Q: I've heard a lot about Pee Pads, should I use these along with PoochieBells? A: We strongly encourage dog owners to train their pooch to go potty outside rather than anywhere in the home, therefore NO. PoochieBells are a training tool that encourages the dog to ring when its time for outside potty, training your dog to do his business on a pad will confuse the issue. We also encourage choosing products that are "earth" friendly and feel that disposable products are not in that category. Spend your hard earned $ wisely and purchase a training tool that will last in your home and provide long term results.
Q: Will PoochieBells work for small dog breeds? A: Yes. On a standard door handle/knob, the bottom bells on a PoochieBells unit hang approximately 9-10 inches from the floor. Dogs use their paw, nose, even tail to ring the bells. If you have a teacup breed, you can hang your PoochieBells on a hook placed by the door. As long as the dog is able to touch anywhere on the PoochieBells, they will ring and you will know it’s time to take them out.
Q: Should I leave my PoochieBells on the door all the time? A: Yes. Consistency is key so it is important that you leave your Poochie-Bells available so your dog has access to them when she needs to be let out. Also, whenever the door is open, the bells will ring, thus reinforcing your dog’s associating bells ringing and going out as part of their training. Poochie-Bells are totally portable, so feel free to take them along with you if you travel with your pooch. Once the pooch is trained, you can move them over to a small hook next to the door for easy access or leave them on the doorknob.
Q: Are PoochieBells made for all door types? A: Poochie-Bells are made to fit over any door handle/knob or hook placed by or on a door. For glass doors, we suggest using a sturdy suction hook to hang the Poochie-Bells. If you prefer to hang your PoochieBells next to the door, simply install a small hook. PoochieBells offers a fun selection of decorative hooks for your home.
Q: What is your suggested training method? A: Complete training instructions are included with every PoochieBells. We do not recommend using treats during your initial training period as the dog may end up associating food with ringing the bells instead of being let out. We recommend praising your pooch whenever they ring the bells effectively. Praise and their ability to go out afterward is their reward. If your dog is hesitant or appears to be afraid of the bells, you may initially provide a treat but only until they are used to the method.
Q: How long does it take before my dog uses their PoochieBells consistently? A: Each dog’s ability varies, however, depending on your consistency in training and praise will make a difference in how quickly they adopt this behavior. Some dogs adapt to the behavior in a few days where others may take a few months. As with any training, consistency is important to the success.
Q: What if my dog rings the bells all the time? A: As with any training procedure, it is important that you remain the authoritative leader. You can rectify this behavior by controlling the frequency you allow your dog to go outside. If your dog just went out and then rings the bells shortly afterwards, wait until a reasonable amount of time has passed (no more than once an hour) before responding to the ringing. He will soon learn not to abuse his new communication tool.
Q: How old can I begin bell training? A: We recommend that the puppy be at least 12-16 weeks of age. As with any training program, your puppy needs to be old enough to understand the training concept.
Q: Can older dogs be taught this training method? A: Yes. Any dog can learn new behaviors, so PoochieBells are perfect for older dogs as well. As Poochie-Bells provide a communication tool, this is not a trick that your dog performs. Your dog will be thrilled to be able to effectively communicate with his family.
Q: Where can I find coupons for PoochieBells? A: We distribute coupons for Free Standard Shipping from our website to our Trainers, Breeders, Veterinarians and Professional Affiliates in the Pooch Business. Ask yours if they have PoochieBells coupons. In addition, you can spot coupon codes in Pet Industry Magazines such as Bark, Modern Dog and many more as well as Facebook.