One of the first tasks undertaken after bringing home any new dog is potty training them, and Dachshunds are no exception. The potty training process is not complex, but it does take some time and patience. By getting this out of the way as soon as you bring your new Dachshund home, you can begin fully enjoying the time spent with your new companion.
The first thing you can do is try to train your Dachshund to associate a phrase and action with going outside to go to the bathroom. Encourage them to go outside with the same phrase and movements each time you attempt take them outside, and make sure to praise them when they do the deed. Remember that Dachshunds can be quite subtle about needing to go to the bathroom.
Your Dachshund puppies will also need to answer nature’s call quite often, especially in the beginning. If you have a puppy you should generally take them out every hour or so, including wake up, bed, and feeding times. This will give them plenty of chances to go and get them used to being outside. When you first start potty training your Dachshund, you should give them about 15 minutes to figure out what they’re supposed to do. They might not be ready at first, but the important thing is that they are recognized when they do the right thing, no matter how long it takes.
Another thing to keep in mind is not to be too harsh on your Dachshund for going inside the house. It’s natural for the potty training process to take some time, and Dachshunds can be a little stubborn, especially if you yell at them when they do something wrong. Also, if you leave them home alone for hours at a time, you should expect to return to a soiled home. Consider employing crate training if possible, as most Dachshunds enjoy having a burrowing place of their own.
If you’re looking to bring home a lovable Dachshund in Alabama or surrounding areas, contact Patti’s Dachshund Farm. With a good plan and a little persistence, you’ll have your doxy potty trained in no time.