Bell Training a Puppy? All You Need to Know!

If there’s one thing I have trouble with, it’s training my little puppy! It was so difficult trying to get them to lessen their cries or learn when it’s time for them to potty. That’s when I learned about bell training a puppy, which got me to learn more about their signals!

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But what’s a puppy bell and how does it benefit you and your puppy? Also, what are steps on how to bell train a puppy successfully in the first place? 

Read on as I show you how to bell train a dog and/or puppy well!

Why Bell Train a Puppy? 

You’re probably wondering: What does bell training a puppy even do for you and the pup? Isn’t it just another hard extra task to teach? Well, you’ll be surprised that it actually has a ton of benefits, focusing on your puppy’s toilet habits!

From being distracted with phone calls, work, or nights on the television, you won’t know it’s time for them to go until it’s too late!

A lot of dog owners, including me, have difficulty in distinguishing when your puppy or dog needs to do his business. Sure, the signs can be obvious, but not a lot of owners can actually keep their eye on their pups the entire day. From being distracted with phone calls, work, or nights on the television, you won’t know it’s time for them to go until it’s too late!

That way, you can hear their need to go immediately without having to look at them.

That’s why potty training a puppy with a bell can help you out a LOT. Rather than waiting for an accident to happen, you can have your dog use a bell to ring instead. That way, you can hear their need to go immediately without having to look at them.

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It’s actually much easier (and convenient) to hear them even from different rooms rather than always look over them. 

Bell Training a Puppy: The Basics

But don’t worry, you can also bell train an older dog, but it may take more time and patience.

Now that you know about why bell training a puppy is a great idea, where can you start? I recommend that you begin bell training as early as possible, though preferable at two weeks. But don’t worry, you can also bell train an older dog, but it may take more time and patience.

Anyway, here are the quick steps to follow to have your dog bell trained in no time.

1. Use a Small Treat

Make sure that you hang it near the door they’re used to entering/exiting from, and that it’s installed at their nose height for ease of ringing.

First off, you need a bell for your dog to easily access. Some pet stores may carry bells specifically made for this, or you can use hanging bells from your local hardware store made with non-toxic materials. Make sure that you hang it near the door they’re used to entering/exiting from, and that it’s installed at their nose height for ease of ringing.

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Before you let your dog out first thing in the morning, place a bit of cream cheese or peanut butter on the bell. When he passes by, he’ll be intrigued with the treat on the bell! It’s best to do this in the morning once your dog wakes up as this is the time they really need to go do their business.

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2. Introduce Them to the Bell 

When he does begin licking it, release the bell from your hands and let them continue to lick it.

If your dog didn’t notice the bell with the spreadable treat yet, slowly take them to the bell for a “formal introduction.” Do NOT shake the bells at your dog, which can scare them off.

Instead, cup the bell gently and slowly show it to your puppy. They will then lick the bell, which causes it to ring a bit. When he does begin licking it, release the bell from your hands and let them continue to lick it.

The bell will continue to ring and when it does, praise him and say, “good,” then open the door to let him out.

3. What to Do After They Eliminated

You can put the bells back down after their meals, if they’ve drank water, or went for a walk and playtime.

When your dog goes out and has done his business, go back to the house. It’s best that you raise the bells and hang it out of reach in case your dog will want to lick the bell with the spreadable treat. Wash the bell from any leftover spread and replenish it only after it’s time to begin bell training again.

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Because your aim is for your puppy to ring the bells only when he ends to go, put it back down only when you feel like they need to do their business. You can put the bells back down after their meals, if they’ve drunk water, or went for a walk and playtime. 

4. See How They Are With the Bell

Praise your dog for the good behavior and take him out for him to do his business.

Most likely, your dog will begin looking and sniffing at the bell on the same day you began training. When your dog will do this, don’t put any treats on it, as they get the idea of the bell.

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Just lift the bells with your hand and guide it to your dog, who will touch it with his nose, causing it to ring. Praise your dog for the good behavior and take him out for him to do his business.

Just make sure that you do NOT be too stern or try to scare your puppy when training him!

As the days and weeks come by, your puppy or dog will be touching the bells by himself when the need arises. Some puppies understand this within days, sometimes it takes two weeks. It all depends on the puppy or dog, as well as the owner. 

Either way, keep your patience and give the time to train them and it will pay off a lot. Just make sure that you do NOT be too stern or try to scare your puppy when training him!

Wrapping It Up

Bell training my puppy was a tedious task, but at the end of the day, it was all worth it. I didn’t worry about knowing when they needed to go, and I could hear them, lessening accidents to clean. Whether they’re puppies or dogs, these right steps can get you to enjoy the benefits potty bells offer.

I hope this article on bell training a puppy gave you an idea on where to start! So don’t wait any longer and begin trying these steps 

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