If you’re working on potty training your dog, then bell training can be a real lifesaver. Teaching a puppy or adult dog to ring a “potty bell,” is relatively simple and very convenient. In teaching your dog to ring a doggie bell to let you know when he/she needs to go outside, you can eliminate accidents (or, in the case of my stoic pups, the dreaded silent potty stare).
So, how does it work? Some people swear that all you have to do is hang a bell from the door and ring it every time you take your dog outside until they eventually start ringing it themselves. However, we recommend training your dog to ring a potty bell with this three-step process:
- Train your dog to touch the bell with their nose
- Train your dog to ring the bell at the door(s)
- Train your dog when to ring the bell (you want her to ring it when she needs to go potty, not all the time!)