We hung a bell from a string on the doorknob, so it would ring every time someone went in or out. Edison caught on quickly (though we had a false start, since we initially hung it near the door hinges, and he didn't make the association). All we had to do was praise him for ringing the bell and then letting him out, which was sufficient reward. Of course, 30 minutes later he was abusing it in an attempt to explore the great outdoors. Corgis are too darned clever.
Shelly rings a bell to go out : )
I got her one of those ring for service bells so it sits on the floor. I started out by slowing shaping it, first all I needed was for her to look at the bell, then move on to when she would hit it with her paw then I add a "ring your bell" command. Then every time we went out I would ask her to ring her bell before we went out till she figured out that she had to ring the bell with out me asking her to if she wanted out.
The only trouble is, she rings it when she wants to just go out ..... we live in an apartment so if she has to go out its to potty. But if there is something outside that she wants say another dog, she will ring her bell and look at me like " well come on I want to go out and meet that other dog!!!" its pretty cute actually
I did NOT use treats! Going out was the reward for Lilliput. I knew she would abuse it as a way to beg for food, (and the directions on the bell said not to.) She learned very quickly, then learned to abuse it for attention, then learned that ALL that happened was the door opened, so the abuse lessened considerably. She still occasionally tries to call me when she thinks it's time for her after dinner treat, or some such scheduled event that isn't happening fast enough, but otherwise she's good.
Actually, Lilliput is always good. Silly me.
My spaniel is too stupid :)
We have Max bell trained and it's wonderful! I got a huge jungle bell (about 4 inches across) so I can hear it no matter where I am in the house. It only took about a week for him to get the hang of it. I just made sure that I rang the bell before going outside and eventually, he decided to ring the bell so that the door would open.
When we travel we take the bell with us and Max never gets confussed. We show him the bell, ring it and go outside. From that point on, we are good.
I do have to warn you that in normal Corgi fashion, Max has figured out that ringing the bell means that I come to him. Now I'm the one who is trained! He rings the bell if he wants to play, wants to go outside, or wants a "cookie"....
Cheryl, exactly. That's what I meant when I said my spaniel was too stupid :) I actually hung a bell on the spaniel so I could keep track of him.
That said, a previous spaniel was never trained by me to use the bell. He just figured it our from watching the corgi. And I swear that same spaniel was the one who house-trained Lilliput.
I did this when Caius was about 3-months-old, (he's almost 8-months-old now) and it works wonderful! It's a great trick. There are some days he abuses it since he realizes now that every time he rings it, either my boyfriend and I get up to take him out, but we quickly discover he just wants attention when he doesn't goes go potty when we go outside...
He rings his bell, I take the leash out, put it on him, then I calmly say, "Bell." Caius quickly nuzzles the bell in responce again. Bell = Door open, thus outside. He got it down in about two weeks!
...I highly recommend it. :)