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Old 08-14-2013, 02:08 PM
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Default Bell training

I've finally decided to bite the bullet and teach Abrams to jingle bells hanging by the door when he wants to come in from outside. Although I may or may not have bells inside for him to jingle when he wants out, I need him to offer another behavior to tell me he wants in from outside besides throwing the entire weight of his body at the storm door or, if he isn't given access to the door, barking. Jingling bells seems to be a better alternative and won't tear up my door, or annoy the neighbors when I'm in the middle of something and he needs to hold his horses.

I just have two questions:

If anyone has any practical experience, what is the best kind of bells to purchase? I really don't want anything loud or annoying, and inexpensive is a must. (I did have a momentary thought to teach him to paw at one of those desk bells that you ding for service, and just keep that out by the door. LOL But I bet that would get annoying rather quickly.)
The bells will be outside on the porch, and if the wind gusts just right, they will get wet, if that matters. Rusty bells may not be the best thing.

Also, am I right in saying that teaching him to ring the bells is as simple as having him nose or paw the bells, then opening the door for him? I'm assuming he'll catch on fairly quickly, but if there was a specific training technique, I'd love to know!
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