Can anyone help me with potty training my dog?

My husband bought me a mini dachshund as a gift. We have been trying to train her to go potty outside but she refuses to do so. We have tried spanking, crating, puppy pads, walking, everything we can think of but she wont go outside…she will wait until you bring her back in the house to use the bathroom. She was just outside for 45mins this morning and went as soon as I brought her inside. I really dont want to get rid of her so any advice would be great…PLEASE HELP!

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    10 Responses to “Can anyone help me with potty training my dog?”

    1. wishnuwelltoo says:

      Well the spanking thing is probalby your problem, You may be confusing the puppy. You don’t mention the age of your puppy, so I will send you some potty training tips, take what you like and leave the rest.

      I use a crate* to potty train with, but only for potty training and then I break it down and store it. I put blankets and a small food and water dish in the crate. Dogs don’t potty where they eat and sleep. When they are first little, I only expect them to hold their potty for 4 hours, and then 6 hours, then 8 hours and so on. So when they are first little, I set a timer or alarm clock to wake myself up at night to take them out. I only allow my puppy in the bedroom* or the living room, only one room at a time. They have to graduate to more space. If I allow them to have full run of the house, it will overwhelm them. I take them out the same door each time. I tie a dinner bell to the door handle. Do not use a jingle bell as they could get their toe caught in it. So when they are little, I ring the bell for them, and then open the door to go outside to potty. When they get bigger, I take their paw and whack the bell and open the door to go potty. Eventually getting to the place where the puppy will ring the bell and let me know when they need to go potty. Dogs want to please you, so it is your job to let them know what behaviors please you and what doesn’t. So when my puppy goes potty, I give her a treat*, and clap, and make a fuss and praise her. So she learns that going potty outside makes me happy. If she has an accident I use a word like "shame" and take her out right away. When correcting, I use a stern, firm voice, but I never yell* or spank* my puppies. Take them out when they first wake up, after they eat or drink, or when they are sniffing around. Some puppies go pee right away, but may not go poop until 10 minutes later, so wait for the poop. I have a little play time here, because sometimes I think they are done, and they are not. Puppies train at their own pace. While I may have a puppy that hasn’t had an accident in several weeks, I don’t let my guard down. I don’t explect my puppies to be "fully potty trained" until the 6 to 8-month-old time frame, and depending on the puppy, one-year-old. If they have a set back, shake it off, and start over. I only have my puppies in the crate when I am not watching them. When I am sleeping, cooking, ironing, doing chores, basically when I am not watching her. All other times, she is out of the crate practicing being a "big girl." This is the time I train her how to behave in the house. So we are practicing "no barking", ‘no biting", "no jumping", and "don’t eat the furniture." I also have to practice "playing inside" so she doesn’t knock over things. Some puppies can sleep through the night around 3-months-old, but their bladder is grown around 6-months-old.


      *I use a crate to train with. It is the method I prefer, compared to other methods I have tried. While personally, the crate traumatizes me, (it looks like a doggie jail), my puppies do better in the crate. They like it, I guess for the den like feeling, but I noticed that if they are in the crate, while I am doing chores, they are o.k., because the crate allows them to see me and be re-assured. The crate can also be a comfort when stored in the basement for dogs who live in areas where thunderstorms and tornados are an issue. It is a safe secure place for them. However, use the method that works best for you…..a laundry basket, a cardboard box, a woof-woof house, child gates……whatever works for you.

      *Bedrooms, I use the bedroom and living room for training, because it works for me. Choose rooms that work for you, but watch for rooms that are damp, or drafty. While my puppies sleep in the bedroom during training, once they are trained, I let them sleep where they want to. They don’t have to sleep in the bedroom forever.

      *Treats. While I use treats for training, you don’t have to. I like Charlee Bears for training (a little cracker for a little mouth,) I use them for training, but once they are trained, I cut back on them. Although I use them to give pills too. I used different treats for different things. We use one bone at bedtime to let the dogs know it is time to go to bed. We use a big rawhide for when we go on long trips, so they have a bone to amuse them, and they will be expected to hold their potty. When they get the rawhide, they will not eat their food and water, until we get home from our trip. (dogs are funny) Do what works best for you.

      *Some puppies will go potty in the same spot each time. Some puppies litterally have to be told to go potty. A command like "go out" for #1, or "go finish" for #2 might work for you. This is a good thing to train if you travel with your dogs. By using commands, the puppy won’t get confused when you are visiting someone, on vacation with you, or when you get to a new home. The command will tell them what you want them to do in an unfamilar place.

      *Yelling. It is not a good idea to "yell" or "spank" your puppy and then take them outside when they have an accident. They may get confused and think that going outside is punishment. While you want to correct them, if you are extreme, they may not want to go outside again.

      *Sometimes it seems like you take your puppy out 5 million times a day. You can sit on a bench, or folding chair, or a 5 gallon bucket turned upside down to stay in the shade. I use an umbrella for shade too. You can always tape your favorite tv shows. In the winter I micorwave a gel pack heating pad, (sold at walmart in the pharmacy, made by Kaz, I think.) I put the heating pad under my jacket so I won’t freeze to death. In the summer, I freeze bottles of water, so we can grab one real fast on our way out the door. I have a mini back pack by the door I can just grab with doggie treats, a flash light, a rubber band for my hair when the wind is bad, etc. Do what works for you.

      *Time lines. Keep it real. Puppies train at their own pace, so while your last 2 dogs may have trained faster, this puppy might take longer. Training is all about routines, and repeating yourself. It is about rewarding good behaviors, and correcting bad ones. If you have a set back, shake it off, and keep going. Good luck.

    2. Dylan RaY says:

      When they pee in the house, put it’s nose in the pee, say no!, and spank it. Then, take her outside and say peepee. Worked like a charm on our chihuahua. He is the coolest dog in ze world!

    3. Lisa D says:

      Dachshunds are really stubborn when it comes to potty training! What I do with my new puppy, a pomeranian, is this; I crate her at night. When she gets up, I immediately bring her outside and say, go pee, over an over. When she does, I give her alittle snack. What really helps me is that I also have an older dog who NEVER pees in the house and my little Isis imitates everytihing she does, including going potty outside! With puppies, they need to be brought out every half an hour or so, and about 10 min. after they eat and drink. You really have to be diligent! So remember, crate at night, potty before her feet even touch the ground, reward for the act, every half an hour outside. Good Luck!

    4. Marti C says:

      Go back to using the crate! At least two hours before bedtime pick up all food and water. Just before bedtime take puppy out, wait for him to eliminate, then praise quietly and put to bed in his crate.
      First thing in the AM when puppy wakes up, outside, wait for it, praise! Then start your day. Keep puppy in the same room with you at all times, when you see "potty" behavior, sniffing, circling, sqwatting, scoop puppy up, outside, wait for it, praise! Say something like "get busy" or "go potty", when praising, say "good get busy/ go potty"!
      If you can’t watch puppy, in the crate with a few chewie toys, the minute puppy comes out of the crate, outside, wait for it, PRAISE!
      If puppy has an accident, don’t say anything, just quietly clean it up and watch him closer next time. The key to this is consistancy, EVERY TIME puppy goes outside, lots of praise. Set him up to succeed and he will.

    5. springersrock says:

      you have used so many differnt methods that the dog is confused by what is expected. Put her out after meals, sleeping , playing and then whenever you see her going off or sniffing.
      She is probably anxious as to what she is getting spanked (by the way i dont believe in spanking it is not necessary and just makes the dog afraid of you)
      When she finally does a wee outside and she will if you keep on ,treat her like its an amazing thing, lots of praise and a treat and say good wee wee.
      If you see her do it indoors say firmly bad wee and put her straight outside. She will get the connection if you are consistant.
      Good Luck

    6. sparklingteardrops21 says:

      Stick her nose in the mess she made, smack her (but not too hard), and tell her no repeatedly has harsh as you can. Do not put her back in her crate though. Bring her outside again. When she’s outside, play with her, and tell her she’s a good girl when she starts to sniff around.

    7. Mike says:

      Grab her by the color of neck and hold her firm and put her face near were she went poop and yell at her no very loud and firm. Then you can put her in the cage.

    8. blondiefrank says:

      Small dogs are really hard to potty train. I would say to keep doing what you have been doing and she will get it eventually. It sounds like you are doing everything right. when you take her outside and she does go, give her a treat.

    9. Tony'sSuspended :) says:

      Dogs make really crappy "gifts", don’t they?
      Did your parents put you for adoption when you’d pissed your pants?

    10. Owned by Rocco the staffy. says:

      Wow. No wonder she’s fearful of ‘potty’.

      Take her outside for play, stay relaxed, and when you catch her going to the toilet outside, say ‘toilet’ mid flight and give a treat. You may need to stay outside for 2 hours, buy hey!

      After that take her out as often as you can. Say ‘toilet’, it may take her a while to go but when she does reward her and say good girl ‘toilet’.

      When she’s gone inside, ignore it, she will become fearful of going to the toilet, especially infront of you, just praise her when she does it right. It wont take long for her to catch on. However if you catch her going inside say ‘toilet’, she needs to start associating the word with the action. But no spanking!

      Try taking her out very first thing in the morning.

      One of the best things you can teach your dog is ‘toilet’ on cue.

      When Rocco went inside I mopped it up with a tissue and put the tissue outside to the spot I wanted him to go on, he then started peeing in that spot not long after.

      It needs to be constantly repeated, outside, ‘toilet’, reward. Keep it positive. She doesnt know that going to the toilet inside is ‘bad’, why spank her?

      There are many training books on the subject and it is wise to read up on this.

      Good Luck.

      Add on; And never rub her nose in it. Idiotic answers like that make me so mad!