Clean It Up
When your Dachshund puppy has an accident inside, thoroughly clean up the spot right away. Your pup will want to re-mark that same spot going forward if the smell remains.
Use a pet odor neutralizing spray from Amazon instead of a “deodorizer”. It is recommended to use a pet mess cleaner with the “enzyme” in it to get rid of any traces of strong smelling urine.
Note: Accidents are a part of the learning process.
The puppy doesn’t understand. Be patient and ask yourself, how can I prevent this next time?
Use A House Line
When potty training is going well and you feel like your doxie is ready to do a little more roaming, have your puppy wear a house line or lead. You can use a regular leash that can be attached to the belt loop of your pants or free to drag behind them.
It is helpful to have a house line to grab onto in case your puppy grabs something they shouldn’t – like a pill or your socks. You can use the house lead to redirect them to a toy that they are allowed to chew.
Never yank or pull hard on your doxie’s house line. Dachshunds are prone to IVDD and need to be treated gently.
Some doxies prefer to do their business at a distance from their owners – and that’s ok. As long as you keep a close eye on them or have a longer leash to give them some more space, that works fine.
When I was potty training my puppy, he had no issue with urinating near me when I set him in the grass, but when he had to poo, he would wander a few feet from me before relieving himself.
Potty Training Regression – Watch out!
Here it is! This is what really makes your Dachshund puppy different than the other dog breeds.
Dachshund puppies are famous for potty training regression around 4-5 months old.
Potty training regression is when they have been potty training super stars for weeks and then all of a sudden there are a few days in a row when the accidents just keep rolling in – out of nowhere.
All of my Dachshunds did this when they were puppies. Unfortunately, this is the point when many doxie parents give up.
But, believe it or not, you are about to cross the finish line my friend. Keep up with the potty training, and even take a couple steps back and be more on top of your pup when they start having potty accidents again.
Don’t Give Up
You will have good days and many bad days. It is part of the learning process. Be patient, this stage doesn’t last forever if you do it right. If you give up too easily, the training will never stick.
Bonus Potty Training Tip
When you doxie is fully potty trained, take them on a 20-minute walk BEFORE you leave for the day. This will help reduce any accidents they may have while you are gone.
Also, consider hiring a dog walker to give your dog a much needed potty break and a relaxing walk during the day.
Apartment Potty Training
Potty training a new puppy in an apartment is a whole different ball game. Check out our post on Apartment Dachshunds for some helpful tips.