How to Potty Train Your Dachshund

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How to Potty Train Your Dachshund
By LITTLE PUPPY PAWS | May 8, 2024
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Bringing a new Dachshund puppy into your home is an exciting time. These lovable, long-bodied dogs are known for their playful personalities and affectionate nature. However, like all puppies, Dachshunds require proper training, especially when it comes to potty training.

To potty train your Dachshund, establish a routine with regular outdoor trips, designate a potty spot, use crate training, supervise closely, and reward outdoor elimination with praise and treats. Consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement are key!


Understanding Your Dachshund

Before diving into the specifics of potty training, it’s essential to understand your Dachshund’s behavior and tendencies. Dachshunds are intelligent dogs, but they can also be stubborn, which can present challenges during training. Additionally, their small size means they have smaller bladders and may need more frequent trips outside.


Establish a Routine with Your Dachshund

Consistency is key when it comes to potty training any dog, and Dachshunds are no exception. Establishing a routine helps your puppy understand when it’s time to go outside to eliminate. Here’s a basic routine to follow:

  • Take your Dachshund outside first thing in the morning, after meals, before bedtime, and every 2-3 hours during the day.
  • Use a consistent command such as “Go potty” or “Do your business” to associate the behavior with the command.

Choose a Potty Spot for Your Dachshund

Designate a specific area in your yard where you want your Dachshund to go potty. This could be a corner of the yard or a certain patch of grass. By consistently taking your puppy to this spot, they will learn that this is the appropriate place to eliminate.

Is It Okay to Use Training Pads for Indoor Training Your Dachshund?

Using training pads for indoor potty training with Dachshunds can be a personal preference for some owners, but it’s essential to approach this method with caution and a clear plan. Here are some considerations:

  • Convenience: Training pads can provide a convenient option, especially if you live in an apartment or have limited outdoor access. They offer an easily accessible place for your Dachshund to go potty when you can’t take them outside immediately.
  • Transitioning to Outdoors: If you choose to use training pads, it’s crucial to have a plan for transitioning your Dachshund to outdoor potty training. Pads can be a temporary solution while your puppy is young and unable to hold their bladder for extended periods.
  • Consistency: The key to successful potty training, whether using pads or not, is consistency. If you’re using pads indoors, always place them in the same spot. This helps your Dachshund understand where it’s appropriate to go potty.
  • Potential Confusion: Using training pads might confuse your Dachshund about where it’s acceptable to eliminate. Some dogs may have difficulty differentiating between the pad and similar surfaces like rugs or carpets.
  • Gradual Transition: To transition from pads to outdoor potty training, gradually move the pads closer to the door leading outside. Eventually, place the pads just outside the door, then remove them entirely once your Dachshund is reliably going outside.
  • Positive Reinforcement: Whether using pads or transitioning to outdoor potty training, positive reinforcement is crucial. Praise and treats for going potty in the appropriate place (whether on the pad or outside) will help reinforce the behavior.
  • Avoid Long-Term Reliance: Using pads long-term may create a habit that is challenging to break. It’s best to view pads as a temporary solution while your Dachshund is young and gradually transition to outdoor training.

What if Your Dachshund Prefers Using the Carpet?

If your Dachshund is showing a preference for going potty on carpets, it’s important to address this behavior promptly to prevent it from becoming a habit. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Clean Thoroughly: Accidents on carpets can leave behind lingering odors that attract your Dachshund to eliminate in the same spot. Use an enzymatic cleaner specifically designed for pet urine to thoroughly clean any areas where your Dachshund has gone potty. This will help remove the scent and discourage them from returning to that spot.
  • Limit Access: In the short term, consider limiting your Dachshund’s access to areas with carpets where they tend to potty. Close doors or use baby gates to block off these areas until their potty training improves. This helps prevent further accidents on carpets while you work on training.
  • Increase Supervision: When your Dachshund is indoors, keep a close eye on them, especially when they are in carpeted areas. Watch for signs that they need to go potty, such as sniffing, circling, or suddenly stopping activity. If you see these signs, immediately take them outside to their designated potty spot.
  • Redirect to Designated Spot: When you catch your Dachshund in the act of going potty on the carpet, calmly interrupt them with a sharp “No” and gently guide them to their designated potty spot outdoors. Wait for them to finish there and then praise and reward them for going potty in the right place.
  • Use a Leash Indoors: If your Dachshund has a tendency to sneak off to potty on carpets, consider keeping them on a leash indoors. This allows you to closely monitor their movements and quickly redirect them to the appropriate spot if needed.
  • Create Positive Associations: Make the designated potty spot outdoors more appealing by spending time there with your Dachshund. Take them outside frequently and use treats and praise when they go potty in the right place. This helps create a positive association with outdoor elimination.
  • Consistency and Patience: Potty training takes time, especially if your Dachshund has developed a preference for carpets. Stay consistent with the training routine, reward good behavior, and be patient. With time and positive reinforcement, your Dachshund will learn that carpets are not the appropriate place to go potty.
  • Consult a Professional: If the behavior persists despite your efforts, consider seeking guidance from a professional dog trainer or behaviorist. They can provide personalized advice and strategies to address the issue based on your Dachshund’s specific behavior and needs.

By taking these steps and remaining consistent with your training efforts, you can help your Dachshund overcome their preference for going potty on carpets and establish good habits for outdoor elimination.


Why is Crate Training Important for Your Dachshund?

Crate training is a valuable tool for potty training Dachshunds. Dogs have a natural instinct to keep their sleeping area clean, so they are less likely to eliminate in their crate. Here’s how to use a crate for potty training:

  • Choose an appropriately sized crate where your Dachshund can stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably.
  • Introduce your puppy to the crate gradually, using treats and positive reinforcement.
  • When you cannot supervise your puppy, place them in the crate to prevent accidents.
  • Take your Dachshund outside immediately after they come out of the crate.

Supervision and Timing

During the early stages of potty training, close supervision is crucial. Keep a close eye on your Dachshund when they are indoors, especially after eating, drinking, or waking up from a nap. If you catch them in the act of eliminating indoors, calmly say “No” and take them outside to their designated potty spot.


Positive Reinforcement for Your Dachshund

Positive reinforcement is a powerful tool in training any dog, including Dachshunds. When your puppy goes potty outside, immediately praise them and offer a small treat. This positive association reinforces the desired behavior and encourages your Dachshund to continue going potty outside.


Accept that Accidents Happen

It’s important to remember that accidents are a normal part of the potty training process, especially with Dachshund puppies. When accidents occur:

  • Clean the area thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner to remove any lingering scent.
  • Avoid using ammonia-based cleaners, as they can attract your puppy to the same spot.
  • Do not punish your Dachshund for accidents after the fact, as they will not understand why they are being scolded.

Have Patience and Persistence with Your Dachshund

Potty training takes time and patience. Every puppy learns at their own pace, so it’s essential to be consistent and persistent with your efforts. Celebrate small victories along the way, such as successful potty trips outside, and be patient with setbacks.


How to Transition to Outdoor Potty Only?

As your Dachshund becomes more reliable with potty training, you can gradually give them more freedom indoors. Continue to take them outside regularly, especially after meals and naps. Eventually, your Dachshund will learn to signal when they need to go outside by scratching at the door or whining.


Additional Tips for Success

  • Consider using a bell hung from the door that your Dachshund can ring with their nose to signal they need to go outside.
  • Keep a consistent feeding schedule to regulate your Dachshund’s bathroom habits.
  • Monitor water intake, especially in the evening, to reduce the likelihood of overnight accidents.
  • If you work during the day, arrange for a friend, family member, or pet sitter to let your Dachshund out for potty breaks.


Potty training your Dachshund requires time, patience, and consistency, but the effort is well worth it. By establishing a routine, using positive reinforcement, and providing proper supervision, you can set your Dachshund up for success. Remember, accidents will happen, so it’s essential to remain patient and avoid punishment. With dedication and love, you’ll soon have a fully potty-trained Dachshund who is a well-behaved member of your family.