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Posted 7/27/2013 by 3monkeys3 in NSBR Board


PeaNut 320,498
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Posted: 7/27/2013 8:46:02 AM
We adopted a new dog off Craigslist a week ago. He is a longhair dachshund, his name is Bruno, and we love him. (I'd post a picture if I could figure out how...)

Anyway, he's a good dog, but not quite trained the way we would like him to be, so I thought I'd ask the expert dog Peas some questions!

1. His previous owner said he was house trained. Not so. He will go outside if I walk around with him, but he still will potty inside if I don't catch him. He doesn't seem to have a "signal" to let us know he needs to go outside. Advice???

2. Along the same line, what is the best odor neutralizing cleaner I can use to clean up his messes?

3. Barking. I can't have my front door open (with the storm door closed) because he barks at EVERYONE he sees (not cars, but people). Can he be trained to NOT bark? I hate the thought of never being able to have my door open ever again...

On a good note, he is crate-trained at night (doesn't whine at all), and is doing really well integrating with our three inside cats.

Thanks for any advice/suggestions you can give.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 8:52:55 AM
Crate trained, as in he does not go potty in his crate? If so, you can teach him to only go outside by crating in-between trips outside for awhile (until he is trained). Hang a bell from your door and have him ring it each time you take him outside. This will be his signal later. As he goes potty, you can teach him to go on command by saying a word (we say pee pee pee pee pee in a singsongy voice, but you can say anything). When he is done, give him a treat and praise him.

Barking--a sharp "no barking" can do wonders, and praising and giving a treat when quiet can go a long way. So can verbally reassuring him when a stranger does come. Let him see you check out the stranger, then say "It's OK."

There are some organic odor eaters, but I cannot remember names--look at the pet store. Never clean his messes when he can see you. Send him outside each and every time and have someone else clean up.

Basically, reward behaviors you want to see.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 9:27:59 AM
Nature's Miracle for the messes!

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Posted: 7/27/2013 12:57:12 PM
I never thought Nature's Miracle did well with the stain. I'm impressed with Out! Stain and Odor remover. Spray, swipe with a paper towel, and you're done. (Takes a while to dry.) Less than $5 at Walmart.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 1:02:27 PM
I like training videos. He has You tube page too

When I was house breaking my pup I used vinegar for cleaning. This website has an interesting idea for cleaning. I have not tried it myself.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 1:36:39 PM
We're working with a trainer and he says to attach the dog to one of you at all times for a while. Attach him to a piece of furniture if you need some freedom for a bit. We use a carabiner at the end of the leash to attach to a belt loop. Our guy said to do this for 3 weeks. And yes, it is a huge pain in the neck! Start establishing pack protocol by Making sure you go through doorways and hallways first (really hard with a small dog.) Our trainer says the indoor potty-ing is marking behavior.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 3:06:24 PM
I tethered Stella to me all the time for the first 3 weeks. (When I took a bath, I'd take her out to potty first and then shut her in the bathroom with me and gave her a Kong with peanut butter in it so she would be occupied and not off wandering on her own.) I hung a ribbon with bells on it and tapped her paw with it, saying " go potty" every time I took her out to go to the bathroom. Usually every half hour or so. I gave her a treat and made a big deal out of it every time she was successful. Didn't take long for me to learn her pre potty signals and she learned to ring the bells to ask to go outside. Six years later she still does. When she travels with me I bring the bells with and hang them on the door knob of the door I want her to go outside from and show her where they're at.

I swear by Nature's Miracle. I used it for all her accidents and when I had the carpets cleaned after she was completely housebroken, the guy who did it said he couldn't find or smell any evidence of dog mess and he usually can.


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