I have a JL Haven 16 inch steel bell mounted in the attic of my big old farm house. The bell has a beautiful sweet tone. I trained my cats to come when I ring this bell. A rope runs through the attic floor down to first floor into the kitchen by the window. I trained them by feeding them every time I rang the bell. If they go astray up into the fields, they can hear the bell and within minutes they are all assembled on the porch for meals. It will work on farms with horses, dogs. Try it and you will see. The bell swings like a farm or church bell. I would like to hear from anyone else that does this. This could open up a new reason to keep the bells ringing and in use.
I have a bell collector friend whose daughter has free-range chickens that she must round up nightly.
I suggested my friend donate one of her large bells to use to call the chickens to the coop.
She demurred, on the grounds that the coyotes and foxes would also soon learn
that dinner was being served.
It works every time. In the rural areas a dinner bell can be heard quite a distance and when the animals associate that sound with meals, it will work. I think it amuses the neighbors about what I do and it gives them a bit of nostalgia feelings.