Post # 1
I am thinking about potty bell training our puppy so that our dog can tell us it is potty time without scratching at the door. We live in a three bedroom apartment and this seems like the easiest way to make sure we know she has got to go (this will also help her avoid barking). Plus a bell is portable and with the military moving us around we can’t depend on doggy doors.
So, Does anyone else Potty Bell Train their dog? If so how do you like it and what are some tips?
Post # 3
@Payless: My sister did this with her puppy. It worked like a charm for him. Before they took him outside, they brushed his nose against the door and clapped “good dog” before they opened the door. He quickly associated the bell with going outside. Eventually though, he rang the bell anytime he wanted to go outside, to use the bathroom, play, if my nephew was crying and he wanted to get away…etc. They took the bell away because he was always ringing in.
I tried to do the bell with my dog, but he was afraid of the bell.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
My mom and grandma both do this with their dogs. They put sleighbells on the back door and show the dog they have to touch their nose to it and make a noise before they let it out. After awhile it associates the noise with going outside, and going outside with going potty. Eventually when they need to go they will go to the door and jingle the bells to let you know they need out! Works awesome.
Post # 5
We did it with our dog.
We had him hit the bell with his nose. Every time we’d take him out, we’d make him take his nose to the bell, give a treat. Take him out to pee, then treats and lots of praise.
It was pretty cool how fast he caught on to using it. I am SO glad we trained him to do it…although be warned, they WILL abuse the system, and ring the bell when they want to go out to play too 🙂
Post # 6
My brother bell trained his corgi. It worked well until he realized someone gets up and pays attention to him when he rings it. So then it became the “i want someone to pay attention to me” bell and he would just sit and ring it over and over.
Obviously, there is no bell anymore lol
Post # 7
@urchin: Oh yay! Glad that you have had positive experience and lol Dogs are just too smart! 🙂
@FutureDrAtkins: Good to hear that they enjoy it!
Post # 8
We kind of did this with our lab. She knows to touch her hanging leash when she wants to go out. Darling Husband wants to get a bell and try that too. Honestly, it’s not a problem for our dog, she ALWAYS lets is know when she needs to potty.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars
@Mill: This was our problem too.
We trained all three of our dogs (even my 7 year-old mutt) but it quickly became the toy for when they wanted to go out not when they needed to. And they’d ring it louder and louder; we still have a mark on our door from the bell. So, we took it down.
But it was great when they were puppies and didn’t have great control.
Post # 10
I tried to, but my dog was TERRIFIED of the bell and it actually discouraged him from going out. He just comes and gets me, gives me a quiet bark then heads for the door where he will give another quiet, breath-y bark if I am being slow about it.
Post # 11
@Payless: It can be very effective, but dogs will abuse it very often just to go play outside.
Post # 12
@MrsSkeletonKey: I wonder if you could then remove the bell and leave like a leash?
Post # 13
Yes, we do this and it’s super sweet and effective. Our English Mastiff pup, Charlotte, figured it our really quickly. We hang them up at the door, nose level, and in the beginning we’d ring it ourselves every time we took her out, then we graduated to gently guiding her nose towards it and going nuts with treats and praise when she did it herself. The way we have gotten around (so far, successfully)@MrsSkeletonKey:‘s valid concern, is that when she rings it, she goes out, no exceptions. And we don’t often go with her (when she wants to play outside, it’s US she wants there with her). Bells is all business. Playtime is something else.
I highly recommend bell training. It’s one of my favorite things our little lady knows. I honestly don’t even mind hearing it in the middle of the night if she has to go.
Post # 14
we also did it with our boxer because i work nights and wanted it to wake me up if she needed to go out. It works great and she was able to pick it up quickly.
Post # 15
@Payless: You could definitely do that, but they will abuse that system too. Ultimately, because dogs can’t speak, we have no idea if they are ringing the bell or nudging the leash to get outside to play, or to go potty.
(My favorite psychology professor is a Ph.D certified animal behaviorist, and she does not recommend bell training).
Post # 16
@MrsSkeletonKey: That’s really interesting. Why does she not recommend it? Purely for the chance that the dog would abuse it? What does she recommend in terms of teaching a dog how to alert its owner that it needs to go outside, if not bells?