Several years ago our daughter shared that she trained their dog Sadie to ring a bell when she needed to go outside. So when Bonnie and Belle joined our family I decided that we would see if that would work for them. It did and the “gotta go” chime was born. The pups have discovered many uses for the chime.
Belle will routinely ring it right when we sit down to supper. She always gently touches her nose to the chime then patiently waits facing the door for us to open it for her.
Bess refuses to ring it, she instead will either have a sister ring it for her or will come and stand by me with an intense look on her face until I ask her to “show me”. 9 times out of 10 she will lead me to the pup porch door. The 10th time she wants a belly rub!
Bonnie is the champion bell ringer. She rings it when she wants to distract us so she can peruse the table or counter. She rings it when Belle and Bess are waiting by the door to be let back in. She rings it whenever there is something interesting to explore outside. She will also ring it when she wants a treat. We can tell this is what she wants because she rings the bell then turns to look at the treats then she’ll look at us. Finally she will ring the gotta go chime when she needs to go outside. Bonnie’s method is to ring the bell then turn and look to see if we are coming. If we are moving too slowly she will put her head into the middle of the chime and give a full headshake instead of the usual nose touch. Let me tell you sometimes those chimes go flying of their hook.
Greg and I totally understand that we are bell trained but that’s ok. It works for us and gives us another glimpse into our pups personalities.
Oh yeah, Linus kitty the wanna be Golden Retriever also rings the bell in his endless quest to go outside. Sorry Buddy, good try but it won’t work!