|Barked: Tue Aug 25, '09 9:35pm PST |
|indoor or outdoor potty training, the key is the same and that is consistency and praise.
squirt bottles, shaking pennies and chastisement will not help in potty training or any other training and you very much risk breaking the trust between you and your puppy.
dachshunds are especially difficult to potty train and extra patience and encouragement is needed.
don't get into a pissing match with a dachshund! confrontational training is definitely NOT the way to go!
doxies are not well wired, ultra-stable dogs to begin with; we are impetuous and self entitled brats by nature and it is easy to end up with an agression problem arguing about the little stuff!
if you push a dachshund, he will push back twice as hard! tenacity is our hallmark!
if you criticise him, it will make him sneaky and sulky and upset.
we are famous for our recklessness and lack or morals or restraints. we are not a naturally biddable breed..we are genetically engineered to make our own decisions as to right and wrong and work independantly from man.
always work as a team together to promote a cooperative and fun atmosphere. win your doxie over to your rules by managing events so he can't help but succeed and make his successes the most celebrated events of the day.
exploit our need for companionship and craving the limelight by always being your doxie's best friend and fan.
we can not stand being left behind and we are intensely nosy and interested in every little detail..use that to your advantage by teaching us there are fantastic rewards for following our rules. we are astoundingly greedy and will do anything if we will get something out of it we want.
treats are not the only rewards..more freedom, toys, games and fun are huge rewards also.
mistakes are inevitable but should be kept to an absolute minimum as every mistake is a huge setback and entirely the owner's fault, not the dog's.
this is the hardest part: do not comment on 'accidents', simply clean them up and remind yourself to be more consistent.
dachshunds are especially difficult to housetrain, so do it right from the very beginning; don't screw it up or your dog will never be 100 percent housetrained. that means putting one's temper or annoyance on hold for as long as it takes and praising, encouraging, monitoring and managing every single day and night until they are trained.
inside or outside, keep your puppy empty. use a trigger word. watch for his cues that he is about to go and whisk him to the spot. do that a few thousand times and voila! potty trained!
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