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What bells does your Hav use? ringing the bell to potty

Nina sits by the hallway door that leads to the outside door or she nuzzles the end of the leash that is hanging off the key rack to let us know she has to go.

I want her to learn to use bells like many people write about as often we are unaware she needs to go.

Finding doo doo on my bathroom mat last night motivates me to train her to learn to ring the bell. Obviously nobody realized she had to go!

So please post pictures of your bell set up and share how you taught your Havanese how to ring the bell.

I need some loud bells as our home is loud and filled with kids and a screaming parrot.
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I'm trying to train him on:


. Since he's so short I had to get a hook with sticky and place it beside the door versus from the knob. (I have kids anyway so I thought putting directly on the door would cause confusion hearing them going in and out so often.)

We tried the "tell bell" which looks like one of those you see on counters at stores that makes the "ting" sound and quickly realized it wouldn't be loud enough for us to hear it when or if he did ring it.

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You can buy Pooch Bells (I think they are called) at the pet store. I trained my Dane to use them very quickly. Every time he wanted to go out I would tell him to "hit the bells" and would stand there till he did. If he didn't hit the bells then I would take his paw and hit the bells before Id open the door. He learned quick. I did leave them on the door, because I figured even when the door is opened and they don't have to go out, at least they know the bell signifies the door opening. Just my 2cents
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... I did leave them on the door, because I figured even when the door is opened and they don't have to go out, at least they know the bell signifies the door opening. Just my 2cents
That's a good point.

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We have poochie bells. You can buy them at some stores or on their website online. Also, Havanese Rescue sells them in the Hav2havit store. They come in lots of different colors and they have a video to help with training. My dogs have always picked up how to use them very quickly!


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These bells are Christmas Bells, (had them for a long time). The most important part is the bells have to be low enough for the Hav to reach and loud enough for you to hear the bells.

Until your Hav is trained with the bells, you have to take your Hav outside every time they ring the bells.
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Great ideas and thank you for the links and bell ideas. With Christmas coming up I might find something cheap in the store or maybe make my own. I am encouraged to hear it seems to be working for everyone.
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I'm starting bell training this weekend with Mae. I tried to get Tim to use them but he scratches on the door, which was great. Poor Mae just sits at the door and sometimes I find myself missing her cue. I need to dig my bells out I know they are somewhere.

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I had a real scare with the Poochie Bells; Cuba is very quick to learn, and took to them immediately and easily with a bit of shaping; then she went to tap them with a paw and got a nail stuck in the little groove and hole bit; she shrieked and yelled and thank goodness I was there to disentangle her poor little paw. No long time harm done other than that she won't go near them, rather understandably; I've removed them and will never use them again. I think they'd be absolutely fine for a large dog with big nails, but please be aware that tiny nails can easily get stuck.
So now I've started again with one called "Pebble Smart" (http://www.pebblesmart.com/Pages/HowItWorks.aspx)
It's SO much better; for one thing is it a wirelessly operated (by battery) device and you can put the ringing bit anywhere in the house and pick up the sound when your dog taps the touchpad by the door, with a nose or a paw; the touchpad is like a bright yellow target disc, really easy to use and much safer. They cost $27.95 in the States, about 24 in the UK (huh!), but are really worth it, in my opinion.
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Cuba is at the stage where she will ring the bell over and over again, even if the door is open; I left my poor husband in charge and the PebbleSmart, which has a choice of little tunes, was set on "The First Noel" (I couldn't find how to reprogram it to something less annoying, though have done so now!) By the time I got home my husband said, "Well, that was fun; we are up to about the Nineteenth Noel now"!! So I need to teach her that this isn't just for the fun of it, but means to get the door opened to go out and do a wee or a poo. NOT to entertain the whole place with repeat performances of Christmas carols!!! Any advice?
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