Stop Dachshund Behavior Problems

Stop Dachshund Behavior Problems

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Many dachshund owners would agree that doxies are the most loving family dog, but they can sometimes act out in spite or have “choosey” listening skills.

It can be frustrating when experiencing behavioral issues with your dog.  Luckily, by doing some research and using some positive training techniques, many behavior challenges can be corrected.

You are not alone, there are many dog owners and veterinarians out there who can share tips with you and help you out.   Lets learn How to Stop Dachshund Behavior Problems together.

The Most Common Dachshund Problems:

  • Separation Anxiety

  • Excessive Barking

  • Eliminating Indoors

  • Digging

  • Chewing

  • Aggression

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1. Dachshund Separation Anxiety

We all want to help our dogs be comfortable and content when we have to leave the house, so it is important to understand Separation Anxiety.  Separation Anxiety training is needed to help your dog learn that you will be back and he doesn’t need to worry or cause destruction in the house while you are away.

Training Tip: If your dog has separation anxiety, most of the destruction will occur in the first 30 minutes of your departure.

Tips for Treating Separation Anxiety:

Avoid Triggers

To avoid triggering a separation anxiety episode, make sure to not makeover or have direct interaction with your pup right before you leave.  Certain noise triggers like getting your keys out and saying “Good-bye” can set them off.

Dogs reflect your behavior and will start to get upset if you indicate that you are leaving for the day.  Give your dog a peanut butter filled Kong toy or a scoop of dog food for breakfast before you leave to help distract them.

If your Dachshund gets whiny when you are ready to leave, don’t make it worse by getting emotional.  Be strong and don’t give in.

Walking

If your dog has accidents in the kennel or the house, try taking them on a 20-minute walk each day before you leave. They will usually empty themselves on the walk and last longer in the house without an accident.

Hired Help

If you work full time or are unable to let your dog out during the day, get some help.  You can ask your friendly “stay at home mom” or retired neighbor if they want to earn some extra money for letting your dog out.  Or, you can search on google for some local dog walkers in your area.  There are even an apps for finding your local dog walkers.

Catching Them in the Act

If you catch the dog in the act of destroying something in the home, through the window or remotely on a doggie camera, don’t go back inside your house!

This will reinforce the behavior and they will believe that all they have to do is to destroy something to get you to come back home.  Modern remote doggie camera systems (From Amazon) allow you to speak through them so you can tell your dog to stop.

Keeping Occupied

Interactive dog toys and puzzles can help your dog stay mentally stimulated so you don’t have to worry about them getting bored while you are gone.

Dog IQ Puzzles: I found some great Doggie IQ Puzzles, Boredom Buster Activity Mats, and Interactive Tech Dog Toys worth checking out.  You can find them All on our Dog Gift Post.  They will definitely help keep your pup occupied for a while.

Food:  Give your dog some food before you leave. Make it part of your morning routine to give your dog his breakfast right as you are leaving to keep him occupied and not panicking.

Treat Toys: Consider giving your dog some food or a frozen peanut butter Kong Toy Treat before you leave.  This is one of our favorite ways to keep our dogs occupied for hours while we are away.  Check out this How to use a Kong Toy Simpawtico Dog Training Youtube Video.

Consult a Vet

For more severe cases of separation anxiety, consult your vet for some help.  They may recommend some medications that can help keep your dog calm.

Natural Antidotes

You can use natural methods to calm dog separation anxiety too. Did you know that the use of CBD oil is an effective solution for anxiety? You can also check out your local pet store for lavender based treats or diffusers that will release a calming lavender scent in the air to help keep your dog feeling safe and calm.

Calming Supplements

We like to recommend calming hemp-based chews for Dachshunds from Sausage Dog Central (Made in the USA).  Sausage Dog Central makes products just for our doxies, I love them!

These duck-flavored doxie chews promote relaxation and helps reduce hyperactivity. They are also made with organic turmeric which is a natural anti-inflammatory, which helps to relieve the symptoms of arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and liver disease.

You can find them on Sausage Dog Central’s Website, then search for “Dachshund Calming Chews“.

Sleeping Habits

Make sure your pup is getting enough sleep.  Give them a comfortable bed and blankie to feel safe and warm at night or during nap time.  How Much Sleep Do Dogs Need?

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2. Barking

Why do dachshunds bark so much? Excessive Barking can occur when your dog is bored, when he is ready to come back in the house, or when he just wants some attention.

Some dachshunds are territorial and they bark to protect their pack (family members) and their home.  If your dog has separation anxiety, this can also cause excessive barking.

Tips to Stop Excessive Barking:

  • Attention: When your dachshund insists on barking at you, avoid responding verbally or physically to the dog. If you give them attention, they will continue barking to get more attention, creating a bad habit.  Give your dog positive attention when they are showing good behavior.
  • Exercise: Dogs that constantly bark in the evening may be doing so out of boredom. They need to have some playtime and more walks during the day to tire them out and help promote a good night’s sleep.
  • Distractions:  Dachshunds have “super senses” that help them do what they were born to do…Hunt!  So, when they go outside to go potty, they can be easily distracted by all of the sights, sounds, and smells of your yard.  If your neighbor lets their dog out at the same time your dog is out, your dog will be too busy barking at the other dog instead of concentrating on the task at hand.  Go inside and try again later or walk your dog to another part of your yard where there are less distractions.

3. Eliminating Indoors

Dachshunds are very picky dogs.  So, sometimes it can be hard to tell what the true cause of a potty accident is.  Accidents in the house can be related to undesirable weather outside, lack of training, Illness, or extra excitement.

  • Weather:

    Dachshunds don’t like rainy, cold, or windy weather.  They are really close to the ground, so they don’t enjoy being chilly or getting their bellies wet and muddy.  I don’t blame them, I wouldn’t either!  So, when they are supposed to do their business outside, they sometimes will refuse and just stare at you with those sweet puppy eyes.

    Solution: Try using a Dog Umbrella or Dachshund Raincoat (From Amazon) on those rainy days to keep your doxie dry when they go potty.  Also give them an extra treat to let them know you appreciate they cooperation (because they really are the Boss).

  • Poor House training:

    If your dachshund wasn’t properly house trained as a puppy, they will have more accidents in the house as adult dogs.  They may just be really confused on what they are supposed to do and need to be re-trained.

    Solution: Check out some Potty Training Tips to help your dog get back on track.  This guide can be used for dachshunds of all ages.

  • Illness:

    Don’t assume that your dog’s accidents in the house are always behavior related.  If they have a UTI, a parasite, or a disease (like Cushing’s disease or kidney disease) they can’t help it!  Sometimes the only way to let you know that they are ill is to have an accident in the house to get your attention.

    When my dog, Artemus, had a UTI, I had no clue until he peed right in front of me (in the house).  I knew that was something that he usually didn’t do.  He was trying to tell me something was wrong.  Dogs are intelligent!

    Solution: Take your dog to the vet to get them checked out.  They may need some medication to help resolve the issue.

  • Separation Anxiety:

    If your dog has a bad case of separation anxiety, they may have accidents in the house.  See the tips above for advice on helping your dog.

  • Excitement:

    If your dachshund has an accident when he is excited, try to avoid greeting your dog with too much fuss when you arrive home.  Wait a couple of minutes before loving them up.  To help distract your dog, give them a little food in their bowl.  Keep your voice calm to keep your dog calm.

    My dachshund puppy, Eko, gets really excited when we have friends over, so he pees a little when they pet him.

    Solution: To help resolve this issue, we usually have a towel handy or let Eko outside right before our friend enters the house to try to empty him as much as possible.

  • Submissiveness:

    Your dachshund is being submissive if he trembles in fear and has an accident when someone approaches him.

    Solution: To stop this behavior, avoid eye contact and physical contact when approaching the dog. Give him the space he needs to feel safe.

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4. Digging:

Why do Dachshunds dig?  Dachshunds were Bred to Hunt Badgers.  During the hunt, they had to do a lot of digging to help track down their prey.  Nowadays, doxies may dig for other purposes.

  • Boredom: Your dog may be bored and need something more constructive to do.   Keep up their daily exercise, walking, or play routine to tire them out.
  • Hormones: They may be hormonal or in-heat. Of course, the solution to this would be visiting your vet to discuss getting them spayed or neutered.
  • Temperature: Your doxie might be too hot on a summer day and wants to dig and lay in the cool dirt.  Be careful though, if that cool dirt is moist, it may contain parasites or worms that can burrow into your dog’s skin, eww!!  Help your doxie find some cool shade or air conditioning so they are more comfortable.
  • Protecting Property: Lastly, a Dachshund may want to bury their favorite toy or bone.  My dachshunds love to dig in their bury their toys in the couch cushions and cover their food bowls with a toy or towel.

5. Chewing

You may be experiencing some Destructive Chewing from your Dachshund if they need to revisit their obedience training. Always have an appropriate dog chew toy or treat available that your dog is allowed to chew.  This will help deter him from choosing something important to you and your family. Excessive chewing can also be caused by Separation Anxiety.

As young puppies, Dachshunds use their mouths to explore their surroundings.  It is important to have toys or treats that the dog is allowed to chew so he doesn’t go looking for your shoes or furniture.

Avoid giving your dog an old shoe or socks to chew on.  They won’t be able to tell the difference between old and new items that they aren’t allowed to chew on.

As for your heavy furniture that can’t be hidden from the dog, try some non-toxic anti-chew spray.    Grannick’s Bitter Apple No Chew Spray (From Amazon) is my FAVORITE choice for my two doxies.  You can spray around the perimeter of the furniture to deter them from chewing on it, Super Helpful!

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6. Aggression:

Aggressiveness is the most unacceptable behavior in any dog.  If your dachshund shows his dominance towards other people or dogs, they may have issues with submitting to authority.

If your dachshund is known for Biting, keep them away from children. Also, remove your dachshund from the room when you have guests over so that no one gets hurt.

Here are some other reasons your dog may be showing aggressive behavior:

  • Fear:

    At times, your Dachshund may act aggressive if they feel threatened.   It is their way of protecting themselves.  If children or other pets are playing too rough around the dog, allow him to retreat to a safe space.

    If your dog is afraid of you (the owner), make an effort to give them more space.  Try to act more calm and gentle around the dog.  Also, offer your dog small treats or bits of dog food to help them feel safe.

  • Pain:

    If your Dachshund lashes out when you pick them up or go near them, they may have an injury.  Back injuries and diseases, like IVDD, can be very painful in Dachshunds.

    Your dog may have an illness that makes them feel terrible.  Take them to the vet if you notice they yelp when you pick them up or aren’t acting like themselves when you approach them.

  • Socializing:

    Your Dog may have a lack of Socialization Training.   Having your dog around other animals and people at an early age can help them adjust better to others as an adult dog.

  • Hormones:

    In other situations, it may be caused by their sex hormones, like high testosterone levels. Neutering is a strong recommendation for dogs that assert their dominance because of strong hormones.

Dachshund Tip: As Dachshunds grow older, they may develop hearing or vision issues.  Approach your dachshund in a calm manner and allow them to know you are present using his other senses (touch, smell, etc..)

How To Resolve Aggressive Behavior Issues:

1. More Exercise:

Adding some more exercise to your dog’s daily routine will help keep your dog calm.  By walking, you are meeting your dog’s physical and mental needs.  If your dog is cooped up all day, they may become aggressive, bored, or depressed.  They need to get outside and move, just as much as you do.

2. Training:

It helps to revisit obedience and command training.  If you find that revisiting behavior training isn’t working for your dog, seek professional help.  Schedule a visit with your vet for some recommendations on specialized behavior trainers in your area.  To avoid any legal ramifications, get some help for your dog and cover yourself when it comes to avoiding any injury of other people or animals.

Is your Dachshund Aggressive?  Post warning signs on your property to warn visitors about any potential danger when they enter your home or yard.

To help your dog stop aggressive behavior, check out Zak George’s YouTube Video.

Are you Struggling with Dachshund Behavior Problems?  Please Let us know in the Comments Below.

References:

  • Schweitzer, Karen. 2010. Our Best Friends The Dachshund. Pittsburg, PA : Eldorado Ink.
  • Pinney, Chris. 2010, 2000. Dachshunds. Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educatinal Series, Inc.
Dachshund Behavior Issues
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