So… you have got yourself a Dachshund. Do they need some Dachshund training? Most likely the answer is yes. No matter if you have a brand new puppy or and older Dachshund, they all could use a little extra training. You know the saying old dogs can’t lean new tricks, well through that thought in to the garbage. Any dog can learn new tricks or training with a little bit of your patience. Training a Dachshund does not have to be all-serious it can be fun and rewarding as well. Dachshunds are very smart and willing and able to learn quickly. They want to please you and make you happy with them. There are many different layers to Dachshund training. You have the most obvious potty or crate training. Then you will want to start with the obedience training, consisting of sit, stay, and come. These are just a few of the commands. There is prevention training so you can break bad behavior before it gets any worse. Finally there is Fun training where you can build upon the basics and do tricks and play games to impress family and friends. I pretty much listed all the different kinds of training in order of what should happen first through the last.
Before you even bring home your new Dachshund, whether it is young or old, you will need to decide if you are going to use a crate or not. Dachshund training can be a little simpler by using a crate. I know that some people could not even imagine putting their dear little Dachshund in a closed crate. I felt that way also when I got my first dog, so I trained her with out a crate. When I got my second dog I thought I would try a crate because so many people told how much easier it was to train them. I used the crate for the first year, and yes it cut down on a lot of the potty messes. My dog is two now and never uses the crate, so I put it away. Crate training is strictly up to you whether you want to use it or not. Both of my dogs turned out just fine, so either way is ok.
This is the first type of training a new little puppy will encounter. As soon as you bring home your puppy this training starts. You will want to decide what method you want to use newspaper or puppy pads. Paper training is very useful if you are not going to use crate training.
Basic Dachshund training is teaching them obedience. This is essential to your dog. A disobeying dog can be very hard to live with, let alone enjoy and have fun with. You will want to make sure they have the basics down like sit, stay, down, and come. These four commands will do a lot for your dog. It can keep your Dachshund safe when there is harm around or just plain out of trouble. Start this training early on. The Dachshund is a very independent dog so you will need patience with them. Try using healthy treats and a lot of praise when your Dachshund listens or get a command. Remember keep it fun and enjoyable for both of you. Don’t make the training to long because both parties with get tired and frustrated.
Dachshund training can also take the route of prevention. Have you ever wondered how to stop bad habits that your Dachshund has acquired? Does your Dachshund jump up on people, dig, bark a lot, or run through doors as soon as they open? I know my little guy had some of these bad habits and we are working on them as we speak. You will want to work on breaking these habits in order to keep your Dachshund safe. The last thing you want is for your buddy to dig their way out of your yard or dashing out the front door into the street.
See the section on dachshund proofing your home.
Ask yourself what is fun Dachshund training? Well fun training is where you teach your Dachshund to do trick and play games. Your Dachshund will need to know the basic obedience commands first in order to lean these tricks. Imagine that your family or friends are over and your Dachshund can wave goodbye to them. Boy would that be a conversation piece. I know all of us have had a long day at work before, how about teaching your Dachshund to fetch the T.V. Controller for you. There are several tricks and games that you can teach your dog. I have listed a few but use your imagination, expand on what I have shared.
Just remember HAVE FUN! This is a special bonding time between you and your Dachshund. Try to get the whole family involved in the training. Children have a lot of fun and sometimes a lot more patience than the adults. It can be fun to show your Dachshund training off to family and friends; they will all be wowed at what your little one can do. If you enjoy working with your dog then they will enjoy being around you and learning. It is just one big circle.
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