10 Easy Steps to Housetrain Your Dog
You can easily teach your dog to eliminate in an acceptable location by keeping a close eye, recognizing his signals, understanding his instincts, and rewarding his appropriate behavior.
Teach Your Dog to Ring a Bell
Housetraining for some dogs can be especially challenging because they do not learn to clearly signal their need to eliminate. Teaching a dog to ring a bell when they need to go outside can be a huge help when housetraining. It takes time but is relatively simple if you follow these steps:
Purchase a small bell and set it near the door you most often take your dog out of to eliminate. Ring the bell immediately before opening the door to go outside with your dog. You should already have your dog on leash so you will be ready to step outside after ringing the bell. Do this every time you take your dog outside for several days. Allow your dog to only explore the designated elimination area; otherwise your dog may associate ringing the bell with playtime instead.
Next, suspend the bell at the height of your dog’s nose right next to the door. Gently touch the bell to your dog’s nose, causing it to ring, every time you take him outside. Repeat this step for several days.
At this point, depending on how quickly your dog makes associations, he may begin approaching the bell on his own when he needs to eliminate. If he doesn’t, smear a little peanut butter or cheese on the bell each time you prepare to go outside, and use this to lure your dog toward the bell. Allow your dog to lick the bell, making it ring, and then praise your dog as you take him outside.
Once your dog begins ringing the bell on his own, you must take him outside every time so that he learns that making the bell ring reliably predicts being allowed outside.
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