Training Your Dachshund

Dachshunds were bred for their strong independence and to make decisions on their own. Those strong traits remain today and while admirable, make them a very difficult breed to train.

Training a dachshund requires a fair bit of patience, firmness and consistency. There are exercises that will show you how to teach your dog what it should know to share your home and survive.

The biggest tip to remember is that your dachshund is an animal, not a little person. They only live in the present and what happened in the past in is long forgotten.

Many dog problems are really people problems. Dogs are animals that existed in packs with pack leaders. They worked as a team, with a team leader. It is important for any training that your dog see you as the leader. If they don't see you as the natural leader of the team, then they will take over that job whether they want to or not. When this happens dogs may take on aggressive characteristics or show show other dominance traits.

Another dog characteristic requirement is that they need exercise— a lot of exercise. This is more than just letting your dachshund out into the backyard to relieve themselves. It means giving them long walks on a regular basis. Many behavior problems are a result of a lack of good exercise. Dachshunds by their very nature are active animals and when we keep them shut up inside the house for days and days without giving the opportunity to relieve that energy may cause some bad behavior. So the top of the list for training is learning how to walk your dachshund.

Without training you're actually putting your dachshund at risk, especially if there are danger areas around your home and who doesn't live next to a street that has traffic? Dachshunds are strong willed, more so than most other dogs. That's why strong training is an absolute necessity. It's to help protect them from things they show no fear towards, but they should.

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If you happen to acquire a dachshund that is not house trained such as a puppy or a adopt an adult dog that for whatever reason, is no longer house trained, you will have to plan on the first 2 - 3 weeks of constant vigilance and taking extra precautions to make the house training successful.

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Training a dachshund requires patience and firmness. Dachshunds were bred for their strong independence and to make decisions on their own. Those strong traits remain today and while admirable, make them a difficult breed to train. That's why you'll need patience and to be firm with your adorable dachshund.

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