Post # 1
I went to a friend’s house a few years ago whose dog rings a bell at the door to ask to be let out. I thought it was brilliant! Some dogs bark to go outside, some dogs don’t and just wait for you to notice they want out. So I thought this bell idea was genius.
Has anyone else done this? What are your experiences? Thoughts?
Post # 3
I haven’t but I was thinking about it the other day. Our dog,at 90lbs, climbs in my lap when she wants to go out, after two barks…. i wish i had thought of the bell thing earlier
Post # 4
Our golden does this 🙂 We actually never trained him to do it, but he picked it up over the holidays when we hung a “noel” bell on his door handle for decoration. As he would sit by the door (wanting to go outside), he’d play with it… then realized the sooner he nudged and rang the bell, the sooner we’d let him out. We have kept it on ever since and can hear it even in the basement/2nd floor if he needs to go out, which is especially handy through the night if he’s not feeling well….
I’m not sure how exactly you woudl train him, but maybe set up a bell on/near the door and everytime you let your pup outside, make him/her sit by the door, ring the bell (or make them give a paw to hit the bell), then open the door to let them out. Hopefully he/she will get the hang of it! 🙂
Post # 5
This is how I houseboke 2 of my dogs! Here’s how we did it:
We bought a set of jingle bells (at michaels I believe) and some ribbon and strung them and then looped them around the door. I did them at different heights so they hung better. Then, whenever we took the pups outside, we would hit the bells with their paw and used our command (outside/potty/let’s go outside – whichever). We did this each and every time we took them outside. It worked like a charm! There will be a phase where they ring the bell just to go outside and play b/c they realize that bell=outside. But, it’s totally worth it. It’s best to hang them only on one door and use that door each and every single time.
I’m not sure if one of the dogs still uses that method. (I lost custody in a break up LOL). The other I still have and she no longer uses the bells but alerts us when she has to go out.
It was such a quick and easy way to housebreak them both! For the record, they were different genders and it worked the same with both.
Post # 6
We trained our black lab to do this. First day we brough him home when he was 8 weeks old, the bells are hung right next to the door. Every time we took him out (like every hour at first) we would put his paw up to knock the bell. He went outside, and if he went to the bathroom he got a treat. By the second day, he used the bell on his own to go outside. He hits it with his nose though. He still uses the same bells 4 years later, we love it cause he doesn’t bark to come in or go out and the bells dont make an annoying sound.
When we were still working with him on training he would just ring the bell to go out and get a treat, but better than going to the bathroom in the house. He understood the idea right away.
Post # 7
@FutureMrsphD: Sweet! This is what I’m hoping to do!
Post # 8
We didn’t but that’s just because our dogs tell us when they want to go out. They will get in front of us and wag their tail and not get out of our way until we let them out.
My mom used a bell for her dog and he never really got the hang of it but she wasn’t very good about working with him. I think it can be great!
Post # 9
We did! And like Candy_Nee it worked like a charm. Our dog thrives on positive attention, so we gave her a lot of praise and treats for ringing her bells (it only took showing her twice to learn), but we always want to encourage her to do it. We also tell her to “use her manners” which means she has to sit at the door, sometimes she can get quite hyper when she wants to go outside.
Post # 10
Yes we trained our dog to ring the bell. It worked really well because in the beginning during potty training you ring the bell for them when you take them out so they catch on pretty quick and start doing it themselves. . But my dog will occasionally ring the bell when he just wants to go outside (we live on the 3rd floor of an apartment) but now we can tell when he really needs to go vs just wanting to go play outside. When I leave for work at night and close the door I immediately hear a little bell ringing as I am walking down the stairs, always makes me sad and laugh a little knowing he wants out to go with me:)