Isn’t it amazing when your doggy companion has a clever, interesting and reliable way to get your attention? Well, you’ll be impressed when she rings the bell and patiently stares at you so that you can let her relieve herself.
Training a dog to ring the bell to go out is the best way your friend can communicate to you and a great way to make her feel closer to you. The best thing about it, it takes just a few sessions for most dogs to learn.
Do you need to know how to potty train a dog with a bell? Follow these 5 easy steps:
1. Introduction to the bell
The first step is to orient her with the bell by gently hitting it to make a sound. This step is important because some dogs tend to startle when it rings unexpectedly, and this may scare them. Allow them to touch it with the nose and paws. Once she touches it, give her a treat. When she gets used to touching it when you’re with it, it’s time you go to the next step. Put the ball away on its own.
2. Ringing the bell
Start by showing her the bell at a distance (2 or 3 meters away). When she touches it, feed her with a treat. Do this until she can ring it every time you point at it. You can now move to the next step now.
3. Ring the bell by the door
Choose the door that you’ll hang the bell on; you want to train the dog to use the bell while on the door. Start showing her the bell and when she rings it, give her a treat. Do this until it becomes automatic that when you point at the bell, she rushes to ring it. She’s now ready to take the next test.
4. Bells to go outside
At this point, your feline pal is an expert bell-ringer on command. You will need to place the bell by the door and let the dog watch as you place his favorite treat outside the door. Now, close the door immediately and point at the bell. Once she takes the step to ring the bell, praise her, open the door and let her take the treat. If she does that several times, you can take him through the next step. Leave the bell at the door.
5. Using it in real life
Now that your dog knows how to use the door, command her to ring it before you take her outside; you can do this when you think she has to potty. Do not give them any treats for ringing. Rather, open the door so that they can walk out. Anytime the dog rings the bell on her own, even by mistake, just take her out.
If your guess is right and she at any chance relieves herself, reward her with a treat when she finishes. If she starts playing outside, take her back to the house. This will help her learn that the only time she is allowed out is just to potty.
If you keenly and consistently follow these steps, your potty training will be successful.