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All good advice so far.

Also, understand that the skill of telling her owners she needs to go out, is not a necessary part of being house trained. I know this sounds counter intuitive, but if you do your management part a bit better, she won't need to tell you she needs out.

1) Don't let her wander the house.
2) She should be tethered to you, or gated in the same room (use baby gates) with you at all times.
3) Take her out a bit more frequently than you think she needs to go potty.
4) Reward her with a tasty treat immediately (within 2 seconds) when she potties (keep them in your pocket.)

These management methods should reduce her accidents to near zero. With enough time practicing the correct habits, she'll become very reluctant to potty in another room, and more able to "hold it" until you get her out.

House training is habit formation, plain and simple. It is not a revelation or understanding for the dog. Make sure she practices the right habits every time, and the habit will be ingrained.


If you need more evidence that this is all about habit, just notice that she is in the habit of wanting to go out AFTER the potty, because no doubt that is what has happened many times in the past. ;) Dogs form patterns of behavior. One behavior cues the next behavior. Its very interesting to study this actually!

Be super diligent with your management for a few weeks or months and you'll find you can start to give her freedom gradually in the house. That is your quickest route to a resolution. Teaching a bell is nice, but it won't do you any good if her habit is still to potty in the house, then think next thing is to ring the bell to go out. See what I mean? ;)
 
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