A month ago I bought a mini Dachshund. He will be 5 months old on July 1st. First problem is that he goes to the bathroom in his crate. We're not just talking pee here either. I know animals aren't suppposed to go when in confined spaces, but he doesn't seem to have a problem with getting all stinky from the messes he makes. He sleeps with me at night so that I know if he has to go out (he will crawl all over me to let me know) and he doesn't have any accidents in the bed. Any ideas on the crate issues? Secondly, he doesn't really do anything other than sniff the floor alot to let me know he has to go out. We go out the same door each time and I take him to the same spot and tell him to 'go potty'. sometimes he will do #1 & 2, but other times, especially if the grass is wet, he'll just pee then make a beeline for the door and 15 minutes later poop on the floor. I heard that mini's are stubborn, but at almost 5 months, shouldn't he be potty trained??? Please, anyone with mini Doxie experience or mini experience help!!!
Where did you get the dog? I would suggest starting your training all over. Take him out every hour and watch him like a hawk when he is inside. When he does go outside, praise him like crazy. Act like that was the most important thing in the world. I always gave my dog 2-3 minutes outside. If he didn't go, he was crated for 10 minutes. After that, I took him outside again. Usually by the 2nd or 3rd time, he would go outside. If you are unable to watch him all the time, try tying his leash around your waist. Then he can't run off and make a mess when you aren't looking.
I got him from a small breeder in Cincinatti Ohio. She would take him out about 30 minutes after he ate, then periodically throughout the day. It just doesn't seem like he's on a schedule at all. I know he's a puppy still, but he should really only be pooping once a day based on his feeding schedule, and peeing periodically based on his water consumption. He'll do so well for a few days, then boom, poop in the house. He seems a little prissy when it comes to going outside, especially after it rains. So i pick him up and put him back in his potty spot.
This puppy did NOT come from a puppy mill. Again, it was a small family breeder in Ohio. The woman does it as a hobby - they puppies are played with by her 4 children as well as interacting with their other family pets. She lives on a large piece of property where the animals can get lots of exercise, so no puppy mill. He was crated when it was time to sleep or she was not able to watch him.
Dante, I didn't assume that this was a mill dog. I was curious if he was, because most dogs don't like to go in their crate. My dog will be 6 months old tomorrow. He goes 2x a day, both times 15 minutes after he eats.
my puppy eats once a day @ 4:30 since he was not at all interested in eating half his daily portion @ 5:30 am. in the morning I let him out to go potty, then play with him for 30 minutes, letting him out one more time before I crate him for the day while I work. @ 4:15 I let him out of his crate, take him outside, then feed him. Play with him some more, then periodically let him out throughout the night. Sometimes he goes before bed, sometimes he gets me up in the middle of the night because he has to go. his bathroom times are not regular, and i've been feeding him a good food so they should be.
This is a 5 month old puppy and you feed it only once a day? You also crate him all day without being let out and you cant figure out why he goes in the crate? You need to have someone come and let him out at least one if not 2 times in almost 12 hours. Sorry, I don't mean to be harsh.
Would you expect to feed a human baby one time a day and expect it to not go in the diaper at all during the day? This pup is just a baby.
You need to take him out ever couple of hours during the training period. Do some online searches for crate training and you'll get the idea on how to go about it the correct way. I've also hear that Dachshunds are hard to potty train if you aren't consistent.
Also what brand of food are you feeding him and how much is he eating?
JBG - I have to work. It is not something that I can get around. That said, everyone I know has to work as well, and I don't exactly live in a place that is close to anyone, so even if someone I knew didn't work the hours I did, it's too far out for them to let my dog out. As for his eating only once a day, I spoke with my vet. Leaving food in his cage or out all day is not an option, because it doesn't help the animal get on a schedule. The VET said it was perfectly fine to feed him only one time a day as you can't force an animal to eat, and he needs to get on a schedule, so if 5:30 in the morning isn't good for him to eat, he has to wait until I get home from work. The dog is healthy and happy. My only issue is his stubborness with potty training. The woman I bought him from was working with him to get him on a schedule for 'working families' because in all honestly, we do not all have the luxury of being able to have someone take our dogs out in the middle of the day or the ability to be home with an animal all the time. He gets lots of love an attention, is fed well, and has a nice home to live in. I feed him Blue Buffalo Lamb and Brown Rice food, which I have researched and read reviews on. It is a holistic dog food made with free range lamb, with no fillers or by products. I had to switch his food because he had developed an allergy to the Eukanuba puppy food he was on from the breeder. (most puppy allergies stem from their food, and it's almost always the chicken or dyes put in for coloring) So he's on a good diet, he gets healthy dog treats, and lots of chewies for his teething.
Do you have a dog sitting service nearby? I know that you can't help it, but that is an awful long time for any dog to be left alone in a crate. There are some places around here where they will come to your house for around $20 p/visit. My trainer also offers a doggy day care. If you have either of those options, it might help with your potty training.
I'm glad you are doing good in other areas, but until you can find away to let the dog out during the day, somehow, you are going to have the problems. Put a ad in the paper for someone in your area to come let the dog out a couple times a day. Find a doggy day care, if they have one in your area? Do you have kids? Do you have a babysitter for them that could help out? Like I said before, you can't leave a baby home alone all day and expect it to not have to relieve himself. I don't see any other options for you. Hopefully someone else can come up with something.....
There are no people that will come to my house from my area, and again, I don't exactly live on the beaten path. I live with my boyfriend, who works as well, for 10 hour days 4 days a week. So the dog is only crated like that for 4 days. I have no children, and really can't afford to shell out $80 a week for someone to come let the dog out once a day. The only thing in my area that does 'doggy daycare' is petsmart, and they are very expensive, and are crating the animal as well, since you have to pay extra for someone to play with him for 1/2hr. Upon speaking with other people that have dogs and have to work as well, they leave the dog in the crate for the same amount of time and their animals do not have accidents. It would be fabulous to stay at home with him all day to get him trained, but I must work to pay bills. Those of you that have the luxury of being at home with an animal or the extra money to pay someone to let your animal out should feel lucky. Hopefully this is a bad habit that he will break out of in the future as he gets older. thank you all for your advice.
thats a very harsh comment.. It bothers me when others scorn upon people that work during the day and have to leave their animals. As long as the animal has a loving home, is being fed, is being played with daily and has place to sleep and a roof over its head I think it is a very lucky animal. what about all these animals that are thrown in shelters every year?
I don't want to sound like I'm "piling on," but the critical socialization window is about to slam shut on your pup. I mention this because it sounds like you live in a remote area without contact with different types of people (young, old, different hair styles, races, etc.). If you don't expose the pup to different experiences NOW, it will always be harder for the pup to be confident in unique situations in the future.
If you find someone or some group that does some type of puppy socialization or training class, you might be able to find a group of people in the same situation. You might be able to help each other out and work some kind of cooperative schedule.
Doesn't seem like alot of fore thought was put into place. I hope that people who work consider that they need a doggy day care. Maybe the breeder should have helped her by letting her know a normal puppy schedule requires several trips to the bathroom and regular meals.