Product: Poochie Bells
Claim: Train your dog to ring the bells to alert you that it needs to go outside. Easy way to house train a dog.
There is training help via written instructions with each set of bells and more details on the product website.
Where to Buy: On-line via Amazon, E-bay… you get the idea. I purchased mine at a mall kiosk. The above website has places where you can purchase by state. Very nice.
Price: $15.95 on Amazon. I purchased mine for around $13.00.
Did it Work?: In short: yes.
Details: They worked a little too well. After showing Nala how to ring the bells twice, a monster was born. Every time there is a squirrel or rabbit outside, ring ring! Whenever she’s sick of the apartment and wants some new scenery, ring ring! So she is very clear what they mean… outside.
I have read some on-line reviews that claim the reviewers’ dogs don’t like them, or can’t get the idea. Every dog is different. Nala catches on to most things very quickly so we had luck fast. Plus, she was over eight months old when she learned to use them, not a 12 week old puppy. I’m sure a puppy needs some more time.
Is it a Keeper?: Still hanging by the back door. Sure, the user sometimes abuses them, but I can’t see her by the back door when she wants out, so they have become a slightly annoying necessity.