Potty Bells are a fun dog training tool that promote mental fitness. They let dogs signal their need to go outside by pawing or nudging at the bells instead of barking or scratching at the door, which is why they are typically hung from either the front- or backdoor (or both!).
You could really hang them anywhere that works best for you though, think on your home office door if your pup happens to hang out in there a lot while you’re busy working.
Potty Bells are used quite a bit by dog trainers, but also by regular doggie people just like you and me.
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Now, as mentioned above, Potty Bells are a common feature in dog lovers’ homes. I did a little digging for you on YouTube to showcase different doggies using the bells…so without further ado, real people such as the following actively use these bells:
Dog Trainer Zak George (2016)
Blue The Red Viszla (2016)
Arya Von Winterfell GSD (2016)
Dog Trainer Katie McGuire (2015)
Your Perfect Pup (2015)
Regardless of breed and age, it seems like any dog can be taught to ring the bell when they need to go outside. Most dogs seem to quickly make the connection between ringing the bell and getting rewarded.
I used freeze-dried lamb treats from Nature’s Variety when practicing on the front door, and air-dried pork heart treats on the back door. There was no particular reason why I chose those treats other than they were handy at the time of practicing and Missy loves both.
What gets mentioned in many of the videos is to be patient and not to rush. I personally think that’s really important – I know I don’t learn well when an instructor is frustrated and expects wonders in no time. So remember to keep training sessions short and fun.
What has worked well for us is to practice 3-4 times a day whenever teaching a new command or trick, with each session lasting about 5 minutes.
Has your pup been introduced to Potty Bells or a DIY version of them? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!