Twelve steps to take the hassle out
of dachshund puppy training

Starting your puppy training

When starting your dachshund puppy training, spending quality time with you dog is very important, playing, cuddling, and handling.They love being with people, as the relationship builds he will learn what behaviour makes you pleased and what behavior is not acceptable.

Dachshund puppy watching


One of the many important aspects of dachshund puppy training is to ensure your puppy is well socialized, and to do this while the puppy is young before 5 months old as this is when he is most receptive.

Socializing is exposing your puppy to as many unusual sights, sounds, actions and stimulation e.g. household appliances, young children, other animals, cars, crowds, loud noises, old people, fire engines etc.

The variety  of socializing you can provide for your puppy the more the better as this will prepare him for the different situations to be encountered in his life


An important aspect of dachshund puppy training is handling your dog especially his paws, ears and teeth, so when you need to carry out checks or brush his teeth this will be easily accepted as no big deal.

It's particular important to play cut your pups nails, as mature dachshunds can be difficult with this practice. Start from an early age to leave your puppy just a few minutes and build up as he becomes comfortable being alone, which should help him from becoming anxious when you are away.

Crate training

When you bring your puppy home you need somewhere to put him, if there is no one able to supervise him some people use the laundry or another small room but I think a crate is best.

A crate is a good place for a puppy to be safe, secure and comfortable, when you are not able to supervise him or he is left alone.

If you introduce your puppy as soon as you bring him home, put in his blanket and toy and he will soon accept it as his place just ensure he gets plenty of time out exploring.


Toilet training

Crate training and toilet training go hand in hand when toilet training a puppy. Make sure your puppy can access the designated toilet area whenever he wants to go, take him to the toilet often. When he is in the crate your puppy will whine or bark to go toilet, dogs do not like to soil their den area. An inside toilet mat can be a good idea if access outside is not always available.

Getting your puppy's attention

Knowing the difference between attention and punishment is important, as it depends if it is from you or your puppy’s perspective, this was something I had not thought about. If the owner pushes his dog away, as it jumps up, it is punishment - for the dog, any touching is attention, so he thinks this is good.

Always call your dog by his name this will get his attention, if you don’t have his attention then you are wasting your time trying to carry out any small dog education.

12 Steps to a Well Trained Dachshund Puppy

  •  Be consistent and ensure all the family is consistent.
  •  Start working with your dog early, as soon as he arrives.
  • Never punish your dog ( hitting, yelling), ignore, move away, or turn    your back say 'No' with a firm tone. Touching such as pushing your dog away is not negative to your dog as he will think any touching is a good response.
  • Be patience and use lots of praise be happy and excited when reinforcing behaviour.
  • Use the same words or phrases as commands do not change these – be consistent.
  • Rewards training works well with this breed but only give rewards for desired behavior, not just any time.
  • A calm pleasant tone of voice is important when giving commands ‘come’ positive tone – ‘No’ with a forceful tone.
  • Always praise or reprimand immediately the good or bad behavior is shown so the puppy will connect with the event.
  • Ensure education sessions are short and several times a day as your puppy’s attention span is short usually only a few minutes but you can build this up to 15 -20 minutes per day if you and your dog are getting positive results.
  • Limit the distractions, so your dog can focus on you and what you want him to do.
  • Never train you dog if he just had a meal, or is tired or hot. You also need to be in a responsive happy mood not irritable or tired or rushed.
  • Dachshund puppy training should be fun, so you both look forward to it, your dog wants to please you, so get excited and show your puppy you are having fun too.

An important aspect of dachshund puppy training is the fact that it engages your puppy’s mind, keeping him alert, interested and usually happy, also you need to supply a variety of interactive toys and change them regularly, as boredom causes many behavioral problems.

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