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This trick of training a dog how to ring the doorbell to come in the house is taught by hit or miss, literally. Remember we told you when you were teaching your dog to SAY YOUR PRAYERS that you would be using some of those commands again? This is one of those times. Your reverent dog learned PAWS UP to properly say his prayers. Now well do a variation on that command to teach him to let you know when he's ready to come in. But first, a word from your mother: unless your dog is spectacularly obedient, he should never be out alone. If you perimeter-train him, that is, train him to stay on your property, he may still decide not to. Perhaps he'll get his copy of the Doggy Daily and find out that there is a bitch in heat close by. This temptation will be likely to override your training. Or he may just spot another dog close by and want to take a romp. Dogs love to wander, explore, see the world. Don't worry, he'll send you a postcard. But we know his safety is all important to you. You don't want a postcard — you want your dog. So use this trick merely as a fine and flashy trick when you bring Snowflake home from her walk — or — Sorry! Fence your yard and turn this amazing trick into something really practical.
If your yard is fenced and hour dog is safe, it can save you miserable outings in the rain late at night. On Sunday mornings, you can pad to the door, half asleep, and let Snowflake out for a romp.
Instead of scratching the paint off your door or sounding off and irritating your neighbors, she will obediently ring the bell when she's ready to join you for hot rolls and the Sunday paper. Now that your dog's safety is assured, we'll gladly teach you this astounding trick.
Take snowflake for a walk first so that she is not pulling away and distracted when you are trying to teach her something new. When you return home, clue in a cohort, your kids, wife, husband, pal, to be ready to open the door promptly and offer a treat when the bell rings. Approach your door, tap the doorbell, and command PAWS UP. An energetic tone will help. Encourage your dog to place her paws right on the bell, but initially praise her just for standing up where you tell her to. Say PAWS UP, RING THE BELL. Have your coconspirator watching so that he doesn't open the door for your ring, only Snowflake's. PAWS UP, GOOD GIRL and you ring the bell.
If Snowflake hits it once, by design or by accident, the door should open to ebullient praise and a great treat. Do not repeat the trick now.
Whenever you are in the mood to stay outside a few minutes longer than usual, repeat the trick. Once Snowflake rings the bell, in she goes to a grand reception. If you've just taught her to bark to go out, she'll catch on to this variation even faster. As she is getting more accurate, drop PAWS UP and tell her RING THE BELL. If you are alone, prepare your key and open the door quickly.
Immediately praise Snowflake. Once she gets good at this, you can get her a job as a door-to-door saleslady. Now, if your yard is fenced, you can let her out and wait for the buzz.
What if your Snowflake is too short to reach the bell? You can't have everything. If you don't want to go out and buy a taller dog for this trick, place a box under the bell. Pat the box, telling her UP. Continue as above. Make sure the box is very steady or she won't want to get up on it.
With a fenced yard and a trick dog, you're in business. Watch your friend's faces when she barks to go out and then rings the bell to come in. It should be well worth the time and effort involved.
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