Now that your dog has learned how to ring the bell on cue, it’s time to discuss the final step in successfully bell training your pup. Your dog will need to learn how to associate going outside with ringing the bell, and you can easily do this by combining the two behaviors.
To do this, you will need to incorporate the bell trick with your dog’s normal bathroom habits. You can do this by asking your dog to touch the bell each time you open the door to let them outside. You will then go outside with your dog, and reward them with a treat once they go potty.
You will continue this routine each time your dog goes outside, which will eventually encourage them to ring the bell when you are standing there without a cue. Once your dog fully understands that ringing the bell is associated with going potty, they will begin to ring the bell on their own. Every dog will learn this skill at a different rate, but it is possible for every furry friend.