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This version of How to Potty Train a Dachshund was reviewed by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS on June 11, 2015. Donations are processed through PayPal, a safe and secure payment center, and help cover the costs associated with the Dachshund's entrusted to our care. House training is probably one of the number one reasons that families surrender their dogs to shelters. House training is NOT teaching your dog to not to relieve themselves in the house, it is a a matter of teaching your dog to relieve themselves in the appropriate place. Please keep in mind that although a dog is listed at shelters and rescues as being house-trained, every house is different, and YOU will still need to learn your dog's habits and establish a routine, based on the needs of your dog and your household routines.
Depending on what motivates your dog, such as treats, praise or a toy, will help you motivate your dog in the process of training them to relieve themselves outside. Keep in mind that the process of training your dog to eliminate outside, is also a process of expanding their den to include your den. DO NOT punish your dog for accidents that you find, as they will not associate the punishment with the mess on the floor. In this, it's good to remember that puppies younger than 5 months cannot hold their bladder for longer than a couple hours, and they need regular trips outside.
When using a crate, place the kennel in a high traffic area, near the door, so that your puppy does not feel isolated. Day Crate: For extended periods, be sure to provide your dog with activity toys, such as kongs or other non-shreadable toys. Night Crate: A dog will usually sleep through the night as their metabolism slows down, just as yours does.
Paper or Pad Training: Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to paper-train or pad-train your dog.
The box area should not be any larger than a pad and only placed out in the event of your dog being left alone for longer than the usual amount of time you are away.


If your dog relieves themselves in their crate, clean the crate thoroughly and wash any blankets or rugs right away. Older dogs need to be treated like puppies in their training or re-training for appropriate locations to relieve themselves.
They are intelligent, but they generally have their own mind.[1] However, if you're persistent, you can generally convince your dachshund to use the bathroom where she's supposed to do so.
Choose a verbal cue, such as "Go to bed." Say the cue, and throw a treat into the crate while your dachshund is watching. If your dog can stay in the crate for 30 minutes or so without you in the same room and without whining, try putting her in the crate at night. For instance, dogs that are 2 months old and under should only be kept in a crate for up to an hour, while 2-3 month old dogs can start moving up to 1 to 3 hours.
If you catch your dachshund in the process of using the bathroom inside, startle her a bit with an "uh-oh" or slightly sharp noise.
Punishments will likely just make the dachshund afraid of you, meaning she won't go around you but she may do so when you're not around. Puppies less than 4 months old, should not be confined longer than 2 hours; more than 4 months old, no more than 4 hours.
This is counter-productive to the idea of teaching them to NOT relieve themselves inside the house, YOUR den. While the crate is a great mini-den for the dog, the house is YOUR den, and the dog needs to learn not to eliminate in your den. Make sure you keep the leash in your site, at all times, which keeps your dog within reach when they decide to wonder. Keep in mind that it is best to give your dog a break, a some point during a full day in a kennel.
This is not the rule, and it is best that you set a routine to go potty before going to bed or placing your dog in the crate for the night.


If you need to set-up an area for your dog to relieve themselves inside, ensure that the area is a last resort! For cleaning use an enzymatic cleaner to finish the cleaning, to help reduce the scent, so that your dog does not find the crate as an acceptable location to relieve themselves or mark. So, spend time in all areas of your house, with your dog, then use your command training to restrict areas. Tie the leash to your chair of belt-loop, if necessary, to ensure that you are paying attention to where your dog is. With puppies, the hourly rule stands, so be prepared to give your puppy a potty break every 2-4 hours until their bladder is developed enough to hold it for up to 8 hours. It is best to avoid dirt, especially if your dog is male, likes to dig or is an alpha scrapper (kicks dirt when done marking or eliminating). It takes time, like any behavioral training, for a dog to get in the habit of doing what you expect; and, it takes consistency and patience on your part, to ensure for the ultimate success of your dog's training needs. Unlike other animals, however, one of the reasons dogs make great house pets, is their ability to learn the house rules.
If you dog wonders off to relieve themselves, this is NOT their fault, it is YOUR fault for not paying close attention. DO NOT get angry or yell at your dog for this, as it can cause them to just find places where you do not see them, to relieve themselves without being caught. As with any training, consistency is key in working on the processes you want to teach your dog. Just like day time, if your dog eats or drinks, they will need to relieve themselves within 15 - 30 minutes after.



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