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The September product the patrons received was Mighty Paw’s brand new dog doorbell, the Smart Bell 2.0. It is a button your dog can press with his nose 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.
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 is giving away a FREE dog doorbell to one lucky reader of That Mutt. You do not need to be a Patreon member to enter. Just leave a comment at the end of this post.*
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.
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 Amazon. Click here. The cost is $29.99 for 1 button and $39.99 if you want two buttons (for example, if you want to put a bell at two different doors).
*That Mutt readers can use code MP20Mutt for 20% off any Mighty Paw product.*
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
- Adhesive could pull paint off (although not always)
- The volume is loud enough to startle some dogs
- If you unplug the receiver, it defaults back to the highest volume and original ring tone so you have to reset it
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.
Giveaway – Win a FREE dog doorbell for your dog!
Mighty Paw is giving away a FREE dog doorbell to one lucky reader of That Mutt.
*Update: Congrats to the winner, Kerry M.
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.
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