Socialize Your Dachshund Puppy

Ways To Socialize Your Dachshund Puppy

Updated 01/15/2021 by Ava Jaine

Socializing your Dachshund is an essential skill for proper development.

The best time to socialize your Dachshund is between 10-16 weeks old.  Later is Too Late!

But Wait!  Your pup needs to be wormed and have his first vaccines before socializing with other dogs.  Safeguard your pup from other dogs who are not vaccinated to protect them from dangerous diseases.

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Why Socialize Your Puppy?

Socializing your puppy will help them become familiar with new sounds, smells, and sights in a positive way.  Correctly socializing your pup will prevent them from becoming frightened of other people or traveling to new places.  Dogs who are not socialized at the correct age are often Fearful and Aggressive later in life.

Fact:  One of the Top Reasons dogs are surrendered to a shelter is because of behavior problems.

Confession Time! Our dog, Bastian, wasn’t socialized as a young puppy.  From the start, Bastian had his den mates… our Dachshund, Reno, and our German Shepherd, Artemus, to play with.  They were his doggie family.

We didn’t reach out and meet other people with dogs because they were so good with each other at home.  We didn’t realize how crucial it really was for us to take him out and meet other dogs that didn’t live with us.

So, when we introduced our new dachshund puppy, Eko, we made sure to socialize him as soon as we could.

Tips For Socializing Your Dachshund

Once your dog has been wormed and received his initial vaccines from the vet, it’s a good time to start introducing some new doggie friends.

Here are some great socializing tips to help your dachshund get along with others:

• Introduce New Friends
• Car Rides
• Walks on a Leash
• Introduce New Sounds
• Gentle Behavior
• Don’t Force a scared dog
• Reward for Good Experiences

Introduce New Friends

Introduce new people and animals gradually. Too much exposure to new animals or people can cause your dachshund to become overwhelmed. Plan small doggie play dates and introduce your dog to your neighbors (with or without dogs). It is important that your neighbors get to know your dachshund in case there is a time they wander into their yard.

Get Down to Their Level

When people are introducing themselves to your dog, ask them to get down to the dog’s eye level and let the dog approach them slowly. This allows the dog to make the decision if he wants to sniff their hand or allow them to pet his head.

Make sure young children have help petting your dog, sometimes being gentle doesn’t come naturally to kids.  So help them understand kindness and respect towards your dog so they become friends.

Socialize Your Dachshund Puppy

Car Rides

Dogs love car rides. Even if it is just a brief ride to the park or to grandma’s house, allow your dog to tag along.  When you are leaving the house, give your dog a command so he knows where he is going. “Time for a bye-bye ride“, etc… They will quickly love this command and associate it with going on a trip with you.

If your dog is prone to getting car sick, try shorter trips in the car and be prepared with some cleanup gear in case.  Read more about how to prevent motion sickness in dogs.

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 in a dog car seat belt.

Also, check with your vet to make sure your dachshund doesn’t have an ear infection.  Sometimes this can cause inner ear dizziness which can lead to getting sick in a moving car.

Walks On a Leash

When you first hook up your new dachshund pup to a leash, he probably won’t have a clue what to do with it. He needs to learn that he is safe and secure on the leash.

Don’t pull too hard on the leash, this can hurt your dog’s neck, Be Gentle.  Always secure the leash around your wrist. When a dachshund sees another animal, he may try to bolt, try your best not to let your dog loose.

I like to use a harness designed for dachshunds to help alleviate pressure on my doxie’s neck and back.

If you encounter another dog walker on your path, you can let the dogs sniff each other if they seem friendly enough, but keep in mind not all dogs are friendly.

If your dog seems scared, don’t force them to meet with the other dog.  Just move them away from each other and hold on tight in case of an aggressive encounter.

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 them to listen and let them know they are OK.

Gentle Behavior

Always treat your dachshund with kindness.  They depend on you, their loving owner, to love and protect them.

Keep young children away from the dog if they are too rough or making the dog nervous.  Allow your dog to escape and find a safe place to hang out.

Now, don’t coddle your dog too much.  They are allowed to have their own unique experiences, just keep watch and keep them safe.

Keep socialization experiences positive ones. Whether it is a quick introduction with your neighbor or attending a puppy play date, make sure things stay safe and positive.

One bad experience is hard to erase from any dog’s mind, always keep watch and protect your dog. It can seem like hard work at times, but you will have a much better-behaved dog on your hands if you do things right.

Don’t Force a Scared Dog

If there is ever a situation when your dog acts scared towards another animal, person, or place, don’t force them. Dachshunds have a special intuition that allows them to keep themselves guarded against others.

It may be just a new face to them.  Allow them to make the decision to allow the friendly introduction or skip it.

Forcing your dachshund into a frightening situation will cause them to become skittish and defensive. They could develop harsh instincts like biting when they feel threatened, which is a big problem.

When they are actually threatened, they do need to defend themselves.

Reward a Good Experience

When a child does a good deed, like behaving in the grocery store, it is a great opportunity for the parent to reward the child.  This will reinforce that good behavior going forward. Well, the same is true for your Dog.

Reward your pup for a good puppy play date experience.  If they got along with the other dogs, give them a treat.  This a positive behavior incentive to continue being an obedient dog.

Socialize Your Dachshund Puppy

Did you know that it can cost thousands of dollars in vet and behaviorist fees to fix the problems caused by a lack of early socialization?

Dachshund Traits

Dachshunds have a unique disposition and a bold attitude.  Here are some common traits to keep in mind when Socializing your Dachshund.

  • Roaming:

    Always keep your Dachshund in a fenced in yard or tied to a lead to prevent them from wandering off.  They are scent hounds, they follow their nose wherever it may lead.

    Dachshunds are born hunters.  They love to chase after other animals.  Make sure they have a comfortable collar or body harness, proper license, and name tag (or microchip) to identify your dog.


  • Ruling the Roost:

    Dachshunds are brave and feisty dogs.  When raising a dachshund, you will learn that they follow some of your rules and maintain a few of their own.

    Understand that some dachshunds believe they dominate over other dogs, no matter their size.

    In the past, my husband and I had a large German Shepherd and two male dachshunds.  My dachshund, Reno, had to be the one to eat his dinner first.  Our Shepherd had to wait until Reno was finished with his meal before eating or he had to eat in a different room.  Reno was the alpha dog, and he was the smallest of the bunch.


  • Digging:

    These dogs just love to dig. They will dig in the dirt, dig their blankets to make a comfy dog nest, dig the couch or chair to make a cozy napping spot. Dig, Dig, Dig!

    Put down a blanket on their spot of the couch or chair to help prevent any rips in the furniture.
    Fence up your beautiful flowers or vegetable gardens to protect them from backyard digging.

    Note: Digging helps your dog’s nails stay trimmed down, so digging is actually good for them.


  • Barking:

    The dachshund breed was created to hunt. Chasing, digging, and barking are all part of that special heritage. When dachshunds are excited about something, they will bark!

    They will bark when they are irritated or want more attention.  They will also bark if the children are playing too rough, or when the husband refuses to do the dishes (true in my house).


Socialize Your Dachshund Puppy

To raise a well-behaved dachshund, it takes lots of love, care, and plenty of patience. If you work at being consistent with routines, you will have a well-established relationship with your dog.

Your doxie will love you no matter what.  You will have frustrating days and you will have days when you can’t live without them. Cherish these special times of building a strong friendship with your furry companion. Time is precious, live life to the fullest each day.

How often does your Dachshund have play dates with other dogs?  Let us know in the comments below.

Are Dachshunds Hard To Train?

When your dog is about six months old, he will be ready to learn some basic verbal commands.  Have some fun with basic training commands like “come”, “sit”, “lay down”. Here are some easy Puppy Training Commands to learn early on.

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