Introducing cats and bells

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poogie's picture
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Hello

We are due to pick up our first doberman puppy in 3 and a bit weeks I cannot wait! I have noticed some people train their dogs to ring a bell when they need to go outside. How do you do this?

Second question how should I introduce him to my two cats? I read on one website that I should go in a room with the cats and puppy and all of us stay there and let them have a hiss/sniff so the cats don't run away. Do you think this sounds about right?

 

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We just taught Harley to ring a bell, but first you need to set the foundation that outside is the right place to potty.  It requires lots of praise and encouragement everytime they go outside.  If they have an accident, just clean it up.  This takes time. It won't happen quickly. Harley is 6 months and is now starting to get it. 

A tidbit: My parents-in-law taught their springers to ring a bell using their paws and now the handcarved door is ruined.  Make sure you teach them to use their nose.  Here is a website that can probably explain it better than I could. 

http://www.aspcabehavior.org/articles/87/Teaching-Your-Dog-to-Ask-to-Go-Out.aspx


Also, since we put the bells on the door knob and it rings everytime the door opens, Harley has started barking at every clinging sound.  We don't know how to deal with that yet. 

Good Luck!

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Oh and read the section about playtime v pottytime.  This describes our little Cav to a tee.  Once she figured out how to tell us she wanted to go out she would use it as a way to get attention and play.  Oh she got a kick out of watching us jump to get her outside! LOL!

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Oh, that's Fancy's game, go to the door and act like you just GOTTA go out.  The slider sqeaks some when it opens, the little dogs hear it and go racing out, and Fancy just stands there and won't go out.  It's her way of ditching them I guess!

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For the cats, I would use a baby gate, and let them sniff through it to see how they react.  You don't want someone getting hurt!

For the bell, I would do as much research as possible.  If you're not familiar with dobes, I would get as much info in as you can.  They are such a smart breed, you don't want to end up with a dog that starts to associate the bell withing being able to go outside, as opposed to ringing the bell to go for a potty break.

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dont know about a bell..i just taught my abby to go to the door and sit....simple and easy...as for the cats...its a pup...let the pup run the house if it will...they will warm to each other...have done this time and time again and has never failed for me...

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I agree with Kevin. Your cats should have space in the house the puppy does not go. It will help them adjust and keep them safe as they all work it out. Also, your puppy should not have full run of the house right away this will help with potty training.

I'd get the potty training taught and then think about the bell signal. Knowing outside is where they go
first is easier then incorporate the bell or your signal. They often times teach you what their signal is.

Happy for your puppy adventure coming up! It's a lot of work but well worth it :)

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I have already fitted a baby gate so the cats have a few weeks to get used to it without being in a rush. They have full run of the house and the puppy will be keep to rooms downstairs to start with.

Thank you for the advise on bells I will do more research on that and keep it for a later date.

My mums cats and dogs slept together so I am sure it will work out just want to do it right so we all have a comfy life!