How to Potty Train Your Dachshund
Although dachshunds are known for being difficult to potty train, it is not impossible to do. Each dog breed is different when it comes to housebreaking, some learn quickly, while others need more time and encouragement. Potty training a dachshund requires that you are consistent and most importantly, patient.
What is the best age to potty train a Dachshund?
Potty training any dog should always commence as soon as possible. If starting early on though, it is important to try and minimize the different places your dog is exposed to. Introducing your doxy to new places before he has received all of his vaccines makes him susceptible to contracting various diseases.
Potty Training Techniques
There are many ways to housebreak a dachshund, but there are two methods that are often preferred;
1. Crate Training
Crate training is the best option for people who have busy lives and cannot dedicate much time to potty training their doxy. This is because crate training takes place at nighttime, when most people are at home.
You will need a few supplies before starting the training process;
- Crate – Make sure the crate is big enough for your dog to comfortably move around in. Remember to include the space that the water bowl and bed will take up.
- Bed – Since your dachshund will be sleeping in the crate throughout the night, it is important that you get a bed that is comfortable.
- Potty Pads – Potty pads, also known as training pads, are essential for crate training. They will prevent your dog’s bed from becoming spoiled in the event that he has an accident.
- Water Bowl – Water should always be available for your doxy. A food bowl is optional, as not all dogs are free fed.
Once you’ve gathered all of the necessary supplies, you can start potty training your doxy! Begin by allowing your dog to become accustomed to the crate. You can place your dog in the crate for a few minutes at a time until he feels comfortable being inside of it. It is okay to give your dog a reward during this time so that he associates the crate as something positive.
Next, take your doxy to the designated place and wait until he urinates or defecates. Immediately after he goes, reward him with a treat, praise, or playtime.
After that, place your doxy in the crate (with bed, potty pad, and water bowl of course) before going to bed. The first few nights, it will be necessary for you to take your dog out of the crate 2-3 times and encourage him to go potty. Immediately reward him after he goes. With some time, your doxy will learn that the crate is his sleeping habitat and that it must be kept clean. At some point, your dog will alert you (by whining or barking) when he feels the urge to go potty.
2. Potty Pad Training
Training with a potty pad is much like crate training, except it requires more time. The good thing about potty pad training is that it is more affordable than crate training. The only supplies necessary for this training method are potty/training pads. These can be purchased online as well as at pet stores. So how does potty pad training work? It is actually quite simple; it’s all about perfect timing.
First, establish a permanent place for the potty pad and let your dog become use to it. Next, take your doxy to the potty pad at times he most likely has the urge to go. For puppies, before and after eating are times they will most likely need to urinate or defecate. For adult dachshunds, you will need to closely observe your dog and determine what time he is most likely to go. Each time your dog urinates or defecates on the potty pad, give him a reward. Continue these steps until your doxy is independently using the potty pads.
Another alternative to potty training your dachsie is using positive reinforcement alone. This is usually only recommended for adults, as it involves exposing your dog to different environments. The main idea behind this method is to encourage your dog to go potty outside and reward him for it each time he does. He will eventually learn that he should relieve himself outside and will alert you when needed.
In the end, potty training your dog is completely worth it; you will be able to spend time with your dachshund inside, as well as outside of your home!
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