Australian Shepherd Communication
Mavis is my 14-month-old blue merle. Our older dog rings a bell to go out, and Mavis picked that up pretty quickly. But then things got complicated, as she started generalizing it. Now, the bell means, "Do my bidding," and I have to try to figure out what that might be. The checklist is: water bowl empty, food bowl empty, food bowl not empty but bottom visible, other dog outside and wants in, other dog has her toys and she wants me to get them back for her.
A couple of days ago, she rang the bell all morning long, and I never did really figure out what she wanted. She kept standing in a particular spot, so I put a blanket in that spot. At first I thought that was it, but then she started ringing the bell again. Any suggestions?