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Potty training your dog or puppy can be frustrating, mainly because us humans try to use logic to get that done! It’s really simpler than that and I’m about to lead you through the steps to house training your puppy or dog.
But first I want to give you a very useful tool to make it fun for you and your dog to get this house training thing done!
Train Your Dog to Ring a Bell To Go Potty
This is an excellent method for apartment or condo dwellers. But the technique is also really good for someone with a larger home. Your dog will learn to alert you with a bell you can hear for another room and it’s just super cool!
You can use any kind of bell that works for your situation. The hanging bell like in the video. Or the bell that some have used to ring for customer service!
Keep in mind, the steps are very simple. It’s about repetition and showing your dog or puppy to do it every single time and soon they’ll be ringing it on their own to go out and go potty! Coolness.
Be consistent is rule #1.
Wait, rule #1 is really, be patient. So you can make Rule #2 Be Consistent!
#3 Start by teaching your dog (showing your dog) to give you a paw. When the paw hits your hand, give a reward. You can actually use, “ring the bell” or whatever term you want to use at this point.
#4 Once your dog starts putting their paw in your hand like a “give me five” sort of thing, your can put the bell in your hand and do the same game. Reward as soon as your dog touches the bell in your hand.
It may sound confusing that you had your dog touch your hand and reward with the term “ring the bell” with no bell. This is in dog training terms chaining terms to your actual end result.
#5 Now move the bell over towards the door you want your dog to go out. Do the same program, but as your dog rings the bell, open the door and reward as you start walking through the door.
You can do this several times a day, and for sure every single time you take your dog out to go potty!
#6 Put leash on your dog if you are taking dog out.
#7 Once outside, say “go potty” (or whatever works for you, I use go sheeshee!). You want your dog to know that they are out to potty, not walk or play.
#8 Be consistent. Your dog will pick up on the association that ringing the bell equals potty.
It’s a picture to your dog or puppy. The bell rings. The door opens. They go potty. They get rewarded! Every single time.
If your dog starts ringing the bell more than it should because he/she just wants to go out, take your dog out, but if he/she doesn’t potty, bring your dog back inside. It’s important that your dog knows the bell is for potty, not for play.
Your friends and family will be in awe of the fact that your dogs rings a bell to let you know they need to go out and I have to admit it’s a beautiful thing.
If you need help with basic potty training help, you can go to this training guide:
Honestly it’s that simple.
Do the steps over and over and over again!