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Hi all, we are really struggling with our 4/5 month miniature dachshund.

It’s got to the point where we are relieved when it’s time for his bedtime and that’s not how it should be. (We’ve had dogs before).

He isn’t toilet trained whatsoever. We’ve tried every tip going, using pads, not using pads, making a huge fuss outside when he goes, setting 15/30 minute timers on phones.

He goes inside if we don’t take him out every 10/15/20 minutes. With the timer or seeing signs we catch half of them but he doesn’t seem to learn.

We’ve had him tested for UTI which was negative and have recently had the carpets cleaned but none of that has helped. He can be outside for a long walk or play in the garden and immediately wee.

There are lots of other behavioural issues we need to work at but can anybody help on the above or has anyone had anything similar?

Thanks very much
A desperate Ben!
 

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When he seems like he's about to go potty while inside, or even if he starts, do you interrupt him and take him immediately out? He's a small dog so you can probably just pick him up and whisk him outside. Also, you said he can go for a walk/play and immediately come in and pee. When you take him out, put him on a leash and go to a super boring area- don't let him do anything until he pees. You'll likely need to do this again before going inside. Sometimes dogs are just so distracted that either they forget to go entirely or don't relieve themselves completely.

We’ve tried every tip going, using pads, not using pads, making a huge fuss outside when he goes, setting 15/30 minute timers on phones.
Stick with the reinforcement for going outside- potty training is the exact opposite of natural for dogs. Sometimes it takes a while for them to get it. And try not to bounc around between pads and no pads too much. Consistency is key with such a confusing new skill for a dog.
 

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Some dogs never understand house breaking. I will repeat that. Some dogs never understand house breaking.

Does he pee and poop in his crate? If not, you have a tool. Use it. If he does pee and poop in his crate, then the process is much more difficult.

At 4-5 months old he is too young to "give up on." The main object is to never let him go to the bathroom in the house. Use gates and crate and restrict him to a very small area in the house. He may not be a dog that can have whole house freedom. Time will tell.

When he is out of the crate (assuming he does not pee/poop in the crate) have a leash on him. Keep at being ever watchful and continue to get him out. If he does not go when outside, bring him in, immediately crate, then take back out in 5-10 minutes.

He is a mini dog. His bladder is very small and will need frequent emptying. That is simply a small dog issue.
 
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