Can older dogs be taught to use the bell?
I have heard of this method before and tried to get my rescued schnauzer (aged 5) to use it. I don't know if I didn't persevere enough or maybe she's a bit thick but she never managed to grasp the concept!!!
I think older dogs can definitely learn to use it. It takes a lot of consistency and praise. Keep at it!
Molly (Blenheim) & Bella (Tri)
Honey, Cassie & Tiki (Cavalier Angels)
I am wondering if older dogs (age 1 1/2 yrs.) can be trained to use these. Quincy stands by the door to let us know he wants out....he seldom barks which would be helpful. Thanks....
Oops! I missed the responses to training older dogs that were sent before mine...........
I bought some from Helping Udders (wish I'd seen yours first!!) but I think my husband thought it was a C'mas decoration. Shortly after the holidays he took them off the door!! I'm going to try again, though. If raccoons can learn to ring a bell for food then a Cavalier should be able to ring one to go outside (unless, of course, she can get someone else to ring it for her!!)
RIP Wallis, John Robert, Tibby & Pip
Mom to JoJo, Roxie & Linguini (Cavaliers)
and my birds Moji (Senegal) and Walter (Blue Front Amazon)
I think with patience any dog can learn to use the bells. Lucky has been using them since he was about 6 months. But I have a friend with a 3 year old that I gave a set to, and her dog learned to use them in a matter of weeks. Patience & consistency are key.
(a.k.a. Lucky's & Sparky's mom!)
Once owned by Rudeepoohs
then rescued by CaraMia and Minnie Moo.
Missing all my girls every day....