I agree you kinda have to teach her to tell you she has to go. I also use a bell. If you chose the bell just be aware that they can also figure out how to call you to come. LOL Kyrah did that. I had to put a stop to it and now she uses it just to tell me she needs or wants to go out. My other dobe Lexi (rip) thought it was the greatest thing ever! The door could be wide open and she would run in and out ringing the bell! It almost drove me insane. There were days I would just take it down.