How to Train Pet Dog to Use Training Bell for Going Out
Those of us who have had a privilege of raising a pup or dog know and understand the close and enduring bond that we share. Their playful nature and the comforts of their hugs (or licks!) can not be traded for anything in the world.
Dogs occupy a place in our heart and home. Needless to say, there have been certain behavioural training that we have all try to incorporate with our favourite pet. One of the prominent ones is their toilet training. Since most dogs love to stroll outside for nature's call, it would be worthwhile to teach them how to use Training Bells.
What is a Training Bell
A great way for your dog to tell you that he needs a toilet break and thus you should head outside with him.
How to teach use of Training Bell
- Introduce bells to the dog - If the bell can be hanged on a door knob or hook, let you dog feel it using his nose or paw. To let the dog approach this 'new' equipment, you can apply any soft treat on the bell.
- Touch Command + Treat - Use the touch command to indicate that you want dog to touch and feel the bell. Once he touches it, say 'good' or 'yes' to let them know that they have done well by touching the bell. Treat them to start reinforcing this feeling.
- Reinforce Touch Command + Treat - Keep practising everyday for few minutes. This is required since dogs learn best in short consistent bursts.Once your dogs starts understanding Touch command, it is best to teach WHEN to ring this bell.
- When you head outside use Touch Command + Treat - To let the dog know that he should start ringing bell when he needs a toilet break, every time you head out with him ask him to touch the bell, say 'good' or 'yes' and then give them treat as reward.
- Repeat, repeat and repeat - Repetition of this behaviour would ensure your dog starts understanding that bell is only for going outside and not to be used for say, play time.
What to watch out
- Start with bells that are not loud - don't scare the life out of your dog! Also keep in mind that they would be standing near the bell when it rings so sound should be soft and gentle
- Treat is important part of teaching
- Practise with patience - not all pooches are same, some may take more time getting adjusted to this new routine. Be patient.