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Dachshund Dog Training

Updated on January 12, 2013

Originating in Germany, the Dachshund dog breed has been around for centuries. They were mainly used to hunt badgers and hares ("Dachs" means badger in German). Also referred to as "wiener dogs" and "sausage dogs, the name of the dog is spelled both as Dachshund and Daschund. Dachshund is the correct name.

If you want to put an end to Dachshund aggression, barking, whining, or biting, I recommend that you take a look at Daschund Training.

Dachshund training can be a challenge as this breed tends to have a stubborn and very determined personality. For this reason, an inexperienced dog owner may find this dog breed a challenge to handle.

The Dachshund dog breed is curious, entertaining, stubborn, and energetic, and they can some times be mischievous. They need plenty of attention. They will be naughty if they are not given enough attention.

They are generally fine with other pets and children but they can be jealous and may be nippy and ill-tempered if they are over indulged. Because of this, a family with older children is probably a better fit for this dog breed. That said, Dachshunds are also very affectionate, loyal, and devoted dogs that will lavish love on their families.

If left alone, many Dachshunds will whine until they have companionship. Separation anxiety is a common problem with Dachshunds, at which time they may relieve their stress by chewing household items. Their body language and personality give the impression that they are unaware of their fairly small size. As with many hunting dogs, Dachshunds are brave and will stand up to bigger dogs.

Dachshunds are happy to play inside so they are an ideal dog breed for apartment dwellers or for homes with little or no garden. That said, they are playful, lively and energetic dogs. It is therefore essential for them to be taken for regular walks to the park in order to get plenty of exercise and fresh air. Many Dachshund behavior problems are due to a lack of good exercise. If a Dachshund is kept indoors for several days without being able to work off his surplus energy, he is likely to act out.

Without regular exercise, Dachshunds can easily gain weight, which could lead to potential health issues related to the heart, spine, or blood sugar. As Dachshunds are liable to suffer from spinal problems, you should avoid exercises that may cause spinal damage. Children should be made aware of the weakness of the Dachshund’s back and not be allowed to treat them roughly.

Housetraining your Dachshund should be the first step when you bring him home. There are a number of ways to potty train your dog, such as on command, paper training, and crate training. You must be patient and tolerant with your dog, no matter which method of training you use. Don't expect your puppy to get it right immediately as he will have accidents.

As with housetraining, obedience training should also start as soon as you bring your new puppy home. Dachshund obedience training sessions should be frequent but short - for example, a maximum of fifteen minutes, three to four times per day. The optimal time for puppy training is before meal time. Similar to humans, dogs feel like resting after eating.

Do not expect your dog to learn good manners overnight. Training your Dachshund will take plenty of patience due to your dog's stubborn nature. If you show plenty of love and patience, you and your family will get to enjoy a loyal and playful pet for many years.

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