Doggy Training


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Well now that Joe is recovering from his triple wisdom tooth extraction surgery, (Oh you, didn’t hear about that? Yeah he was pretty miserable) he’s ready for a bunch of projects. Those are his words, not mine. Most people would be thrilled at the chance to take three days off work, lay on the couch and watch movies while eating ice cream. Ok, maybe not thrilled. It wasn’t exactly a walk in the park. Nevertheless, he’s been going crazy not being able to do anything.

Here’s one of his ideas from last weekend: The Puppy Trainer 3000™

How to Train your Dragon Pooch

Shila is the best puppy ever, but she has a slight problem letting us know when she needs to go outside to do her business. So he thought that if she had some sort of bell system, she could let us know what she needs. She doesn’t really bark, so there’s no vocal cue. The ideas is, she rings the bell and we take her out.

How to train your dragon

We picked up some rope, bells, and a fluffy chew toy.

dog toy bell

It was simple enough to slit it open.

how to make a dog toy potty training

We took out some stuffing and added about 4 bells.

DIY dog toy potty training

Then I stitched it back up and we hung it from the doorknob.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit I had no expectation of this working. But Joe was sick and thought up an easy project, so I went along with it… But she’s actually used it a couple times! So far, so good. We’ll let you know if it sticks. Or if it backfires. What a nightmare if she had an accident with every bell noise heard – think Pavlov’s dog.

pitbull puppy training

On a sad note, Shila and Steve are moving out next month. We’ll miss those guys! :'(

how to train a pitbull bathroom

I know these two have become pretty good buddies. I know these aren’t the most festive of Jingle Bells, but hey. Plenty of holiday cheer coming. We may not have a wreath hanging from the door yet, but Shila seems to like it.


3 years

anniversary chocolates

On a happy note, Joe’s been stuck with me for three years! Wowza. He declared his love with a giant heart of chocolates. Enough said.


Finally, we found a good picture from Friendsgiving.


Anyone else have suggestions for potty training dogs?


2 thoughts on “Doggy Training

  1. Anonymous

    Awwwwww little Steve is moving out hunh? I’ve heard the bell system actually really works! Amy across the street used that format while training their dog Eva! Glad to hear JoEs feeling better!! Miss you gUys!!

    • Yeppp but he can come visit still!

      Really? So it’s not just a half-baked idea of Joe’s? Eva and Lucy are so cute.

      Miss you too Pam! Tell Michael good luck tonight 😀

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