How to Train Your Puppy to Use a Potty Bell

Did you know that your dog's bad behavior is often a reflection of their lack of training? If you work hard to train your puppy well, both you and your dog will be much happier for years to come. 

Do you want to try a new method to potty train your puppy? Not to worry! You can train your dog to ring a bell with their nose when they need to go outside.

Want to learn more? You're in the right place! 

In this guide, we’ll explain exactly how to train your pup to use a potty bell. Let's get started. 

6 Tips to Teach Your Puppy to Use a Potty Bell

1. Use a Command

To help get your dog acquainted with the bell, you’ll want to use a command. Most people will either say “bell” or “touch” when turning this action into a command.

Puppies do well with structure.

Having a command like this will tell them what they need to do. Help your pup understand that the command is connected to touching the bell with their paw or nose.

When they touch the bell, make sure you say “yes” and reward them with a treat. Repeat this until your puppy touches the bell with their nose on their own.

You can then begin to hold it farther away, so the puppy needs to step closer to touch the bell.

2. Hang the Bell on the Doorknob

Once your puppy has begun to touch the bell with a command, hang the bell on the door. Ask your puppy to touch the bell. When they touch the bell, reward them with a treat and say, “yes!”

Repeat until your puppy does this when you give them the cue. Keep rewarding them with enthusiastic praise.

3. Hang the Bell at the Right Time

Next, you want to teach your puppy to ring the bell at the right moment. Go close to the door and point to the bell and give them the command.

When they touch the bell, say “yes!” and open the door to take them outside. Over time, your puppy will understand that when they touch the bell, you open the door.

4. Practice for 15 Minutes at a Time

Puppies will learn new information best when it comes in small doses. Make sure to keep any training sessions between 10-15 minutes long. Also try to make sure your sessions are fun and engaging for your puppy.

After a session, take a break and try again in an hour or two. You don’t want your puppy to forget what they learned.

5. Don't Confuse Your Pet

When it comes to potty training, you need to get disciplined about them going out and coming back inside. If the puppy starts to connect the bell with playtime, they will ring it all the time.

Let your puppy play outside when they aren’t near the bell. This way, they know they will get playtime when the bell isn’t rung.

6. Praise Your Puppy

If you don’t reward your puppy, they might not learn the trick. Dogs are motivated by food. Make sure you give verbal praise but also follow up with their favorite treat.

Some dogs don’t enjoy going outside. If your puppy isn’t rewarded, they could hate the entire process.

If you need more guidance, consider puppy training.

Now You Know More About Potty Bells

We hope you found this guide on potty training helpful. With these tips, you're now ready to train your puppy with potty bells.

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