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    Bathroom Habits

    I am taking care of this 1 1/2 year old dachshund for my friend and have some questions concerning his bathroom habits. When I take him out to go to the bathroom, most of the time he just wanders around and sniffs things while looking back at me dumbfounded and does not go to the bathroom. When he looks it me it seems to be a look of "what do you want me to do" like he just does not get why I am taking him outside in the first place. The owners said he does this and if I want him to go to the bathroom, I have to take him back inside, crate him for a bit, and continue to try again. Why does this dog refuse to go to the bathroom the first time? He only gets walked 2-3 times a day, but he just refuses to go. Is he just stupid, or being stubborn or what? His "brother" who is a bit older than him always goes to the bathroom right away when he is taken out. This is extremely annoying to try and cater to this dogs irregular bathroom habits. Did the real owners somehow facilitate this behavior or something? Any advice?

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    Re: Bathroom Habits

    Dachshunds are notoriously stubborn, my friend. When we walk ours he'll snuffle the same spot for dog knows how long and either pee on it, or move on and do the same thing in another spot ten feet away.

    Or he just plain doesn't have to go and if he isn't going in the house, I don't see the big deal. My Dachshund will be five this year and he doesn't go out every single time we let every one out.

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    Maybe he just doesn't have to go? My dogs don't go out every time I take them out.

    When you say he gets walked 2-3x/day do you mean walked, or let out? Two different things. My dogs ALWAYS poop and pee when I walk them.

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    Well I guess I should of mentioned that he is going in the house. I will try and take him out multiple times over the course of say 45 mins - 1 hour and then give up. And without warning (no running to the door and barking or anything) he will poop / pee on my floor. Now i remember why I like cats.

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    Re: Bathroom Habits

    Quote Originally Posted by ihatethisdog View Post
    Well I guess I should of mentioned that he is going in the house. I will try and take him out multiple times over the course of say 45 mins - 1 hour and then give up. And without warning (no running to the door and barking or anything) he will poop / pee on my floor. Now i remember why I like cats.
    Then you should suggest that the owners start over with house training. Dachshunds are crazy, crazy stubborn and sometimes it takes a long time. As for what you can do? It isn't going to get any more convenient I'm afraid. You can help with the new training by waiting and waiting and waiting until he goes the bathroom outsit and praising/treating when he does, or clean up house messes.

    Cats barf on every thing you love.

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