'Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends' DS Cheats and Tips

Unlockable 'Nintendog' breeds, rooms, items and toys

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"Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends" is a video game for the Nintendo DS. Below are cheats and tips for "Nintendogs" so that you can do everything from unlock rooms and breeds to get new toys, money, and more.

Unlockable 'Nintendog' Breeds

  • Boxer: Collect 20,000 Trainer Points (2,000 in Japanese version)
  • Cavalier K.C. Spaniel: Collect 8000 Trainer Points (14,000 in Japanese version)
  • Dalmation: Collect 45,000 Trainer Points. While you walk the dog, your puppy may find a rare present with a "Firemans Hat" inside. Visit the kennel; you can now buy a Dalmatian
  • German Shepherd: Collect 30,000 Trainer points
  • Jack Russell Terrier: While you walk the dog, your puppy may find a rare present with a "Jack Russell Book" inside. Visit the kennel; you can now buy a Jack Russell Terrier
  • Miniature Schnauzer: Collect 16,000 Trainer Points
  • Miniature Pinscher: Collect 35,000 Trainer Points
  • Shetland Sheepdog: Collect 14,000 Trainer Points (17,000 in Japanese version)
  • Shiba Inu: Collect 4000 Trainer Points (8,000 Trainer Points in the Japanese version)
  • Welsh Corgi: Collect 10,000 Trainer Points in the Japanese version
  • Yorkie: Collect 2000 Trainer Points

Unlockable Rooms in 'Nintendogs'

  • Desktop Room: Get 6,000 owner points to unlock the Desktop room (costs $20,000) in the interior decorator
  • Northern European Room: Get 40,000 owner points to unlock the Northern European room (costs $5,000) in the interior decorator
  • Outer Space Room: Get 18,000 owner points to unlock the Outer Space room (costs $100,000) in the interior decorator
  • Ranch Room: Get 25,000 owner points to unlock the Ranch room in the interior decorator
  • Seaside Room: Get 12,000 owner points to unlock the Seaside room (costs $50,000) in the interior decorator
  • Urban Living Room: Get 25,000 owner points to unlock the Urban Living room in the interior decorator

'Nintendogs' Unlockable Items & Toys

  • Balloon: Get 300 owner points to unlock the Balloon
  • Jump Rope: Get 300 owner points to unlock the Jump Rope
  • Natural Dog Food Bag: Get 10,000 owner points to unlock the Natural Dog Food Bag
  • Pull Rope: Get 300 owner points to unlock the Pull Rope
  • Windup Toy: Get 10,000 owner points to unlock the Windup Toy

'Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends' Tips and Tricks

Below are more things you can do in "Nintendogs":

Reset Nintendog Data

At the Nintendo logo, hold L + R + A + B + X + Y to delete your saved data.

Link to Unlock New Breeds

When linking copies of Nintendogs to unlock new breeds, remember two things. You can only link with another Nintendo DS system once (and unlock a new breed). The breed unlocked corresponds with your partner's current pet, and it must be a breed that you don't have in order for it to be unlocked.

Control Peach Cart

While walking your dog, you might find a Peach cart in a "?" box. To control the kart, press B to move forward, A to move backwards, and Left or Right to turn. If the dog(s) hit it, the kart will spin around in place, then move in the direction you want it to move.

Easy Owner Points

Play with a disc, ball, etc. Each time your dog gets it, call it over (or tap the screen a few times). When he or she comes, pet it on the head for a few seconds. It should sparkle, giving you one or two owner points.

This "Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends" trick also makes it easier to get the toy back and repeat.

Easy Items Trick

Take your dog for a walk and make sure you have another accessory to change into. Try to go in as many "?" boxes as possible before you go to the park. As soon as you put the line into the park, go directly home.

Go through your walk as normal, getting items, meeting dogs, etc., until you reach the park. Once in the "Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends" park, go directly to Accessories. Change your dog's accessories immediately, then tap Back. The message Saving: Don't Turn Off Power should appear.

After it's done saving, turn off the power. Turn it back on, and you'll still have all the items collected, and can go for another walk.

You will not get owner points for this, and your dog's stamina will not increase.

Easier Training

While teaching your dog to sit in "Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends," don't say "sit down;" just say "sit". By doing this, when you teach it "lay down", it won't get confused.

When teaching it to shake, instead of saying "shake," say "shake hands". This helps it to not get confused with shake.

Trick and Competition Opportunities: Time Exploit

In "Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends," your dog can only learn a certain number of tricks per day, while the same goes for competitions. To get additional chances at tricks and competitions, change the system date to the previous day and set the time to 23:59.

Exit the menu and turn off the DS. Immediately, turn it back on and load the game. You'll see the previous day and time shown. After one minute, it will be an entirely new day, allowing more tricks to be taught and competitions to be won. This can earn you more money if you win the competition.

When you want to follow the normal order of things, just set the date and time back to the correct values.

How to Get Money in 'Nintendogs'

Go on a lot of walks and get as many question marks as possible along the way. Then, go to the second-hand store and sell all the items you don't want, or dog(s) you don't like.

Some items are less than a dollar, but the amount adds up if you continue doing this. Additionally, when going out for walks in "Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends," it's best to feed and give your dog water just before you go (if it's hungry or thirsty). By doing this, instead of your dog finding trash, they'll be much more likely to find presents.

You'll see a white box with red ribbons around it. Try walking slowly because you cannot go backward. Touch it and your dog will bring it to you. These items are the ones that are worth more. The tri-color ribbon is worth ten dollars, and the Moai Statue is worth one hundred dollars.

Mario Items

Take your dog for lots of walks and collect as many "Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends" presents as you can. Eventually, you'll get a Mario hat, a Luigi hat, a rubber mushroom and a "?" block (from "Super Mario Bros.").

While on a walk, you might find a Mario theme music box. You can play the Mario theme song on it by spinning the crank with the stylus.

RC Helicopter

While taking your dog for a walk, you might find an RC helicopter as one of the presents. Hold A to take off, the D-Pad to maneuver, and L to change the camera view.

RC helicopters in "Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends" can be sold for $200.

Secret Shedding Records

If you walk your dog a lot, you'll eventually find an item called "Secret Shedding Record". It plays strange music when you activate it from the music icon in your supplies menu. There are four records in "Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends"; these are extremely rare.

How to Find Items

While walking on the sidewalk, tap the floor and your dog will look and sometimes find an item. Also while walking your dog, there'll be a question mark on almost every walk that isn't illustrated on the map.

When you see it on the touchscreen, take your dog's leash and drag him/her to the present. It will be a present or garbage that your dog should not eat.

Determining "?" Box Content

When you find a "?" box during a walk in "Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends," if your dog barks once it is a present; if it barks twice, it is another dog. Additionally, if you find a present wait until the dog runs off the screen. If it turns white, it will be a trainer. If it does not, it is a present.

Trainer Information

The name registered in your Nintendo DS will appear as the owner's name, as well as your date of birth. You can change your picture to their choices of avatar pictures; there are eight choices.

Raising More Than Three Dogs

The Dog Hotel will hold up to five dogs at a time. The three that you can raise don't count with the five, making it possible to raise as many as eight dogs in "Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends."

Dog Disc Training

Go to the park, and keep training your dog until you get a message. Use a frisbee, tennis ball, rubber bone, or stick to train it.

When playing fetch with your dog, after you throw the item in the park or homeplace, to retrieve the item, tap the screen at least five times to get their attention. Then, play a tug-o-war until you have it again.

Dog Agility Training

Go to the gymnasium in "Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends" and train your dog on the agility course; it will change with each competition won.

Dog Obedience Training

Have a dog do a trick repeatedly until a message appears. Name the trick, then the dog will do the trick every so often. Keep teaching it the trick until it does it the first time you call it.

The dog can only do so much training in one day. For more training, wait until the next day.

Additionally, when teaching your dog to fetch in "Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends," every time your dog brings back the item after tapping the screen, pet it until the sparkles appear. Then, take the item and throw it over again. After doing this for some time, your dog will bring back the item automatically, thus making the contests easier.

Dog Training Locations in 'Nintendogs'

Each competition should be trained at a different place: disc competition at the park, agility at the gymnasium, and obedience at an empty park or house.

'Nintendogs' Deleting Tricks

On the camera view of your dogs, tap the question mark under the dog's picture. It will bring up a screen with the dog's information on it, such as name, age, gender, etc. At the bottom is a button to go to the "Trick List". Tap on a trick, and tap "OK" for the dog to forget that trick. If you delete the trick by accident, you can re-teach the dog the same trick, and name it the same.

Walking Your Dog

  • General Walking Tip: While walking your dog and he or she seems edgy, give the leash a little tug towards the way it's walking. The dog will start running. Also, you can give it a tug while running upwards and it will do a jump
  • Walking Your Dog More Than Once a Day: You can walk your dog once every 25 minutes. Wait 25 minutes with the game on, in sleep mode, or off before walking your dog. Note that it won't be very active during the day if it stays awake at night
  • Longer Walks: Mark out the path on your map, ending it at the house. If your last few steps end at the house, wait 25 minutes, then your dog can go slighter further on the next walk. Make sure to give your dog water after each walk
  • Question Marks on the Map: While marking out where you want to go on the map, try to get as many question marks as you can along the way. There are either other dogs or gifts that your dog will find with each question mark
  • Blue Circles on the Map: While walking your dog, the blue circles that appear represent places to go to the bathroom

    Different Colored Dogs

    While at the pound, pick a breed. You'll have three choices for the dog's coloring (light, medium, and dark). If you don't see the color you like, tap Back, then pick the breed again until the color and/or gender that you want with the dog appears.

    It may take some time to actually get what you want.

    Beautiful Dog Coats

    Give your dog a bath when the dog's information page for coat reads "Clean". This will also make the dog like you more.

    Other Dog Treats

    When a bone or light bulb appears when you're training your dog, use the stylus to drag it over its mouth and your dog will eat it.

    While interacting with your dog at home, if you give it enough love by petting and scratching it, a golden dog bone of light will appear. You can give it to your dog as a bonus treat.

    Pikmin Reference Easter Egg

    In the pet supply shop, there's a Pikmin enemy on the shelf on the top screen.

    'Nintendogs' Dog Tricks

    • Back Flip: Teach your dog to sit and jump. While it is sitting, tell it to jump. Your dog should do a backflip
    • Flip From Back: Teach your dog to roll over and jump. Tell it to roll over then quickly have it jump. It should flip forward onto its legs, with something that resembles a Kung Fu-style move
    • Stand Up: Once your dog has learned to beg, lift its paw up, and make it stand on its hind legs. It will stand and you will be able to teach it how so it is remembered
    • Hand Stand: Teach your "Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends" dog to lay down and beg. While lying down, tell it to beg and your dog should do a handstand
    • Walk on Two Legs: First, make your dog stand on its hind legs. Put the stylus on his or her leg and drag up. He or she should now be standing.
      • Note: Teach your dog that trick so it's remembered. Then, pull its paw to the area that the training icon is located. It should now be walking on its hind legs
    • Wave Paw: Get your dog to sit, and hold an ear back. The dog will wave its paw. Do it three or four times to get the trick
    • Break Dance: Teach your dog to spin and roll over. Make it roll over, then while it is on its back, tell it to spin. Your dog should spin around on his or her back, almost like it is breakdancing
    • Rag Doll Puppy: When your dog is playing with the pull rope in "Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends," grab the other end and pull up with the stylus. This should make the puppy hang on the other end like a rag doll. Drag the rope around the screen and eventually, the dog will fly off
    • Throw Your Dog: When you have the Pull Rope, try to get your dog suspended in the air. When it does, make it turn slowly (or it will fly off), and release the stylus. Your dog should fly away
    • Dog Hang: Get the pull rope and take it out. Wait for your dog to bite it. If you quickly slide the rope up while it's being bit, one of two things will happen: the dog will let go or the camera will go above the dog, and it's hanging on the rope. To stop, let go of the rope or swing the rope around until the dog loses its grip and goes flying

      'Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends' Competitions

      • Competition Courses: There are five courses for each competition: beginners, open, expert, master, and championship
      • Disc Competitions: Get a Boxer if you want speed. Get a German Shepherd if you want it to jump high
      • Losing Competitions: In certain classes of competitions, if you get below a certain score you'll drop a class
      • Avoid Losing Ranking: Before entering competitions, save the game. If you do badly, turn the game off before the competition ends to avoid ranking loss
        • Note: The leader's score will change when doing this