Dachshunds are one of the most lovable creatures, having the unique hotdog size everyone adores! With their small body comes a big personality, brightening up any home. But while they do have such happy yet calm personalities, they’re also notoriously known to be difficult to train and would bark or nip at feet a LOT!
That’s why it’s crucial to learn how to discipline a Dachshund and train them well, especially when they’ve done something wrong. Did you know that there is a correct way to do so, though? You need to make sure you don’t punish your Dachshund, but correct their behavior healthily!
To do so, read on! I’ll show you the effective ways on how to discipline a Dachshund successfully.
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Five Tips on How to Discipline a Dachshund
There are a lot of ways on how to discipline a Dachshund, depending on how you’re training them. It’s best to know how to discipline them according to what you’re teaching your Dachshund. Here are the tips to follow:
1. When They Bark Excessively
Small dogs can bark, and they can bark a LOT with such a loud voice! You’ll be surprised with how much Dachshunds can bark, waking you and neighbors up in the middle of the night. While it’s a great way to stay secure and alert while you’re in bed, it can be quite a nuisance during times there are no intruders.
To help lessen the barking, recognize why they bark in the first place, or to remove them from aggravating environments. Avoid scolding them, which has them feel more afraid of you. Instead, tell your dog “NO” in a firm voice. When they stop, give them a treat as a reward!
2. Potty Training
Dachshunds are known to be one of the most difficult breeds to potty train, having their own rules. If your dog likes to do his business in the house, don’t fret. There are ways to train and correct his behavior.
However, if you want to discipline your Dachshund, you can only do so if you catch them in the act. Otherwise, they won’t know why you’re scolding them! Avoid hitting or screaming at them, which would instill more fear.
If you catch them about to (or already) doing his business, take them outside and in one specific spot to potty. Be firm when doing this and also create regular bathroom breaks next time to prevent such accidents.
Read more: Why Are Dachshunds So Hard to Potty Train?
3. When They Bite a Lot
A lot of Dachshunds usually bite when feeling scared or anxious, sometimes as a sign of aggression. Again, do not hit or scream at your pet, no matter how hard or intense the bites can get. Instead, discipline them by discouraging the biting behavior.
Give them chew toys for them to use, and reward them for using it. If you see them nibbling or biting something else, firmly tell them NO and make sure you assert your authority without scaring them. Clickers or cans of coins can also work in getting their attention to stop the biting.
4. Leash Training
Leash training is a must but we can’t tick off the possibility of your Dachshund running away or nipping at other people and animals! While you’re walking your Dachshund or leash training him, make sure that you discipline them by staying where you are. Assert your power over your dog and either stay in place or walk another way without pulling or forcing it.
That way, he’ll notice you won’t follow and will come back to you, continuing the walk as usual. This prevents them from straying away!
5. Crate Training It
It can be quite difficult trying to crate train a Dachshund because they’re known to have separation anxiety. However, many dog owners recommend crate training when you’re usually out for work or have guests over at home. Don’t use this space as a way to discipline or punish them, but if they do start yapping or messing up the crate area, you’ll need to stop that behavior.
Talk firmly to them while they’re inside the crate to let them know what they’re doing is bad. Don’t take them out as a way to stop the behavior, which would only encourage them to repeat it as a way to get out!
Wondering what more you can do for better training? Check out this video on how to do Dachshund training successfully:
Wrapping It Up
Disciplining a Dachshund, or any other dog breed for the matter, doesn’t require force or abuse. Through stern voices and a good rewards system, you can teach them what’s right and wrong. Even with a stubborn Dachshund, they can learn to respect and behave well for the home and when out!
I hope this article on how to discipline a Dachshund helped you out! So don’t wait any longer and follow these tips now.