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Doorbell for Dogs

Updated on February 10, 2015

A doorbell is usually to announce the presence of a visitor at your home. It was invented by Joseph Henry in 1831. Change this concept around a little and you now have a simple device that can be used as a means of communication between man and his best friend, the dog. Training your dog to “go potty” outside can sometimes be frustrating for both you and your dog. Usually you have to wait for an accident to occur, or catch him in the act, and put him outside immediately after (or during) the release of excrement. This can lead to unpleasant situations as you can imagine or may have experienced. If you have an inside dog that you are potty training this step in the training sequence is almost unavoidable. However once your dog has learned that outside is for potty, how is he supposed to let you know he needs to go out. A little dance perhaps? Staring into your eyes, pacing back and forth, whining, barking, jumping? Why leave it up to him to establish this method of communication.

Hang a bell on a string next to your door at the dog’s nose level. Whenever you put him out, give the bell a little ring. Start by ringing it yourself then eventually move your dog’s nose to the bell and ring it. Repeat this process until he starts to ring it himself whenever he needs to go out. A word of caution: this can be annoying if your dog begins to take advantage of this new way to communicate and rings the bell when he wants to go out for ANY reason, like chasing squirrels, digging in the lawn or barking at shadows.


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      jimmar 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for reading. Yes he did learn to abuse the system and the bell ringing got annoying, so I took it down for a while, then he somehow became more a bit more honest with the bell ringing.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Haha! I can see that it could become a problem if one has an active dog that learns to abuse the system, so to speak. I guess each of us eventually finds the way to communicate with and understand the signals that our 4 legged buddies finally learn to give us when they need to go outside to do their "business." The photo of your dog reminded me of our Trudy. She has her own hub and story to tell. Nice if this bell ringing works well for you. It is an idea worth exploring. Voted interesting and useful.