Dachshunds are cute, endearing dogs, but don’t let this fool you, Dachshunds are independent, fearless and stubborn dogs. When it comes to Dachshund training it is important to set limits, reinforce wanted behaviors and correct unwanted ones.
Dachshund training is not something that can be accomplished quickly. You need to figure out what training your Dachshund needs, and then how to train them. All this takes time and patience.
The Benefits of Dog Training
Training helps develop and build the relationship between you and your Dachshund and allows you to reinforce your position as “alpha dog” and pack leader.
Training also teaches you how to communicate with your Dachshund in ways that they understand (basic commands and hand signals), allowing you to teach new skills and behaviors as well as eliminate unwanted ones such as barking, biting or aggression.
Basic Dachshund Training
Dog trainers all have some basic rules that they follow to make the training process easier and to develop a closer relationships with the dogs they are training.
1. Praise and Correction
If you are always correcting your dog for what they are doing wrong and not praising them for what they are doing right your relationship with your Dachshund will be a negative one. If you praise you dog all the time you are also developing an unhealthy relationship. You need to make certain that you balance your feedback.
2. Patience and consistency
Dachshund training requires you to be patient and work consistently with your pup. Dachshunds are intelligent dogs, but they need time and repetition to learn behaviors. If your Dachshund is not responding or takes time to respond it is likely that they haven’t had enough time to learn the behavior or that you have made exceptions that confused them. For example, if you have taught your Dachshund not to pull on the leash, never let them pull.
3. Make it Fun
All dog training should be fun. Dachshunds can be stubborn and hard headed so you need to be inventive. Keep training sessions short and try and structure them so that your dog thinks they are doing the training. Training should become part of your daily routine, something both you and your dog look forward too.
Taking the time to train your Dachshund will reduce the chances of problems later in life, so don’t put it off, start your Dachshund training today.
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