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Old 02-06-2013, 07:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have reading a lot of threads about using a bell on the door for house breaking. My Emma is very quiet most of the time and has had trouble verbalizing the need to go out, except when she is in her crate. What kind of bell are folks using and where do you mount it? In doing a search on this nothing came up, except for its use.

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I didn't use one personally, but any bell would work so long as its audible, and a good size/sturdy enough for the dog to make contact without breaking it. Just Google "door bell hanger" for some examples.

If you don't want to hang it on the doorknob you can use a temporary hook (like a Command plastic one) to place it off to the side so it's stationary. Hope that helps!
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I use a bell, and the one that I have is from a dollar tree and it is really a Christmas decoration. It is just a big bell with a large ring on the top that fits over the doorknob. Any type of bell will work, even a small cow bell or goat bell from a tractor supply, attach a string to it and put it either on the door or as the above poster suggested on the wall near the door.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I know some people use these: Poochie-Bells, The Trusted Dog Potty Training and Housebreaking Tool

But you can make your own, as mentioned above. I have sleigh bells on a piece of leather that's attached to a ring that goes over a doorknob, but the company that makes them isn't around anymore. You should be able to find something similar though. These are mine:

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Oh, my! Sleigh bell door hanger - TheFind

Gotta love google, lol!
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Oh, my! Sleigh bell door hanger - TheFind

Gotta love google, lol!

I have one just like that!
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There's one like it at Walmart...its nice but my dog quickly learned that if he rings it, we go outside. And boy does he love going outside. So we stopped using it when he got older since it was just a ploy for him to go outside and mark some trees. Now that I know he can hold it for a long time, we just go out when I feel like it lol.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks folks - this helps a lot. Emma is doing good, but having a lot of puddles in front of the door if I am not watching. She will bark to come back in, but not go out.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:57 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I do that, I had some concept that shed be housetrained. Well she does ring a bell, but its often. its better to mainly crate and teach her holding it in. Then when you let her out say ring bell, she does and then its out. Itll pay off in the end but as a puppy you have to crate them if yyou dont want accidents, and never correct for potty accidents.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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volcano - Thanks, but I must disagree on potty accidents.

When I catch her leaving a puddle I gently rub her nose in it and sternly say "NO" and promptly take her to the outside spot. I them praise her greatly if she goes again, which she usually does. She is doing better today with a slight wine to be let out.

I only crate at night, otherwise she has the run of the house with me. She usually is in eyesight and if I disappear she comes to find me or barks to find where I am. Right now she is sound asleep under my chair. When she wakes up I know it will be potty time.

Being retired I can spend a lot of time with her. I cant wait until she has her final shots so we can go socialize. With Parvo in our area it is a must to have all the shots before being out in the world. Fortunately I have 3 acres to play, but I will not take her out on the subdivision roads where other neighborhood dogs have been until she has the last shots and vet says OK

We did have one serious problem today with the fresh snow - she loves to play in it (jumping, rolling, stuffing her nose in it, dashing around barking at the flakes - well I guess that is not a real problem is it. I just plan extra time for the potty outings
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