I'm so happy to say that Grizzly is actually ringing a darn bell to go potty.
I never thought he'd do it! My husband and I tied this stupid set of jingle bells to our back door about a week after we got Grizzly. I really wanted him to learn to ring them to go outside, but at 9 weeks old, he would just get freaked out whenever he would hear them and go running back into the kitchen. We left them there because we were too lazy to put them away, and wouldn't you know it, last week that little bugger started ringing the bells with his nose and then sitting by the door to go out! At first I thought it was a coincidence, because after they started scaring him, we really stopped using them. They did, however, jingle every time we opened the door...maybe that was enough? Anyway, a few days ago I let him out first thing in the morning before he even ate breakfast. Within two minutes of coming inside, he rang the bell. I thought he was messing with me or just playing, but he was sitting there so nicely...I let him out, and he pooped immediately. It was crazy! It wasn't even his normal poop time.
We've had no accidents in the house recently, and we've really only been letting him out when he "asks" to go, other than first thing in the morning, after food and naps, and after a lot of play time.
I feel like I've just won the damn housebreaking jackpot! Well, you know...until he has an accident in the house again, which I'm sure is inevitable.
But for now, I feel successful.