Choose a Location: Place your Mighty Paw Tinkle Bells on, or near, the door handle where your dog exits to go “Tinkle”. Keep in mind that dogs typically use their nose or their paw to ring the bells once trained.
Form a Connection: Each time you let your dog out to go to the bathroom, reach down and ring the bells. Choose a phrase to accompany this, such as “Tinkle Time!”. Immediately let your dog out. Repeat this each time until your dog connects ringing the bells with being let out to go to the bathroom.
Reinforce with Praise: Praise and/or give a treat only when “Tinkle Time” was a success. Your dog should associate the bells with bathroom time only. Consistency is key. Do not reward if your dog rings the bell simply to be let outside.
Frequently Asked Questions
My dog seems scared of the bells. What do I do?
This is most commonly because the bells are too loud for the dog. We recommend removing 2 of the 3 sets of jingle bells to “quiet” the sound. Gradually expose your dog to the bell by lightly ringing the bell when let out for potty time. As your dog adjusts to the sound gradually add the jingle bells back so that you can hear the ringing of the bells from other rooms of the house.
Will tinkle bells work for small dog breeds?
Yes. Using a standard height door handle the Tinkle Bells hang approximately 9-10 inches from the floor. However if you decide you would like the Tinkle Bells closer to the floor you can use the free wall hook included with your purchase.
How long does it take before my dog uses the tinkle bells consistently?
Most dogs start to grasp the concept within a few days to a week. However this varies from dog to dog. Some dogs it can take a couple of months. Remember consistency is key. The more consistent you are with the training the faster your dog will learn to communicate.
How old does my dog need to be to begin tinkle bell training?
We recommend 3-4 months old to initiate the training program. This is usually old enough to understand the concept of the training program. Remember young puppies are energetic and playful. Stay consistent with praise only when potty time is achieved (not play time).
Can older dogs be taught to use tinkle bells?
Yes. Tinkle Bells are perfect for older dogs as well.