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Old September 1st, 2010, 09:16 AM
AnnetteinNC AnnetteinNC is offline
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Puppy training problem

Our 5 month old female wirehair dachshund is still having occasional accidents.
Since she's so small she gets to sleep in our bed the two standard dachshunds that we had before her did as well.
She usually falls asleep around 8pm on the sofa after exercising in the yard,I usually go to bed around 8:30 to watch a little tv in the bedroom,I take her with me then and she settles down and goes back to sleep.When my husband goes to bed a couple hours or so later she shortly wakes back up again for a few seconds and then goes back to sleep without any incidents.However a few times lately she first pees in the bed before going back to sleep. We're still having some indoor issues occasionally as well. How often should she go out in the daytime? I tried unsuccessfully to crate train her,is that the only way to potty train? Didn't have any luck with the pads either.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 03:01 AM
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She is still pretty young and it would not be uncommon for her to still have occasional accidents. Small dogs especially seem to take longer to potty train. Is there any change otherwise in her pee behaviour? If she seems to be needing to pee much more frequently then you might want to check for a urinary infection which is also common in young dogs.

Otherwise, perhaps your hubby can take her for a last potty break when he comes to bed until she outgrows this situation.

Puppies should generally go outside after every meal and when they wake up after any sleeping. I also often take them out if having a big play session as that can cause a need to pee.

Crates are ideal but not for everyone. I have seen a recommendation to try small patches of grass (sod) in a container instead of pee pads as that helps to transition to an outdoor setting.

Good luck .
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 05:33 PM
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Thanks TeriM for your reply,it made me feel a little better!! You're right she is still pretty young after all!
She doesn't seem to have a need to go more than about every couple of hours during the daytime,so I guess that's normal.
I'm envious of people saying that for example "their little poodle puppy 'got it' by the second day" .
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 11:21 PM
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Oh my, my terrier still has accidents......3 yrs old. She never did like the dewy grass so we have issues in the cool fall and early spring.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 09:38 AM
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she is a baby still, however, she is nearing 6 months which would be the most perfect time to train her. also, she is of a small breed so you can expect to train her for a longer duration before she gets the idea.

don't lose hope. crate train her and potty train her, though the former can do you the trick. also, there are lots of people here to help you out...

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Old October 19th, 2010, 02:03 PM
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I have to agree that hubby should come and take her outside for a pee before he goes to bed. That will greatly help the matter. She's young and you can still expect accidents once in a while, but it's the waking up when hubby comes to bed that seems to be causing this one. It's easy to solve. I still take my 10 year old lab out for a last pee at night before I turn in.
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