He’s cute, isn’t he? He’ll be six months old on the 29th, which means he’ll only have his half-birthdays every four years (as the Short Kid pointed out). And, as we were told while pondering which gender puppy to get, he loves all of us with equal joy and slobbery kisses. (As opposed to Mini who likes a little cuddle time with Daddy in the evening, but is essentially Mommy’s pretty princess.)
He’s playful and loves to bomb around with the Short Kid, who’s really looking forward to taking him to camp this year. He has high hopes Taz will play ball and play fetch and, in general, behave like a dog, whereas Mini curls up on my lap in the lounge chair.
So, in the course of conversation with my awesome family members who are tentatively prepared to babysit Taz and Mini while we’re in Anaheim this summer, I was asked: “Taz will be housebroken by then, right?”
Um. Well. We hope so?
In the course of the morning schedule and my work day, we do fine. The dogs curl up and nap most of the day, so when Taz jumps off the couch and stretches, it’s time to go out. It’s once school’s out and the weekends we have issues. We fully grasp it’s more us than him—when our attention’s scattered, taking him out gets overlooked.
I have to come up with a way for him to signal. Mini scratches at the (steel) door when she needs to go out and Taz will go and sit next to her and wait for me to stop yelling “Hold on, Mini! Just one more sentence!” I did, one time, spot Taz scratching at the door, but only because I happened to be walking into the kitchen. His little feet make no noise, so it does no good and I’ve never seen him do it again.
I’ve heard some people use bells. Not sure if that’s bells hanging from the doorknobs, which would amuse my cats to the point I’d probably start ignoring it, or the little “ring bell for service” bells. I saw a little dog use one of those on AFV.
I’m totally open to suggestions. He’s a wicked smart dog and he knows to go potty when we go out. We just haven’t come up with a way for him to tell us he needs to go out. Anybody have a system, like a bell or whatnot, that’s worked for a dog who can’t make scratching noises? Help?