Puppy Bell Training: 2 Ways to Teach a Puppy to Ring Bell to Go Outside

puppy bell training

Housebreaking is one of the many problems that you will face when you get a new puppy. This is when dog potty training bells can make your life a lot easier.

Potty bells will let you know if your puppy wants to go outside to potty. No more scratching on the door or barking loudly.

Training your puppy to ring the bell is a lot easier than you might think. However, before we can start training your puppy to ring the bell, your puppy must already be house trained first.

Now let’s learn how to train your puppy to ring a bell to potty.

Getting Started – Get The Right Potty Bells First

The first step is to find the right bells for your puppies. There are some good bells that you can buy online or near your local pet store. No matter where you get your bell, you must remember that the bell must not be too heavy for your puppy. Many dog owners making this mistake by getting a potty bell that is too heavy.

Let’s take a look at my top 3 favorite potty bells:

Top 3 Potty Training Bells for Puppies

1. PoochieBells

Since 2005, Poochiebells has become my number 1 favorite potty training bells. The product is made in the USA, and it has a great design. It looks awesome on my door. My nephews love the design so much, they play it with the dog all day long. There is also a cute little paw on them to let you know that the product is the authentic one.

It is easy to use, you just need to hang the bells and follow the instruction. The instruction is easy to follow, even my 10 years old nephew can follow it. You just need to follow step 1, step 2, step 3…and so on. It takes 1 to 2 weeks before you get started to see the result. In my case, my puppy started to ring the bells on his own after 2 weeks.

2.Potty Bells by Caldwell’s Pet Supply Co.

The Caldwell’s Pet Supply Co. makes one of the best potty training bells for puppies. With this bell, instead of hearing barking or scratching, you hear the gentle jingle of potty bells whenever your puppy needs to use the potty.  One feature that you will like from the bells is the snap. The manufacturer has introduced a new snap that makes it easy to hang the bells on nearly any type of doorknob and handle.

One feature that you will like from the bells is the snap. The manufacturer has introduced a new snap that makes it easy to hang the bells on nearly any type of doorknob and handle.

3. Coastal Potty Training Dog Bell

The Coastal Potty Dog Training Bell is another one of my favorite potty training bells. The bell comes with 3 adorable designs.

Now let’s talk about the features. Just like any potty training bell, Coastal Potty Dog Training Bell has a strap. The problem with a strap is some straps are too hard to ring for small puppies. I need to return 2 of my previous buys just because the strap is too hard for my small puppy.

But not with the strap from Coastal Potty Dog Training Bell. The strap is so soft, your dog will be able to ring it easily. Another thing that you will like is the height of the bells is adjustable with snaps to make it fit on almost any door.

Placement of The Bells

Now, you might have already had the bell, it’s the time to place it. If your home has several doors, you must hang the bell by the door you use each time you take your dog out. You should hang the bell low enough, so your puppy will be able to ring it with his paws or nose.

Associate The Bells with The Good Things

Your puppy might be afraid when he hears the bells sound for the first time. In that case, you need to comfort your puppy and associate the bells with the good things.

Stand near the bells, and holds out treats then call your puppy while ringing the bells. When he comes to retrieve the treats praise him and give him the treats.

Then smear some other treat on the bells. When he touches the bells, reward him with additional treats. Repeat the process until your dog is comfortable with the bells.

Teach Your Puppy to Ring The Bells

By now, you must already know when your puppy will need to go to a toilet. If your puppy has not yet house trained and doesn’t have a regular toilet break schedule, you won’t be able to start the process.

There are two training methods to teach your puppy to ring the bells himself:

  • The Puppy’s Nose Method and
  • The Puppy’s Paw Method

The Puppy’s Nose Method

At the scheduled toilet break, take your puppy and set him down next to the bell (now you know why your puppy must already be house trained first). Then hold a treat behind the potty bells and say loudly “outside” or “go potty”. When your puppy’s nose touches the bell to go after the treat, reward him and open the door.

The Puppy’s Paw Method

Another method is to physically take your puppy’s paw. Then nudge the bells and say loudly the same commands “outside” or “go potty”. When your puppy rings the bells on his own, praise him, give him an additional treat and bring him outside.

Repeat the process again for several weeks until your puppy rings the bells himself when he needs to go outside.


After your dog can ring the bells himself fluently at home, you might want to expand the bell usage. You can move the bells to different doors or add more bells to different doors. You might also want to bring the bells with you when you are traveling. While you are on the road, your dog can ring the bells to let you know if he needs to poop.

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Andrew Garf

Hi, my name is Andrew Garf and I am 1 part part-time dog trainer, 2 part burger enthusiast, 3 part dog lover, too many parts?