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Potty Training the Independent Dachshund

With his comical personality, the dachshund puppy can be a joy. But his independent and often stubborn nature can make training him a challenge. What can you do to help your pup master the art of the potty? The answer is simple: make sure you have a firm, consistent program.

Crate training can be a very effective method for dachshunds. Since dogs do not like to relieve themselves where they sleep, temporarily confining your dachshund puppy to a small crate helps him to learn to “hold it” until taken to the designated spot outside the crate.

Your crate should be just large enough to contain your puppy’s bed. Young puppies generally have the urge to eliminate shortly after drinking or eating and waking up, and can urinate up to six times a day. The moment you see pacing or circling, quickly take your puppy to his outdoor “toilet” area. As soon as he eliminates, shower him with praise and affection, even a puppy treat, to reinforce the good behavior.

Don’t rush or disturb your dachshund puppy by playing with him during this “business” moment. Sometimes one break can last up to 10 minutes. And be sure that all family members helping in the house-training process use the same spot each time. Consistency is key, because the odor of previous visits will encourage your puppy to establish a “same spot” elimination routine.

Remember, your dachshund wants to please you. Be consistent and patient, offer plenty of praise and chances are you won’t ever have to call in the carpet cleaners.

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