Mighty Paw Dog Doorbell Review – Potty Communication Tool for Your Dog

Mighty Paw’s new dog doorbell, the Smart Bell 2.0., is a button your dog can press with his nose or paw to let you know when he wants to go outside for a potty break. It’s a communication tool and it comes with a training guide.

I’ve been using the dog doorbell for my weimaraner Remy.

This is not a product I pictured my dogs using. My dogs have never asked to go outside unless it’s an emergency status! They just know I’ll take them out every 4 hours so this was a new concept for them.

However, after teaching my dogs what the doorbell is all about, Remy seems interested in using it. I’m going to keep it up for about a month and see how we all like it. I’m surprised how quickly Remy caught on to the concept.

Mighty Paw Smart Bell 2.0 review

There are dog owners who love the idea of using a potty bell, and this modern version is a great alternative to hanging actual jingle bells on your door. This is also much better than your dog barking at the door or scratching at your door.

Mighty Paw dog doorbell

Now, I’ll share more info about the dog doorbell.

Mighty Paw Dog Doorbell Review – Smart Bell 2.0

The Mighty Paw Smart Bell 2.0 comes with your choice of either 1 or 2 doorbell buttons. The button is what you would install by your door for your dog to push as seen in the picture above. However, it’s more natural for most dogs to push the button with their nose vs. a paw.

The button attaches to your door or wall with a 3M adhesive strip, so no tools are necessary.

When your dog pushes the button, the “receiver” is the piece that makes the actual noise. You plug the receiver into any wall outlet. I have our receiver about 7 feet from our button but they will work up to 1,000 feet from each other, according to Mighty Paw.

Mighty Paw dog doorbell

Both the button and the receiver are wireless and require no batteries. You just plug the receiver into an outlet.

The smart bell comes with:

  • 1 or 2 buttons (doorbells)
  • 1 receiver (shown below)
  • Training guide
  • Extra 3M adhesive

The system has 4 volume settings and 38 ring tones!

My only complaints are I would prefer the ring to be even quieter than the current low setting. I also think all the ringtones are too long (5 seconds +).

But then again, some people are using this in a large house and you need to be able to hear it. We have a small apartment and my desk is right by our front door where we installed the dog doorbell.

Cost of the dog doorbell

The Mighty Paw Smart Bell 2.0 is available on Mighty Paw’s website. The cost is $29.99 for 1 button (transmitter) and $39.99 if you want two buttons (transmitters). For example, if you want to put a bell at two different doors.

Use code SMARTBELL5 for $5 off a Smart Bell and free shipping! (Ends Tuesday)

How to train your dog to use the doorbell:

The doorbell comes with a training guide that I recommend following.

The general idea is to point to the button every time you take your dog out for a potty break. Encourage your dog to bump it with his nose. (I used a treat.) Use your command for going outside. I say “Go outside?”

Then quickly head out. If your dog already knows a command like “touch,” that can be helpful for guiding him what to do.

The noise was surprising to my dogs at first, maybe even slightly scary. But they got used to it fast when treats were involved.

My weimaraner Remy is eager to use the doorbell. I can tell he’s really proud of himself for figuring it out. It’s been fun teaching him something new. He’s smart and eager to learn.

Remy did start pushing the button too often once he figured out he would get a treat. All I had to do at that point was stop using treats. Instead, his reward is to go outside for a potty break.

Since then, he hasn’t abused his privilege, but I’ll update in a few weeks to let you know how it’s going then.

My senior Lab mix Ace will push the button to humor me but I don’t think he’ll ever use it as a real communication tool.

Ace was never interested in using actual bells hanging from the door either. That’s just how Ace is! He’s just too polite to ask to go outside and he knows I’ll always take him out. It’s what we’ve done for 11 years. Haha.

Pros of the dog doorbell:

  • No batteries or wires (plugs into outlet)
  • Modern, clean design compared to hanging a strip of actual bells on your door
  • Water resistant
  • No tools necessary
  • Easy for dogs to use
  • 38 ring tones! 4 volume options
  • Comes with your choice of 1 or 2 buttons
  • Should decrease barking and scratching at the door
  • Dogs are less likely to chew or play with this compared to actual bells

Cons:

  • Adhesive could pull paint off (although not always)
  • The volume is loud enough to startle some dogs

Some unique points about this dog doorbell:

It comes with 38 ring tones which is pretty cool, although some of them are pretty similar. I also like how you can adjust the volume. It has a lot of options and it’s simple to use. It has a modern design and technology.

I would recommend the dog doorbell for …

I would recommend this dog doorbell for anyone who wants to provide their dog with a way to communicate they need to go outside.

It’s a great tool for adult dogs or older puppies that are almost 100% potty trained.

I wouldn’t use it for a young puppy still leaning to go potty outside as it just adds too many steps. It’s expecting too much for a puppy to ask to go outside. It’s the person’s responsibility to just take them out every hour.

If you have a senior dog who needs to use the bathroom often, this could be a way to help them communicate and decrease accidents and embarrassment for them.

You could also use the doorbell for outside if you want a way for your dog to tell you she wants back in without barking or scratching at your door.

Get a Smart Bell 2.0 HERE

Giveaway – Win a FREE dog doorbell for your dog!

*Update: This giveaway has ended. Congrats to the winner, Kerry M.

To enter:

Just leave a comment below so I know your dog wants in on the drawing. Why are you interested in this tool?

I’ll choose a winner at random on Thurs Nov. 2. I’ll announce the winner here and notify him or her by email.

Must have a U.S. mailing address to win.

Mighty Paw dog doorbell review

Are you interested in trying a doorbell for your dog?

Let me know in the comments!

Please share this post with anyone who might benefit from a dog doorbell!

-Lindsay

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34 thoughts on “Mighty Paw Dog Doorbell Review – Potty Communication Tool for Your Dog”

  1. I have an 11-month old terrier/dachshund mix, Ty. We’ve had him since he was two months old. He’s been using training bells on our back door since he was about 5 months old. I was so proud when I was in another room and heard him ring them for the first time! The bells have been great, but they bounce against the door every time we go out back. I have really been wanting to try a doorbell so we can take down the bells. It would be so neat to have a doggie doorbell!

  2. Elizabeth A. Paredones

    This is a great way to taking the guessing out of restroom breaks for our dog when he is indoors. Love it!

  3. I hung a jingly bell on the door knob of the exterior door. When my young border-collie/aussie mix wanted to go out he would go to the door and look at me. As we went out I would guide his muzzle over to the bell and ring it and then I’d turn the doorknob and we would go out. It only took a few times doing this before the dog incorporated the bell ringing as part of the going out process and being the bossy dog that this breed is, he was almost immediately ringing the bell to make me take him outside. Initially he rang it a lot, but moderation set in when he realized he was being unreasonable.. 🙂 Maybe this only works with exceptionally smart dogs, but somehow I have a feeling is will work with a lot of them.

  4. Thank you for having this grand prize>> I have three Standard Poodle girls and one of them is a puppy>> when she is old enough I know she would be the bell pusher for the three of them, right now she jumps on the bells on the knob for her sisters to go out ( she is too small to go in the fenced yard right now), she will master this as soon as she is responsible enough to learn and they will all be thrilled at her clever deed…

  5. I currently use a hanging bells on my door for my 12 week old Dalmatian. Every time I take him to the door I have him hit his nose or paw on it and then he gets to go outside. He has already caught on and anytime I hear him ring the bell it is like happy bells going off in my head that he is learning something so quickly! I’m a very proud pup mom 🙂

  6. Sounds great. This would differentiate my dogs bark… as she now barks at me to go out, go to bed and/or play. The bell would be great to say “potty time please”! I hope I win one as I have many friends to Shar this with. Thanks for the offer!

  7. My 9 month old Golden Retriever puppy, Henry, uses “sleigh bells” hanging from a door in our living area to let us know when it’s potty time. Problem is, he uses them even when he doesn’t have to go potty and he just wants to go in and out over and over, especially in the evening when we’re trying to read or watch TV!! I’d love to get something a little quieter than the huge string of noisy bells for him to communicate his desire to go out!!!

  8. Kelley Mctimmonds

    Would luv try something new to try my younger aussie to alert me when she needs to go out this I think would work on both my male he’s trained

  9. I would love this for my pittie , he scratches the door to let me know. He’s a quick learner too. I love all the tips you’ve posted your blogs. They’ve helped me a lot .

  10. This is an interesting option that I wish I had known about prior to investing in the bells. They just aren’t loud enough when I’m in a different room. I want to give my two 11 month old pups Monty (short for Inigo Montoya) and Buttercup a more effective way to signal time to go to the bathroom when I’m in a different room. Right now they just stand at the door silently until I happen to notice. Buttercup will sometimes come get my attention, but Monty will get bored then do something else until he has an accident. This would be an excellent option for them!

  11. Thank you for offering this drawing. My 11 month old Chicolate Lab/Pointer mix may really benefit with this. She has lots of energy. She has been potty trained but now all of the sudden when she is playing in the house she will go potty right in the middle of playing. This may really be something she needs.

  12. This looks like a great product. My dog currently uses the training bells to let me know she has to potty but she also uses those same bells to let me know she wants additional treats too. I am hoping this is better than the bells because the bells have made marks on the door and paint from her smacking them all the time.

  13. Our 11 month old Pointer/Australian Cattle dog mix has soooo much energy. This would be a great tool for her. We’re in our early 60s … who thought getting a puppy was a good idea?! She’s a bundle of life and love and we wouldn’t trade her for nuthin’. She’s our Maggie. Thanks.

  14. I was actually just thinking of how I could make something like this, to train my dog to tell me what she wants, whether it be hungry, need to go outside, or something else. I would love to be able to train her on this doorbell too! It would be the beginning of something great for us.

  15. I would love to try this door bell with my 1 year old Weimaraner. He constantly wants to go outside. Even in the middle of the night. We have taught him to ring bells and he rings them non stop. Not just to go outside. He will ring them if he wants us out of his chair. Just to get us to get up so he can go get in the chair. He will also ring them if he has no water because the water dish is right there. He rings it just because he wants the door open. I thought it was easy to teach him to ring the bells so I would love to try the door bell and see how that works.

  16. Boy, could we use this. Our three-and-a-half-year-old dog, adopted as a rescue, still poops in the house several times a week. He goes outside, runs around, appears to do his business, and then is back at the door minutes later, and unless we notice him sitting there, he goes in the house. He’s a quick learner, so I’m sure this would be easy for him to master, saving us headaches and poop to clean up!

  17. I have a senior dog I think this would work well for. My other one is too young at this point but can grow into. Fun idea.

  18. I am getting a new puppy in November. I would love to train him to do this as my other collie who passed away in October would stand at the door, sleeping I would not see him but I had bells hanging off my bedroom door and he would come in and rub against them and wake me up. It worked for us but this is very interesting and I would love to try this.

  19. Just got a sweet little black French bull dog that is clueless about letting us know when she needs to go! Would like to know almost as soon as she does! This could be the answer!!! Pick me pick me!!!

  20. Jaxon and I would love that it’s hard with me being sick to keep getting up and down to let him in md out your page is amazing

  21. I have always wanted to try this with my dog, Spirit. Since our door is at the back of the house we never know when he is standing there so we have him on our schedule and with a bell he could be on his own schedule.

  22. Murray barks to go out. A doorbell would be amaaaaaazing!!! He loves to have a “job” and this would add to his repertoire of fun!

  23. Zelva has jingle bells but a doorbell would be great so I can hear her from across the house or when I am in the shower. Thank you.

  24. My one year old GSD Blitz would quickly learn to use the doorbell! I had thought about hanging bells but didn’t want the annoyance. He already goes to the door and taps the handle with his nose, but a bell would allow us to hear when we are in a different room!

  25. My son has a new mini Aussie and I think “Archie” is smart enough to learn how to use this! Would love to try this.

  26. I’ve been looking at this product for 2 weeks. We are essentially training our 19 yr. old daughter’s puppy because she works and goes to school all the time. My husband and also work full-time and this would be a God send.

  27. darcia pederson

    I have 2 Yorkies and when it’s time to go outside they just sit and stare at the door, I would love to try the bell so that they can tell me if they are waiting at the door.

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