"It's a Dachshund Thing"

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  1. maxfox426

    maxfox426 My dog tickles my soul

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    So, someone I know is trying to rehome a 12 year old dachshund, with the simple description, "Not housetrained. It's a Dachshund thing."

    o_O Wut?

    This is apparently a widespread belief? People get dachshunds and are like, "Oh yeah, cool, it will poop/pee all over my house for it's entire life and there is nothing I can do about it." ? :confused:

    Is this actually a thing, or is this just another side effect of stupid/lazy dog owners (which is what I suspect)?


    Please, enlighten me if I'm way off track here... LOL!



    ETA: Nevermind the rehoming a 12 year old dog part. :mad: That's a whole 'nother story in itself...
     
  2. Lyzelle

    Lyzelle New Member

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    I think it's a pretty normal belief of all small dogs. I think part of it is laziness. Part of it is the fact that apparently some people seriously just set up places for their tiny dogs to pee/poop in the house like cats.
     
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    Red.Apricot Active Member

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    I've heard a lot of people say that about doxies and I have no idea why.
     
  4. maxfox426

    maxfox426 My dog tickles my soul

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    See... even if the dog were using a litter box or a puppy pad, I would consider that "housetrained". This person (people?) are stating that dachshunds are incapable of being trained to eliminate appropriately at all! THAT is what's blowing my mind here.
     
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    AllieMackie Wookie Collie

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    I've heard that doxies are much more prone to urinary issues and are difficult to housetrain, but I have no idea how true any of it is.
     
  6. AdrianneIsabel

    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    It is harder to housebreak small dogs, for the most part, but yeah it's not like impossible.

    Lame.
     
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    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    I walk two doxies and they are very much housetrained! They will wait so politely and then run to a patch and grass and go..it's the kind of thing where you can tell they've been holding it.

    As with most small breeds, it's usually 100% laziness. People start with puppy pads, and get lazy with that ("oh he goes..in the area around the pad..you know") then the dog just goes in the room where the pad is.. then the whole house is a free for all..then it's just "oh whatever he goes anywhere". Once you get used to having animal feces in your house I guess it's not a huge leap.

    Yes, small dogs have smaller bladders and it's easier for them to sneak off to go.. but by no means are they impossible to housetrain.
     
  8. Southpaw

    Southpaw orange iguanas.

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    I think small dogs are more difficult but I don't think I would ever say a breed is incapable of being housebroken. Sounds like laziness to me!
     
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    Pfft. I was told Coconut the old as dirt Shih Tzu was incapable to housetrain due to medical issues and peed in crates. It took a little while but she is pretty close to housebroken now. I think small dogs are a little more difficult but not 'impossible' due to breed.

    I did know an Italian Greyhound that issues with that, he lived with a dog person (a groomer) and had to be tied out during the day. She said he got adopted and returned like 5 times because people thought they could housebreak him and they could not.
     
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    Somebody forgot to tell my best friend and her Mini Dachshund that. Small dogs are harder to housebreak because of smaller bladders. The there's the fact that, because they are small, it's easy to sneak off and pee/poop behind furniture, etc. But, as others have said, it can be done.
     
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    I would think that. I mean a great dane if it's not housebroken, that's a lot of poop to ignore, but a min pin....

    My brother and his wife apparently had an argument about who was supposed to clean up the poop on the floor - him because it was 'his' dog, or her because she was the one home all day not letting the dog out. The poop sat there for a month.:rolleyes: Did I mention I don't speak to my family because they're crazy? This would be an example....

    I think the housebreaking thing is right up there with yappy and untrainable as far as little dogs go....
     
  12. MisssAshby

    MisssAshby Richy Rich HM Twit!

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    As someone who has 100% housebroken *four* Dachshunds it's laziness on the owners part. Is it harder, yes. The thing I've noticed with Dachshunds (as an owner and being around others) is that they aren't extremely demanding about being let outside. Out of the four I've lived with only one is vocal/demanding about being let out so it's simply a case of being proactive (which should be the case with any breed).

    As a side note, stupid as myths like this are part of reason Doxies have a bad following. Poor puppy....I hope it finds a home.
     
  13. *blackrose

    *blackrose "I'm kupo for kupo nuts!"

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    Well, Gracie is housetrained. But, if it is cold/rainy/snowy outside, she will refuse to pee outdoors and will just stand out in the yard and shiver. Those days she spends most of the day in a crate, because if she were left loose she WOULD pee in the house.

    But she's otherwise very reliable.
     
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    Dachshunds are low to the ground, and if people don't pay a lot of attention, you can miss whether or not they have squatted to pee. I haven't met a breed who was difficult to housetrain, only individual dogs.

    When I worked at the grooming place as a receptionist, we had a little min pin puppy who stayed with us for a little while until she found a home (because people think any animal place is somewhere they can leave an unwanted pet). That puppy peed every 30 minutes, I swear to God. How in the world do you housetrain a dog who needs to pee every 30 minutes?? If you had no job and nothing else to do during the day yeah, I could see running a dog outside umpteen times. But during the night? How would you sleep? Lol That puppy was very cute and sweet but she made me never want to own a tiny dog.

    I housesat once for two Brussels Griffons, and they were NOT housebroken. If I made sure to take them out every two hours like puppies, they were fine. These were adult dogs though, they should have been able to hold it longer! If I forgot to take them out they would run off and poop or pee someplace. They did okay in their crates at night.

    Little dogs impossible to housetrain? No. Much more difficult to housetrain than my lab puppy? YES.
     
  15. maxfox426

    maxfox426 My dog tickles my soul

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    I can certainly accept that some dogs are difficult to housetrain, or that some individuals can even refuse it altogether. I just was shocked to read it as something a specific breed was known for, and that people were... okay with that. That people expected it to be normal for a dachshund to pee/poop all over their house, because it's "just what they do".

    Weird.

    Thank you all for the input! I feel better knowing that I'm not crazy. Though I feel worse for the poor dog in question. Stupid, stupid people.
     
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    Southpaw orange iguanas.

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    I can't imagine why a single person on this planet would want to own a dachshund, if this were "a dachshund thing." Like... no thanks, I would not bring a dog into my home knowing that it would NEVAR stop peeing in my house. =P

    But I suppose people say this crap all the time, with all sorts of different breeds. Excusing all sorts of inappropriate behavior because "oh, he's breed X, that's what they do." Blah.
     
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    My doxie Moe is going on 9 years old and is still not fully house trained at all.
     
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    Before reading anything anyone else has posted, let me just say this from personal experience, for a dog that was FORCED to toilet in the house, Noods has been pretty darn good. Before he was neutered he was in our house twice, peed on things both times, since his neuter and "rescue" he's not peed (that we know of), BUT, he's put in a crate every night to sleep in, or else he poops on the floor. But, again, for a dog that was forced to use the house as a toilet, that's not to bad. So, you be the judge, he's not 100% house trained, but pretty close to it with management.


    ETA: OH! I did almost forget! He did "mark" his two pillows last year, it happened some time shortly after Enda came into season, which puzzled me a bit, because he has NO interest in her at that time what so ever, actually, she annoys the heck out of him she's so flirty, lol. He didn't do it this last time, hopefully he's over whatever that was.
     
  19. crazedACD

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    Yes...Ritzy is fine if you make her go outside, but anything other than 80 degrees and sunny she hides when the other dogs get let out. She doesn't pee so much but will leave a few nuggets on the floor if you don't put her outside. Unfortunately the people I live with think she does't 'want' to go out so they don't make her.
     
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    This!

    I hear it ALL of the time since I'm a small dog owner. I challenge anyone to come to my house and find pee on my floors. ALL of my dogs have been housebroken since they were young puppies.

    I think that small dogs get such a bad rap with potty training because it's "easier" to ignore their accidents versus a large dog. It's easier for a small dog to sneak behind furniture and pee, and it's easier for owners to just not watch them.

    It doesn't mean that X small breed is incapable of being potty trained. It just means you need to be diligent and WATCH them, and take them outside OFTEN. Just like you'd do with a GSD or BC puppy.
     

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