How does your dog signal his need to go out?
When our four month old puppy needs to go out, she goes and stands by the door. Since she is not completely house trained, and we are keeping an eye on her, generally we see her standing there, and let her out. It's working for now.
However, I would like to reach a point where we do not have to watch her every single second, and then how will we know when she needs to go out? We have tried a couple different types of bells (one hanging from the doorknob, and one bellhop-type sitting on the floor), but (like everything else within her reach) she thinks they are toys and plays wildly with them. Is there some, more boring method we could use that would not excite her so much?
Would like to think that she would eventually bark or whine, but not the case so far. If we miss seeing her standing by the door, then we find a puddle in front of the door.
Also, is it odd to think that she is bothered by us watching her poop? She generally stays by us in the yard, and pees in front of us with no problem, but always runs around the corner, or behind the barn to go poop. She very rarely pees in the house anymore, but does sometimes poop in the house - am wondering whether this is because she has not had enough private time. She'll go when we are on a walk, but then is pulling away / trying to run along while I am picking it up. Will she just outgrow this, or do we need to give her more privacy? Hate to have her out of sight for long when she is so young!