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Old 11-02-2018, 08:31 PM
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My puppy waves her paw when she needs to go potty

So my 11 weeks yorkie has kinda gotten the potty thing down, she won't pee or poo anywhere unless it is the patch of dirt behind my house.

The funny thing is that she literally waves at me to let me know when to take her out, I am not sure if this is the kind of behavior i should encourage or not.

In the morning when she needs to go, she would climb on me and lick my nose, that's a sign for us to go out...if i am off the bed and she is on the bed...she would wave her paw frantically to let me know...but sometimes my back is turned and i can't see her! She'll keep waving her arms frantically for 5-10 minutes..and if i don't see it...then she just pees right there.

I'm afraid that if i keep kissing her every time she waves at me, it might prevent her from learning to bark when she needs to go. Any advice?
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Old 11-04-2018, 07:27 PM
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I am no expert but that sounds like a great communication skill. My dog does the licking, then stands by the door, barking is his last resort.
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:15 PM
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I am no expert but that sounds like a great communication skill. My dog does the licking, then stands by the door, barking is his last resort.
I first i thought it was really cute (it still is lol)...but now i have to turn around and watch her every 5 seconds if i am in the kitchen cooking. I learned that she will absolutely NOT potty on the couch even if she doesn't get my attention (she spends a lot of time on the couch and one of the cushions is considered her "area" now).

I am trying to train her to do the bell thing so hopefully that will help.
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I think the waving is adorable & is a smart mimicking of human behaviour/ communication. Mine gently digs my leg & squeaks to tell me she wants up/ cuddles/'please dont go' /some yummy food. The thing to be careful of with encouraging dogs to bark is that some then keep on barking at everything & its a hard habit to stop once it starts. My dog wags her tail fast as 'Yes' instead of barking. My dogs comes to me & digs gently to get my attention. What about giving her a bell & teaching her to step on it. Like the ones on the counters in some shops that say press for attention. Is a catflap or dog flap an option? Then she can pop thru herself.
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Any form of communication that you understand is great. Ours walks to the door when she needs to go out, if we are not paying attention, she will bark to get us to focus. This works for us.
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