House Training a 9 Month Old Puppy

I have a 9 month old mini Dachshund, my mom gave him to me as a birthday gift. I named him Tawny. I love him so much and bought all the things that he needed. He used to sleep with with me in my bed and always sleeps on my lap and sometimes sleeps on my chest when we watch TV. But I always have a problem with him with the house training. He poops and pees everywhere, especially in my bed.

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I tried crate training him, but it doesn't seem to work, he won't stop barking. I live in an apartment and his bark echoes, so I really have no choice but to get him out of the crate. He also chews everything, such as my shoes and laptop's charger. One night I came home to find myself without the electricity. I thought it was just a blackout or something, then I saw my fridge's cord and electric socket it was plugged into were broken, he ruined it. He chewed the wires. He even poops in his dog plate.

I tried everything I can to housetrain him. This dog is loved and has a lot of attention. But I got really upset and crated him outside on my balcony. He won't stop barking, but if I let him inside the house again he'll break all my stuff and go pee and poop everywhere. He even bites me when I fetch him the ball.

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He's been inside the crate for months now. I know it's cruel, but I don't want him to break anything that's important to me and worst he likes to chew wires. Lately I found his crate broken too. He broke it; I don't know how he did it. I'm losing hope and I don't know what to do. I love him as my own son. I'm thinking of getting rid of him if I can't get him trained. How am I going to train him if he is like that? Please help.

By Jamie V.

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October 13, 20110 found this helpful

What background did he have before you got him? Where was he kept all the time?

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How long do you leave him alone each day? These questions could help you figure out why he acts like he does!

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October 13, 20110 found this helpful

I don't have much experience with dogs (I have cats) but this sounds like a real problem. Have you talked with a vet or any other professional? Try checking things out online too. Have you tried keeping him penned up in a bathroom during the day? My daughter keeps a bathroom door open so he doesn't feel too confined, and has a gate up that's made for children. If he makes potty in there, it's easier to clean.

You could also use the potty pads. Since he's small, even a litter box, with litter and dirt on top, not too full. Add a vertical pole made from something you can use over and over.

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As soon as you get home, take him out for a walk and walk him as frequently as you can. I'd only let him roam free when you're home. My daughter's dog was bad as a puppy; chewed up 15 pair of my summer sandals! He might outgrow this once his teeth are all established. Having him neutered could help.

There are also medications available. Keep a barrier up that prevents him from getting to wires and other dangerous things. My heart goes out to you. I know you love him but if he creates too many problems for you, you'll just have to let him go. It's not a bad thing.

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October 13, 20110 found this helpful

Dachshunds can be stubborn, and they do love to chew. They are famous for eating cloth. Make sure he has lots of chew toys. There is a website with directions for potty training older puppies.

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www.training-dogs.com/potty-training-dogs It deals with training based on feeding schedules. It does require your time and adherence to a schedule, but you sound like you love your puppy enough to go to that trouble. Good luck.

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October 13, 20110 found this helpful

I meant to add, be sure you puppy is getting plenty of time outside walking. He needs a lot of exercise at this age. An hour or more outside walking daily.

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October 13, 20110 found this helpful

Are you aware of the consequence of you Dog chewing through live electricity wires.? If you don't have the time to walk him and contend with chewing (natural to all pup's) do the kindest thing and find him a new home that can do this for him.

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Apart from being down-right cruel to keep him in a crate, you have made a neurotic animal that needs to be with some-one who can rectify the mistakes you have made.

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I am happy that you give him love and attention There is nothing wrong with crating a dog as long as they get plenty of exercise. And in your case it is for his own protection.

You didn't mention if you give him any exercise. I do know that walking and running him before you go to work and as soon as you come home would make a world of difference. He just might be a lot calmer during the day and night.

He needs to let all that energy out. This would be the best way to do that. Leave him lots of chews, things stuffed with peanut butter while you are gone. I think with all that exercise you will see a different dog in a week. It will be good for you too.

Once that energy is out you'll find that it will be easier to house break him too. After all he will do his business during that long walk twice a day. He will also need a short one before bedtime. I know this seems like a lot but in a few monthe he will be older and you can cut back on the exercise.

Good Luck!

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January 13, 20120 found this helpful

I suspect you're not walking and exercising your dog every day or enough. That dog needs stimulation and socialization. Caging the dog all the time is not good. You might want to think about finding another apartment on a first floor with a yard.

Animals require a lot of attention, a daily routine and at least 1/2 hour of outdoor exercise like running and playing every single day. No exercise and you have a bad dog with too much pent up energy and nowhere to release it.

You mention the words: "get rid of". Every time I hear this I think the person is too busy or does not understand the absolute requirement for daily exercise. Positive pet ownership requires a relationship and understanding between you and your animal.

Sign up for an obedience class. Look for a class where the you will learn to teach your dog sit/stay, down/stay, heel and sit and down using a 20 foot leash. Usually the course is 8 weeks and also includes a Canine Good Citizen test/certificate. At the class you will learn how to get your dog's attention. Follow the trainers instructions is to practice every single day with your dog. This is critical for you and your dog to practice together. By day 7 both of you know the lesson. Dogs respond to good boys/girls, gentle pats and a soft voice, not screeching and yanking. Again, it is a relationship and if you do it right you and your dog will be trusting best friends until the end.

I have 18 rescue dogs and think I might finally have it right.

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