Commands to Teach Your Dachshund
Teaching your Dachshund some basic verbal commands is easy to do and can be fun too. It doesn’t matter if your dog is young or old, learning a new command just takes a little time, patience, and some yummy treats to achieve great success.
We will cover the following Dog Training Commands: Sit, Down, Stay, Come, and How To Stop Separation Anxiety.
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Training Tip: Did you know that you can start training your dachshund puppy basic commands before he is 4 months old?
Dog Training Preparation:
Your training sessions will be more effective if you do some light prep work ahead of time. There are 2 Key Steps you must do before your dog training session begins. You must find the Right Location and have the Right Treats.
Some dogs have a very low attention span. Whether you have a young puppy or an older dog, Focus is key. You can use a quiet hallway or a small enclosed space in your home (with no media distractions or noise) to do your dog command training. I would not recommend going outside for training. There are a lot of smells and noises that will keep your dog’s attention away from you.
Purchase some delicious dog training treats that your dog can’t resist. A dog treat that is soft and can be broken up into smaller pieces is perfect for a good training session. You don’t want to give the dog huge chunks to chew and they need to last long enough to make it through a 2-5 minute session.
My dachshund puppy, Eko, and my senior dog, Bastian, love training time because of the treats and the one-on-one time with me of course! I use the Zuke’s Dog Treats from Amazon. They are perfect for dog training! My Doxies can’t resist the taste of these treats. Their favorite flavors are Salmon, Peanut Butter, or Duck.
5 Essential Commands to Teach Your Dachshund
1. Training Command: Sit
Let’s start with the “Sit” training command. Position your dog directly in front of you. Have about one or two tablespoons of dog treats cut into small pieces and ready for positive reinforcement. Hold the treat at nose level and slowly move it to the back of their head.
If he sits automatically, make sure to say “Sit” when he sits. If your dog doesn’t sit automatically, give a gentle push on his hindquarters and say the “Sit” command to help him understand what that command means.
When your dog sits down on command, verbally praise with “Good” and give him the small treat. Don’t put the treat too far above his nose, you want it reachable, so they don’t have to jump.
During the first couple of training sessions, try to have your dog remain in the “sit” position for a couple of seconds before rewarding with a small dog treat. Then, gradually work your way up to having them sit for 10 seconds if you can. It is recommended to do this training a couple of times per day for about 2-3 minutes per session.
Training Tip: The moment that your dog performs the desired command, give them verbal praise and a small treat for a reward. This gives positive reinforcement.
2. Training Command: Down
After your dachshund has mastered the “Sit” command, move on to the “down” command. Start the dog in the Sit position directly in front of you.
Hold the small treat in front of his nose, and move the treat down to the ground, then give the command “down”. He should lean forward and follow the treat down. While training this command to my puppy, Eko, I had to move the treat down to the floor and a little under his chest to get him to lay down. Once his stomach touched the ground, I said “Good Boy”, and gave him the small treat.
When practicing the down command, gradually increase the time that the dog is laying down from a couple of seconds to about 10 seconds. It is recommended to do this a couple of times per day for about 2-3 minutes per session.
Training Tip: If your training session is not going as planned, go back to the command that your dachshund learned before and end your session in a positive way.
3. Training Command: Stay
Start with your dachshund in the Sit position and facing you. Then, hold your hand up showing the palm of your had to the dog (like a stop sign) and say “Stay”.
If your pup stays in that position for a couple of seconds, verbally give him praise and a small treat. Each time you practice this command, back away from your dog a little further each time and have them “stay” a few more seconds as you give him the “Stay” command. Here is a really good video on YouTube from McCann Dogs that can help you and your dog learn the “Stay” Command.
4. Training Command: Come
When teaching the “Come” command, have your dog in the sit and stay position. Take a step or two away from your dog (still facing him) and say “Come”. If your dog comes to you, verbally praise him and give him a small treat.
It is recommended to do this a couple of times per day for about 2-3 minutes per session. Over time, increase the distance between you and your dog little by little.
5. Training: Dachshund Separation Anxiety
It is important to Understand Separation Anxiety in your Dachshund. It can be a challenge for your puppy to feel comfortable when you leave the house. Separation Anxiety training is needed to help your puppy learn that you will be back and he doesn’t need to worry or cause mass destruction in the house while you are away.
Remember, dogs are pack animals, they want to be around the ones they love and don’t want to be left alone. Dachshunds who have separation anxiety will act out in the house because of their instinct, not because of behavioral issues. Punishing them for this act may not do any good.
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 Dog Separation Anxiety:
To avoid triggering a separation anxiety episode, make sure to not makeover or have direct interaction with the dog right before you leave. Certain noise triggers like getting your keys out and saying “Good-bye” can set them off. If your dachshund gets whiny when you are ready to leave. Be strong and don’t give in.
2. Coming Home
Make sure to not make over or have direct interaction with the dog right when you arrive home at least for 5 minutes. Then, let your dog outside immediately without a lot of excitement. Again, don’t make a big fuss when letting them out. Make it a normal calm routine letting him outside.
If your dog has accidents in the kennel or the house when you leave, make sure to take them on a 20-minute walk before you leave. They will usually empty themselves on the walk and last longer in the house without an accident.
Training Tip: 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.
4. Catching Them in the Act
If you catch the dog in the act of destroying something in the home, don’t go back inside your house! This will reinforce this behavior and they will believe that all they have to do is to destroy something to get you to come back home.
5. Keeping Occupied
Give your dog some food before you leave. If it is part of your routine to give your dog his breakfast before you leave for work, give it to him right as you are leaving to keep them occupied and not panicking.
6. Calm Environment
Leave a tv, radio, or a fan on before you leave the house to help your dog listen to familiar sounds while you are gone. Creating a Calm environment can be a big help when it comes to keeping a nervous dog relaxed. Check out 10 Tips for Living with a Nervous Dog.
7. 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.
8. Natural Antidotes
You can use natural methods to calm anxiety. 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.
What other dog training commands would you like to learn? Please leave us some suggestions in the comments for future training posts.
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- Pinney, Chris. 2010, 2000. Dachshunds: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual. Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.