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Hello All,

I tried to introduce Trixie earlier, but did it in an existing thread so it kind of got buried. So I am trying again (Thank you to everyone e who already said hello ) . She is now 4 mos old and a very funny girl, keeping us all busy with her playfulness. I am including some photos that I posted before and a couple of new ones. I do have a question...what kind of bell does everyone use for 'bell training'. I did buy the kind that has five bells on it that hangs from the door. So far I have not been successful with Trixie using it. She sits by the door silently when she needs to go out, but no real attempt by her to 'nose' the bell even after we show her every time. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Mischelle, Welcome to you and Trixie. What an adorable little girl!!!

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First, she is adorable!!! Just adorable!

We do the bells here and the best way is to spend some time each day teaching her, you sit on the outside of the door, maybe leave it cracked a wee bit if isn't glass/sliding (ours is) and hold a juicy, yummy treat and reward her and let her out when she knocks the bells, you could do it from the inside, but I found sitting on the outside of the door worked better when I was training Gucci. She just bats it with her nose/head/body.

One thing, once she catches on you MUST open the door every time she rings it and you will likely ask yourself *why*, as you are up every 10 minutes, just think of it as exercise and know that the novelty of it WILL wear off. I had about 3 days of her ringing the bell constantly and then it just stopped and now she mostly rings it to potty.

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Kara,

Thank you so much for your reply. Your suggestion is just what I needed. It sounds like something that will work!

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What a pretty girl, welcome to you and Trixie!

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Welcome Mishelle and Trixie. Trixie, you are just too cute. Tucker never used the bells and after 4 months of trying I gave up. He would stand up on the back door when he wanted to go potty. He'll be 3 on 4/4 and he now comes to us to let us know he wants/needs to go outside.
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Trixie is such a pretty girl. I know she will bring you as much joy as Rio brings us.
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What a sweetie.

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Welcome Mishelle and Trixie. Trixie, you are just too cute. Tucker never used the bells and after 4 months of trying I gave up. He would stand up on the back door when he wanted to go potty. He'll be 3 on 4/4 and he now comes to us to let us know he wants/needs to go outside.
That's what happened with us too. (Kodi will be 3 on 4/30) He was close to 2 yrs old when he finally started to TELL us he needed to go out. Until then, we avoided accidents because WE knew his schedule, and took him out at appropriate times.


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Trixie is a little doll - thanks for sharing the pictures. Sorry, I don't have any bell advice because I don't have my puppies yet. I pick them up on Thursday night though - can't wait!
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