Obedience training is a necessary part of owning a Dachshund. Often described as smart and quick learners, Dachshunds can also be tenacious, which is why training is so important. Some owners take their Dachshunds to obedience training lessons, others prefer to work with their dog at home.
Why Go To Dachshund Obedience Training Classes?
Obedience training is a team effort involving both you and your Dachshund. Both of you learn, you how to teach successfully and they how to respond. As the instructor, you need to know the following skills:
Leader of the Household
Going to obedience training classes provides the resources you need to become, and maintain, the place of leader of your household. Dachshunds are bright and will take advantage of you if you let them. Be certain that you occupy the alpha position and that your Dachshund respects you!
Obedience training your Dachshund involves mastering commands such as sit, stay, down, and come. There may be cases when having your Dachshund respond right away to one of these instructions could save their life. Once these core commands are learned you can use them as a platform on which to teach other more complex skills.
Walking on a Slack Leash.
Any good obedience trainer should spend time each class practicing walking on a loose leash. In addition to not pulling, you also need to teach them not to run around you and snarl you in their lead and also to stop and sit when told before crossing a road.
Barking and Biting
Dachshund owners may find they have problems with barking and biting connected to breed characteristics (remember Dachshunds were bred to be hunters). If you have a problem with biting or excessive barking you should go to training classes. There trainers can instruct you how to appropriately tackle the precise problem you are experiencing, and can recommend you see a veterinarian or veterinary behaviorist if they believe the issue is serious enough.
You should begin obedience training when you get your Dachshund, no matter what their age or prior experiences. It is obedience training that helps you build up a bond with your Dachshund and lays the basis on which you can build up specialized skills and behaviors.
No matter which way you choose to train your Dachshund, you need to show them by the way you behave that you are head of the household and to be respected. This requires you and other family members to be consistent and confident so that your Dachshund gets the same message from all family members and doesn’t try to take advantage.
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