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Toilet training my miniature dachshund

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Lucy12345, Jun 22, 2018.


  1. Lucy12345

    Lucy12345 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi,

    My miniature dachshund Hugo is almost 5 months old and has just got the hang of doing his business outside. He had a few issues with his stomach and bowel early on but that’s all cleared up now. We keep him in a crate whilst we aren’t in the house and he is now holding his wees and poos until we get home. The only time he does his business inside is if he is greeted by someone new and can’t contain his excitement and his little bladder. We are now having the issue where we don’t actually see signs of when he needs the toilet and he won’t tell us in any way. As it’s summer at the moment we have been leaving the back door open whilst at home so he can run in and out to do his business and therefore he has had no reason to indicate he needs the toilet. Has anyone got any advice as to how we can make it so he gives us a heads up when he needs to go? Any help would be appreciated as in the winter months we won’t want to keep the doors open and are worried his toilet training will reverse and do it inside.

    Thank you in advance :)
     
  2. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    Stop leaving the door open as that means he can toilet at will and has no need to ask - that’s not toilet training.

    Go back to basics when you’re there and take him out for regular toilet breaks and praise/reward when he goes.

    If he’s weeing when people come then that is probably anxiety/excitement so that needs handling in a different way so he isn’t over stimulated.

    Put him behind a baby gate when people arrive so he has time to settle and allow him to come and greet calmly then. Maybe pop him out for a quick wee first too.

    Tell visitors to ignore him until he’s settled.

    Look at kikopup and positively.com for tips on training calm greetings.
     
  3. Lucy12345

    Lucy12345 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for your advice. This morning I left the doors shut and then let him out to do his business for 5 minutes, and he did and then brought him back in and shut the doors. Is this what I should just keep repeating every 30-45 mins?
     
  4. JoanneF

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    Rather than letting him out, you should take him out and wait with him so that you are there to immediately praise and reward him for toileting. The timing is important so he realises the lovely reward is for the toilet and not for anything else. Toilet training happens when the ability to hold his toilet comes together with the desire to do so in order to earn the lovely reward he will get.
     
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