You can start teaching your Dachshund puppy basic training commands around 8-10 weeks old.
Dog Training Preparation
Puppies can learn training commands quickly, but have a very short attention span. To help your puppy’s training sessions be more successful, you need to do some light prep work ahead of time. You must find the proper location, have the right treats, and train for the right amount of time.
Whether you are training a young puppy or an older dog, focus is key. Training sessions should be held in a quiet location, like a hallway or a small enclosed space in your home. Avoid rooms with distractions or noise.
I would not recommend going outside for command training. There are a lot of distracting sights, smells, and sounds that will take your doxie’s attention away from you.
Purchase some delicious dog training treats that your Dachshund can’t resist. A dog treat that is soft and can be broken up into smaller pieces is perfect for a good training session.
My Dachshund puppy, Eko, and my senior dog, Bastian, love training time because of the yummy treats…and the one-on-one time with me! (My doxies are pictured below)
These dog treats are perfect for dog training! My Doxies can’t resist the taste.
Repetition And Timing:
It is recommended to do your puppy command training a couple of times per day for about 2-3 minutes per session. Don’t go too far beyond this amount of time or your pup will stop paying attention or get upset.
Also, just concentrate on one puppy training command per week. Once they excel at the command, start a new training command the following week. Keep it simple and one at a time so your pup doesn’t get overwhelmed.
Try to remain patient. Some pups catch on really quick, but others may take extra time to get the command down pat. Understand that this is all part of the learning process. No matter how long each command takes for your doxie, they will enjoy training with you if you keep it positive.
While working with your dachshund on their command training, use a calm and happy voice. Avoid using firm/disciplinary tones when you give a command. Your dog will enjoy their training sessions a lot more if you use a friendly tone.
Commands To Teach Your Dachshund
Let’s start with the “Sit” training command. Have about one or two tablespoons of dog training treats cut into small pieces and ready to go.
Position your dog directly in front of you.
Hold the treat at nose level and slowly move it to the back of their head.
If your dog sits, verbally praise with “Good” and give a small treat.
If your dog doesn’t sit, give a gentle push on their hindquarters to help them sit.
Say “Good” and give them a treat.
Repeat this process a couple of times.
If they don’t seem to get it, stop and try again later.
If your pup is sitting with no problem, move on to the next step.
Say “Sit,” then move the treat behind their head.
When your dog sits down, praise with “Good” and give a treat.
Repeat these steps, and start to hold the treat a little further away from their head.
Work towards just saying the word “Sit,” the dog sitting down, giving praise and treat.
When your doxie has the basic sit command down, try to have them remain in that position for a couple of seconds before rewarding with a small dog treat. Gradually work your way up to have them sit for 8-10 seconds.
It is recommended to do this training a couple of times per day for about 2-3 minutes per session.
Optional Hand Motion: I added in a hand motion to go along with my verbal “sit” command. My puppy Eko seems to really respond well to this. When I stand in front of him, I say the word “Sit” and I show him my hand facing down / parallel to the floor.
Training Tip: The moment that your dog performs the desired command, give them praise and a small treat. Using positive reinforcement keeps them happy and engaged.
After your Dachshund has mastered the “Sit” command, move on to the “Down” command.
Sit on the floor in front of your dog.
Have your dog in the “Sit” position.
Hold the treat in front of their nose, move the treat down to the ground and start to go under their chest.
If your pup lays down, say “Good” and give a treat.
Repeat this process, if they lay down a couple times in a row, move on. If not, stop and try again later.
Now, say “down,” then move treat down and under their chest.
If your pup lays down, give verbal praise and the treat.
Stand up and say “down,” and move the treat in your hand towards the ground.
If your pup lays down, say “Good” and the treat.
When practicing the down command, gradually increase the time that the dog is laying down from a couple of seconds, up to about 8-10 seconds. It is recommended to do this a couple of times per day for about 2-3 minutes per session.
Optional Hand Motion: I also added in a hand motion to go along with my verbal “down” command. When I stand in front of my Dachshund, I say the word “down” and I point my index finger down and lower it to the floor.
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.
The “Stay” command should be taught in two parts. The first part can be taught in one week, then try the second part the following week.
Start your Dachshund in the “Sit” position, facing you.
Show the palm of your hand to your dog (like a stop sign) and say “Stay.”
Count 2 seconds.
If your pup stays, praise “Good” and give a treat.
Repeat and increase your count to 3 seconds, 4, 5, etc…up to 30 seconds.
Practice this for 1 week, then move onto part 2.
Have your dog in the “Sit” position.
Take a couple of steps backwards, say “Stay.”
If your pup stays, walk towards your pup, give praise and a treat.
Start to back away from your dog a little further each time and have them “stay” a few more seconds.
Take your time with this one and gradually work up to a longer and more distant “Stay.” The “Stay” command may take some extra practice, and that’s OK, your doxie will love this one-on-one time with you.
There are two ways to teach the “Come” command. Try both of them to see which one your doxie responds to the most.
“Come” Command #1:
You and a partner sit down and face each other on opposite sides of a hallway or an enclosed room, about 5 steps apart.
Call your doxie by their name, if they come to you, praise “good” and give a treat.
Have your partner do the same.
Do this back and forth game a few times.
You and your partner can spread out a little more.
Do the back and forth game again, but add in “Come” after your dog’s name.
If they come to you, praise “good” and give a treat.
“Come” Command #2:
Have your dog “Sit” in front of you.
Tell them “Stay” and show them your the palm of your hand.
Take a few steps away from your dog (still facing them) and say “Come” in a happy voice.
If your dog comes to you, verbally praise them and give a 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.
Saving the best for last, the “Touch” Command is so much fun and super easy.
Sit on the floor with your pup in front of you.
Have your treats cupped in one hand, hiding them behind your back.
Show your empty hand to your doxie, palm out, fingers facing down.
If your doxie touches your palm, praise with “Good,” give a treat.
Repeat several times before moving on.
Once your doxie gets the hang of it, say “touch” when you present your hand to them.
If your doxie touches your palm, praise with “Good,” give a treat.
Change up your position and your hands occasionally to keep them interested.
Post Training Tip
After your Dachshund dog has mastered a few dog training commands, the next step is to change it up. Gradually add in some minor distractions to help firm up their commands.
Do their training in a room with some background noise. Change your location…you can even start trying the commands outside at this point. Also, have a different person give the commands.
Dachshund Separation Anxiety
Dachshunds are faithful dogs who love their pack (family members). They don’t like to be left alone. Providing your doxie with Separation Anxiety Training will help them learn that when you leave your home, you will be back and they don’t need to worry or be destructive.
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 will not do any good. Only use positive reinforcement when training your Dachshund.
Training Tip: If your dog has separation anxiety, most of the destruction will occur in the first 30 minutes of your departure.
Separation Anxiety Training Tips
To avoid triggering a separation anxiety episode, don’t directly interaction with your pup right before you leave. Certain noise triggers like getting your keys out and saying “Good-bye” can set your dog off.
2. Coming Home
When you arrive home, don’t act super excited or have direct interaction with your pup right away. Wait for a couple of minutes before greeting your dog. Then, let your dog outside to go potty, without any excitement. Avoid making a big fuss, stay calm and they will learn to be calm.
This is Very Important! Take your Dachshund on a 20-minute walk BEFORE you leave for the day. They will usually empty themselves on the morning walk and last longer in the house without an accident for up to 4 hours. Anytime after that, have someone let them out to potty for you.
Training Tip: If you work full-time or are unable to let your dog out during the day, get some help. You can search online for some local dog walkers in your area.
4. Catching Them In The Act
If you catch your dog in the act of destroying something in your home, don’t go back inside! This will reinforce the behavior and they will learn to be destructive to get you to come back home.
5. Keeping Occupied
Give your Dachshund some food or a frozen peanut butter Kong Toy before you leave for the day. If it is part of your routine to give your dog some breakfast before you leave for work, give it to them right as you are leaving to keep them occupied and not panicking.
Leave a tv, radio, or a fan on before you leave 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.
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.
If you need some professional help with separation anxiety, excessive barking, leash pulling, or unwanted doggie behaviors, I recommend checking out the online dog training program: K9 Training Institute. They have awesome reviews and offer free training sessions that you can watch right at home with your pup.
8. Natural Antidotes
You can try natural methods to calm canine separation anxiety too. 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.
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.
What Dog Training Commands Does Your Dachshund Know? Let Me Know Below.