#4: Barking Time
Dachshunds love to bark! This particular issue may be harder to deal with for those in an apartment with close neighbors and thin walls.
Take special time each day or at least a couple times per week to help your Dachshund let loose on that loud bark. Take your pup to the park, have a special playtime with their favorite toy or enjoy a game of fetch.
Not only is this great exercise, but it releases a lot of pent up energy along with some excited barking time.
Tips to Stop Excessive Barking:
Attention: When your Dachshund insists on barking at you, avoid responding verbally or physically. If you give them attention, they will continue barking, creating a bad habit. Give your dog positive attention when they are quiet and 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.
Distractions: Dachshunds have “super senses” and are easily distracted by any movement or sounds. Close the blinds or curtains to block their view and keep them calm during the day. Play calming music or white noise to help drown out any surrounding noises.
Socialize: It’s important to help your Dachshund get used to their new apartment life by allowing them to interact and socialize with your neighbors. If your Dachshund gets to know your neighbor, they are less likely to bark and carry on when they are nearby.
Training: Ask your veterinarian about canine behavioral training to calm that bark.
#5: Mental Stimulation
Dachshunds hate to be left alone and they get bored easily! Not only does your Dachshund need daily physical exercise to feel content, they also need to exercise their minds regularly.
Doxies who are bored or anxious tend to become destructive around the home and excessively bark throughout the day.
Boredom Busters to the Rescue:
Interactive dog toys and puzzles can help your Dachshund gain the mental stimulation that they truly need.
My Dachshund, Eko, is a sweetheart most of the time. But, when he starts acting out to gain more attention or emphasize his boredom, I pull out his doggie IQ puzzles and interactive toys.
It’s crazy to watch him work through these puzzles to get the treat – he’s so serious and focused on the job at hand.
Puzzles and Toys: IQ Puzzles, treat dispensing toys, and dog activity mats help a ton with doxie boredom. Here is our list of Best Dachshund Toys – doxie tested and approved.
Treat Toys: Fill up a dog kong toy with peanut butter and freeze it overnight. This special treat will keep your doxie occupied and working hard to get all of that yummy peanut butter. This makes them work for the treat, and they love it.
Dachshunds need affection and attention every day. Make time out of your busy schedule to just sit down and cuddle with your Dachshund. Hold them, talk to them, and of course litter them with kisses. They are only here on earth for a short time, make each moment count.
Dachshunds Can Be Apartment Dogs
Sharing any sized home with a Dachshund is a cherished experience. You can make this work for you and your little doxie too.
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