Hang your dog training bells on the inside knob of the door that your dog uses to go outside. If your dog uses more than one door, you should hang them on those doors, as well.
Note: A good set of dog training bells has the hanging loop is conveniently split and fitted with hook and loop tape to securely attach to every style of knob and handle.
We suggest the plain and simple: "Let's go make!". Be sure that everyone in your household uses the same command with your dog, as consistency is vital.
We feel the best time to start potty training your puppy is first thing in the morning when you know your dog really has to make! While stating your "Potty training Command", take your dog's paw and gently swat it against the dog training bells. Since he will be needing to make urgently, only guide them to ring the bells a couple of quick times. While doing this, give them words of encouragement such as: "Good boy, good bells" and "Ring the bells, let's go make!". Note: if your dog is so tiny that they can't reach the bells while standing, gently pop your dog up onto their back legs and guide a front paw to the bells.
DO NOT give them treats at this time. You don't want to accidentally train your dog to think that ringing the bell is a trick! Only AFTER your dog goes out to make (and actually makes!) do you then reward them with a treat. Again, no treat unless they actually relieves themselves!
Repeat the above training method every time you take them out to make. Be consistent and diligent with this training, and your dog will soon be ringing the bells by themselves!
It's also critical that you continue to praise your puppy when they ring the
, as it will further reinforce this positive style of communicating their needs.
Additionally, if you have several dogs in your household, they can all be bell trained simultaneously. It doesn't matter if you are potty training a puppy or an old dog, they can all learn to use bells! Some dogs catch on in days, while others take longer - even up to 4 weeks. Be patient and, again, use lots of positive reinforcement. Once your dog has mastered the bell ringing, feel free to take your dog training bells on the road to Grandma's house - or even a hotel room! Immediately show your dog where you've hung their bells. Then they will know, wherever the bells are hanging, is the door they will use to go outside to make.
One of the most important tasks in dog training and establishing your authority is training the dog to walk on a leash. You will establish and build the right relationship between you and your dog as you learn how to train your dog to walk on a leash.
The first thing the dog has to learn is not to pull on the leash. This is taught by you giving a quick snap on the leash whenever he starts to pull. And never let him keep pulling. Stop walking until he stops pulling.
Establishing and maintaining authority while you learn how to train your dog to walk on a leash is very important. You have to be more stubborn than your dog. If you have a dog that is nearing or in adolescence, he will be trying to establish his place in your pack. Don’t interpret his quest for dominance as bad behavior. He is just doing what he knows he is supposed to do. Your job is to let him know that you are the pack leader and he has to go where you lead him.
Leash walking is a skill for both the owner and the dog. You will both be learning. You must learn to convey your desires and your dog must learn to follow them. Learning how to train your dog to walk on a leash is mostly a matter of establishing the right relationship with your dog.
Recently I took my dog Smash on a three mile hike to a waterfall that gave gave me and Smash plenty of practice. He did great until the thunderstorm came. Then he decided maybe he needed to be alpha dog and drag us to shelter. He calmed down soon enough and did really well on the trip back to the parking area.
You will need lots of practice to learn how to train your dog to walk on a leash. But you must always make sure your practice sessions reinforce the correct behavior patterns both in your dog and yourself.