How To Train A Dachshund Dog
Dachshunds are a strongly independent dog and able to make decisions on their own. Though their traits are admirable, it also makes them hard to train which needs patience and firmness if you decide to train them.
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It is always easier to train any dog when they are still a puppy, though not impossible for an adult dog, it is a little bit difficult.
When are just starting to train your Dachshund dog, the sessions should be short, not exceeding 5 minutes and repeated 2 – 3 times a day. Always keep treats with you to immediately reward your dog whenever he did something correctly.
You can buy treat bags that will clip to your belt or pocket, but using a sealed sandwich bag will do too. Keeping the treats in your pocket is not a good idea because your dog will smell them and will not leave you alone.
Potty Training A Dachshund Puppy
Dachshund is known to be hard to potty train, they are even categorized to be the difficult dog to housebreak according to puppyloversnew.com and pawedin.com. Being a naturally stubborn, they don’t see the point of going outside just to eliminate. You need to consistently potty train them.
Potty training is teaching your Dachshund dog to relieve himself in the place that you prepared and specified for this activity, which is commonly accomplished using the direct method and Paper method.
The direct method is for relieving outside of the house, either inside your yard or through taking your dog to a walk, while the paper method is used primarily for indoor dogs that don’t have easy access to go outside.
The trick is to look for signs that your dog is going to relieve himself such as lowering its head and sniffing around. When you see such signals you need to act fast.
Using direct method
You are training your puppy to associate relieving outside with your praise and a treat. The key to this method is not letting your puppy to poop or pee inside the house at all.
The following Dachshund tips and tricks will help with this process.
- Take your dog outside with you regularly especially after eating. Praise him right away after peeing or pooping outside. If within 10 minutes he still doesn’t relieve himself take him back in and repeat the process at least once every hour until he relieves himself. Puppies need to go potty at fairly frequent intervals, not to mention Dachshund have small bladder being a small dog breed. So actively look for signs while he is inside the house he is about to go. Dachshund’s signs and signal are very subtle sometimes.
- If he poops or pee inside before you could take him outside, scold him sharply but don’t hurt or punish him. Take him outside, pick up the indoor accident with a newspaper and take the newspaper to the location where you want him to relieve himself. If he did it in the rug, remove the rug after you removed the mark, stain, and smell, or else he will always think of it as a good place to go.
- When you are outside with your dog, don’t scold him or else he may associate going out with scolding. It is always a good practice to bring him to the place where he poops or pee earlier, to make him associate those areas as a proper place to go.
Using paper method
If you find that the direct method is not applicable or would be hard for you to follow through, then you can alternatively try the paper method. The key to the paper method is assigning a specific room (preferably small and no rug or carpet) for two to four weeks or until you get the results you wanted.
- This method will take a lot of newspaper at the start because you need to cover the floor entirely with it.
- After your Dachshund puppy finishes eating take him to the room covered with newspaper. Stay with him and give him a praise or treat immediately after he poop or pee.
- Remove all the newspaper except the one near the area where he relieves.
- Put new papers on the entire floor again then place the paper you keep on top of the new one so your puppy can smell the old paper and should go back to the spot where he goes earlier. Put your puppy in the room whenever you see the signs that he is nearing to relieve himself.
- As time pass, he will start to go in the same spot. When you see this happening slowly reduce the area of the floor that is covered with papers until you are left with just one sheet. (Caution: don’t leave your daily paper on the floor or it may confuse your puppy)
- Keep a good watch on your puppy and immediately give him praise or give a treat when he goes on the paper, if not scold him and lead him back to the newspaper
- Once you have successfully done the paper training you can be doing this for a long time. Always try to include a piece of the old paper to the new paper.
How to train a Dachshund puppy not to bark
Dachshunds are active and alert dogs which are bred to hunt badgers from their burrow and are a notorious barker. They have a deep, loud bark considering their small size which at times can be mistakenly thought as one coming from a larger dog. Though a good quality for a guard dogs and an innate behavior in all dogs, it must not be allowed if becomes excessive.
Some of the items you will be needed for the steps I am sharing to prevent and eliminate excessive barking.
Arrange your home to have a scene of a calm and restful environment which would minimize the reasons for barking. Like other dogs, Dachshund is prone to separation anxiety (read more here Stop Dog Barking) and usually bark when left alone. Anxious dogs are more likely to bark at things. Creating and having a steady routine is a big help.
Exercise your puppy regularly to make it tired at the end of each day. Some of the exercises you can give him are walking, playing in the backyard, letting him run inside the house and any other activities that will make him move.
Give him plenty of toys to play with to relieve boredom which is one of the reasons for barking
Squirt him with the spray bottle or small water pistol when he is barking inappropriately and excessively. Use commands like “no” or “quiet or other firm commands. Don’t reinforce his barking by giving him positive attention.
Give you Dachshund puppy treats whenever he follow your command and stop barking. Give him praise or other rewards when he is not barking, like playing with him. Stop the praise and reward once he starts barking. This will make him associate praise and rewards with being quiet and no rewards and praise when barking.
How to train a Dachshund puppy not to bite
The time you start to train your puppy is when they are still young preferably just after you got them, more so, when they show sign of dominance or aggression. This would minimize the problems that are associated with Dachshund breed.
Like any other puppy, Dachshund really looks cute and seems harmless, even when they are chewing and biting. But, you must realize that these behavior are signs of dominance that may develop into aggression later in life.
That’s why it is imperative to learn How to stop your dog from biting and chewing when he is still a puppy.
Consistency and even-handedness are the keys the keys when stopping Dachshund puppy biting, and in fact when training Dachshunds at all.
You should not hit a Dachshund for biting especially when they are young and doesn’t understand what he has done wrong. It may cause your puppy to develop anxiety and could make the biting problems worse as they tend to bite when anxious.”
How to discipline a Dachshund puppy
Disciplining your Dachshund puppy starts the moment you bring him home. It should be done gently with love but firm and constant. Constant since a well behaves puppy today may not remain forever, old behaviors can come back and new behaviors can develop.
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