This is part two of our Housebreaking a Dachshund Lesson. Make sure you have read our first article on potty training your Dachshund to learn eight important tips to Dachshund Potty Training.
Now let’s go through the specific steps to Housebreaking a Dachshund to include a sample schedule for you to follow.
A quick review of the basics steps:
1. Follow a consistent routine: The closer you can follow a set potty schedule for your puppy the sooner they will get the hang of this whole potty training drill.
2. Take your Dachshund to the same location each and every time: Your puppy has a great sense of smell and will remember “Oh yeah when I stand over this spot with my master staring at me I’m supposed to do THIS.”
3. Use the same Command each and every time: This is a biggie! If you use a different command each time your puppy may just start to look at you cross-eyed and won’t respond strongly to any of the housebreaking commands.
Here is sample routine and schedule I and many other Dachshund owners use when first housebreaking a Dachshund puppy.
Let your puppy out of its crate, and walk her by a leash, out to the potty spot. Don’t make her too excited when you first see her so as not to cause an accident.
Let your puppy sniff around and circle the potty location. Say “Go potty” or whatever your G rated command may be and wait patiently. As he starts to eliminate, praise him generously with “Good Boy”, “Good puppy”, etc. After the puppy is finished, give more praise and a small treat.
If the puppy does not go potty, calmly return him to his crate for at least 10 to 15 minutes. This is an important step. If you just let him have free reign of the house don’t be surprised if you find a little pile in some corner for you to pick up. Your puppy will definitely have to go first thing in the morning, just not always at your command. This must be learned.
Take him back out to his spot and try again using your command and praise.
How many times you repeat this basic routine depends on a few factors. How old is the puppy? Is the puppy in good health and are you following a set feeding schedule? How much time each day are you playing with your Dachshund puppy?
The following schedule is what we recommend:
6am or whenever puppy wakes up: First bathroom break of the day. Don’t be surprised if you hear some whining or light barking if she hears you stirring about in the morning.
7am: Breakfast followed by a potty break 15-20 minutes later. Once she has done her business, you guessed it, back in the crate. Remember, your puppy is not seeing her crate as a punishment, just the “normal” routine after being highly praised for a job well done.
Mid-morning (for younger puppies under 12 weeks or so): Normal potty routine as first described followed by a quick play session. Make sure you give her a chance to go to the bathroom after playtime. Back in the crate.
Noon: Potty Routine followed by a small lunch for pups under 4 months. Most owners start feeding their Dachshund only twice a day once they get older. Playtime followed by another potty break. Back in the crate.
3pm: Repeat Mid-morning drill
5pm: Potty break followed by dinner. Again 15-20 minutes after dinner, take him outside for another bathroom break. Depending on your work schedule, most owners now use the evening to go on a walk and play with your puppy. Remember if you play inside watch the dog closely for signs it will eliminate. Sniffing, circling, are sure signs it will need to go outside for a potty break. Only crate the puppy if you are unable to monitor her closely.
Bedtime: Potty Break outside, hugs, kisses and into the crate for the night. If your Dachshund puppy is under 12 weeks you will probably be awoken by some whining in the middle of the night. It is OK to take her out for a potty break in the middle of the night. Just put her back in the crate. Don’t be tempted to let her in your bed or you will disrupt all of the crate training you have been trying to do for the last several weeks!
As you see, housebreaking a Dachshund is quite a process. It looks more daunting on paper than it is in reality. Trust us, it will get easier as the puppy gets older. Within a few months the puppy will go on command at her designated spot and will look forward to pleasing you with her good behavior.
Congratulations you now have a cute, adorable, HOUSEBROKEN, Dachshund!