If only your pooch could talk, it would make life so much easier – especially when it comes to what he wants or needs to do. We can all learn our dog’s quirks and body language to guess what they are trying to communicate but there are some needs – going for a pee for example – that sometimes need a clearer call to action.
Which is exactly where the dog doorbell come in. These nifty gadgets mean your pet can ring the bell when they need some outside toilet time. With the correct training, a dog doorbell can take the guesswork out of what your dog is trying to tell you. And that means a happy pooch and less ‘accidents’ around the house.
Available in a range of styles and sizes, there’s a dog doorbell to suit your pooch. To help ring in some changes when it comes to toilet time, we’ve taken a look at some of the best dog doorbells on the market.
The Best Dog Doorbells
Straightforward and sturdy, Potty Bells dog doorbells are a quick and easy way for your pooch to let you know he needs to go! Made from a tough nylon strap that’s a good length to hang on your door handle without getting in the way, you also get six bells for a ring you can easily hear but doesn’t have an annoying jingle to grate on you or your dog. The strap is also adjustable for smaller dog and young pups too. We also like the fact that the strap is available in a choice of eight colors so you can match your new doggy doorbell with your décor. Complete with effective instructions on how to teach your dog to ring the bell, you’ll be surprised how easy it can be to get your pooch to use these Potty Bells.
- BrandCaldwell’s Pet Supply Co.
- Weight0.32 ounces
Discreet and smart, the Mighty Paw dog doorbell is an electronic doggy doorbell that will fit with most homes. Plus, as it’s water resistant, it can also be used outside. The receiver plugs into your typical wall socket, meaning the bell pad itself is wireless. And you can opt for one or two bells, for different doors in your home, as long as they are within 100ft of the main receiver. The doorbell button fits to your door or wall via adhesive strip so set up is quick and easy. To use, your pooch needs to learn to press the pad, so may be a little bit of a struggle for a young pup but once they get the hang of it, this system is effective in letting his needs be known. Both the bell volume and ring tone can be adjusted to suit and with 38 sounds available, you could well be spoilt for choice.
- BrandMighty Paw
- Weight5.4 ounces
When it comes to your pup, sometimes less is more and for a simple way to ring out his toilet needs, you can’t really go wrong with the GoGo doorbell. You get just one bell, and a cute one at that, plus an easy to fix wall or door mount. This gives you the flexibility of where you place the GoGo and its height, so great for pups or smaller dogs. Your pooch needs to tap the bell and it will chime a pleasant sound that’s kind on both your pup’s and his human’s ears. The fuss-free design means that it’s safe to use, without getting paws or claws caught. And its metal design is robust and for the price you can afford to get another one for outside. With easy to follow training instructions, the GoGo is a great choice as a puppy doorbell.
- Weight1.6 ounces
The Pebble aims to make training your pooch to use its doorbell even easier, with a built-in treat holder to make going to the loo a rewarding experience for your dog! Wireless, rain and snow proof and easy to install, this is a quality doggy doorbell you will both enjoy. Plus, it’s also available in a twin-pack so he can let you know when he is ready to come back in.
Made from dog-safe plastic, you get a battery-operated receiver and a bell that responds well to your dog’ paw press. The chime is pleasant and easy to hear, and the receiver has a range of up to 250 feet. Plus, you get a choice of 36 tunes and it all comes complete with an easy to follow user manual so you can effectively train your pet to ring when he needs that outdoor ‘comfort break’.
- BrandPebble Smart
- Weight9.4 ounces
Zacro seem to have thought of everything with their jingle bell style doorbell, not only do you get two goody doorbells but a clicker trainer and poop bag dispenser to boot!
The two door-hanging bells have a nylon strap which can be adjusted in length as well as seven jingle bells to make a decent amount of noise to get your attention. Simply hang onto your door handle in easy reach of your pooch, and he’ll soon be summoning you to let him out. To help with training your pup to use the doorbells, you also get a handy clicker to get his undivided attention. Once he gets why he is ringing the bell and gets on with his outdoor business, you also have a clip-on poop bag dispenser to help with the essential post-business clean up. And, with solid jingle bells and robust nylon, these doorbells are also tough enough to hang outside.
- Weight11.7 ounces
Discreet and classy, this metal potty bell from Mighty Paw will blend nicely into your home but don’t underestimate this small but perfectly formed bell, it has an impressive ring when needed. With a brass bell and iron support, this is a robust all-metal dog doorbell that has been finished in a silver coating for a smart look. It is easy to install and can be set at the optimum height for your pooch and there are no sharp or hidden bits that can catch claws or paws. We particularly like the springiness of the support bar, which amplifies the bell’s ring, giving a distinct, pleasant sound that can easily be heard. The Mighty Paw Potty Bell also comes complete with a three-step training manual plus purchasers also get access to a host of additional training guidance online.
- BrandMighty Paw
- Weight0.16 ounces
Leather is a robust but safe material which is ideal for training toys and gadgets and this Dog Doorbell from the Dog Goes Ruff is certainly up to the rough and smooth of training your pup to ask to go to the loo. Made from quality leather, the hanging strap is a decent length and holds six copper jingle bells that emit a solid ringing sound when knocked or pulled. Using a clicker or treats alongside positive praise, you should easily be able to train your pooch to use the doorbell to ask to be let out. The leather strap is not adjustable so may not be suitable for small dogs or younger pups but for larger pets it can stand up to a lot of use and abuse come toilet time. And while these hanging doggy doorbells are not the most discreet in our review, they look smart and well-made and won’t look out of place in your home.
- BrandThe Dog Goes Ruff
- Weight0.6 ounces
Why not make your dog doorbell stand out with these fun patterned pair of hanging doorbells designed to last. Made from tough nylon to resist chewing, you get four circular copper bells that create a loud but pleasant ringing sound. They are not length-adjustable however they will hang nicely on a door handle or knob for easy access for most dogs. Hook one inside and the other on the outside and you get a communication system for your dog when they want to come in or go out. Not the most sophisticated of designs but the solid principles of the doggy doorbell are there and with a little time and training, your pooch will soon be happily ringing every time they want to tinkle!
- Weight3.2 ounces
With thick-walled jingle-style bells that are clear and have a pleasant sound, the Mighty Paw. Tinkle Bells are a no-frills but effective bell for dog to ring when they want to go outside. Set on a black nylon strap that has a decent length and a reinforced rivet to hold together the top loop, you can hang this dog doorbell on a door handle or hook – which is included for free. Follow the three-step training manual and your pooch should quickly learn to knock the bells with their paw or nose to get your undivided attention. The strap is not adjustable but at 24 inches should be long enough for smaller dogs and is available in a choice of six colors to match your home.
- BrandMighty Paw
- Weight4.8 ounces
Chew-proof and adjustable to work with most sizes – and ages – of dog, these Potty-Training Bells from Banjo’s Box are a great choice for the more boisterous pooch. With its tough nylon ribbon strap that has three adjustable length settings, you also get two sets of tough chrome-plated jingle bells that give a nice chime. Simply set to the desired length and hang over the door handle, and the bells are easy to reach, whether that is by paw or nose. In sleek black, this dog doorbell looks smart and thanks to the robust design, should stand up to plenty of enthusiastic use. Step-by-step user and training instructions are included.
- BrandBanjo’s Box
- Weight0.32 ounces
Best Dog Doorbells Guide & FAQ
Things to Look for in a Puppy Doorbell
When it comes to your pup, you only want the best and with a dog doorbell, you need to ensure it’s up to the job. Here are the key features you need to look for when buying a pet doorbell:
When training a dog, especially when it’s a boisterous young pup, you need to ensure the dog bell is safe and robust. When choosing your pet doorbell look out for loose and small parts or any weaknesses that could mean the bell could break easily or catch on your pup.
- Ease of use
There’s a good range of bells on the market, from simple hanging bells to more sophisticated electronic devices. When picking the right doorbell, consider how easy it is to set up and use. Also take your pooch’s breed, energy levels and personality into account, as some dogs are more suited to mouth activity while others prefer to use their paws.
Your dog doorbell will be a visible feature in your home, so make sure you’re happy with the design and style. For a more discreet look, you could opt for one of the smaller electrical devices or for a more ‘obvious’ look, a door hanging bell will certainly be a talking point. But whichever style you choose, the main thing to consider is whether it’s a style that your pooch will take notice of, and more importantly readily use.
The doorbell you choose needs to work easily with the size of your dog, both as a pup and as he grows so make sure he can reach the bell. A dog bell that can be easily adjusted in height or relocated for different sizes of dogs is a good option.
- Sound and volume
It’s one thing for your dog to be able to reach and activate the doorbell, but you also need to be able to hear and respond to it. Ensure your new pet doorbell has a sufficient volume for you to hear, even if you are not immediately next to it. And the sound the doorbell makes is key too as you have to live with it! The sound needs to be distinct, so it attracts your attention but not unpleasant or overbearing. Your pup also needs to be comfortable with the sound and volume as you don’t want to scare him and create a sense of anxiety.
Different Types of Doggie Doorbells
There are two main types of dog doorbells to choose from:
- Hanging jingle doorbell
A simple, effective design, a hanging dog doorbell is made from a length of fabric with several jingle-type bells attached to it. Your dog can then tug on the fabric when he needs to go out, creating the sound of jingle bells. However, you can’t control the volume or sound of the jingle bells, and you will have to get used to the sound of the jingle every time the door opens. You can also get an arm-mounted hanging dog doorbell which you can mount to the door or wall at any height, so are a good choice if your dog is on the small side or you don’t want to hang the bell directly onto your door.
- Electronic doorbell
Electronic or digital doorbells require your pooch to push a button with their nose or paw and generally come in two parts – the button and receiver. This means you can fit the button near to the door and carry the receiver with you when you are in another part of the house so you can still hear the bell alert. The beauty of these wireless doorbells is that you can adjust the volume and even the sound. You can also get a mat-style electric doorbell that is placed by the door and is triggered when your pet steps onto it.
Training Your Pooch to Use a Dog Doorbell
With positive reinforcement and a little patience, most dogs can learn to use their pet doorbell. Your doggy doorbell should come with user instructions, but as a guide, here’s the basic process for training your dog to ring the bell:
- Teach your dog to jingle the bells or push the button: Introduce them to the doorbell and encourage them to use their nose, paw or mouth, whichever is appropriate to them and the bell. Now teach them to ring the bell when prompted. Reward and provide plenty of positive reinforcement.
- Associate the bells with ‘outside’: Once your pooch is happy to ring the bells when prompted, open the door slightly each time they do. Then move on to saying ‘outside’ and once they ring the bell on that prompt, open the door.
- Make the bell mean ‘outside’: Once you see your dog has got the ‘outside’ association, actually go outside when she rings the bell, encouraging her to follow you to her usual ‘potty spot’. Repeat, repeat, repeat until she rings the bell then goes outside herself. Keep praising your pet on her successes until it feels like second nature.
Best Dog Doorbells FAQ:
Q: Can I use a dog doorbell outside?
A: Always read the manufacturer’s instructions for guidance on where you should fix your new dog doorbell. However, the main intention of the bell is for your dog to let you know he wants to go outside. If you also need a bell outside for them to let you know it’s time for them to come back in, the bell needs to be weather and water-resistant.
Q: My puppy is a chewer. Are dog doorbells safe for him?
A: If your dog likes to chew, then check the product to ensure it is ‘chew-proof’. Tougher materials such as nylon or leather will give your new doorbell the chance of a longer shelf-life if your dog is a chewer.
Q: Do hanging bells hang low enough for small dogs to reach?
A: It all depends on the specific product and where/how you place them. Your pooch needs to be able to easily reach the pull for the bell and it needs to be clearly visible and available to them. For smaller pooches, opt for an adjustable hanging doorbell or one of the mat-style electric devices.
Our Top Pick
Solid, well-made and adjustable, the Potty Bells Housetraining Dog Doorbells are easy to use and great value for money, making them our Top Pick. If you are looking for an effective and straightforward way for your pooch to let you know he needs to go out, then check out these nice-looking hanging jingle bells. Available in a choice of colors and with easy to follow instructions, these could well be the doorbells to ring in a positive change for you and your pooch.