Weekly Trick – Teach Your Dog To Ring A Bell
This trick is especially helpful to teach your dog when they want to go outside. Have a bell on a string by your door, and when your dog wants to go out to do their business, they can ring the bell and you can let them outside.
Your dog first needs to learn “touch”. If you put your hand out in front of your dog, they will (usually) instinctively touch your hand.
Keep sticking your hand out in front of you and every time your dog touches your hand, give them a treat. After they have that down pat, use the word “touch” as you stick your hand out.
Next, stick out different objects for your dog to touch, every time they touch it, give them a treat and praise them.
Now, bring out the bell and say “touch”. Your dog should now associate the word with the action. Give your dog a treat. The next time, the bell should make noise when your dog touches it. If you want them to really ring the bell loudly, say “touch, touch touch” or just say it in a more forceful, louder voice. The bell should be rung louder and the trick is learned.
Here is a video of the trick, it is NOT ME in the video. Remember to be patient and work at the trick at your dog’s pace. Sometimes dogs pick up tricks immediately, sometimes tricks take days, even weeks to learn. Take your time and have fun, learning tricks is a great bonding experience!