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Tips To Housebreak A Dachshund Dog

Feb 9, 2008
A Dachshund dog must be successfully housetrained whether it is intended as a pet or as a working dog. Housebreaking is important because this training is a process wherein animals like dogs are taught to eliminate waste; both urinate and defecate outdoors or in an area specified by the owner.

Housebreaking a dog needs a lot of patience and understanding. Start training your Dachshund when he is still a puppy. Some believe that training an older dog is difficult especially if they have already developed bad habits that are hard to break. Puppies six months old can not wait long period of time for a chance to eliminate. They need to eliminate six times a day, at least once every two to four hours during the day. Dogs exhibit behaviors when they have the urge to eliminate. These behaviors include pacing, sniffing around and turning in circles. When your dog is exhibiting one or all of these, take him outside at once.

There are many ways to housebreak a puppy. One of the most widely used methods is the crate training. Buy a crate large enough for the puppy to stand and turn around comfortably. It should not be too large for him because what he will do is just eliminate in one end and sleep in the other end. Dogs just like many animals love their dens and will try not to soil it. The use of crate teaches them to hold or control their urge to eliminate. Take him out of the crate to eliminate immediately after eating or drinking, after waking from sleep and after play or exercise. And remember that using crate to punish your dog is not a very good idea.

When your dog is an indoor pet and is a breed that stays small, you might want to use paper training. Choose an area where you want your dog to eliminate, an area away from the food and water dishes. Place a layered paper there and take you puppy in this area during potty time. Each time the puppy eliminates, you should change the top layer leaving the bottom layer so that the odor left at this place will remind your beloved pet to eliminate when you take him there.

Housebreaking isn't easy at first. It needs a lot of patience and you can not avoid accidents. If accidents happen, never punish your dog physically. Punishing your puppy long after he has done the mistake will also do no good. Your dog may not understand that he is being punished later in the afternoon for the mistake he committed in the morning. If the puppy is caught in the process of eliminating at wrong place, startle him with a sharp, loud noise. This will stop him from doing it.
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