When choosing a dog doorbell, you’ll find that there are several types available, and the one you want will depend on your pet and your budget. The dog doorbell goes a long way toward making your dog more comfortable because it’s easier for them to let you know when it’s time to go out. It also reduces the wear and tear on your doors and eliminates the need for scratching and barking.
We have chosen eight of the most popular brands of dog doorbell to review for you, and each different kind is on our list. We have also included a buyer’s guide where we talk about the essential elements of the dog doorbell and what to avoid.
Keep reading for our detailed reviews of each brand of dog doorbell, where we compare volume, installation, ease of use, and adjustability, to help you make an educated purchase.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
The 8 Best Dog Doorbells – Reviews 2020
1. PoochieBells – Best Overall
The PoochieBells PoochieBells is our pick as the best overall dog doorbell. This brand features a straightforward design that puts bells on a strap to hang from your door. This system is a time-tested way to help your pet let you know they need to go outside. It uses durable nylon that won’t fray over time, and the two sets of bells are tuned to carry throughout the house and won’t rust or bend.
We found this brand to work perfectly, and it doesn’t require any installation or batteries. Our dogs learned how to use it quickly and consistently lulled the belt when they needed to go out. The only thing we could complain about is that the bells are loud and could scare your dog, especially the first few times you ring them.
2. barkOutfitters GoGo Bell – Best Value
The barkOutfitters GoGo Bell is our pick for the best value, and we believe these are the best dog doorbells for the money. This brand uses a durable, all-metal design that installs with two screws and can be placed at any height to suit your pet. The bell on this doesn’t have any holes, so you don’t have to worry about your dog getting their nails stuck. This brand also comes with intuitive instructions to help you train your dog faster.
The downside to this inexpensive model is that the metal brace that holds the bell can wear down and break after extended use.
The Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell is our premium choice. This brand may be a little more expensive than our top pick, but it has some helpful features that may be worth the price. This model is an electronic doorbell that comes with a transmitter and a receiver. It installs without any tools and has a 250-foot range. The transmitter features an oversized button so your pet can press it easily, and it also includes a built-in treat holder. You can adjust the volume on the receiver and choose one of 36 bells sounds to be your ring tone. The battery can last several weeks, even if you have multiple pets.
We enjoyed this bell while we were using it, and can only cite its high cost as a downside and the reason it isn’t number one.
4. Mighty Paw Smart Bell
The next brand on our list is the Mighty Paw Smart Bell. This model is an electronic doorbell that is fully customizable, with up to 38 different ring tones to choose from as well as four different volume levels. You can purchase this brand with one or two waterproof transmitters, and the receiver can detect the bell up to 1,000 feet away.
The biggest problem we had with this model was that the button was too hard for our dogs to press so they quickly gave up. It might be a good choice for large dogs, but smaller dogs will probably struggle.
5. Caldwell’s Pet Supply Co. Dog Doorbells
Caldwell’s Pet Supply Co. Cal-0585 Dog Doorbells are another brand of the bell-on-a-belt style that we’ve seen earlier. This rand uses durable nylon to create a belt 1.25-inch wide and 25 inches long. The bells are loud and cut through television noise and even loud music. The metal clips are all metal and won’t bend or rust.
While we were reviewing this brand, our dogs kept getting their nails stuck in the hole of the bell. As they tried to break free, the bells would get quite loud, especially if they were banging off the door, which would scare the dog. We also believe this extended interaction with the bell caused them to chew on the belt.
6. Comsmart Dog Training Bell
The Comsmart Dog Training Bell is designed to rest on the floor and features a non-skid bottom to help keep it in place. It’s portable, and there is no installation required. This doorbell resembles a desktop bell you have probably seen before, but it has some modifications to make it easier for your pet to step on as well all look more attractive. It also comes with a training clicker to help you train your pet to step on the bell when they need to go outside.
While we were reviewing this bell, we noticed that it was hard for our dogs to hit it just right. Often pawing the sides instead, which will knock it around despite the skid-resistant bottom, and turn it into a toy. When our pets were able to press the bell, they often did so softly, which produces a quiet ring that you might not hear in the next room.
7. KISSIN Dog Door Bell
The KISSIN Dog Door Bell is a wireless electronic dog doorbell that comes with two transmitters and one receiver. Both transmitters are completely waterproof, and your dog can activate them by touching them, without the need to press. It’s highly adjustable and features 55 different ringtones and several volume levels.
While we were using this device, we found that it’s extreme sensitivity caused two things to happen consistently. First, the batteries die quickly, sometimes lasting only two days. Second, the transmitter would ring when there was no dog.
8. My Doggy Place Wireless Doorbell
The My Doggy Place Wireless Doorbell brand is available with one wireless transmitter, or two. The transmitters for this brand are self-powered and will never require batteries. They are portable, but they also come with wall mounts for a simple, but permanent installation. The receiver will pick up transmissions from up to 100 feet away. It’s easy to press and features several different ringtones.
While we liked that we didn’t need batteries for this unit, we thought the 100-foot range is short and doesn’t read well with the door closed. Also, one of our transmitters stopped transmitting after a few days.
Let’s look at the essential parts of the dog doorbell to help you narrow down your specific needs.
We came across three basic types of dog doorbells. These include the bell on a strap, the desktop bell, and the electronic bell.
The strap bell uses a belt, usually made of nylon, that has several bells attached to it. This strap then hangs from the doorknob, and when your pet needs to go outside, they can grab the belt, which rings the bells. In our experience, this type is the easiest for your pet to learn how to use. It also fastens securely to the doorknob so your pet can’t run off with it, and the nylon belt and metal bells can take a considerable amount of abuse before they fail.
The downside to this type of dog doorbell is that your dog can chew them up if they are prone to chewing. Your dog can also get scared by the loud noise, and nails can get stuck in the small holes in the bell. If they have a lousy experience early on, it’s a lot harder to get them to use it again.
The next type of dog doorbell you see often is a kind-of desk bell. These bells resemble the “ring for service” bell that you might see from time to time. The difference between a dog doorbell and the desktop bell will be some modifications to make it easier for your dog to use. The activator, for instance, will usually have a larger area for your dog to press with their paw. These bells might also contain slip-resistant bottoms and could also be weighted to keep them in place.
The downside to this type of bell is that despite extra weighting and rubber bottoms, these dog doorbells are small and easily carried off. The volume of these bells can also vary quite a bit depending on how your pet hits it, and some dogs can have difficulty pressing it just right for a loud ring.
The electronic bell is the newest type available, and these bells often use a wireless transmitter along with a receiver to work much the same way a standard doorbell does. The dog presses on the transmitter, and the receiver plays a chime. Often the transmitters are attached with adhesive to an area near the door, but they can use screws or even sit on the ground. The receivers usually have several chimes to choose from, and the volume is also adjustable, at least to some degree, on most brands.
The downside to this type of bell is that many of them require batteries. They are usually not very durable, and many can be hard for your dog to press. Rain and humidity are also big concerns with this type of dog doorbell because electronics corrode quickly in a humid environment. We also had the most difficulty training our dogs to use these bells because they didn’t connect the pressing of the device with the sound in the house.
We recommend the belt bell in most cases because it‘s cheap, durable, and it’s easy to train your dog how to use it. Our pick for best overall, the PoochieBells PoochieBells, is a belt bell and is a perfect example of an extremely durable dog doorbell that should last you many years. If your dog is frightened by the loud bells or is prone to getting their nails stuck in the bell, we recommend the Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell, which is our premium choice. This brand features plenty of extras and is easy to use and shouldn’t frighten your dog.
Whichever brand you choose, we hope that our reviews and buyer’s guide have helped make it easier. If you have enjoyed reading, please share these dog doorbell reviews on Facebook and Twitter.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 8 Best Dog Doorbells – Reviews 2020
- Buyer’s Guide