Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Northern California
I've trained several dogs to ring a bell. I can't really say that they "abused" it because I can hardly remember why I trained it in the first place, lol. I don't think I cared why they wanted out.... I can also say that it didn't last long because as wolfy alluded to, I wasn't down with the servant arrangement.
there is no alerting for potty needs here - staring, barking, scratching, bells or anything else. when I'm sleep, busy or not home, they wait. at 9 months, I would have my dog checked medically for such frequent urinating. offering every 2 hours also never trains their bodies to hold it longer.
anyway.... all that aside, you asked for training tips! if you do any clicker or marker training, this will be a breeze. simply hang the bell on the door and whatever you need to do to draw your dogs attention to it, when he sniffs or nudges it, mark then feed. play that game awhile until the dog is offering the behavior... since you know the dog has not yet connected the bell to going potty (you've only taught him how to ring it) - put the bell out of reach and begin the routine of hanging the bell, dog nudges it, yay!, no food, just open the door and go out to potty... once that routine is established - leave the bell hanging and don't play any loud music I guess, lol.
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