As cute as they are, Dachshunds are notoriously hard to potty train. In fact, statistics show they are among the top 20 breeds considered to be the hardest to housebreak. While most Dachshund pups can be potty trained over time, some will never be completely housebroken, and you will need a crate for when you are asleep or not at home. Just keep this in mind as you work with your pup and be patient. Never punish him or scold him for accidents, instead use positive reinforcement techniques as they will be far more successful.
The task at hand is to train your Dachshund puppy that the only place it is acceptable for him to go potty is outside in his designated area. Just remember, Dachshund puppies are notoriously hard to potty train, so you must be patient and willing to work your pup on a regular schedule if you want your training efforts to be successful. Also, keep in mind, your pup has a small bladder that will need to be drained frequently in comparison to, say a Bull Mastiff or Doberman that has a much larger bladder.
To get started you need to make sure your pup has a collar and is used to wearing it. You will need this to attach his leash to in order to take him outside to his designated potty spot on the lawn. You must be prepared to provide your pup with constant supervision or have him in a crate when you can't. You also need a couple of additional supplies, including:
The last two things you will need to successfully potty train your pup are plenty of time to work with him and a large supply of patience, as this process is not going to be easy. You will be using standard training methods, but you will need to work just that little bit harder if you want to be successful.
Hi. So I have been using puppy pads. And he does well with that. Since he is still not at the recommended age to be at a dog park I am afraid to take him out and start potty training. I live in an apartment and the area where he can go in the park is where other dogs go and do their business/play. Do you still recommend I potty train him now and just be out for that specific need or do you think I should wait a couple of weeks before letting him be out where other dogs have been.
Hello Alessandra, That depends largely on when his last set of puppy shots was. If he received a set at twelve weeks, then he is likely protected enough to be outside. Check with your vet. It's not the number of shots he has but how old he is when he receives the shots that effect protection. If your vet recommends that you wait, I suggest purchasing an exercise pen, a real grass pad, and using the "Exercise Pen" method or "Crate Training" method from the article that I have linked below to get him used to going potty on grass (inside or on a balcony). The article talks about litter box training. You can follow the same steps for the grass pad though. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy For the grass pad I suggest putting something waterproof like a plastic storage bin lid underneath it to make it more waterproof. https://www.freshpatch.com/products/fresh-patch-standard?variant=3477439297&gclid=CjwKCAiA1ZDiBRAXEiwAIWyNC9HmY6PqM_032xN5Emn1vDIvCeRTPe0evxamEUaBgVmoxDZbDNiYBhoCulgQAvD_BwE Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Our puppy goes potty on puppy pads 75-95% of the time, depending on the day. We might have 2 great days and then 2 crappy days (pun intended). He will not stay in a crate without crying accept at night. How can I get better accuracy and also how can I train him to go outside and eventually ring a bell when he needs to go out?
Hello Grace, I suggest using the "Crate Training" method or "Exercise Pen" method from the article that I have linked Below to improve his pee pad training. I suggest one of those methods because you need to prevent accidents and reward potting in thr correct place long enough for him to developed a solid habit of peeing only on the pads. That article mentions litter box training but the steps are the same. You can simply put a pee pad inside instead of a litter box. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Since you want to transition to having him go potty outside, it will be faster and less confusing for him in the long run if you skip pee pads altogether and go straight to outdoor potty training if your schedule will allow it. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Tethering" method or the "Crate Training" method. The crate training method might be a little faster because if will actively help him learn to hold his bladder for longer. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Stormy came my way at 4 weeks of age. She could not control her bladder. I put out washable pads and she learned to go there. I gradually eliminated pads. (She does potty on the carpet in her confusion. Trying to get her to go outside and husband hollered "no!" when she was on a pad.) I've shampooed the carpet 3 times. She goes out at times for a long time, comes back in and potties. She is VERY confused right now and I don't know how to correct our mistakes. She doesn't know what I want her to do and I feel really, really bad. How can I help us?
Hello Beverly, I recommend starting over with Potty Training using the "Crate Training" method from the article that I have linked below. https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+train+a+german+shepherd+puppy+to+poop+outside&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1-ab A very strict crate schedule, that limits her freedom inside when her bladder is not completely empty, should force her to use the bathroom outside and prevent confusing accidents inside much better. Be sure to reward her with treats when she goes potty outside. Don't skip that step. Also she would probably benefit from using the potty encouraging spray mentioned in that article. If she refuses to use the bathroom in front of you because she was scolded inside, then use a twenty-foot leash to take her outside, so that she can go further away from you with some privacy. When she goes, then toss the treats over to her. After awhile she should get more comfortable going in your presence because of the rewards and you can gradually decrease the amount of distance between you and her by shortening the leash. Make sure that the cleaner you are using also contains enzymes and does not contain Ammonia. Only enzymes will break down the urine and poop enough to eliminate the smell to where your puppy cannot still smell it. Also, Ammonia smells like urine to a dog so it can actually encourage peeing. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog refuses to go to the bathroom outside at all. What should I do? What brand of spray do you recommend?
Hello Courtney, Check out the "Crate Training" method from the article that I have linking bellow. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside The "Crate Training" method or a combination of the "Crate Training" method and the "Tethering" method found in that article should be the most effective method or methods for your pup based on what you have told me so far. That particular crate training method only gives your puppy freedom in your home after he has eliminated outside. If you take him outside and he does not go, then he goes back into the crate for thirty minutes, and then when his bladder is a bit fuller he is taken outside again to try again. Eventually he will have to eliminate outside if he has not lost his natural instinct to hold his urine in the crate. When you take him outside quickly lead him outside on a leash so that he will not have an accident on the way. A slight jog is a good pace for that. Also, do not skip the treat rewards when he goes potty because those will help him overcome his inhibition to going outside, and will help in the long run. Lastly, you can still use a training spray and spray that on the area where you wish for him to eliminate on to speed up the process. If you are ordering online, then I recommend the following brand: PoochPads Potty Training Attractant Spray If you are purchasing in store, then one of these sprays may be easier to find and should also work well. Simple Solution Puppy Aid Training Spray Nature's Miracle Housebreaking Potty Training Spray Many training sprays smell similar to one another and are just as effective as one another, so if you cannot find one of those brands don't limit yourself to those options only. Do make sure that it is a potty encouraging spray and not a cleaner or a deterrent though. If you are still having issues with Marvel going, then the issue might be either distraction while outside or your presence near him outside. If he is becoming distracted, then make sure that you are taking him outside on a leash right now, even if you have a fenced in backyard and wish to simply let him outside without you later on. Help him focus on what he is supposed to be doing by getting his attention off of any distractions and reminding him to sniff around and "Go Potty" again by walking him around slowly until he starts sniffing in a spot and calmly telling him to "Go Potty". If he is refusing to go potty because of your presence, then you might need to take him outside on a long leash to give him more privacy but still be able to keep him on task. Make sure that the long leash has slack in it though and do not use a retractable leash for this unless it is in the lock position and not pulling on his neck. When he goes while on the long leash then toss him a treat after he goes, and overtime you can gradually decrease the length of the leash until you can use a normal length leash when you take him out. If you have punished him for having accidents in the past, then that can lead to him refusing to go in your presence. If that is the case, then stop punishing him also. Instead, if he starts to go potty inside, quickly interrupt him by saying something like "Let's go outside!!" and rushing him outside to finish there. If you find an accident after he has already gone, then clean it up and simply pay better attention to him next time. When it comes to potty training consistency, rewards for going in the correct location, and lots of supervision and management to prevent accidents inside work best. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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