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Hi Everyone!
Getting this out a little later than I would like this week...still cranking in the studio! Please feel free to forward this email using the forward email button at the bottom of this page! Butch and I hope you enjoy the MBB Chronicle and we hope we can help you love your pet a little bit more!
Jeff and Butch
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Article Feature - Butch's Bell!
Butch is Ornery!Author: Jeff Marginean
When Butch was just a pup, I started to teach him to ring a bell that I had tied on the door knob leading outside. Now you might  think that this is a great idea, and in many ways it is. When Butch was about 4 years old I expanded his bell training to include a little "Hotel" service bell that I placed by the door also. This was after I saw one of the "Funniest Video" shows and there was a little fluffy dog that was taught to ring that type of bell. It was just sitting there pounding on the bell over and was hilarious and I thought I'll bet I could teach Butch to use a bell like that!
Well, because it is right by the door, I began tapping it with my foot every time I opened the door to let him outside. EVERY TIME! Repetition and the fact that Butch watches every move I make when we are home, makes it a little easier for him to learn. There is no distractions or other people to take his attention away from what we are doing. Out the door...ring the bell. It did not take him long to get it. He was ringing the bell within a few days when he wanted to go out. On days when I would sleep in a bit longer than he would like, he would go out to the door and ring the small bell. When I didn't hear that one (so he thought) he resorted back to the larger bell on the doorknob, which is louder. This naturally brings me out to open the door for him to go outside.
Ok, great premise right!?! I have to say that it was worth the time to teach him how to do this, because even on the few nights that he had an upset stomach and had to go out at 3am, he would hit that bell and it did wake me up, rushing to the door, knowing he had to really GO to be ringing that bell at 3am!
One problem. My underestimating how smart he really is! After a long day, coming home with Butch, the last thing I want to do is play EVERY SINGLE MINUTE. I like to relax a bit and take it easy before starting a game of fetch. Butch, as you can imagine, has other ideas. PlayPlayPlay PlayPlay all the time. When he realizes that I am not up for it, he would usually go chew on his bone or one of his toys until I am ready. Then one day, it strikes him that, "Ringing the Bell = Jeff getting up off the chair!" Now, what happens is that I have to pretty much know his moves and his actions to be able to decipher WHY he is ringing the bell. If he wants to lay in my chair, he walks over to the door, rings the bell, waits for me to walk over there to open the door, and then he runs and jumps into my chair! He has turned into a devious little ...well you know what I mean! This is a normal pattern for him now. I guess the saying is true "Be careful what you teach your dog, he might really learn it!" You can teach your dog how to ring a bell to go outside. It's surprisingly easy. Hang a bell on your door and make sure he/she sees you touch and ring that bell every time you go out or open the door. They will get it sooner than you think. If they are too small to ring a bell on the door knob, get a "Hotel" bell at wal mart for a couple of bucks and put it by the door. Because it is metal it is unlikely they will chew it up!
Did You Know...
"A Dog's Vocabulary"
Did you know that dog's have the capacity to understand as many as 200 different words! UNBELIEVABLE! I'm still testing this out on Butch but he knows pretty many words that I have taught him over the years. He knows the difference between "Bone" and "Ball"  "Front" and "Back" of the house. His secret word (or release word) is "OK" which will make him do many different things like go up or down stairs and even if I drop a treat or food on the floor he will sit there and wait until I say "OK" before he will touch it. This comes in handy if I drop something like a grape that would really cause him harm. I'm not sure Butch could understand 200 words but I know that he understands 5 or 10 that are the important ones!
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