Potential problem areas for your new dachshund

If you've never had a dog in the house before, you need to take some obvious precautions before bringing home your new pet. Young pups go through growing spurts that includes getting new teeth. As their new teeth are coming in they like to chew and chew and chew. They will chew anything they can find and at this early age in their development, they don't know the difference between anything. Everything they can find on the floor, under the bed, on the book shelf is there just for them.

Put away any item you don't want shredded, gnawed, or completely destroyed. This not only includes items lying on the floor, but things that can be reached from the couch or chairs.

Dachshund running

You obviously don't want to leave any house cleaning products laying around, but you also don't want to leave candy out, especially chocolates and macadamia nuts. Also anything else that might contain caffeine such as tea bags. Keep purses up off the ground. Your little puppy can quickly nose their way into a closed purse left on the couch and consume anything inside.

Outdoors, make sure the lawn chemicals are completely out of sight and our of reach. During the warmer months when you might have a grub problem, forget about putting down any of those grub baits. They smell remarkably like something that should be eaten.

Make sure there's no openings in the fence or gate that a small puppy can squeeze through.

DachshundsDo provide chew toys suitable for your dog's age. Never leave them out to play with at will however. Only allow them to play with under supervision. Stay away from any squeaky toys that can be chewed out and ingested. That little squeaker often presents a challenge to your dachshund to dig it out and destroy it. Use squeakers only under supervision and when play time is over, remove those toys from the playing field.

It's also good to rotate your dachshund's toys so they only have a few available at any one time. Keep a variety of types easily available and swap them so they have a variety. However, if your dachshund has a favorite, leave it out all the time. Our male dachshund has a favorite soft fluffy toy that he likes to have visible all day long in the kitchen. No matter how many times we pick it up and put it in his toy basket, he just get's it back out and puts it in the kitchen. Now our female doesn't care for toys unless we get them out and play with them with her.

Discard toys that start to break into pieces or have pieces torn off. Avoid tug-of-war games with dachshunds that have dominate personalities.

Remember that dachshunds are hunters. That means that many dachshunds will try to stalk small game in the yard, including birds, chipmunks, squirrels and mice. It also means that they will probably dig holes in the landscape. If you can provide an area for them to dig, that would be great, but don't expect them to confine themselves to just that one area. In our neighborhood we have a large squirrel population and one thing squirrels like to do is bury nuts. Our dachshunds just love nuts and they can smell a a buried nut from a mile away and will dig it out of the lawn and continue digging even if they don't find it.

Jumping up on you

Dachshunds love attention, especially from you. One of the things they like to do is jump up on you to get that attention. Even if you just push her away, she's accomplished the goal of getting your attention and will continue this behavior in the future.

The technique to stop this bad behavior is not reward it. When your dachshund jumps up on you don't yell and shout and shove her away. Just fold your arms in front of you, turn away from your dachshund and just say "OFF" in a firm voice— no need to shout.

Continue to turn away from your dachshund until all 4 paws are on the ground, then quietly praise her and give her a treat (small piece of food, a soft caress along her side). OPTION: If she knows the "SIT" command, give that command when all 4 paws are on the ground, then quietly praise her and give her a treat while she's in the sitting position.

If your dachshund begins to jump while giving praise, just turn away and repeat the the above process.

REMEMBER: keep your praise low-key.

The goal of this training is to have your dachshund realize that jumping is NOT rewarded, but coming and sitting IS REWARDED. Make sure that when she does learn the proper way of getting your attention, that you do give her that attention, otherwise, she will resort to more drastic means of getting your attention, like jumping up or chewing up something, or defecating on the carpet.

These are just a few of the things you need to be concerned about. You'll probably find many more things that your dachshund will soon discover as a no-no.