Housebreaking a Dachshund – 3 Tips For Success
The Dachshund, or Doxie, is a dog with a unique and loveable personality. Their short-legged stature does not foretell a mild doggy attitude. They were bred to hunt badger, a particularly fierce animal.
The Dachshund is a breed with an independent, sometimes stubborn nature so housebreaking a Dachshund is sometimes a difficult process. Positive reinforcement, consistency and the use of a crate will however aid the training process considerably.
Tip 1. Crate Training
Dachshunds generally do not like to ‘go potty’ outside if its raining or snowing. Indoor potty pads are an option, however trainers generally recommend against using pads as a toilet alternative. Pads only complicate outside potty training.
A crate is useful for housebreaking puppies and older dogs. Crates are not a containment area, prison and should not be used for punishment. It will be seen as a den, a place where your dog can relax and feel safe. Doxies prefer a clean den and resist soiling their home.
The crate should allow the dog to stand and lie comfortably. A large crate for a small dog leaves extra space that could result in an accident. Dachshund puppies have small bladders and need to be led outside before going into the crate and immediately when coming out.
This could also be true for older dogs in need of housebreak training. However, older dogs could stay in the crate for up to six hours, puppies no more than one hour.
Tip 2. Positive Reinforcement
Dog owners should remain patient when housebreaking a Dachshund. Remember, the Dachshund is a stubborn breed and more difficult to potty train than some dogs.
It is very important never to hit your dog or rub his nose in the mess. Clean the accident immediately after it happens and move on.
Dogs respond to positive reinforcement. Each time your Dachshund successfully goes potty outside, the behavior should be followed by ample praise and a treat. He will soon learn that going outside is followed by something good and tasty.
Tip 3. Consistency
Dachshund’s are intelligent and learn quickly when training is patterned by a consistent routine. Young puppies can only ‘hold on’ for short periods of time and must be led outside frequently. This could include one or two trips during the night.
The best time to take your dog outside to relieve himself is after meals, playtime and sleep. As your dachsund grows to maturity, he will be able to hold on to his bladder all night.
Housebreaking a Dachshund is sometimes complicated by their stubborn natures, however, consistency, positive reinforcement, patience and crate training all work together to simplify the process.