Dachshund Will Not Pee Outside: The Reasons Why and Steps to Take

Once you bring home a new dachshund, you are probably ready for the commitment of having to potty train your dog. However, housebreaking a dog might not always be an easy as it sounds and it can be frustrating. But, what should you if your dachshund will not pee outside? Let’s find out in this article.

By nature dachshunds are very intelligent and spunky, so they may easily understand basic commands that you want them to do. However, dachshund can also be determined enough to understand you, yet refuse to do what you ask them to. Sometimes, this stubborn behavior of a dachshund needs a firm hand and consistent training.


Dachshund Will Not Pee Outside

Dachshund is a very smart dog breed. However, some dachshunds might have difficulty in potty training. Also, your dachshund might have very limited time outside to relieve itself or it is having difficulty going outside to pee. In some instances when dachshunds are left in the room, they might even pee on the bed. It is important to start potty training while your dachshund is still young so as adults, it can already pee outside when it needs to.

Your dachshund may not pee outside if it is not yet housebroken. Even potty training requires some effort when you initially bring your dog home. You can’t expect a new dachshund to immediately know all of the house rules that you have the moment you take it home. Regular routines may encourage your dachshund to pee outside and avoid indoor “accidents”. However, initially, you can expect frequent accidents as your dachshund is just getting used to the new environment.

Once you regularly take your dachshund outside to pee, it will eventually learn that outdoors is where they should go potty. Also, your dog has to know the doors where they should go through to get access to the outdoors to pee. If your dachshund is new and it has not yet fully adapted to the new environment, it may initially get confused around the house. Moreover, intact males and females are more likely to pee indoors as a sign of territorial behavior.

Your dachshund may not pee outside for the following reasons:

  • Difficult access outdoors
  • Dog panic attack
  • Lack of potty training
  • Poor bladder control
  • Territorial behavior and urine marking
  • Submissive urination
  • Anxiety
  • Polyuria and Pollakiuria
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver disease
  • Hormonal problems
  • Behavioral issues

If your dachshund is encountering health problems that are preventing it from peeing outside, you might need the help of a veterinarian to determine the root cause of the issue. Moreover, your dachshund might need certain medications that your vet can prescribe to relieve the symptoms of your dog. On the other hand, if constant peeing indoors is caused by a behavioral problem, you may seek the help of a professional dog trainer or make use of proper tools to help manage the behavior.

How Often Should You Take Your Dog to Pee Outside?

Initially, during potty training, you may need to take your dog outside more frequently to encourage your dog to pee outside. You may take your dog out to pee every 6-8 hours to instill that outside is where your dachshund should relieve itself. However, when potty training your newly acquired dachshund, you might need to take your dog out more frequently before they learn about it.

Once your dachshund is already housebroken, it may be able to hold their urine for up to 10-15 hours. However, allowing your dog to frequently hold their urine for this long might lead to health problems in the bladder and kidneys. Once your dachshund learns to pee outside and it has become a routine, you won’t have to worry about frequent indoor accidents with your dachshund.

When Can Dachshund Puppies Be Taught to Pee Outside?

Potty training in dachshund puppies has to begin early. However, puppies need to have the proper vaccines to protect them from potential pathogens outside. Once the vaccines have been completed and your dachshund puppy is completely protected, you may then start potty training outside as necessary. Your dachshund’s age might be between 11-12 weeks by that time that they get enough vaccines to protect them from life-threatening illnesses.

At about 11-12 weeks old, you may begin potty training your dachshund puppy outside. This is the optimum age to potty train your dachshund. However, if you live in an apartment with limited access outside, you might want to teach your dachshund to relieve itself in the cage or on a puppy potty trainer. Consistency is very important in potty training a dachshund of any age. Also, you need to be patient and focused as you teach your dog where to pee. It can sometimes be frustrating, but you have to be patient and calm for the benefit of your dachshund since they can sense once you are frustrated or angry.

Do You Need a Training Collar During Potty Training?

You may or may not need a training collar for your dachshund during potty training. Moreover, each dachshund has unique behavior and may respond differently to training collars. If you have been potty training your dachshund for several months, yet you observe very little or no progress and your dog keeps having accidents indoors, you might need to make use of the collar to help prevent your dog from frequently having accidents. Furthermore, you may also reward your dachshund for good behavior once it pees outside.


If your dachshund will not pee outside, you have to know what is causing it. Moreover, if it is caused by a health issue, seek the help of a veterinarian immediately. On the other hand, if your dachshund keeps peeing indoors due to plain stubbornness, you may focus more on potty training your dachshund. Also, it is easier to potty train your dachshunds as puppies.

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Sarah Andrews

Hi I'm Sarah, dog lover and blogger. I was born into a dog-loving family and have been a proud doggy mommy ever since I can remember. I love sharing my dog knowledge and love being an active part of the dog-loving community.