Teaching your pooch how to ask you to go outside and do his business is crucial, especially if you live in an apartment.
If he doesn’t give you any clear signs before “going” indoors, or his signs are simply too subtle (for example, mere standing by the door might not be enough if you are in another room), you will need this simple hack.
For Whom The Bell Tolls
First, you will need to teach your dog how to ring a bell by touching it with his nose or striking it with his leg.
In order to do this you will need to ask your dog to ring the bell every time you are going outside, so your pooch will associate the ringing of the bell (and he doing it ) with your act of letting him out.
- Say the key word (it can be either touch, or bell, or go…) and present the bell to your dog, holding it a few inches away from her nose.
- When he touches the bell, praise him immediately and give him a treat. (Timing here is crucial)
- Repeat 10 to 15 times or until your dog readily touches the bells with her nose.