A good Dachshund training program is a must if you want a happy well adjusted, obedient dog. This breed, with its unique body and way of walking, is very popular as a family dog.
Due to requiring little exercise, this breed makes an excellent choice for people living in apartments, smaller homes, or homes without yard space. Even so, just because the Dachshund is a smaller dog, with short legs, does not mean your pet can get by without some training and exercise.
As with any thoroughbred dog, the best place to begin is with a top-grade breeder, one who will only offer healthy, well-socialized puppies. Young dogs from good breeders will be industrious, active, and curious, These dogs are happy around humans and other dogs because the breeder makes certain that his system produces such puppies.
Unlike some opinions, this breed can make very good pets when it comes to obedience and Dachshund training, but you will find this breed can be a bit stubborn. For this reason, firm and consistent guidance is required. Normally, the Dachshund conducts itself with plenty of energy and is quite friendly.
The dog is active, even indoors, but also loves spending time outside. Some type of open area is recommended for play and for trotting about the yard to get exercise. This breed has great staying power, a trait carried over from their origins as a working dog used to hunt down badgers.
Dachshunds can be a bit difficult to housebreak and some owners report that even after the pet has been part of the family for many years, there are times when the dog will not go outside. Remember, there is an obstinate streak in many Dachshunds so you need to be prepared for this, at least to the point of expecting it to happen and not overreacting when it does. Puppies will take about six months to get used to the housebreaking expectations and adult Dachshunds, being willful, may take a little longer.
When you are starting to potty train your dachshund it's a good idea to set oup a puppy zone intended for use by the dog when you are not at home. Let this be a safe area where the Dachshund could go, even when you are not around. Having such an region or room in the home will rule out bigger housebreaking problems.
The key to Dachshund training is to prevent the accidents instead of punishment after the fact. Some trainers and experienced owners report that constant supervision is necessary, as well as understanding the dog's habits.
Occasionally, a Dachshund puppy will choose to chew on things around the home until supplied with a number of stimulating toys that the dog eventually looks upon as it's own. You would be amazed at how toys can resolve bigger problems.
Remember that young dogs explore, using their mouth and nose. One trainer employs an uncomplicated system of verbal reaction such as 'OW' when the puppy tries to bite or nip, attempting to make certain the puppy's teeth never come into contact with bare skin, even while playing.
Dachshunds also love to dig so new owners should endeavor to let them know when and where this is O.K.. Some reports from owners and trainers show that the Dachshund makes a good choice for obedience and trial activity, if the focus is on using the breed's natural instincts for tracking down small animals and for working close to the ground.
Just remember that special care should be taken when Dachshund training, to avoid injuring a Dachshund's back with activity not suited to the body style and short legs of the breed.