How to train your dachshund

Training a dachshund requires patience and firmness. Repeat: it 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 very difficult breed to train.

As you begin your training keep in mind that you should keep training sessions very sort, no more than 5 minutes at any one time. Repeat sessions 2 - 3 times a day. Small bits of food or treats are an excellent way to keep your independent dog interested in what's going on. By religiously practicing exercises with tasty rewards and lots of praise, your dachshund can learn to walk on a leash, at your side without pulling. Your dog can learn to sit by your side when you stop walking and wait for you to begin. I know this sounds crazy, but you can do it.

It is easier to begin your training if you can start with a puppy. It's also very easy if you're not careful to make your dachshund absolutely hate training that it will be very difficult to ever correct.

Dachshund training can also be accomplished with an adult dog, but it will be a little more difficult, not impossible.

Have you ever thought about why it's important to train your dog to be obedient, and to know what is acceptable behavior and what is not? Most people think the biggest benefit of having a well-trained dog is that you don't have to worry about your dog ruining your possessions You see, bad behavior control is a benefit, but it's hardly the biggest benefit of having a well trained dog.

Puppy training begins early.

Learn more about training puppies.

Adult dog training uses different techniques.

Learn more about adult training.