7-Day Potty Bell Challenge Course

7-Day Potty Bells Training Challenge

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Begin the 7-Day Potty Bells Training Challenge

7-Day Potty Bell Training Challenge

Get Ready for the Best 7 Days of Your Life!

After just 7 days, your pup will be happily ringing their way to potty time! The complete 7-Day Workbook Guide with checklists for each day is available for download below.

Day 1

Day 1 - Check Boxes

Day 1 - Checkbox 1

Checkbox 1: My Dog Approached the Bells

How I Know This Box Can Be Checked:
 

This box can be checked when you are sure that your dog voluntarily walked towards, sniffed, or interacted with the bells while they were on the ground, in your hands, or hanging from an object in your home.

Day 1 - Checkbox 2

Checkbox 2: My Dog Touched the Bells

How I Know This Box Can Be Checked:
 

This box can be checked when your dog has physically touched the bells on their own. This can be with their nose or their paw(s). Note: only check the box if your dog touched the bells WITHOUT your help.

Video 1 - Housekeeping

Key Takeaways:

Pace: Make sure that you don’t skip ahead in this challenge. If you skip ahead, you risk having your dog not completely grasp the concepts of that day and when we build off of those concepts in future days, it will make it much harder for your dog. At the same time, if you feel that your dog hasn’t completely gotten it, take it a little slower. You can spend as much time as you want on one day, but we urge you not to skip ahead.

Praise = A “Good Girl” or “Good Boy” and a nice little petting!

Reward = Giving your dog a yummy treat!

Use the Same Door: Throughout the challenge, make sure that you designate one door as your “potty door” that will be the door that you hang your bells from. This will also be the door that you take your dog out through every time. Keeping it limited to one door helps your dog understand the concepts in this course much quicker!

Need House Training: If your dog is having trouble with accidents at home and they have never been properly house trained, take advantage of our awesome Bonus Potty Training Video Course which will help you through the process of house training your dog before you start to teach them to ring the bells!

Video 2 - Day 1 Training

Key Takeaways:

Check the Checkboxes: Make sure you watch the examples of Bella checking the checkboxes in this video!

Tougher Cases: Not all dog’s will get this right away! Be patient. With a little time, ANY dog will get the hang of it!

Celebrate Small Wins:Try different things and celebrate small steps in the right direction with your pup! If it’s not going as planned, don’t beat yourself up! Just stay calm but eager to keep going. I’m sure you and your pup will come a long way together today and throughout the rest of this challenge!

Day 2

Day 2 - Check Boxes

Day 2 - Checkbox 1

Checkbox 1: My Dog is No Longer Afraid of the Bells

How I Know This Box Can Be Checked:
 

This box can be checked when you notice that your dog isn’t scared of the bells anymore. This includes the sight of the bells, the sound of the bells, and the smell of the bells. Your dog should be completely comfortable with the potty bells before you check this box.

Day 2 - Checkbox 2

Checkbox 2: My Dog Rang the Bells While They Were on My Arm

How I Know This Box Can Be Checked:
 

This box can be checked when your dog has rang the bells while hanging from your arm. In the training, we talk about getting your dog to ring the bells while hanging from your arm using either their nose or their paw(s). If your dog has rang the bells with either, you can check this box. 

Video - Day 2 Training

Key Takeaways:

BE PATIENT: Yes, this is a takeaway again…but only because it is so important! It took Bella a little while to finally get the hang of ringing the bells with her paw. If I just gave up after the first 2 or 3 minutes, I would never think that she was capable. Patience is a powerful asset when training dogs. After all, they’re very smart animals!

Be Creative:Do what works for your dog. If what I’m telling you to do sounds like it would never work for your dog, good! Take the concept and adapt it with something that you think would work better for your dog! In my experience, “helping” your dog’s paw perform the desired action has a positive effect on getting your pup to do the desired action themselves…especially if they can smell treats nearby!

Day 3

Day 3 - Check Boxes

Time Table

Checkbox 1: I Have Defined a Regular Potty Schedule for My Dog

How I Know This Box Can Be Checked:
 

This box can be checked when you have read through the Potty Training materials provided and you have come up with a schedule that is going to work for you AND your dog. Ideally, before checking this box, make sure you have a daily calendar that you can print out to remind yourself for the first week or so as you get into the routine.

Checkbox 2: I Rang My Bell Every Time Before I Take My Dog Out

How I Know This Box Can Be Checked:
 

This box can be checked when you have completed the day and successfully rang the bells YOURSELF before taking your dog out for their scheduled and unscheduled potty times. This is to make sure that you are leading by example, showing your dog that to let you know they need to go, they have to ring the bells. Note: only check this box if you have not skipped ringing the bell on ANY potty times with your dog. If you went 1 potty time or more without ringing the bells, you need to repeat this day.

Video - Day 3 Training

Key Takeaways:

Watch and Read the Potty Training Schedule Resources: I wouldn’t have put this potty training schedule resource together for you guys if it wasn’t important. I spent a lot of time trying to make it as easy as possible for any dog owner because it is one of the most crucial steps of potty training and is going to help you stay on track with this potty bells challenge. Make sure you download your Potty Schedule from Day 2. If you haven’t already, you can choose to download it from the downloads section below.

Ring Your Bells Every Time: Make sure that you are ringing the bells yourself every time before you go out but also give your pup a chance to hit the bells themselves before you just go ahead and ring it. I recommend you head over to the door and just stand there for maybe 20-30 seconds and just see if your dog will ring the bells on their own. If not, make sure to do it yourself and take your dog straight to their potty spot outside.

Praise and Reward Checkbox-Worthy Behavior: If your dog does anything “checkbox-worthy”, then you will want to praise them with a “Good Girl/Boy!” and give them a nice, tasty treat! Also do this if they go potty in their spot outside for the duration of the challenge. We’ll talk more about what to do after the challenge as far as praising and rewarding goes in later days’ trainings.

Day 4

Day 4 - Check Boxes

Dog Touching Bells

Checkbox 1: My Dog Has Successfully Rang the Bells on the Door Before Being Taken Out

How I Know This Box Can Be Checked:
 

This box can be checked when your dog has successfully rang the bells while they are hanging on the door. Checking this box is a big step! This means your dog is getting the hang of it!

Day 4 - Checkbox 2

Checkbox 2: My Dog Has Successfully Rang the Bells and Gone Potty When Taken Out

How I Know This Box Can Be Checked:
 

This box can be checked when your dog has successfully rang the bells while hanging on the door and then followed up by going potty when they went outside. If they rang the bells and you took them outside but they didn’t go potty, you can only check the first box for today.

Video - Day 4 Training

Key Takeaways:

Know the Difference: Checkbox 1 today says, “My dog knows how to ring the bells when they’re hanging on the doorknob” and Checkbox 2 says, “My dog knows that they should ring the bells when they have to go potty”. Although it doesn’t seem like much, there’s a big difference in terms of becoming successful at bell training your pup. If they ring the bells to go outside and not ONLY to go potty, you will have some trouble on your hands.

PRAISE and REWARD: Make sure that when your dog rings the bells that you take them directly to their potty spot and PRAISE and REWARD them as soon as they go potty. For bonus points, you can say “Potty Time” or “Go Potty” right after they go to the bathroom and right before you PRAISE and REWARD them. This way, if you see them getting distracted when you take them out next, you can say one of those phrases to get them back into potty mode. Remember, PRAISE and REWARD your dog when they ring the bell and go potty right away outside (within 5-10 minutes of being taken to their potty spot outside).

Wait by the Door: Make sure that you wait by the door and kind of stare at your dog for 10-20 seconds or so to see if they will ring the bells by themselves today. If you need to, you can try pointing at the bells the first few times or giving them a light little jingle with your finger. Try to do as little encouraging as possible to get your pup to do this on their own. If they don’t ring the bells, be sure to ring them yourself loudly before you take them out to do their business. You can try to extend the amount of time you wait in front of the door to about a minute or as long as you can keep their attention if you have the time to do so. Trying different things like that can help you find something that works for your dog if you’re still having trouble. 

Day 5

Day 5 - Check Boxes

Day 5 - Checkbox 1

Checkbox 1: My Dog Successfully Rang the Bells and Went Potty

How I Know This Box Can Be Checked:
 

This box can be checked when your dog has successfully rang their potty bells and then proceeded to go potty when taken out. They can still be led to the door, they just must ring the bells on their own and they must go potty when they are taken out if you want to check this challenge as complete.

Checkbox 2: I Have Followed the Praise and Reward Directions Consistently

How I Know This Box Can Be Checked:
 

This box can be checked if you have been following the praise and reward directions consistently. Praise is given when your dog rings the bells, reward (or a treat) is given when your dog successfully goes potty outside. If your dog did not ring the bells, then there is no praise. If they go potty but didn’t ring the bells, you will praise but not reward. If they go potty and they rang the bells to get outside, then you reward. This is explained in the post below, so click through to follow the link! You’ll also find all kinds of other awesome dog training tips and tricks on our blog. 

Dog Praise and Reward: The Key Tools to Dog Training

Video - Day 5 Training

Key Takeaways:

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect: We have Checkbox #1 for today set as a repeat of one of yesterday’s checkboxes because it is a skill that your dog will need to be able to repeat regularly in order to be fully potty bell trained. Make sure that you are working just as hard on checking this checkbox today as you were yesterday!

Positive Reinforcement: In all of our trainings, we stress the importance of positive reinforcement when your dog engages in a behavior that you like. It makes your dog understand that what they’re doing is the right thing in the eyes of their owner.

Day 6

Day 6 - Check Boxes

Day 5 - Checkbox 1

Checkbox 1: My Dog Successfully Rang the Bells and Went Potty

How I Know This Box Can Be Checked:
 

Just like yesterday, this box can be checked when your dog has successfully rang their potty bells and then proceeded to go potty when taken out. They can still be led to the door, they just must ring the bells on their own and they must go potty when they are taken out if you want to check this challenge as complete.

Day 6 - Checkbox 2

Checkbox 2: My Dog Successfully Alerted Me That They Need to Go

How I Know This Box Can Be Checked:
 

This box can be checked if your dog rings the bells without you leading them to the door. If you were just going about your business and your dog rings the bells to alert you, then you get to check this box, and you can also pat yourself on the back! Nice work!

Video - Day 6 Training

Key Takeaways:

Repetition is Key: Make sure that you are repeating the important checkboxes. We have it here again for a reason. After many successful and unsuccessful attempts to train dogs to ring potty bells, we have found that repeating this checkbox is what helps most owners get their dogs to build a habit.

Be Patient: Some of these checkboxes in the last few days have gotten pretty advanced. Make sure that you are being patient with your pup if they haven’t quite gotten the hang of it yet. They’ll get it in no time! Head over to the Facebook group for encouragement and tips from me and others if you’re still having trouble!

Video - Bella Ringing the Bells

Key Takeaways:

This is Fun: Getting your dog to ring their potty bells should be a fun process! Make sure you are celebrating small wins, sharing videos like this with your dog hitting the bells in the Facebook group and encouraging others to keep on pushing! You’re one day away from a bell ringing dog!

Day 7

Day 7 - Check Boxes

Day 7 - Checkbox 1

Checkbox 1: My Dog ONLY Goes Potty After Ringing the Bells

How I Know This Box Can Be Checked:
 

This box can be checked if your dog has already gone several days without ringing the bells and not going potty. In other words, if your dog is going potty every time they ring the bells, you can check this box. This may not happen right on day 7, but you should be super close at this point! Just keep up the good work!

Day 7 - Checkbox 2

Checkbox 2: My Dog Successfully Alerts Me Several Times per Day

How I Know This Box Can Be Checked:
 

This box can be checked if your dog is successfully letting you know that they need to go outside several times per day by ringing their set of potty bells that are hanging from a door in your home. If you’ve checked both Day 7 boxes, congratulations! You did it! Don’t forget to share your ups and downs in the private Facebook group!

Video - Day 7 Training

Key Takeaways:

Take Your Time and Be Sure: Although this is the last day of our official challenge, we encourage you to try and check the checkboxes for today for maybe 4 or 5 days in a row. If you and your dog can do this, it’s party time! You did it! Share your success in the Facebook group to encourage others who might be struggling. Spread the love!

Remember to PRAISE: Although we can’t be treating our dog every single time they ring the bells or go potty for the rest of their lives, but we can sure make an effort to PRAISE them often, if not every time. We also think it’s best that you throw in a REWARD every now and then, maybe once every day or two after they ring the bells AND go potty in their potty spot outside. This will keep your dog sharp and it will have them continue to associate ringing the bells with going potty outside. If you’re going to give your dog a treat or two once a day, we always recommend you make them engage in a behavior that you want them to do first, even though I know it can be tempting to just throw them a treat because they look cute!

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7-Day Potty Bells Training Challenge Course

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In 7-Days, teach your dog to ring bells to notify you when they need to go outside to potty.

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