How to train a Dachshund


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How to train a Dachshund

Dachshund is an intelligent, extremely lovable, willful and courageous breed. It is a rare kind that comes with an intuitive ability.

Due to the dog’s drive and thinking capacity, it is often perceived that dachshunds are difficult to train. They are mischievous and independent but not stubborn.

So, if you think dachshund training is hard, change your perception. By being patient and firm, you can train your dachshund to transform him into a fantastic family dog.

Dachshunds love to explore new things. When provided with treats and interesting reinforcements, they obey and learn whatever you want them to.

Dachshunds are active dogs and always lookout for opportunities to stay engaged. With some consistency and dedication, you can train your dachshund just like any other dog.

If you have a dachshund puppy or an adult of the same breed and looking for dachshund dog training tips, this article is for you!

How to train a dachshund?

Dachshunds are hyper active. They easily get distracted. So, plan your training sessions to be exciting and rewarding.

Use positive reinforcements

Never raise your voice when training a dachshund. You want your dog to learn and obey you, not get scared. So, have some patience and wait until your dog responds.

Do not scare or abuse him physically. Doing so will weaken your agenda.

Use positive reinforcements and try to make your dachshund training as interesting as possible. Most importantly, avoid using shock collars.

Once your dog aligns with your training, you can develop a special bonding with him.

Use tempting rewards

Try different rewards when training your dachshund. Offer dog treats made of lamb or chicken, you can also give his favorite fruit-based diets.

Generally dachshunds are crazy about meaty treats. Offering him a chewy stick or a dog biscuit can truly work wonders.

If he is not encouraged by treats, try playing his favorite game every time he learns a new skill.

Praise him when he learns the tricks and offer him what he likes after each session. A high-value treat will certainly motivate him to perform better.

Get rid of the distractions

As mentioned earlier, dachshunds get distracted easily. So, ensure to eliminate all distractions before beginning the session.

Close the windows and doors of the room where you are going to train your dog. This avoids him getting distracted seeing other people and things on the outside.

It should be only you and your dog in the room.

Plan short training sessions

There’s no point in conducting distracted, lengthy 30-minute training sessions. Dachshunds cannot concentrate for a long time.

So, plan short sessions, 5-10 minute sessions perhaps, to ensure he stays focused during the entire session. Short and exciting sessions bring favorable outcomes.

You can repeat skill practicing all through the day to make your dachshund dog training successful. Do not try to teach a lot of skills at a time.

Start with one or two and jump to the next only after he has caught on. However, if your dog isn’t motivated on any day, give him a break.


Dachshunds very soon forget what they’ve learned. You will therefore need to be consistent in conducting the training sessions.

With enough repetition, your dachshund can be trained easily. Being patient and go slow.

Potty training your dachshund

Your training session should include dachshund potty training.

You can begin potty training when your pup has completed 8 weeks however if you get an adult dachshund, start training him from the day you get him into your house.

Potty breaks should be given to your dachshund mostly during these times:

·       When he wakes up
·       After he finishes his meals
·       After play/exercise
·       Before going to bed

If your dachshund is sniffing, looks tensed and turns around in circles, whimpers or/and acts worriedly, you should let him outside.

You will get to know his elimination times within a few days. Just be patient if there are accidents before he is trained.

You can also designate a space in your home for your dog, probably where there are neatly laid, easy to clean tiles.

Suppose an accident happens in your home before dachshund potty training, quickly clean the area.

Your dachshund can repeat the act in the same place if the smell remains. There are products available to effectively clean surfaces, especially for homes with pets.

You can use them and keep your house always hygienic.

What kinds of trainings are required for the dachshund breed?

Socialization training is one of the prominent trainings required for your dachshund. Introduce him to your family first and teach him how to behave with small children.

This should begin as soon as he is brought home. This will avoid him getting stressed and aggressive when the need for socialization arises.

Obedience training is another requirement. Your dachshund should be taught appropriate behavior right from his puppy days.

Do’s and Don’ts during dachshund dog training

·       Ensure to have a firm voice when training your pet. 

This doesn’t mean you should yell and scare your dog, be soft but confident.

·       Be persistent with your sessions
·       Enhance motivation with exciting rewards
·       Don’t shout at your dog. 

Scaring him will weaken your training.

·       Don’t stop training your dachshund just because he often gets distracted. 

Stay positive and continue with your sessions. He might take some time, but will learn for sure.

·       Don’t accept aggressive or unwanted behavior. 

Do not offer him treats until he gets submissive.


Compared to the other breeds, dachshunds may take longer to learn new skills. As a dachshund owner, you need to learn the tricks and be patient until your objective is achieved.


Further, be gentle and do not shout at him when he is trying to learn something. Give him time and allow him to learn at his own pace.

Dachshunds, like most other dog breeds can learn almost anything you teach them. The only thing required is your dedication and patience.

Dachshund training takes time but once your dog learns, he will be fun to watch.


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Frank Harrigan

Frank loves tacos and dogs - the good, bad and ugly sides of dog ownership.

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