The first thing you should do when trying to train a Dachshund dog is that you need to get their full attention. If you want them to learn you obviously want them to pay attention to what you are teaching them, right?
Well the problem is that Dachshunds can easily get distracted. Even if you do get their attention at first, if you don’t know how to hold it, they will get easily bored and distracted again.
So when trying to train Dachshund dogs you need to focus on making training interesting and fun for them. Here are some training tips to help you do just that:
Eliminate all of the distractions – The Dachshund breed, as you probably already know, have a strong sense of smell. They can easily get distracted if they pick up a new scent. To combat that, start training Dachshund in a familiar location. That way you will avoid the new smells that come with unfamiliar territory.
Avoid training after a meal – Treats work because they reward the dog and get their attention. If however your Dachshund dog is already full from the meal he just ate, he will be less motivated to earn the reward. Time the training session’s right and use their love of food to your advantage.
Keep Training sessions short – Repetition is what gets your dog to remember the new commands, but at the same time it’s what bores them of training. Don’t draw out the training sessions too long because the Dachshund will start hating them. If you want to squeeze in more training during the day, do more sessions – not longer sessions.
Use their pack mentality to your advantage – Dachshund brains are wired to follow the “pack” rules. Use those rules to grab you Dachshund dog’s attention.
Positive Reinforcement Training
To use positive reinforcement you must first understand why it works and what makes it so effective. Basically positive reinforcement is when you reward your dog for listening to your commands. The rewards can be a treat, some praise, attention or a clicker (if you are using the clicker training method).
So why is this method so effective? The reason is because Dachshund dogs want to listen to their owners and be “good”. So when you reward them, you are showing them which behavior is good and which behavior is considered bad.
Dachshund Puppy Training
Starting early with puppy training is great because it means your dog will be more obedient much sooner, so less stress and “mess” for you to think about.
Younger Dachshund puppies are eager to learn. While young, they still haven’t formed all of their habits which means you can teach them good habits and prevent bad ones from forming early on.
Tips for Dachshund Puppy Training:
- Socialize your puppy from an early age
- Start housebreaking before it becomes a habit
- Provide your puppy with lots of chew toys (or he will look for other things to chew)
- Don’t shout or yell at your puppy (positive reinforcement ONLY!)