Potty Training a Dachshund: 5 Tips for Success

If you’ve been told that Dachshund potty training is a challenge or if your current efforts seem ineffective, there’s hope!

Meet Patrick, my dachshund who was initially potty pad trained in a flat to fully transitioned to being exclusively house trained (outdoors only) in just three months. Now, at 7 years old, he’s never had a potty accident indoors.

our dachshund patrick, black long haired sausage dog

Puppies, being new to the world, are highly receptive to learning, much like a baby. Their behavior hasn’t been ingrained for so long that they’ve become set in their ways or habituated to certain actions.

Surprisingly, these tips can also prove effective in potty training adult Dachshunds.

Tip 1- Establish a consistent potty break schedule for your Dachshund by taking them outside at regular intervals, initially every 20-30 minutes. Gradually extend the time between breaks as your dog becomes more reliable to avoid indoor accidents. Take the initiative in scheduling breaks rather than waiting for signals from your dog, especially during the early stages of potty training.

potty training a sausage dog

Tip 2 – Maintain a regular potty schedule for your Dachshund, starting with breaks every 20-30 minutes and increasing the time gradually as your dog becomes more dependable. Be proactive in scheduling breaks instead of relying on your dog’s signals, particularly in the initial stages of potty training, to minimize indoor accidents.

Adorable brown Dachshund experiences first-time encounter with a cow in a sunlit field – a heartwarming moment captured in nature.

Tip 3 – Prevent indoor accidents by understanding your Dachshund’s cues, like increased sniffing, circling, or sitting by a doorway. Recognizing these signals is crucial to addressing your dog’s needs and avoiding mishaps. For example, when Patrick sits and stares, it’s his subtle way of signaling a need.

how to potty train a dachshund

Tip 4 – Reward with outdoor playtime.Until your Dachshund is potty trained, outdoor time is for potty breaks or leashed walks only. While a brief search for the perfect spot is normal, extending it past 5 minutes means distraction.Keep your Doxie focused by leashing and standing in one place during potty breaks. If they don’t go, bring them inside.

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Do Dachshunds Have Webbed Feet

Tip 5 – Establish a Daily Schedule. Discover what suits your daily life, but aim for 5-8 consistent potty breaks each day. These were key times for our sausage dog Patrick: Early morning, After sleep or nap, After meals, After playtime, Before bedtime.

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Dachshunds And Beagles Get Along

Final Thoughts

Dachshunds can pose potty training challenges, but rest assured, your dedication will pay off. My puppy, initially pee pad trained, stopped accidents within 3 months. While Dachshunds may take longer than other breeds, pre-existing habits influence progress. If frustrated, you’re not alone. Applying the tips here, achieving 100% potty training within 6 months is entirely feasible.

Daily Potty Training Routine ⏰

  • Begin the day by putting on the harness and leash, then head outside.​
  • Take the puppy to the designated potty area and remain in one spot, holding onto the leash to keep the puppy within that space.
  • Issue a potty command such as “toilet” or “go potty.”
  • Wait for 3-5 minutes. If the puppy doesn’t relieve itself, return inside and limit access to the house (using a playpen, dog crate, or tethering with a leash). Try again in 15 minutes.
  • If the puppy does go potty, offer praise, with or without treats, and allow some supervised free time indoors.
  • Repeat the routine, taking the puppy outside every 30 minutes* and after crucial times when dogs typically need to eliminate (details about specific times below).