Note: If your dachshund puppy has worms or a parasite in their system, it may cause unpredictable accidents…which they can’t help. Get your puppy wormed and vaccinated at the vet first. Then, you can start your puppy potty training.
When Should I Potty Train My Dachshund Puppy?
You can start potty training your dachshund puppy as early as 8 weeks old. I didn’t bring my new puppy, Eko, home until he was 10 weeks old, so that is when I started his training.
Avoid getting a new dachshund puppy during the cold winter months. Dachshunds Hate Cold weather and that can delay their potty training quite a bit.
The warm spring or summer seasons are the most ideal time for puppy potty training success…Trust Me!
Dachshund Puppy House Training Tips
Puppy Potty Clues
Puppies have predictable elimination times. Everyday, take them out to potty when:
- They wake up
- They are finished eating
- After exercise or play
- Before they go to bed at night
If you spot your puppy doing any of the following, it’s time to let them outside:
- Stops current activity and sniffs the ground
- Turning around in circles
- Looking nervous
- Acting worried
Designate House Area
Use puppy gates to close off any rooms you don’t want the puppy to visit. Keep your puppy in a section of the house that has easy to clean floors, like a mudroom or kitchen. A room with tiled or vinyl flooring is best.
I designated an area in the kitchen for my dachshund puppy, Eko. I picked up a piece of scrap vinyl flooring at the hardware store and placed a puppy playpen on top.
Puppy playpens create the perfect designated play space for your doxie. I used this playpen (from Amazon) for my kids when they were little and now I use it for Eko.
This playpen area allows you to put your puppy in a safe space when it is time to take a nap or even a much needed “time out” when puppy teething and chewing gets out of control.
Hard To Gate Areas:
Any area your puppy loves to chew, hide, or pee in needs to be gated off. Sometimes it is hard to cover all of your entrances, dangerous electric cords, etc…
We like to use the large science fair project boards or thick project poster boards to cover those hard-to-gate areas. It works, and it’s cheap.
You can use old newspapers or puppy pads at the beginning of your puppy’s potty training, but they are not to be used exclusively. As your puppy improves his potty training, start to gradually take the puppy pads away.
Designate Yard Area
Designate a special potty spot in the yard for your puppy to do their business. This is not only a big benefit to your yard but also your shoes!
Don’t let your doxie roam the entire yard during the potty training process. This can cause confusion and delay the training process.
Your pup will start to understand what they need to do when you take them to that same spot every time for pees and poos.
If your doxie is puppy pad trained: You can take the pad to the designated potty area outside to help encourage your pup to start going potty outside instead of inside on the puppy pad.
Watch Carefully, Move Quickly
Watch your puppy closely! If you notice your puppy showing any of the potty clues above, take them outside fast. If you catch them mid pee or poo, pick them up and take them outside, even if they are still going.
Try not to get upset, just put the puppy outside in the potty spot and give them praise.
This will help them realize where they are supposed to go potty. Trust me, this method does work if you keep at it.
When an accident happens in the house without you noticing, don’t get upset. Puppies don’t understand why they can’t go potty in the house. Try to be more attentive next time.
Take your puppy outside for frequent potty breaks, every 1-2 hours under 12 weeks old.
If you aren’t able to watch your puppy, keep them in their designated area: playpen or crate. Your puppy loves you and is very capable of learning. It is up to you to keep on top of them to make sure this training is successful.