In the second step, I introduced the bell. And completely in line, with the shaping behaviour principle of clicker training, I clicked and rewarded in the following increments towards ringing the bell.
Getting close to the bell
Touching the bell with the paw
Touching the top of the bell with paw
Hitting the top of the bell with paw and it rings
This will take several sessions for each of these four goals. It also help to ask Binx to touch the bell with my finger touching it and/or pointing towards it.
The next step is continuing rehearsals and only reward with the best and cleanest taps with the paw on the bell. Or if he hits the bell multiple times.
This step is not really required for having fun with this, but in step four you could add a verbal command in just the same way as we do with other wanted behaviours in clicker training.
Below you can see two other Introductory videos about “teaching your cat to ring the service bell”
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to ask a question, or to ask for practical advice. Let me know in the comment section below, if this worked for you too.