I read a lot of the posts in this topic - and I hate to post another question related to it because it seems like almost everyone has the same issues with house training their dachshund (and I get that they are really hard to house break). But anyway....
My dachshund, Ammo is now 6 1/2 months old (and neutered). He's the first dauchshund - let alone small breed dog I've had - and its never taken me this long to house train. I'd say he's about 90% house trained right now - its this last little bit I'm having difficulty with.
I have successfully taught him to ring a bell to go outside - which he does perfectly in my apartment, hasn't had an accident in a long time, will even hold it when I'm gone for several hours, and I never need to crate him (he's always hated the crate so I never crate trained him). He's even pretty good when I take him to my parent's and my husband's parents house with no issues (with no bell there he instead will sit at the door or jump up at it).
But my problem is happening at work. I own a small shop in town, and ammo accompanies me everyday along with my parent's lab mix, Trooper (who I might add will hold it forever if need-be). (also both dogs are male) I keep them both behind a gate in the back with me, and I've hung a bell on the gate for Ammo. Now the issue is, Ammo will successfully ring the bell when he needs to go and then sit by the gate. Sometimes I can't take him out right that second if I have a customer (I usually have to put up a sign and lock the door in order to leave), and if I'm not quick enough he will do his business on the floor. I don't understand why he will hold it at home if I can't let him out right away - but at the shop its a different story. The other problem I'm having is submissive peeing. When he was real little if a stranger would touch him he'd shrink down and do a little pee on the floor (sometimes flopping on his back as well). Everything I read said don't yell at them, it will only cause more issues later in life, the dog will eventually grow out of it or stop when neutered. Well he's been neutered and now its almost like he's using being pet as an excuse to go inside. It seems as if when he has a full blatter and a stranger touches him he will proceed to go on the floor (he doesn't do this all the time - its usually when he really needs to go - he has improved some since he was really young). And he will do this "submissive" peeing anywhere (apartment, work, other's houses).
so I'm not sure how to get over these little "humps" in his training. My first thought is to work with clicker training (I clicker train horses to perform tricks - but for some reason I usually don't with my dogs). I thought if when I take him out at work I click/reward everytime he pees. I'm not sure if it will work or not - my fear is he will be ringing the bell all the time because he just wants to take a trip outside to "get his treat". And for the submissive peeing I thought if I worked on making him sit to be pet -which is always so difficult at work because customers ALWAYS reach over the gate when I'm helping someone else to pet the dogs.
anyway - sorry for the long post - does anyone have any suggestions for me? I don't really want to use pee pads. And my shop is completely carpeted (I did just today spray it down with rubbing alcohol like someone suggested)