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    Question Ringing the bell!

    I didn't want to steal Mudra thread. So the bell thing is something I to try with our new coming pup.

    I know I need to get a bell that the pup can reach and all, but how do I go about doing it? only when I bring him out to potty or do I do it like ring the bell, treat, open the door so he gets the idea.

    I would love some input on it so I get it right. Also If I go with the bell thing, do you always crate train as well?

    Thanks guys!

    My SnapDragon and Cranky Old Lady

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    Re: Ringing the bell!

    The bell worked well with both my shelties---they never caught on how to tell me they wanted out.

    I just bought a bell from Petsmart (I think it was a bell that goes in a birdcage) It just hangs by a nail in the trim beside the door. On my sliding door, the string is tied around the handle. The bell is about nose level.

    The first couple of times I had to casually nudge the bell with my finger (her nose was right near the bell (hoping she'd think she rang the bell.)

    I didn't treat her for ringing,but did tell her good girl, and voila, the door opens. I think I had to put a tiny bit of peanut butter on the bell so she would get the idea to make the bell ring.

    Even if we were going out for a walk, the door didn't open until she rang the bell. (this sheltie still rings it even if I'm getting ready for a walk, that that's okay with me). She rings it when she wants to out just to eat snow

    I think it took about a week for her to ring the bell on her own with everyone being elsewhere in the house.

    I still used the crate when I couldn't watch her. She was about 4 mths when we got her so it wasn't long before she had the run of the house as long as someone was in the room with her.

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    Re: Ringing the bell!

    I am using a bell that came down with the Christmas decorations in November. Its pretty big and it hangs on a hook about 2 inches from the top of Puddles head. It was on string, she ripped it down..It was on 30 lb test fishing line..she tore it down..Now it is hanging with a chain and it still is being used because I can hear her try to tear it down and so I take her out right then, whether she has to go or not...I think shell get it..right now she jumps up and down like she got springs in her feet when she gotta go pee..

    I dont treat. she thinks the door opening is best thing in the world already.

    Puddles stays in a crate only at night now. But I really think she prefers it.

    good luck Dana!

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    Re: Ringing the bell!

    Thanks for the advice,

    So you pretty much just hang a bell, so then where it is , ring everytime you go out with them, and so on and so forth... I am interested in trying this because I'm not a big crate fan even though I think I am going to get one with the new pup just until we are fully potty trainned.
    Thanks guys

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    Re: Ringing the bell!

    When I think she needs to go pee...Like, if she hasnt went yet and its due time..I put her down by the bell and i tap it as she watchs, then I try to get her to tap the bell for a minute...even if she trys to grab it with her teeth I mark that up as a go.

    We havent mastered it yet....so I can be doing it allll wrong..Hopefully someone can be of more help.

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    Re: Ringing the bell!

    The bell is the best thing since sliced bread!

    My In-law's dog uses a bell to go outside, and so my DH and I decided to try it with our new puppy. We preferred this method because we don't want the pup to get in the habit of barking (we live in a townhouse) or scratching (we rent).

    We hung some christmas bells from the doorknob, and every time we thought she would need to pee, we would take her to the door and use her paw to ring the bell. So far, our new pup is catching on! She's ringing it on her own now, and every time she does, she goes out. Though it's not even been 24 hours since she came home, I honestly think she's got the hang of it. The only problem is that it also seems as though she rings the bell to go out to play, not just pee... We'll see how it progresses!

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    When we started the "ring the bell" thing, I didnt hang it on the door knob. I made them comfortable being around it at first and to the sound it makes. Some dogs are not quite fond of any "tinkling" sound. I give them treats everytime their nose touch the bell and it makes the "ting ting" sound. When I noticed that they are finally comfortable with the sound of the bell, I hang it on the door knob, repeated the "ring the bell" command and then treats. After they got used to the bell hanging on the door knob, I then proceeded doing the "ring the bell, door opens, treat". It took us a couple of days. After that, the sound of the bell in our household only mean one thing "POTTY TIME". I am very proud of my boys. There has been no accidents since. =)

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    Re: Ringing the bell!

    SO did you just ring it around them when you brought them out to potty before you went out Mudra?

    My SnapDragon and Cranky Old Lady

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    Re: Ringing the bell!

    No, I dont ring it for them. They ring it using their noses. =)

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    Re: Ringing the bell!

    I was thinking of doing this to but I can't let Snoopy have unsupervised time in the living room as we have plants that are poisoness and he does try and play with them. But he gets free run of the hallway and my room and we have a baby gate at the hall way enterance. Do you all think I would be able to do it? Snoopy doesn't know how to tell me and he had an accident this morning while I was going to get the leash. How would I do it, would I hang it from the baby gate?


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    Re: Ringing the bell!

    Durbkat, you can try hanging it on the babygate, just high enough for him to reach it. Or you can hang it somewhere close to the door and just make sure SNOOPY associates the ringing of the bell to going outside to potty. =) Its fun and believe me, like I said before, I'd rather go crazy hearing the BELL ringing as many times in a day, than go crazy cleaning the boys's accidents. =)

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    Re: Ringing the bell!

    Well what I meant was that I can't hang it by the door because he couldn't get to it with the baby gate in the way and I didn't know if he'd associate ringing the bell at the baby gate with going outside.


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    Re: Ringing the bell!

    DURBKAT, believe me he will. If everytime he rings the bell hanging on the babygate you take him outside immediately. Then he would know that if he rings it, he gets to go outside. =)

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    Re: Ringing the bell!

    Oh I can't wait to try this with Snickers and Scruffy! I don't have a problem with Snick at all as he has been trained for years, but poor Scruffy was a stray for quite a while (judging by all the problems he had to overcome when we got him- like a stomach full of garbage, etc.) and he has accidents ALL the time. I am going to PetSmart tomorrow to get a bell!

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