There are many different ways to train your dog to do things. You can send them off to a personal puppy/dog trainer but that can get costly, or you can train by a clicker, or even simply just old fashioned rewarding with treats for good behavior and listening. Well here is a whole different way to train your puppy or dog to let you know when they need to use the bathroom. So here is how to train your dog with a bell...
Hang the bell on the door knob of the door she will use to go outside for potty break. Be sure your dog sees the bell and knows how to ring it by touching it with her nose. This may require some encouragement and practice and you should not move on until she is in the habit of touching the bell with her nose for a treat. Remember you can also use hugs and petting as rewards, not just treats. When she wants to go outside for potty break, take her to the bell and show her how to ring the bell by touching it with your finger so that it makes a sound. At first, she may not do the same. Let her go outside at this point and when she returns, give her another reward. At some point, she will associate going outside to the bathroom with that bell being rung when she is at the door. She will also come to think of the treats received when the bell is rung and will want to be rewarded by ringing the bell to go outside. After awhile, she will become accustomed to ringing the bell on her own when she wants to go outside for a bathroom break. You may want to put the bell away in between training sessions while she is learning as a dog may come to think of the bell as a way just to get more treats. If she rings the bell at any other time than when she wants to go outside for the bathroom, then do not reward with a treat or else you will be reinforcing bad behavior.
Now that Bailey's leg is better and she doesn't really have to be caged all the time, i'm going to try this out with her. She lets us know now by pawing at the cage and whining so i'm afraid she wont tell us she has to go when she is out of the cage and have accidents in the house again. She's a smart though so she may catch on quickly to that system.
Thank you for reading everyone, I hope you enjoyed this one!