Let me start by explaining what the standard emergency alert system is in our house. At night, when we're asleep and the bedroom door is closed, Casper will rarely make a point to scratch on the door and whine, bumping the door if that doesn't work. Occasionally he'll bump it hard enough to knock it open. This emergency alert is only allowed for urgent emergencies, which normally means an emergency potty break is desperately needed. Or the house is on fire.
This afternoon Casper initiated the emergency alert system. What the heck? After convincing myself to get out of bed I opened the door and asked him what was up. Surely, the house must be on fire. What was the urgent emergency? He took me directly to the living room. Molly, my pup-in-law who is visiting for the next week, had decided to take a nap on the forbidden couch. (Note, Molly has no idea that the couch is forbidden.) Yes, Casper woke me up to tattle on the other dog.
What I'm choosing to take away from this is that we have instilled in our pup that knowledge that being on the forbidden couch is equally as bad as a house fire and pooping on the floor.