[nagdu] I gotta go out

larry d keeler lkeeler at comcast.net
Fri Aug 7 17:23:02 UTC 2015

That works! When Holly wants to go out, she comes to me and bangs her head
on my leg until I grab the leash! 

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From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Julie J. via
Sent: Friday, August 07, 2015 12:30 PM
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Subject: Re: [nagdu] I gotta go out

Danielle's description is what I intended to do.  Now for what actually

I live in a tiny town with no craft and hobby store.  The kind of bells I
wanted, the large round jingle bells, are only available around Christmas 
because they are sold as a Christmas decoration.   When I found them I 
bought them immediately and hung them on the back door.  I figured I'd get
to the training part in a couple of days, but was busy with all the things 
that go with the holidays and my son's birthday is in there too.   In the 
meantime I just gave the bells a jingle right before I opened the door to
take the dogs out.  I did zero training.  Just tap the bells while saying,
"outside" and opened the door.  Within two days both Monty and Belle were
jingling the door bells to go out pretty consistently.

A warning about the bells...smart dogs catch on to the fact that when they
ring the bells a person comes immediately.  They will put 2 and 2 together
and will start ringing the bells when they want you to come to attend to
other needs, like to fill the water bowl, food, to play or just to say their

bored and want to go out to goof around.   To me it's not a huge deal.  I 
figure at least we are communicating and we can figure out what the need is
when I get to the door.


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