Since we are the only UK stockists of Poochie Bells I asked Kajsa who I met through twitter to test out the doggie doorbell. Here is her full and frank review! I'd heard of these bells through a podcast and wondered if it might be useful for my pupster (Bumble, 6-month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier) to get to grips with. You see, she's fairly good at telling me when she needs to go; she sits quietly and patiently by the back door until I go and open it. Unless I don't know she's there, because she's quiet and patient, in which case she finds the next best place to do her business, which of course is indoors... I didn't want to encourage barking or scratching so when I heard of these bells I thought it was a great idea! Luckily I follow Dougal's Den on Twitter and saw they wanted a dog trainer to review the bells, so I signed up. I received the bells very quickly in a neat little package and was extremely pleased with the look and quality of the bells - they really are very cute (I got the "cold nose, warm heart" bells). I read the instructions and was a little bit confused as it (more or less) just said to hang the bells up, ring them every time the dog goes out and eventually the dog will start ringing the bells themselves. Well, I tried this with Bumble and she paid no attention to it whatsoever. So I decided on a different tact. I've taught her the "touch" command, whereby I hold my hand out, say "touch!" and she touches it with her nose. I changed it so that every time she wanted to go out, I held the bell out, told her to "touch" and as soon as she did, I opened the door and said "good girl!". Her reward was only the door opening and the "good girl". I carried on doing this with my hand slowly moving further away from the bells and my command changing from "touch" to "ring the bell". I had to do this very gradually as she wasn't convinced she needed to ring the bell to be let out. I received the bells on 6th Nov and on the 25th Nov she rang them on my command when I was nowhere near the bells. The next morning 26th Nov she sat by the door and I could see her starting to look at the bells, so I just waited and - hey presto! - she rang the bells without prompting! What a clever pupster! So it's taken three weeks, but perseverance pays off. In Summary - Quick shipment - Excellent product - quality at a good price; looks cute hanging on the door - Instructions are not the easiest to follow and I don't think they'll work for all dogs, but I think any dog is capable of learning how to use the bells - Great idea. Now Bumble can actually tell me when she needs to go instead of me guessing all the time. Highly recommended. Kajsa is a dog trainer hence the reason we asked her to try the Poochie Bells out and her company Cassy & Co can also take care of your pet sitting and dog walking in both Nottingham and London. You can even check out this great video of Bumble with her Poochie Bells. Thanks to Kajsa for taking the time to test the Poochie Bells out for us.
We are very excited to announce that even more Poochie Bells will be available very soon from our shop. We first discovered Poochie Bells when we were on holiday in South Carolina at Hilton Head where the Salty Dog Cafe has amongst other things their very own Poochie Bells. They are a new product in the UK and right now we are the only online stockists, so what exactly are they are they?Well if you want to train your dog to let you know when they want to go outside to take care of some business Poochie Bells may be the answer for you. Our dog Dougal normally just goes to sit by the door when he wants to go out hoping that we will notice him. On occasions we have not spotted him and once or twice we have ended up with a puddle on the floor. So with the Poochie Bells which simply hang on the door handle you can, with a little patience train your pooch to ring the bells when they want to go outside. (Even the cats use them sometimes if they are feeling lazy and do not want to use the cat flap!) They come in a great range of colours and designs, the various stripes are our favourites, soon we will have some seasonal sets which would look great matched with your christmas decorations. We will be stocking some replacement ribbons so you can ring the changes as well as some very cute pewter hooks if you want to attach them next to the door instead of hanging on the door handle. We have a limited range available right now as they are the most popular product currently in the shop but more are on the way to us so if you fancy a unique and functional present for your pooch or your poochie pals then make sure you check back soon.