Housebreaking Litter Trained Dachshunds?

I am having trouble housebreaking my 2 dachshunds, ages 2 and 4. They were litter trained when I lived in an apartment and so they are used to going to the washroom whenever they want. We moved into a new house a few weeks ago and I want them to go outside all the time. Most of the time they go outside but they are still having accidents inside. I reward them with treats when they go outside (my husband does sometimes too).


I need some tips on how to completely housebreak them. There is one accident every day or 2, usually at night. We take them out before we go to bed and then I wake up at 2am to take them again. They need a way to tell me that they have to go to the washroom. As well, I have tried crating during the day. At first it was only an hour and then I gradually increased the time (an hour each time). The younger dog had to be taken to the vet because she recently started to rub her nose raw on the crate.

I also would like any crate training advice that people can offer. I don't crate them at night as they have always slept in my bed. They would be devastated if they were not allowed to sleep there anymore. It has only been 3 weeks in the new house and there has only been an accident or 2 in the house but I would like them to not have any! Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated!

Allison from Brantford, Ontario

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July 20, 20070 found this helpful

Put another litter box in the house, By the same door you take them out side , only for night, Them in the morn put the littler box out side, in the yard where you want them to go, But at night put it in the house by the door, You will not have problems with wetting in the house and soon they will get the idea to go only out side,

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By Nancy from Florida (Guest Post)
July 21, 20070 found this helpful

I like Marieaa's suggestion. But also: Why not keep the litter-box idea for when the weather is too nasty for the dogs to go outside (heavy snow, heavy rain)?


I have 2 little dogs (2 yrs old) that I was unable to litter-box train, so I'm envious!

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July 21, 20070 found this helpful


I have owned 5 dachshunds and they can be a challenge to train -- but it can be done. You have to be consistent and patient. Accidents will happen, but if you follow these suggestions, there will be fewer of them.

Buy a crate the dog can comfortably turn around in. Not one too big, as dogs consider them their "dens" and like them snug and cozy. Use the crate for housetraining and sleeping.

After the dog eats, take him outside on a leash and say "go pee" and then "go poop." Say it nicely, encouraging him. If he doesn't do at least pee or it you are going out or distracted by chores or something else while at home, place him in the crate. Wait about an 1/2 hour and take him out again.


Make sure you praise or offer a small treat when the dog has accomplished what you ask.

When you leave the house, put the dog in the crate and take him outside immediately when you get home, following the steps above (use a leash and firm commands).

You're dog might take some time to get used to the crate. That's okay.
Don't let him out if he whines. Give him a small treat when you place him in the crate and pretty soon, he soon will go in when you tell him to.

I also strong suggest the dogs be crated at night until they are housebroken. They'll survive!

Success in dog training means the owner must be a calm and assertive leader and understanding a dogs aren't people they're dogs!

Good luck!

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By -A- (Guest Post)
July 24, 20070 found this helpful

i trained my beagle to ring a bell that i hung next to the door when he needed to go out, but that was when he was a puppy, so it stuck easier. i just rang the bell everytime i let him out. i was so proud when i heard him ring that bell the first time on his own!


i put him in the crate at night and he did whine, but like "Utahyogini" said, you cannot let them out when they whine. otherwise they will see that when they whine, they get what they want. it's hard at first, because the sound is annoying, but they eventually settle down. how about getting a dog door? that might help out a lot.

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July 24, 20070 found this helpful

Try attaching a bell to the door that you take the dogs out. Ring the bell every time you take them out and they should start ringing the bell when they need to go out. Good luck. I have 2 dachshunds myself and love them

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July 25, 20070 found this helpful

Marieaa has the best suggestion. Since they are used to going in a litter box, stay with that (inside and outside) until they learn to go outside. Always praise them and tell them why they are going out. I have 3 doxies and we have a doggie door so that when I'm not home they can go outside into the smaller yard that I had fenced off just for them.


If you can put a doggie door in, you will wonder what you ever did without one! Once they learn that they can go out whenever they want, you will have trouble keeping them in. They just love to be nosey and see what's going on in the neighborhood.

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August 21, 20090 found this helpful

Dachshunds are some really stubborn dogs. People with other breeds don't really understand the temperament of a dachsie. I have 2 of them also. Mine are 6 and 9.

Anyway, you really should crate them at night untill they are completely trained. You can put the cage in your bedroom where they can see and hear you through the nite and make sure they have something of yours to snuggle with.

My dogs learned the easiest way to wake me up in the middle of the nite (mine sleep with me too) is to shake their heads and those ears hitting me will get me every time! If that doesn't work then one of them will bark at me. The other one will stick his cold nose iin my face. That gets me up! But THEY had to train ME to understand.

What you should do is keep the cage open during the day. They will quickly begin using it for a bed, as long as you never ever ever use it for punishment. Just put them in it wth the door shut at night and when you go out.
When you're up and home, keep a close eye on them. My two just go to the door and stand there when they want to go out. They've got to have been standing there and have to go pretty bad before they'll bark. Or a lot of times they'll just sit and stare at me. Then the first move I make to get up they run to the door. But I have to keep checking them, and if I don't see them, the first place I look is by the door to see if they want out.

If you do these things, they'll probably train in a reasonably short time since they were trained before only in a different manner.

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