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Dachshund Owners Answer: 50 Tips to Make Life with Your New Puppy Easier

There is no better way to learn about raising a Dachshund puppy than to ask other Dachshund owners for advice.

A few months ago, I asked our Facebook fans for their best tips and advice for getting through the crazy puppy stage.

Facebook post asking Dachshund owners for their best puppy-raising tips

Over 100 people commented with their best puppy-raising advice. I compiled this answers into this article.

I tried my best to arrange the comments by topic but many of them cover offer multiple different tips so definitely read them all.

Also, these are largely unedited, except for a few instances where I needed to add clarification, so please excuse any spelling and grammar errors.

On Potty Training a Dachshund Puppy

“Be prepared for lots of time outside. The only real way to potty train a doxie is to out stubborn them. Put on your jacket (with treats in pocket), attach the leash. Puppy does not get to play or go back inside until they potty. If it’s really awful outside, go inside to warm up, but hold your pup. No playing, no praise, then go back outside and try again. Do this every time in all weather conditions and in a few weeks life will be peachy.”

“Patience ! Patience ! Patience!”

“After 40 years of rescue weiners; we ended up with a 4 month old…… I had forgotten how much work and patience is required with a new puppy. The glorious part? Our new one was already housebroken (a true miracle with this breed). However; the trials of retraining this old brain with new puppy ways were aggravating at the very least. Chewed up books; remotes; clothes; furniture, you name it, he chewed it. Puppy proof anything within reach. And train….. train….. Train…..”

“A bell was so helpful! He learned great on the main floor where he could indicate at the door in a week or two, but not being able to do stairs as a pup he had lots of accidents on other floors. Added a bell by the stairs, helped him ring it before we went out, problem solved in 2-3 days.
Except then we eventually had to confiscate the bell because he would ring it incessantly to just go play outside.”

“Try a bell. I think it naturally appeals to their bossy personalities and is especially helpful if you live in an apartment or somewhere that they can’t connect this door =going potty.”

“[My puppy] took longer to potty train than my other Dachshunds. When I got home I let her out immediately but she wanted to play instead of potty and would come back in to do her jobs. So, I started putting her out for 15 min and if she did not potty back into the crate she went. I left her there for 10 min then back out. I kept doing this routine until she went potty. It took 2 different days of doing this when she realized she needed to potty before play. I also taught my Dachshunds to ring a potty bell.”

“This method was so key for training ours to go in the rain: He actually was housetrained within a few weeks, but magically forgot his manners when it was raining…no house play time until you pee outside in the rain and then crazy puppy party when you do it right.”

On the Importance of Training and Consistency for a Dachshund Puppy

“My baby wiener learned so much from the other dog… She was his trainer and my savior.”

“Enroll in a positive training program in a group situation teaches the dog how to function among others and it trains the master! I definitely needed the training…it’s easy to cave to Dachshund ways.”

“Train as much as possible, I have not found anything more effective than 2 min time outs.”

“Consistency, love, exercise and positive reinforcement.”

“Consistency, you have to make them listen to you, follow thru on everything you say to them.”

“For nipping problems, I found the technique where you scream and then ignore them for a few minutes to be super effective. But you really have to sell the scream to startle them or they don’t believe you. Awkward but effective.”

“Just generally beware of how spongey and fast learning they are. Ours learned all sorts of unintended thing like how he keeps a mental list of things the cat is not allowed to do because Mom and Dad yell at her (drink water from glasses, scratch furniture, etc). Now he feels the need to police her directly when she “steps out of line” or frantic alert bark so we come intervene. She does not appreciate it. Ha, ha.”

“I think somebody already said it…Consistency!! They are too smart & stubborn to allow us to be lackadaisical with the training. Those big soulful eyes can make you do things you wouldn’t normally allow (yes guilty!).”

“Take your pup to dog training classes. It socializes them and is good for both you and the dog. Also, take any opportunity to keep up the training at home. Since my dog always follows me into the bathroom, I keep dog treats there and when I am sitting, we do sit, down, etc. Finding time to work with them really is good.”

“Consistency. In the Dachshund world, if you do something twice, it becomes the rule of law. It’s great for training but if you let something slide one time, they’ll try it 1,000 more. This goes hand in hand with establishing routines. Dachshunds love routines. It’s so much easier to get them to do something they think is their idea. Routines will help you with things that would otherwise be challenges like leaving the house, bathing, getting nails done, etc.”

“TRAIN DAILY. This includes grooming, especially nails! My wire Dachshund puppy just lays there while I trim his feet and nails, but I had to be consistent an do it multiple times a week (with lots of rewards!) to keep him comfortable with it, even though my breeder was amazing and started him very young. Short nails are super important for Dachshunds especially.
We also work on behaviors he knows or learn new things every day. It is also very important to get them out in the world and socialize with all sorts of people and other dogs, especially larger breeds.”

Check Out How to Choose the Best Training Treats for Dachshunds

On Exercising and Tiring a Dachshund Puppy Out

“A tired dog is a good dog. Don’t be lazy with your pet. I take my puppies outside to go potty after they wake up from night or naps, after eating or drinking, and every 20m in between. I always joke that if you potty train puppies this way and keep them exercised at the same time a person should lose 20lbs. It’s a rough first 6-8 months but it sets the pup up for life.”

“I would say two things….one give them exercise and walks and two use food for training and I always train ‘down’ right away…because they really don’t like to do down and the sooner you make it fun and they do it, (all training should be fun and positive) or you will get ‘tude. “I did agilty with one on mine and they enjoyed that too….I think pleasing me and the treats!”

“Activity every day. Ball, chew toys. Keep them active.”

“My biggest lifesaver was that I have a dog daycare/training/etc place nearby that has a great service: puppy playtime. A couple of days a week they offer a 45 minute session of supervised play, with the humans present. They have it divided into two age groups: under 12 weeks, and 12 weeks to 8-10 months (or older, they loved my puppy so much that he got to go up until a year old.) They learn so much there playing with other puppies their age, it’s safer than a dog park, and the dogs are just limp balls of fur for the rest of the day!”

“Walks walks walks. Focused activity such as playing ball.”

“Puzzle toys! Hiking when they are over 6 months! My wire hair Pepper was/is the craziest dachshund puppy I have had! She’s over a year and still acts like she did when we adopted her at 4 months haha.”

Important: Read How to Know When Your Puppy is Old Enough for Regular, Sustained Exercise

Photo of Dachshund Hiking on a Rock panned out to give perspective

On Dachshund Puppy Teething

“They will find items that you haven’t seen in years….then tear it up.

“A strong chew toy that aids teething.”

“A chew toy the puppy cannot destroy and occupy their time. It took two months, but we have found this bone stands up to the assault given out by “our bundle of joy”. He has destroyed at least 10 tennis balls and multiple stuffed toys.”

“During the early weeks, those little teeth are soooooo sharp even chew proof toys are not safe. I used a frozen piece of cloth knotted, the cool helps sooth pain and the knots help loosen baby teeth. As with any baby, only use when supervised, take away if they start shredding it so they don’t swallow strings.”

“Lots of appropriate chew toys, and hide any wires/cords that may look tasty. Come up with a good way for them to let you know they need to potty. And of course, socialization and training!!”

“All the chew toys and constant redirecting to them. It took a while to find the types of textures that appeal to him but definitely a lifesaver for stuff. Ours still chews a rawhide for 20-30 minutes before falling asleep each night. It seems to be some sort of meditative sleep hygiene thing for him.”

“Keep an eye on your woodwork!”

On the Joy of Raising a Dachshund Puppy and Patience

“Patience, patience, patience, and lots of treats to re-enforce good behavior, hopefully the puppy has an older, wiser, seasoned doxie to mimic, I believe they learn a lot by just watching and doing what the other one does.”.

“Learn to ignore them when they want your attention. It’s harder than anything but works wonders!!”

“Mine is annoyingly clever and smart. Like, understands how to trick me in my ignoring-game. Adorably stubborn – can only love them more haha!”

“Enjoy the antics no matter how frustrating. Take videos too. I miss the days of my unmentionables shimming across the living room.”

Dachshund puppy sitting in the grass with an orange collar on

General Dachshund Puppy Tips

“It was challenging having two who were siblings from same litter 10 wks old – different personalities and needs but here we are 11 yrs later! at 11 1/2 they are still coming up with fun personality quirks – as of late brother voice his displeasure at not getting treats from the dinner table with these funny groan type noises. Consistency and Dental care!!”

“Patience and consistency and portable fencing in the house. Our puppy is a poop eater and the only way to prevent it, we’ve found is to pick it up immediately, not always possible though.”

“Their goal in life is to unstuff everything, take squeakers out of the toys then they don’t want it anymore. They are very spiteful too. If you say NO wait a few minutes they will try it again! They get very protective of their family!”

“My tip: Our 7 month old doxie has a weakness for shoes. She doesn’t chew anything else (besides her own toys). She would sneak into my closet and come flying out with a shoe as if she thought we won’t see her if she runs fast enough. Then I set mouse traps. The cheap wooden ones. I placed them in a couple of shoes upside down so she wouldn’t get hurt. The SNAP scared her and now she stays out of my closet. Instant fix.”

“Don’t leave the toilet tissue out where they can reach it, my doxie thought it was a treat.”

“It’s tempting to let it go (because watching them launch is sooooo cute!) but train them not to jump off furniture, couches, beds, etc. Their spines will thank you in the long run.”

On the Lighter Side of Raising a Dachshund Puppy

“God help you.(but it’s worth it!)”

“Look under all blankets before you sit.”

“Drink adult beverages after she falls asleep , rest and get prepared for another fun filled day. Repeat for about 18 months. Enjoy every single day with her. It is such a joy to see their personalities bloom.”

“Let them be crazy and enjoy the high energy they have as babies. It won’t last forever.”

“Have patience and take lots of puppy pictures.”

To Learn More About a Dachshund’s Funny Quirks, Read My Article 11 Funny Things About Dachshunds Only Owners Will Understand

Dachshund Owners Answer: Tips to Make Life with Your New Puppy Easier

In Summary

I think this list of tips is a must-read for anyone who is thinking of getting a Dachshund puppy or has just brought one home.

Some of the common themes here, and ones I would agree with based on experience, are:

Consistency and patience are THE two skills you need to raise a Dachshund puppy.

Dachshunds can be difficult to potty train.

Yes, generally, Dachshunds are more difficult to potty train than some other dog breeds.

However, it’s totally achievable with consistency and routine. With Dachshunds, you may need to give them an annual refresher when the wet and cold season begins.

A lot of people chimed in saying potty bells helped prevent accidents in the house. I know with 2 of my 3 Dachshunds, the signs they needed to go potty were VERY subtle. Bells are one way your puppy can clearly let you know they need to go out.

Dachshunds can be trained.

Dachshunds are whip-smart. They are capable of quickly picking up tricks and commands.

Their intelligence can also mean they think they know better than you.

This can come across as stubborn but they are easy to train with a little consistent effort every day.

With Dachshunds though, I always joke that they are so smart that they can quickly learn when they can pull one over on you too. Let something slide once and they will never forget that they didn’t always have to do it “the right way.”

Dachshunds need, and are capable of, regular exercise (but it should be short bursts of gentle exercise until they are old enough).

Raising a Dachshund puppy can be a challenge but the joys are worth it.

Do you have any tips for raising a Dachshund puppy? Or any questions?

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5 Things You Should Start Teaching Your Dachshund Puppy The Day They Come Home

Bringing a new puppy home is exciting. It’s also kind of like bringing home a wild animal.

A puppy is still learning about the world around them and how to interact with humans and other animals. They are literally born having no clue.

It’s your job to teach them manners and the appropriate way to interact with people, other dogs, different sights and sounds, and all of the other general things they will encounter in life.

It's important to start teaching your puppy about the world, and how to behave in it, as soon as you bring them home.

While you can’t expect too much from your puppy the first week or so as they are learning to trust you and adjust to your new home, there are some important, but easy, things you should start teaching them right away.

Things to Start Teaching Your Puppy As Soon As They Come Home

When most people think of training a puppy, the first thing that comes to mind is potty training.

That is definitely one of the very first thing a puppy needs to start learning. However, I’m going to talk about the OTHER THINGS that people don’t always think of in this article.

These are things that are just as important, as potty training.

If you came here hoping to learn more about that, check out this other article on potty training a Dachshund.

1) Make Sure Your Puppy Knows Their Name

This may sound silly but there are many reasons to practice the name game with your puppy.

You may have changed your puppy’s name when you brought them home so they might not be used to the new one.

They are not used to listening to your tone of voice so even though they know your name, they might not be used to listening to you say it.

It’s important that you’re sure your puppy knows their name. Every other training command, and pleasant cohabitation, depends on it.

Dachshund puppy reacting to their name being called

You can start getting their attention by using their name and giving them a treat the second they turn their head toward you or away from whatever they are occupied with at the time.

Then you can progress to not giving them the treat until they fully look at you.

Some things that can help with this practice is beginning the exercise when you are standing right next to them and then eventually saying their name from further away.

2) Train Your Puppy Not to Bite

Puppies like to bite, a lot. It’s the first way they know to communicate with the world – by using their mouth and teeth.

Their teeth may seem small but you will soon learn after a few nips at your fingers that they are quite sharp and can hurt.

While they may see biting as a fun game, it’s important to teach your puppy that using the full force of their teeth to bite is most certainly not fun or acceptable behavior.

They need to learn that they can still play, and explore with their mouths, but learn to do so gently and in control.

A way to do this is to train them to use bite inhibition. This teaches them to play with their mouths/teeth but to control the amount of strength/force they use.

Teach them there are appropriate things to bite (like toys) and inappropriate things to bite (like fingers or other pets).

Other ways you can discourage them from biting or teach them not to bite:

  • Try to redirect their attention with a treat or a toy when they are attempting to bite human skin
  • Provide them with interesting and appropriate toys that allow them to bite and use their mouths, so they have an outlet for their natural puppy curiosity
  • Reward your puppy with a treat for releasing their bite on their own, this way they learn that good things happen once they stop their bad biting behavior.

3) Expose Your Puppy to Different Sights, Smells, and Surfaces

Some trainers will call this “socializing your Dachshund“.

It’s basically getting your puppy used to the different sounds and textures they may encounter in the world.

You can carry them outside to hear different sights, sounds and smells.

Before my puppy Summit had all of her shots, I carried her in a sling bag on the bus, around the neighborhood, around the noisy garbage truck, and to dog friendly restaurants.

Dachshund puppy being carried in a sling bag before she has her vaccinations

I also put the vacuum in the corner of the living room for her to check out.

Eventually, I started pushing it around without turning it on and then I tired turning it on for very short bursts.

Another really important thing people often overlook is walking on different surfaces. You don’t want to end up with a dog that refuses to walk on metal or freaks out every time they step on a wood floor.

Lay out things like a towel, a plank of wood (if you don’t have wood floors in your house that you can practice on), a metal cooking sheet, a plastic or metal grate, etc, and let your puppy sniff them.

Reward your puppy with a treat any time they are showing interest in the object or surface and especially if they touch it with their paw or step on it. Eventually, lure them to walk on the surface with a treat.

This is also a good time to prepare your puppy for nail trims by regularly touching, and lightly squeezing, their feet and toes.

It also helps to show them the nail clippers or dremel while doing this or at least setting them nearby where they can be seen.

4) Train Your Puppy to Be Comfortable in a Dog Crate

Unless the place where your puppy came from already worked with them, it’s unlikely that you will be able to shut your puppy in a crate and leave them alone from day one.

However, it’s important that you start crate training your puppy and getting them comfortable with their crate space.

There are many times in a dog’s life when they may need to be confined to a crate – at the vet’s office, when recovering from injury or surgery, in natural disaster or emergency situations – and you don’t want them to freak out.

The stress of freaking out can make your dog physically sick, they can injure themselves, or they may not be able to complete their crate rest and fully recover from their surgery or injury.

You can start getting your puppy used to being confined by feeding them meals inside of the crate. You can either do this by placing their bowl inside or feeding them by hand while they sit in the crate.

The next step would be walking away (but always leave the door open at first) while they are eating their meal or are occupies by a stuffed treat toy in the crate.

Once they are ok with that, you can try briefly shutting the door while you are sitting there, and immediately opening it back up, to see if they notice.

Next, start shutting the door to the crate and walking away for a minute. Eventually, you should be able to stay away with the door closed for longer.

5) Potty Training

While the breeder may have already started potty training your puppy, it’s more likely he is she was kept in a pen with siblings and a potty pad.

Your Dachshund puppy may translate this to “go potty on the pad” wherever you place it in the house.

However, you will want to start outdoor potty training right away.

In my opinion, potty pads tell your Dachshund that sometimes it’s ok to go potty in the house so they shouldn’t be used if you can help it.

If you are gone from home for long periods during the day, since a puppy’s bladder is small and they are still learning control of it, they may not be able to hold it that long.

Think twice about encouraging your puppy to use potty pads in the house because your dog may associate going potty with being warm, dry, and the smells of the house.

If you must use a potty pad, place your puppy in a large dog crate, or in a room without carpet (like the kitchen), and make a potty pad available.

BUT, remove this potty pad once you are home and resume training your puppy to only go outside.

Once they are a little older, you can stop using puppy pads in the house alltogether.

Check out this article for my best potty training tips for Dachshunds.

Bonus: Get Your Puppy Used to Wearing a Harness, Collar, or a Jacket

First, you’ll need to get your puppy used to the item you want to put on by letting them sniff it and giving them treats when they are near and/or look at it.

This tutorial is for anyone out there that deals with a running dog every time they bring out the harness (or whatever it is you want to put on them).

Once your puppy is familiar with the item you want them to wear, the next step is to try putting it on them.

The best way is to put your hand, with treats in it, through the hole where their head goes. Let them eat the treats (slowly, not all at once) while holding the item still and pulling your hand back through the opening.

The idea is to get them to put their head through it themselves. If your dog doesn’t, resist the urge to pop it over their head and try again later.

Once your dog is putting their head through it, you can fasten the closures.

Leave it on for a minute and then take it off. If they freeze, try to get them to walk around in it by luring them with a treat or toy.

Eventually, you can extend the duration they are wearing their items until they no longer seem to notice and become comfortable in it.

Advancing Training to the Next Level

Once your puppy starts to get those first things down, you can start to teach them more advanced commands.

I highly suggest you start taking puppy classes right away (enroll your puppy before they even come home with you so you know they can start immediately).

These training commands are a little more advanced for both your puppy and you (because you need to ensure you are effectively communicating with them) but they are some of the first things your puppy will start to learn in class.

Teach Your Puppy to Come to You

Once your puppy recognizes their name, you can start to teach them to come.

One way to do this is to have them ‘work’ for a treat. Start with tossing a small bite of a treat at your puppy and once they have eaten it, call their name.

When they pop their head up in response, say the word ‘come’ and show them another treat in your hand. When they come for the treat, touch them and acknowledge their behavior.

This way they are learning that coming to you is a positive behavior and this will help when you start to take them out more to explore the world around them.

Note: Different dog trainers may have different theories and techniques for teaching this but the video above is a great start.

Teach Your Puppy to Sit

Teaching your puppy is usually as simple as having them stand, holding a treat in front of them, and then slowly raising it above their head. Most puppies will naturally plop their butt down to reach the treat.

Once they are doing that pretty reliably, you can add the command “sit” when they are doing it and reward them as soon as their but is firmly on the ground.

Once your puppy has the sit command down, you can reinforce this command by asking them to sit at various points throughout the day like before you set their bowl down, before you pet them, or before you throw their favorite toy.

Introduce Your Puppy to Walking on a Leash

You’ll want to get your puppy used to the leash and having it attached to their harness or collar.

These are the basic steps to get your puppy used to walking on leash:

  1. Let your dog sniff the leash (on the ground and holding it) and give them treats for positive reactions or acting like it’s no big deal.
  2. Once they are used to seeing the leash, you can hold a treat in your hand and let them sniff it (the treat), while touching the leash clip to the harness hook (don’t attach it yet). Try activating the clip behind their head so it makes clicking noise and giving your dog a treat immediately following the clicking noise.
  3. Next, try clipping the leash onto the harness while your puppy is eating the treat in your hand. Once they eat the treat, unclip the leash.
  4. Progress to clipping the leash on and leaving it on
  5. Hold the other end of the leash and follow your puppy around or supervise them while they drag the leash around the house. This way they will get used to the weight of it, it touching them, and something following them around.

It will feel weird to your puppy to have something hanging off them and creating a pulling sensation on their back.

I got my puppy used to walking with some back pressure by letting her wander around the house dragging the leash (supervised in case the leash caught on something) and practicing walking her back and forth in the house.

Your puppy may not want to walk at all with the leash and harness on. Dealing with this is a whole other step and one best addressed in-person in a puppy training class so the trainer can help determine exactly why your puppy is resisting.

However, I’ve had success with leaving my dog standing there “frozen”, walking a few feet away, and trying to lure them over to me with a fun toy. This got my puppy used to moving around with a leash and harness on.

The next step is taking your puppy outside to walk.

The two challenges you are most likely to encounter at this stage are the “freezing” or your puppy pulling hard on the leash.

For the freezing, you can try the luring technique above.

I’ve had to do this and literally lure my puppy every few feet to get her around the block. Eventually, I had to do it less and less and she learned that walking is a good thing.

For pulling, watch this video below.

I know the luring trick I just talked about may seem in conflict with this video but, to me, the difference is that, for pulling, the addition of backwards pressure makes the situation different.”

What did you discover to be the BEST tip to train your puppy? What tricks or tools did you use to teach your puppy about manners? I’d love to hear what worked for you!

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Miniature Dachshunds Training Tips

Welcome to the wonderful world of tiny sausage-shaped pooches. Miniature dachshunds, affectionately called “mini doxies” by their owners, are loyal, loving and scary-smart. Along with those floppy ears, short legs and pleading eyes, however, comes a touch of stubbornness. Training a mini doxie requires consistency, patience and the ability to ignore bad behavior. Keep a positive attitude and heap on the praise when your doxie gets it right, and you’ll have a loyal and loving friend for life.

Developing Social Skills

When it comes to teaching your little hot dog some social skills, the sooner he starts mingling with other dogs and humans, the better. Although he won’t weigh more than 11 pounds when he reaches adulthood, your mini doxie can turn into a tiny terror, chasing larger dogs, the neighbor’s cat and even the neighbor’s kid if he doesn’t learn early on to curb his natural tendencies. He comes from a long line of dogs bred to hunt badgers, but if you expose him daily to other pets and people, you can temper his behavior.


Scooping puppy poop gets old quickly. Mini doxie owners tell stories of mopping up accidents month after month, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Your little leprechaun needs to potty within five minutes of waking up from a nap or finishing a meal. Time it so that you can take him to his potty spot at those times, in addition to taking him out every two hours during the rest of the day. Praise successes and ignore mistakes. As your mini doxie grows, his bladder grows, too, making it easier for him to wait. For the first few weeks, set your alarm so you can take him out at least every four hours. Consistency is the key to housebreaking this breed.

Obedience Training

Enrolling your doxie in puppy kindergarten is the best way to start his formal obedience training. Not only will he interact with other puppies, he’ll learn under the watchful eye of an experienced trainer. Keep in mind that your little dog’s long skeletal structure isn't as strong as that of a more compact dog, so it’s essential that you do not push his hips down when teaching him to sit. Keep a pocketful of tasty treats to reward him when he performs a skill correctly.

Reducing Chewing Catastrophes

They might be smaller than most dogs, but they’re the kings of domestic demolition. Your mini doxie’s tiny teeth can wreak havoc on chair legs, house slippers and anything else left lying on the floor. Distraction is your best bet. Leave a number of his favorite chew toys where he can easily find them. Chew-deterrent sprays are available from pet supply stores but if he’s determined to make mincemeat out of your TV table, give him a quick squirt of water or fill an empty soda can with marbles and shake it when he starts chewing.

Tiny Body – Big Bark

Your dog comes by his big bark naturally. His ancestors cornered their prey and then barked loudly to alert the hunters. Eliminate the source of barking when possible. Bring your doxie inside if he’s barking at a cat across the street and draw the blinds if he’s inside barking at a squirrel he sees through the window. Tell him, “No bark,” and give him a toy or chew stick as a distraction.


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DACHSHUND RECALL TRAINING! How To Train Your Dachshund Puppy Perfect Recall!

Are Dachshunds Easy to Train?

Don’t let a Dachshund’s silly look and demeanor fool you – this breed is highly intelligent, driven, and courageous. 

These breed qualities leave many potential owners wondering, are Dachshunds easy to train?

Can a Dachshund be Trained?

Dachshunds were originally bred back in the 15th century, when they were used to hunt small game such as badgers, foxes, and boar. 

Because of their prey drive, willingness to persevere, and inclination to think on their own, some Dachshund owners have regarded the breed as “hard to train.”

The breed is highly independent and tends to be mischievous, leading Dachshund owners to think that their dog is stubborn or unwilling to learn. However, this is not the case. 

With consistency and patience, the Dachshund can be as easy to train as any other breed.

Dachshunds are whip smart. They are eager to learn, especially when being rewarded with positive reinforcement, and typically quick to figure out what you want them to do. 

Dachshund owners may think their dog is not willing to learn, but they can be trained.

Since these dogs inherently want a job to do or prey to hunt, they will be on the lookout for opportunities to successfully complete a mission.

In this case, the mission is training!

So, can a Dachshund be trained? Absolutely!

In this article we’ll cover just exactly how easy it is to train a Dachshund. 

We also have tips and tricks for making training your Dachshund fun and successful.

Why Do Dachshunds Have a Reputation for Being Difficult to Train?

It’s true that Dachshunds can be difficult to housebreak or potty train.

It’s completely possible to do so but it can take more dedication, consistency, and time than a lot of other dog breeds.

Because the Doxie is notorious for not being easy to potty train, people often think they are difficult to train at all.

However, teaching them basic obedience and tricks is a different scenario. 

This lively breed will respond to consistent, positive reinforcement training just as well as other common breeds. The key is repetition.

If your Dachshund is not interested in what you’re trying to teach them, it’s probably because the task isn’t clear, challenging enough, or engaging. 

Make sure the task trying to teach your Dachshund is clear and ging.

It could also be that they are in an environment that is too distracting.

Your Dachshund is much more likely to pay attention to the squirrel outside the window during a training session if you don’t make it exciting and rewarding. 

5 Tips for Training a Dachshund

Now, what do you do if your Dachshund seems completely bored by your attempt to teach them a new trick or skill? 

Try these suggestions:

1)Make sure you are using positive reinforcement training

You should never punish or scare your Dachshund by yelling or physically pushing them down to lay or sit. This will only set back your training, and the bond you have with your pup. 

Ultimately you want your Doxie to trust you, not be afraid of you. Ideally, they will WANT to do what you want.

2)Make sure you are using a reward they can’t resist

If the reward you’re offering doesn’t spark excitement for your Dachshund, try something else! 

You can change the type of treats you’re using for training. 

Use a irresistible reward so your Dachshund is more motivated to learn.

Instead of offering dog treats, use a high-value reward such as chicken, cheese, or their favorite meat. High-value treats are excellent for teaching a new skill or trick.

If your furry friend isn’t food motivated, try using a quick game of fetch with their favorite toy and a lot of praise.

3)Eliminate other distractions from your training environment

If your Dachshund is spotting prey out the window, close the blinds or move to a room where they can’t be distracted by the outdoors.

Ideally, you can train in a place where there are no other people in the room (at least at first) so your dog’s focus is only on you.

Once your dog can focus on only you and what you are asking them to do, training will become easier.

4) Keep training sessions short

A 30-minute training session may be too much for your excited Dachshund. 

It’s okay to keep training sessions to 5 minutes or less. In fact, doing several 5-minute lessons throughout the day has proven to be a highly successful way to train a dog.

Training sessions that last for only 5 minutes can be just as effective, if not more, as longer sessions.

Dragging it out if your pup isn’t focusing won’t do either of you any good. It’s crucial to read your Dachshund’s body language. If they are frustrated, take a break.

5)Be Consistent

The trainability of a Dachshund is no more or less than any other dog breed. These small pups can easily be trained with plenty of repetition and consistency. 

Your Dachshund probably won’t successfully learn something if you teach it one time and never practice it again, but no dog would!

While you can work on training several different commands at once, try to stick with the same few regularly and only move on once your dog has caught on.

The Too Long, Didn’t Read Version

Dachshunds are definitely trainiable.

The breed in general is fairly agreeable with an alert and responsive personality for effective training. 

Utilizing the following tips will help ensure successful training for years to come:

  1. We always encourage the use of positive reinforcement training. Avoid using items such as shock collars on your Dachshund if at all possible.
  2. Consider using a high-value treat for training sessions, such as chicken, cheese, or your dog’s favorite (safe) human snack.
  3. Keep training sessions short (5-10 minutes per session) and exciting with plenty of treats and praise.
  4.  Practice the new skill or trick every single day, perhaps even multiple times a day. You can make sessions as short as 30 seconds! Any repetition will be beneficial.
  5. Train your Dachshund in a distraction-free environment. A Dachshunds Dachshund’s focus can wander, especially if they feel that the squirrel outside the window is more exciting than what you’re offering.
  6. Be patient and have fun! If you get frustrated during training, stop the session. It’s better to take training slowly if necessary, rather than having to go back and correct behavior.

What Do You Need to Train a Dachshund?

Dog treats are essential when training a Dachshund but there are a couple of other things that will make the process easier.

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All you really need to train a Dachshund is time and patience.

However, there are some tools that can help make training sessions more enjoyable and effective.

Some of those things are:

Training Treats

Because Dachshunds are small dogs, and you will be giving them a lot of treats during a training session, it’s best to choose small, low-calorie treats.

However, the treat must also be “high value” to hold your Dachshund’s attention and motivate them to do what you want.

You may need to experiment with a few different treats to see what works. Also, switching treats up for each session, or halfway through one session, will help keep them engaged.

Some great treats for training Dachshunds are:

  • Zukes Mini Naturals – These are made with only whole food, natural ingredients and are crafted in the USA. Each treat contains approximately 3 calories and can easily be broken in half to make each treat 1.5 calories. 
  • Redbarn Pet Products Protein Puffs Cat – These baked treats are made of natural ingredients and have lots of protein. They’re less than 1 calorie per bite.
  • Crumps’ Naturals Mini Trainers Freeze Dried Beef Liver – Made with just a single ingredient (beef liver), these complement a raw food diet. These low-calorie treats are made in Canada.
  • Human food – I usually don’t recommend feeding “junk” human food to dogs but in small quantities, if it helps one accomplish their training goal, it’s ok. Some examples of human food that can be cut into tiny pieces and used for dog training treats are string cheese and hot dogs.

Training Treat Pouch

One of the keys to quick and efficient training is to give your dog the treat as soon as you can to the moment they do the thing you’re asking them to do.

Having the rewards where you can quickly grab them is most easily accomplished by wearing a treat pouch around your waist (it’s best if it’s positioned slightly behind your back so your dog doesn’t immediately see the treats and expect one).

Two of my favorite training treat pouches are:

  • Ruffwear Treat Trader Pouch – It’s deep enough to hold a lot of treats, clips around your waist using an included webbing belt, has an easy-access magnetic closure, and pulls open quickly by grabbing a red tab on the outside.
  • OllyDog Goodie Dog Treat Bag – This treat bag can be worn 3 ways – clipped on to a belt loop or pocket, using the removable waist-belt, or attached to the owner’s belt through the tunnel fabric – and has a magnetic closure, wide opening, and a zippered stash pocket.

A Clicker for Marking Behavior

The concept of a clicker, versus using your voice, is that it produces a precise sound at the precise moment your dog does the thing you want them to do.

A “marker” is needed to let your dog know the exact moment they have done the right action.A verbal “Yes!” can be used as a marker word but a clicker is often more effective.

This way they learn, more quickly, exactly what they should do when you say the command. Once they have the command down reliably, you can phase the clicker.

I use the StarMark Clicker because it makes the sharpest, loudest noise and has not started to wear out or gotten quieter with a lot of use.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a dog breed based somewhat on their trainability, the Dachshund probably falls in the middle of the spectrum. It’s easy to teach a Dachshund most things.

However, it may be more important to consistently present learning opportunities for your Dachshund than some other breeds. 

I always say that a Dachshund can unlearn something as quick as they learned it.

If you start being lax with enforcing learned training, or let them get away with something you normally don’t, they will remember that ONE TIME they didn’t have to do what you asked.

The key to a well-behaved Dachshund is being consistent and giving them opportunities to practice their training, or learn new skills, throughout their lifetime.

Also, the “rumor” that Dachshunds are hard to potty train is a reality more often than not.

But, remember that the difficulty with potty training typically does not transfer over to other types of obedience training.

With plenty of consistency, high-value treats and patience, your pup can learn some big tricks to impress all of their friends at the park!

Dachshunds have a reputation for being stubborn. Find out what the challenges are and learn tips to help.

About the Author: Through her 17 years of owning and caring for Dachshunds, and almost 10 years researching and writing about them, JW has become a respected expert in the Dachshund community. Read more about her here.

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