Can you honestly argue against Dachshunds being one of the cutest dog breeds around? Unfortunately, when it comes down to it, Dachshund training is an entirely different matter altogether as these cute little hot dog shaped pets are actually quite ornery. But, do they really require special training to make sure their attitude remains under control? Let’s take a closer look.
What Makes Dachshunds Different
Dachshund training is not easy. They require a lot of patience as these little guys are among the more stubborn, independent breeds you’ll encounter. They like to make their own decisions, go for what they want, and they are incredibly patient in waiting you out to get it.
The first thing you should remember and constantly repeat to yourself is that your Dachshund, no matter how cute he is, is still a dog – an animal that needs to be treated properly. The second you start treating your dog like a little person or giving him the privileges that come with that small size, you lose the upper hand in your training.
Keep in mind that if you neglect to train your Dachshund, you’re actually putting him at risk. With that strong personality and fiery will, they can easily get themselves into trouble. And their little backs can be at risk if they climb on things or jump too much – both trainable behaviours.
The Fundamentals of Dachshund Training
To start with, make sure you start young and get your Dachshund as much exercise as possible from an early age. Yes, Dachshunds are small dogs, but they are bred as hunting dogs that dig out vermin. They have a lot of energy and when they don’t get the chance to use that energy, it will come back to haunt your household.
If your Dachshund has the exercise he needs, the training process will be much easier. But, it still needs to be firm and carefully planned.
Short Sessions – Dachshund training should be done in short 5 minute sessions. Once they decide they don’t want to listen to you, it can be hard to break through, so you want to get as much done as possible before they have a chance to consider whether they want to follow along.
Basics – A Dachshund should be trained in basics like “sit”, “stay” and especially “down”. Dachshunds have severe limitations on how they can jump or climb. Carry them up and down stairs and don’t let them jump on furniture. Teach them early that these are not allowed.
Clicker Training – Dachshund training works especially well in conjunction with a clicker. Dachshunds do not have fantastic hearing, but they do respond well to sharp, single sounds and clicker training can be done in short bursts that fit their attention span well.
Rewards – Punishing a Dachshund is not very effective due to their strong will. They will grow stubborn and possibly aggressive with excessive punishment. Alternatively, use positive reinforcement to reward good behaviours. Dachshunds love physical attention as well as treats as rewards for good behaviour.
Dachshund training is a trying experience. It takes time, energy and a great deal of patience on your part. Most of all, don’t let your cute little puppy get the better of you. The second you give in to him, you lose the battle and it can be hard to regain that ground as the dog grows older.