This is a neat trick that I have taught some dogs that live indoors permanently. I am assuming that the reader has already house trained the dog in this article.
In house training, the dog gets a verbal reward or maybe even a food treat for going relieving himself outside. So, the dog is in the end going outside to: –
1. gain a reward (positive re enforcement)
2. avoid a verbal correction,
The mechanism for teaching your dog this bell ring is as follows:
When your dog heads to the door, open the door and verbally praise him as he heads off outside to do his business, follow him and keep up that excited praise as he goes.
Bring him back inside and follow up with his favourite food treat.
When this has become a habit, hang a bell with a large cord off it near the door. When your dog signals you that he wants to go outside, take him to the door and instead of opening the door, pause for a moment.
About 30 seconds should see your dog start to get a little confused.
At this point, you reach down and ring the bell and immediately open the door, the go on as previous wit the praise and reward etc.
Keep this practice up for about two weeks, dragging out the waited moment from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, in small increments.
At this point, take hold of the bell cord without ringing it and show it to your dog, wave it around a little to get him interested in it.
Any attempt at all by him to grab the cord should see you ring the bell and open the door.
This should go on for another week.
At the end of this week, don’t be surprised if you hear that bell ringing and go to find your dog at the door.
Let him out with lavish praise and have a food treat waiting for him when he comes back in.
Remember the # 1 rule of dog training, dog training is about consistency to achieve habituation.
Just don’t complain to me when your dog rings that bell at 2 am.