Potty training and wringing the bell
When is the best time to start training to ring the bell? When your dog understands to go outside and not on pee pads. The benefit of teaching your dog to ring the bell is to communicate with you and stop them from waiting by the door in silence or barking and scratching on the door. Conditioning Before you get started remember conditioning your dog must understand YES and NO Marking good behaviour with YES or “Good Girl” which you currently use paired with a treat or affection. Marking unwanted behaviour with AH AH AH so that she knows you are not happy and to try again. Constant feedback – She needs it we all do! Every time your dog is doing something well provide feedback “Good Girl” and a food reward and or affection. Build up the conditioning and understanding of this praise and be consistent. Training - Short frequent sessions 10-20 minute sessions 3x min. per day Make them short and effective opposed to long and frustrating. If Frankie isn't engaged take a break, and always go back to the last successful place. If she is refusing to participate in the new training end by asking something that she knows well. Example Sit or Touch Always end on a positive Pick a potty spot outside the same place each and every time. Remember ringing the bell is to go potty not for a walk or adventure. Always take them to the potty place. In the training phase always put the bell away when you are not practicing with it. The steps 1. To begin show your dog the bell, hang it on your door. If she touches it with her nose or paw mark with YES and give her a treat. Once she is touching her nose to the bell every time you show it to her move on to step 2 2. Hang the bell by the door that you want your dog to use to go out and show her the bell. Give her a treat when she rings it. Once she is ringing the bell by the door each time you point to it, go on to the next step. 3. Put your bell up by the door. Let her watch you as you place a treat outside the door. Close the door and then point to the bell. When she rings the bell, open the door and let her get the treat. Once she rings the bell right away when you place a treat outside go on to the next step. Leave the bell in place by the door. 4. Next time you think she has to potty, go with her to the door and point to the bell. When she rings it, open the door and let her potty. Reward her with a treat when she finishes. Each time you let her out to potty, ask her to ring the bell first and feed her a treat when she finishes. 5. Leave the bell on the door and when she rings it let her out to potty. If she starts to play or dawdle outside, bring her in. It is just for potty breaks. 6. Proofing the ringing of the bell. Step through the door and if your dog follows you use the AH Ah Ah to correct her if she tries to go through the door. She must ring the bell first.