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Old 01-18-2013, 01:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Doggie door bells

I am picking up my new pup in two weeks, and have decided to try "door bell" training the pup for when it wants to go inside. I have gotten some sleigh bells and attached them to the door with long pieces of ribbon. Has anyone used this method o teacha dog to ask to go outside? IF SO>>> how did you do it, and is it a method you like (or does it become annoying)?
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes it works I used it before you ring the bell every time you take your pup out when they get the hang of it they will ring the bells. That said they may also ring the bells to go look at a squirrel but it is a phase they go through. In most cases they will have a way of asking on their own. Buddy Dobe stares at me Patches the Doxie did the bells but she now comes and growl talks at you. A lot of people do not ask their dogs if they want to go out sometimes the dog will run to the door if you ask them.
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If you take them out on about a 6 ft leash it helps keep them focused tell them go potty ,hurry up or what ever words you want to use just use the same words each time. Stand in one spot let them go all around you till they find the spot then Praise like it is the greatest thing you ever saw. If they do not go in about 20 minutes go back in and crate them or tie them to you them go back out in about 30 minutes.pups need to go out after naps,playing, eating & drinking 1st thing in the morning last thing at night depending on the age of the pup you may need to take them out at night too. Always use a pet urine enzyme to clean up all traces of urine or feces you can use a black light to find all traces. It takes about 3-6 months of contestant training to house break a pup the more accidents they have the longer it takes. Hang a bell on the door you go out you ring it until the pup gets the idea how to ring it yes sometimes they ring it to go look at a squirrel but its a phase they go though you just have to go though it with them. Do not forget to praise each time they go to reinforce the potty training. If you are consistent you will also have a pup/dog that will go potty on command comes in handy when it rains,snow, is icy, on a trip at night . People will think you are a amazing trainer too. Good Luck with your new baby.
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Yes it works I used it before you ring the bell every time you take your pup out when they get the hang of it they will ring the bells. That said they may also ring the bells to go look at a squirrel but it is a phase they go through. In most cases they will have a way of asking on their own. Buddy Dobe stares at me Patches the Doxie did the bells but she now comes and growl talks at you. A lot of people do not ask their dogs if they want to go out sometimes the dog will run to the door if you ask them.
House breaking 101 :
If you take them out on about a 6 ft leash it helps keep them focused tell them go potty ,hurry up or what ever words you want to use just use the same words each time. Stand in one spot let them go all around you till they find the spot then Praise like it is the greatest thing you ever saw. If they do not go in about 20 minutes go back in and crate them or tie them to you them go back out in about 30 minutes.pups need to go out after naps,playing, eating & drinking 1st thing in the morning last thing at night depending on the age of the pup you may need to take them out at night too. Always use a pet urine enzyme to clean up all traces of urine or feces you can use a black light to find all traces. It takes about 3-6 months of contestant training to house break a pup the more accidents they have the longer it takes. Hang a bell on the door you go out you ring it until the pup gets the idea how to ring it yes sometimes they ring it to go look at a squirrel but its a phase they go though you just have to go though it with them. Do not forget to praise each time they go to reinforce the potty training. If you are consistent you will also have a pup/dog that will go potty on command comes in handy when it rains,snow, is icy, on a trip at night . People will think you are a amazing trainer too. Good Luck with your new baby.
Thanks I have had lots of luch houebreaking, but am looking for a relaible way for the dog to "ask" to go outside. My last boy woulr NEVER ask and would bust a gut until I would think, when is the last time he has been out? Our old red girl would sit by the door, but she was pretty independant and ofen you wouldnt notice her being gone from the room. Our Doxie will ask to go outside, but if he decides it is too cold to poop outside (-30 C) he will come back in and poop
We travel alot, and take ourdogs to other people houses, I think this could also be a useful too, espcailly with a younger dog
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Yes, both of mine ring bells to go out. It took Richter a little longer to learn it, but one day he "got it" and he's been reliable ever since. I find it to be a really effective way for them to tell me when they need to go out, especially if I'm not in the room. The way I taught it was to put a little cream cheese or peanut butter on the bells right before I was going to take them out, then every time we went to the door they'd put a nose to the bell to sniff/lick, the bell would ring, and I'd say "Yes! Outside!" and hustle outside immediately. Eventually they got the connection.

The downside to bells is that they WILL ring them when they are bored and want to go out, or see a squirrel to chase, or whatever. With Shanoa, I can tell when she really needs to go so I can say "no, go lie down" if I don't want her out. Richter still goes out every single time he rings, because we're still making sure he's solid on potty training and I won't take the risk that he just wants to go play.
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Brandy got the bell idea pretty fast. Basically, just ring it every time you go out, and say "outside", or whatever word you want that means going outside. The trick is, don't give them a treat or anything like that when they ring it. Ringing the bell = Door gets opened, not treat. Otherwise, all you will hear all day long will be DINGLE DINGLE DINGLE DINGLE!
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We have the bells (and Rowan is ringing them as I type this, but like Meadowcat said I know he doesn't need to go out right now!). We didn't use the food, but that's a good idea!

When we first brought Rowan home we would take him out every 30 mins or so and every time we would jingle the bells. After a while I gently nudged his nose toward it to help him ring the bell (did this with his paw too), and then out we went. EVERY TIME. The first time he rang the bell on his own I think was by accident (just sniffing around and curiously bumped it), but out we went! He quickly got the clue that every time that darn bell rang he was goin outside.

After he was about 9-10 months old he started to figure out that he could just ring the bell when he wanted to go run around outside, but by then we knew he was solid and felt ok telling him no.
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12 years ago, we tried Amy pup on a mini cow bell (purchased from TSC), tied to the front door handle, on a oxford shoe lace.
- she would have nothing to do with it...(LOL)...but our son's 7 lb. Trevor (YorkiePoo) thought it was more interesting
- my last 3 pups were potty trained, in 2-3 weeks time / with constant supervision and very frequent trips outside, plus middle of the night outing
(1st month, don't want bad habbits or accidents to be remembered...so avoid at all cost)
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I think Patches gave up on the bells because human daddy either did not hear the bells or did not want to hear the bells. She comes and looks at you gets a growl going until she growl talks pretty hard to ignore that. You have to ask Buddy the dobe he will run to the back door.
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