Since PoochieBells is a communication tool, any age or breed of dog can learn this behavior quickly,
Hang PoochieBells inside the house on a doorknob or hook next to the door your dog exits to go out and leave
it there so it is accessible at all times for your dog to ring.
Every time you let your dog out to potty, bring the dog to the bells to sniff, ring them, and state a command
such as "Outside, ring your bells!", praise the dog, then take him/her out to potty. We do not recommend
playing or giving the dog a treat at that time. You want him/her to associate ringing the bells with potty time
Throughout conditioning, continue your command, be consistent and praise your dog for their attention and
wanted behavior. Consistency is key.
Repeat this training method until your dog begins to ring the bells on their own. Make sure to praise your dog
on their newly learned behavior to reinforce the action.
Don't forget to bring your PoochieBells with you while away travelling with pooch away from home or for the
pet-sitter or grandparents- he/she will be looking for his communication tool while on the road as well.
Little pooch a bit hesitant about the bells? Take your PoochieBells off of the door and let him/her sniff them
and touch them on the ground. You may also want to put a dab of cream cheese on them so that he/she
knows there is no fear or harm in it for them. Then hang them back up and start your training.
Check out our FAQ page for additional training hints or frequently asked questions.
PoochieBells Training Method