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How To Train Your Dog To Use A Doorbell

Ding, dong doggies!!

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Does your pup scratch at the door or bark like crazy when it wants to go outside?

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Train your fluffy friend to ring a door bell—so civilized!—using this method by developed by a Pet Behavior Expert at North Shore Animal League America.

STEP 1: TEACH NOSE TO HAND

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Have your dog touch your hand with his or her nose; reward with a treat. You can do this by holding the hand close to your dog’s nose, but under the chin, palm up. You can also rub the scent of the treat on the open hand to entice your dog to touch it. Repeat this process for 1 to 2 minutes each day until the behavior sticks.

Note: Some dogs will pick up these steps more quickly than others. It may take a few hours, a few days or even a few weeks depending on your pup.

STEP 2: BELLS ON THE FLOOR

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Place door bells on the floor. Have your dog touch the bells with his or her nose; reward with a treat. Repeat this process for 1 to 2 minutes each day until the behavior sticks.

STEP 3: BELLS IN THE AIR

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Next, hold the bells in the air a few inches from your dog’s nose. This will make it easier for him or her to perform this next step. Have your dog touch the bells with his or her nose; reward with a treat. Repeat this process for 1 to 2 minutes each day until the behavior sticks.

STEP 4: BELLS NEAR THE DOOR

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Repeat the process of holding the bells in the air but this time, hold the bells up near the door knob. Repeat the treat process.

STEP 5: HANG BELLS ON DOOR

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Hang the bells on the door. Have your dog touch the bells with his or her nose; reward with a treat. Repeat this process for 1 to 2 minutes each day until the behavior sticks.

STEP 6: THROW TREAT OUTSIDE

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Once your dog is comfortable touching the bells on the door, repeat the process but open the door and toss the treat outside for your dog to chase out the door. The placement of the reward will help him or her learn to move through the open

Over time, your dog will learn that ringing the bells means the door will open and they can go outside to relieve themselves!

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