup and now at 2 years he's a bell-ringing genius! I have one on the front door and the sliding glass door and he uses them every time.
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    Does the bell leave scratch marks? After two years, I would think it rubs on the door at least enough to mar the finish. Do you have some setup that prevents this from happening?
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    Scratch marks - I have no wallpaper left by the front door - the back door is UPVC which I can hear them letting me go know they wanna go out.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moviedust
    Does the bell leave scratch marks? After two years, I would think it rubs on the door at least enough to mar the finish. Do you have some setup that prevents this from happening?
    So far there aren't any marks on the door paint from it. The bell is a light-weight round Christmas jingle bell I got from the craft store and I have it hanging from a piece of ribbon from the knob. It's light-weight but loud enough that I can hear it when I'm upstairs.
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    What a smart boy you are Cosmo!!! We use the bells on the door too and even the cat has learned to use them. If you want to get fancy, here's a place that sells a bell set up.

    http://www.poochie-pets.net/
    Molly and Murphy (tri), Katie (ruby), Casey (B/T),Spike the wonder pup (tri), Suzie (tri) and Penny (blen)

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    Well done kosmo, and parents! it's a really gratifying feeling. Your little boy is growing up. sigh.

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    Thanks. It really is a gratifying feeling. I'm very happy with the progress he's making, and I hope that he keeps it up.

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    yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy well done Cosmo .

    Our doors have got scratch marks on them too Especially the patio door and the outside of my bedroom door

    The bell idea is a really neat one

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