I'm new here too! My name is Sheri. This is my first post. You may have already resolved your problem, but I thought i would leave a tip here.
My dog Tucker is over a year old now. When I potty trained him, he had trouble telling me when he had to go outside. I was still forcing him to go out on a regular schedule, but sometimes I would forget. He was terrified of the bell at my door and did everything to evade ringing it. I wanted him to bark since that was the easiest when visiting other family members who had no bells.
I finally taught him to speak on command. I taught him by barking myself until he finally barked back. It was kind of funny when he found his bark for the first time. It scarred him and me because it was so loud. I then repeated the word "Speak!" and gestured with my hand like a puppet closing it's mouth. He learned to speak on command just by using the gesture and anticipation of a food reward.
From there, every time we went out to potty, we would stop at the door and I would gesture for him to speak. After he barked, I would open the door to go outside. He learned very quickly after that to go to the door on his own and bark to let me know he had to go out.
Tucker and I are having so much fun. Don't know what I would do without him. He is such clown! I love my Boston.
Last edited by MyBoyTucker; 05-19-2019 at 09:51 AM.