Dachshund training doesn’t have to be an undesirable experience. If you know how to properly train your dog, training can be just as enjoyable as playtime. After all, training is another way for you to bond with your dog and help him know his position within your family.
The following are 10 tips that will help make Dachshund training successful:
- Enroll your Dachshund in obedience school . As soon as he is of age, your Dachshund should be taken to a proper instructor for training. Obedience classes will teach you how to control your dog, which will in turn give your dog direction. The end result is you will both gain understanding and confidence from these lessons to make them work. Be sure to interview the instructor to make sure they are well qualified, and review the course to make sure it will teach everything you want covered.
- Persistence is key. When training your dog prior to, and after obedience class, be persistent with your commands. Remember, your Dachshund may try to ignore you. Don’t let him get away with this behavior. Your goal is to make him respond and listen to you.
- Keep it simple . Don’t change your method of teaching. Dachshund training needs consistency in order to work. Although he is an intelligent breed, a Dachshund has a limited attention span. If you confuse, or bore him, you’ll only slow down the process and make it harder for you to get him to obey you.
- Use one word commands – When teaching your Dachshund a command, don’t use too many words. One word commands work best with dogs. If you are teaching your dog how to respond to the “Come” command, for example, don’t say “Come Here”; simply say “Come” followed by your dog’s name in a firm tone. The fewer the syllables, the faster your dog will associate the word with the command.
- Don’t rush Dachshund training. Training is a slow and steady process. Don’t enforce too many commands on your dog at once. He must first completely understand one, before you can move on to the next. Furthermore, you have to keep refreshing your dog’s memory of all the commands he has learned on a routine basis.
- Avoid long training sessions . Keep home training sessions to a maximum of 10 minutes. You also shouldn’t have more than 3 training session a day. After each training session reward your dog with a good playtime or a special treat such as a car ride, or a nice walk.
- Make it fun and interesting – Dachshund training is something your dog should enjoy doing with you. It should not be a time he dreads or resents. Therefore, make it interesting. Your goal is to keep lessons easy for your dog to understand while still testing his intelligence. Don’t be afraid to get creative, just don’t get carried away and remember to keep the objective consistent. You can achieve this consistency by always repeating the same one word command for the specific command you are teaching.
- Do not punish your dog – If your dog does not do a command correctly, do not shout at him, or punish him. If the problem appears that he does not understand you, the fault is in your teaching, not his behavior. You could be rushing the Dachshund training too fast, or making sessions to long. Therefore, re-start from the point your dog understood and slowly progress from there.
- Reward your Dachshund – When your dog successfully performs a command, reward him for it. Rewarding your dog is a combination of two things: The first is your praise, the second is a treat. You don’t need to give your dog a treat every time he does a command, but it is essential that you praise and pat him each time. The more your Dachshund understands that his behavior is pleasing you, the happier he will be, and the more eager he will be oblige.
- Timing is everything in Dachshund training – Successful Dachshund training is the result of perfect timing of reward. You must make it your mission to ensure you are rewarding your dog for the behavior you are asking for and not something else. Your dog will associate your actions with the action he last committed. Therefore, if you call your dog to come to you, and wait before you give him his reward, he will likely not associate the reward you eventually give with the command you are praising him for.
When you make Dachshund training a positive experience for your dog, you will achieve a desirable result.