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    Question using a bell on the door

    I'm thinking of hanging a bell on my door to help my five month old puppy indicate to me that he needs to go out. for now, his potty training is more of a miss than a hit (we started him on puppy pads, big mistake, i know). He doesn't eliminate in his crate or on the floor. He almost always goes on the puppy pad. We've consistently started taking him out (he pees outside, but hardly ever poops). He does not signal before he goes on the puppy pad so it makes it a tad hard to catch him and take him outside (and yes, he is in an enclosed area).

    So was thinking of hanging a bell to the door and seeing if he'll catch on and start signalling to go out. First off, how do i go about training him to do this and where can i find a bell to hang on the door? Tried searching the walmart and petco and petsmart sites but they have no bells for sale other than the bird toys. what should I do?

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    Re: using a bell on the door

    we have a bell on our door and when they were little we would actually carry them outside and whenever we would go to the door to take them out we would personally ring the bell and say need to go out? it was weird to cuz they just kinda caught on. I would just make sure whenever you take them out you ring it and make sure they recognize what is makingthe noise so that later they can attempt to use it. you can also try with treats putting a treat to the bell to have them ring it and when they do open the door for them.
    make sure you give lots of praise when they do ring the bell and of course praise when they actually go to the bathroom. and as for finding a bell ... we have them at our normal pet store. its a smaller local pet store so i would try one of them if you have one

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    Re: using a bell on the door

    Ha, you just missed the Christmas season. Try some of the craft places like Hobby Lobby.

    I think the bell is a good idea and often suggest it. Once you find one hang it right on the corner where a puppy might paw a door it wanted open. Call the puppy to the door and pick up its paw and hit the bell. Praise it and open the door.

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    Re: using a bell on the door

    get the puppy pads off the floor for one. then he cant be tempted to go on them
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    Re: using a bell on the door

    Quote Originally Posted by GreatDaneMom View Post
    get the puppy pads off the floor for one. then he cant be tempted to go on them
    As of three days ago, they have been taken up but unfortunately the puppy still goes potty in the spot where the puppy pad was. I mopped it up with floor cleaning solution AND an enzyme dog odor eliminator but he still does it here out of habit. Ironically, he's been very good about peeing outside (though still with no warning for us, we just take him out all the time) but still poops on the area where the puppy pad was. It's not helping that it's been rainy for the past couple of days. Riley hates the rain (and snow too!) like poison.
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    Re: using a bell on the door

    thats why i hate those darn things. they create such bad habits.

    the best thing you can do is set up a schedule and stick with it.
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    i would try putting a pad outside (when its not wet out) and taking him out then. It not only might encourage him to poop outside and also might remind him that that smell means its a place to go to the bathroom. Eventually you will be able to remove it

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    Re: using a bell on the door

    We had an old set of small wind chimes that we hung on the doorknob. Every time we went outside we would nudge the bells and make them ring. In another house we have some old christmas bells strung on a rope. Cherokee figured it out really quickly. The denser dogs in my extended family have them at their houses and learned quickly so, it must be fairly easy for dogs to understand
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    Re: using a bell on the door

    Check out eBay. Search for "dog training bell" and you'll find quite a few options. The one I picked was only $10, with free shipping, and it was really fast shipping, too. But like I said...there's a number of options in a number of price ranges. The seller sent instructions, too. She said to bump the puppies nose on the bell each time you take him/her out. I can't tell you how effective it is yet, because we're not getting our puppy until next week. Good luck!

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    Re: using a bell on the door

    Since we don't have a doggie door, we are using bells hanging from the door handle as well. Our pup is 5 months old too--we've had her for 2.5 weeks. It's taken about 2 weeks of us consistently ringing the bell for her to catch on. She uses the bell regularly now (!) but also abuses the priviledge! She rings it whenever she feels the whim to be outside.

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    Re: using a bell on the door

    Quote Originally Posted by Liddy View Post
    Since we don't have a doggie door, we are using bells hanging from the door handle as well. Our pup is 5 months old too--we've had her for 2.5 weeks. It's taken about 2 weeks of us consistently ringing the bell for her to catch on. She uses the bell regularly now (!) but also abuses the priviledge! She rings it whenever she feels the whim to be outside.
    ours too .... its pretty annoying sometimes haha

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    Re: using a bell on the door

    Thank you guys for all your input. This is all invaluable to a newbie dog parent like me.

    I think i'm gonna try Michael's or Ben Franklin's tomorrow to see if they have bells. If not, I checked out ebay like Keichman said and they had plenty of stuff so yay!

    It's very encouraging to read that most dogs catch on to this concept fairly easily. I can't wait to try it on Riley and to see if this makes the potty training any better. And also, I'm sure my little monkey will be one of those bell abusers who will do it just so he gets taken outside. Dogs are amusing and exasperating like that.

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    Ah, Ebay. Great place for stuff you won't find anywhere else. It has saved me a couple of times.

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