Dogs love car rides. Even if it is just a brief ride to the park or to grandma’s house, allow your Dachshund to tag along.
New Places To Explore:
- Dog Friendly Stores
- Friend’s House
Motion Sickness: If your dog is prone to getting car sick, try shorter trips in the car and be prepared with some cleanup gear just in case. Read more about how to prevent motion sickness in dogs.
Ride Safe: Make sure your dog is safe and secure in the car for the ride. You can have them in their small travel crate, sit them on a passenger’s lap, or you can even buckle them up with a dog seatbelt.
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When you hook up your new Dachshund puppy to a leash, they probably won’t have a clue what to do with it. Don’t plan on a normal stroll down the street. This will be a slow, sniff walk.
Keep your leash walk short and sweet. Gradually work up to a longer walk as your pup gets used to the leash. Be gentle and patient, call to your pup to get their attention, never pull too hard on the leash.
Hold on Tight: Always secure the leash around your wrist. When your Dachshund sees another animal, they may try to bolt.
Ask First: If you encounter another dog walker on your path, wait for the other dog owner to confirm if their dog is ok for a meet and greet.
Don’t Push It: If your dog seems scared, don’t force them to meet with the other dog. Just move them away from each other and walk on.
Introduce New Sounds
Introduce some new sounds to your Dachshund. Turn on the radio at a reasonable volume while you are home and when you are away.
Gradually introduce the sound of the vacuum cleaner. Allow your doxie to lay in a comfortable spot a safe distance away from the loud sound. Don’t chase them with it, it isn’t funny, it is terrifying to them.
While playing outside or on walks, listen for the fire engines or a distant passing train. Allow your Dachshund to listen, stay calm and let them know they are OK.
A great way to help your doxie adjust to new noises is to play the sounds in the background while they are eating or playing. Here is an example YouTube video of Soothing Music and Desensitization Sounds For Dogs.
Here are some noises you should introduce to your Dachshund:
- Fire Alarm
- Microwave Beep
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Hair Dryer
- Door Bell
- Garbage Trucks
- Fire Truck Siren
- Animal sounds
Always treat your Dachshund with kindness. They depend on you, their loving owner, to love and protect them.
Keep young children away from your doxie if they get too loud and crazy. Allow your dog to escape the room when they feel uncomfortable.
Now, don’t coddle your Dachshund too much. They are allowed to have their own unique experiences, just keep watch and keep them safe.
Keep It Positive
Whether it is a quick introduction with your neighbor or attending a puppy play date, make sure things stay safe and positive.
If there is ever a situation when your dog acts scared towards another animal, person, or place, don’t force them.
Forcing your Dachshund into a frightening situation will cause them to become defensive. When a dog feels threatened, they will defend themselves.
Reward A Good Experience
Attend a puppy class or playdate with your Dachshund. If your doxie gets along with the other dogs, give them a treat afterwards.
Just as a child is rewarded for good behavior, your Dachshund should be rewarded too. A verbal “Good” or a yummy dog treat will reinforce that good behavior going forward.
Take Your Time
Now, don’t go out and fill your days with social events and loud noises, please take it slow.
Fitting in a couple of these socialization experiences each week will get your Dachshund where they need to be. Overwhelming them with too much all at once will just set them back.
It’s ok if your Dachshund isn’t the neighborhood socialite. Your dog may not want to greet every dog or person around, and that’s totally fine. Having them get used to a handful of new faces occasionally will help them be comfortable around others.
Bonus Tip: Get Some Help
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