Potty training a dachshund can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Even if your dachshund has some definite traits that make potty training more difficult, there are things you can do to make it an enjoyable process. In this article, we’ll cover the basics of potty training dachshunds as well as give you five tips that will help with training.
When should you start potty training your dachshund?
Dachshunds are a stubborn breed. They can be difficult to potty train, but it is possible. If you have a new puppy, you have an advantage because he is still young and impressionable. It is important to begin potty training as soon as possible. If your dachshund isn’t trained by the time he is six months old, it will become increasingly difficult for him to learn the proper way to go outside. It is ideal to potty train your dachshund between three weeks (21 days) and 3 months.
- Choose a designated spot
Most dogs want to go outside, so they’ll typically do their business somewhere in your yard. But if you have a small yard and don’t feel like walking your dog all the time, potty training may be for you. The idea behind potty training is to pick a spot in your house where you want your Dachshund to go, and make it easily accessible to them.
- Hire a dog walker or dog daycare service while you are away at work or out running errands during the day. This will give your Dachshund plenty of time to get used to their new area.
- When you are home with them, take them on short walks around the neighborhood, using the designated potty spot as a reward when they relieve themselves outside.
- Even if you are not home, take them out for short walks every couple of hours to keep them from getting sick from being locked inside too long without going to the bathroom. After a few days of consistent training, they should be comfortable relieving themselves in the designated spot while you are away.
Once you have achieved this level of success, teach your Dachshund how to use the indoor potty area by placing newspapers down on it for this purpose.
2. Stick to a schedule
It is time to get your doxie used to the idea of going on the potty. The best way to do this is to have a set schedule for when you take him outside and let him go. Do not let him out of his cage or kennel for any other reason — he won’t need it.
Having a set schedule will make this process easier because you will be able to plan on having him out at regular times. This will be easier on both of you and will help your dachshund get into a routine.
You can set up a specific time of day, such as 10:00 am and 4:00 pm every day, or you can use an alarm on your watch or cell phone to remind you when it is time for him to go. Or, if you prefer, train him to use a signal in place of the alarm. Once he has gone in the proper place, tell him “good potty,” give him a treat, and then take him back in his cage or kennel.
3. Pay attention to signals
Certain signals can indicate your doxie is ready to be taken outside. The most obvious one is your doxie trying to leave the room or house. He may whine or bark or act very restless. This should be enough of an indication that he needs to go out. It helps if you know your dog’s normal patterns and behavior. For example, if you usually take the dog out first thing in the morning before he has had time to eat breakfast, then you should take him out first thing after breakfast because he will need to go out then.
You can also check your doxie’s body language for other signs that he needs to relieve himself. This may not work as well for male dogs (since they tend to lift their leg) but female dogs will usually squat when they pee. If you notice your doxie has stopped sniffing around, she might need to go out soon, too.
Look out for signs if he doesn’t stop whining or walking in circles, then continue with this process until he does. Once you notice your doxie has stopped whining or walking in circles, always open the door for him and make sure it’s OK to go outside before letting him out.
4. Use praise and reward
Praise is one of the most powerful tools you can use to train your Dachshund. This is because dogs understand relationships better than they understand words. By using praise, you are teaching your dog that good things happen when he does what you want him to do.
Dogs respond better to praise and food than they do to corrections and negative feedback. If you’re trying to potty train your Dachshund and he keeps going in the house, try telling him “good boy” and giving him a treat every time he goes outside. After a while, your dog will start to associate going outside with treats and will begin looking for opportunities to earn those rewards.
This method works especially well if you catch your Dachshund in the act of doing something good, such as using his designated spot instead of the house. When this happens, immediately tell him “good boy!!!” and give him a treat. Then take him outside so that he can finish his business there, and reward him again when he’s done with another treat. Praise and reward will help you teach your Dachshund how to behave around the house and help you establish yourself as an authority figure in his eyes.
Dachshunds typically need to relieve themselves after waking up from a nap, after eating and drinking, and after playing with other dogs or running around outside. You can help your dachshund learn this through positive reinforcement methods. Dogs learn by association—not all of them need a treat every time they go outside, but most dogs will learn faster if they’re praised each time they use the bathroom in the right place or their designated spots.
Dachshunds are generally good dogs. However, they can be stubborn and independent. They can also become bored and frustrated. All of this makes them more likely to have accidents in the house. As a rule, you should not punish your dog for accidents. Punishing your dog will only make him afraid to go to the bathroom in front of you and he may begin to associate the punishment with the act of going potty which will make it even harder to train him.
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