Easy Dachshund Puppy Training

Dachshund Puppy Training [Complete Guide]

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Dachshunds are a dedicated, loving, and family-oriented dog breed.  They have always made my family feel complete and I know they will make you feel the same.  As a doxie parent, I know that raising any dog, especially a Dachshund, is a cherished experience.  I have compiled Everything you need to know to raise and train your dachshund the right way to make your experience as easy as possible.

Male or Female Dachshund?

No two dachshunds are alike. When I was young, my female dachshund was extremely well behaved and could be left in the house while my family would go on vacation. She just needed someone to stop in a couple of times per day for food, water, let outside, and of course some loving attention.

On the other hand, as an adult with my own family, my story is slightly different.  My male dachshunds can’t be left alone in my home for more than one hour without getting into some sort of trouble.

My doxies do require a kennel when we leave for work, and kenneling services when we go on vacation.  Now, does this mean males and females are quite different as far as behavior?  No, all dachshunds are different and have their own unique personality.

Table of Contents:

Things You Need for a Dachshund

It is very important to be prepared before the new puppy enters your home. Here are some items that will help you have the best start:

• Dog Bowls
• Dog Leash
• Dog Body Harness
• Puppy Gates
• Puppy Kennel
• Dog Food
• Dog Toys
• Puppy Pads
• Dog Bed
• Dog Blanket
• Puppy Shampoo

Dog Bowls:

Stick with glazed food – quality ceramic, glass, or stainless steel dog bowls for the water and dog food. These types of dog bowls are non-porous, resist chewing and can be cleaned easily in the dishwasher.

Dachshunds love to root around and push their food bowl around the floor. Sometimes, they may try to bury their food under a toy or blanket. So, the heavier the bowl, the better. Check out my Article on some Perfect Dog Food Bowls for Dachshunds.

Dog Leash:

I have owned many leashes over the years. The best ones are thicker, tough material that their little scissor back teeth can’t slice through.  This happened every time we went camping.  While we were setting up our tent, we secured the dogs around a nearby tree so they wouldn’t wander off into the woods. Literally, before the tent was up, one of the dachshunds were free as a bird wandering around the campsite.

One dog would still be secured on a complete leash, the other leash was cut in half. I never actually caught them doing it, so I wasn’t sure if one dog released the other or that dog released himself, it will always be a fun mystery.

Dog Body Harness:

It is always a good idea to grab a couple of different types of collars and harnesses for your new Dachshund.  Body Harnesses are a good idea for the dog that loves to pull constantly on their walks. When we take our dachshunds hiking, we have one dachshund who does just fine with his regular neck collar, but the other one pulls so hard that he is coughing and hacking throughout the walk.

Puppy Gates:

You will need to pick up some puppy or baby gates to protect your home and your new pup.  Get a couple of individual doorway gates that easily secure to your door frame and for your stairs.  A larger exercise play yard for your designated puppy area helps a ton during potty training.

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Dog Kennel / Crate:

Choosing the correct kennel is crucial for your Dachshund. They will try to get out, so you need to learn how to safely keep them in. It needs to be a comfortable size for the dachshund.  They will need a smaller kennel when they are young and a larger kennel when they are older.

Dog Food:

Start with High Quality Puppy Food. Do your research and discuss some healthy dog food options with your Veterinarian to see what they recommend.  That’s how I found the perfect food for my doxies.

When my dachshund, Reno, was a new pup, they recommended a bag of puppy food that was way too rich for his stomach. Which I found out made him have to poop all of the time!  It made it very hard to crate train him with so much mess (which he couldn’t help, it was the food).

Look for a dog food that has quality food ingredients, less fillers, and a price that you can afford. See DogFoodAdvisor.com for the best reviews on a variety of Dog Foods.

Dachshund Toys:

Dachshunds may have a big bark, but they have a small sized mouth, so they need smaller sized toys.  Doxies love to chase balls, catch frisbees, and chew squeaker toys. Some just love to completely demolish their toys.  They love their gifts, but they are usually pretty temporary.  For that special occasion, Birthday, Christmas, etc.. you can take your pup to the pet store and let them choose from a few different types of toys.  Give them the option, they will love it.

Puppy Pads:

You don’t need to go out get the 100 pack of Puppy Pads, just get a regular-sized package to start their house training.

Dog Bed:

Pick up a nice soft bed for your doxie.  Dog beds come in all shapes and sizes, but don’t purchase anything too expensive for a new puppy right away.  Everything new for the puppy will get Chewed, De-stuffed, Peed on, you name it. It also helps to be able to fit the new bed in your washing machine for easy cleanup.

Dog Blanket:

Don’t go too crazy with your puppy’s new doggie blanket. Just see if you have a some old spare blankets in your closet that you don’t need anymore. They love fabric with your scent on it, it helps them feel comforted while they are sleeping.

Puppy Shampoo:

Pick up a gentle puppy shampoo. Something hypoallergenic and tear-less is best. Oatmeal-based puppy shampoos rank higher as far as gentleness for puppies, but still effective at cleaning up the dirty pup.  Avoid using people shampoo. I know it may seem tempting and just more convenient, but our people shampoo is formulated for our skin and hair, not a dog’s. It will dry out your dachshund’s coat and could cause itchy skin conditions.

Puppy’s First Day:

Let the puppy go on a sniff journey when they come home!  Sniffing out their new surroundings and getting to know your family will help them feel comfortable in their new home.  Try not to overwhelm the puppy too much.  Take it slow and just focus on helping him get to know you and your family.

It is normal for your new Dachshund puppy to nap a couple times per day. He is getting used to his new owners, new surroundings, and new rules of the roost. Give him time, he is growing and needs to rest often to stay healthy.

Puppy’s First Evening:

At bed time, it is up to you if you would like to crate your dog or have their bed in your bedroom.  It is ok to have the puppy in your bedroom or at least close by so you can hear them cry when they need to go potty outside.

Puppies can’t hold their bladder very long, so be prepared to get up 1-2 times per night for the first couple of weeks until they are able to hold it longer as they get older.  This time will go fast, but it is a good part of the night training to have your dog alert you when they have to go outside.

When they do cry, get them right outside. When they have finished going potty, praise them quickly and send them back to bed. Don’t use this time in the middle of the night as a time for attention or play.  Puppies are quick learners, make sure you keep consistent with the rules so they understand what is acceptable behavior.

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Dachshund Proof Your House

One of the main reasons Dachshunds end up in dog shelters or rescues is when a new puppy owner isn’t prepared.  When a new puppy is set free in the home, they will get into everything.  Many owners feel this is a behavior problem.. when in fact, it is just a lack of puppy proofing.

Puppy-Proofing Check List

  • Hide Chewable items

  • Puppy Gates

  • Designate Puppy Area

  • Secure Baking Ingredients

  • Lock up Cleaning Supplies

  • New Family Rules

  • Secure Garbage Can

1. Hide Chewable Items:

Get down on the floor and look through your new puppy’s eyes, what can they get into?  Because they will!

Cords and Strings:

Hide the Electrical cords and Window shade strings.  If your puppy chews on a dangerous electrical cord, this can result in a severe burn or a deadly shock. Tape down all your loose cords and strings.

Small Toys:

Keep small Bouncy Balls and toys away from your pup.  They can easily block your pup’s airway and suffocate them to death.  School Supplies, like pencils and colorful erasers are attractive, choking hazards for dogs.

Household Items:

Puppies love to grab, run, and chew Everything on the floor to get some attention.  They also love to chew on furniture (especially while teething).  Some pet supply stores sell a non-toxic bitter tasting spray that can deter dogs from chewing the special items you want to protect.

Guard the Following Items:

  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Tv remotes, game controllers
  • Jewelry
  • Furniture
  • Pillows
  • Houseplants
  • Cat litter
  • Dryer sheets

2. Use Puppy Gates:

If there are rooms in your house where there are too many things to hide, install a baby gate in the doorway.  Don’t allow your dog into the garage or the shed where there are a lot of dangerous objects that are hard to avoid.

3. Create a Designated Puppy Area:

This area should have an easy to clean floor. Use a baby gate or play yard to surround the vinyl or tile floor section for easy clean up in case your puppy has an accident.
Keep the designated puppy area away from the walls, cords, or any wooden corners. Keep in mind, dachshund puppies love to chew….on Everything. Your designated puppy area is only temporary while you are in the training phase.

4. Baking Ingredients:

Dogs are attracted to the smell of chocolate…  Put all baking chocolate and baking ingredients up high and locked away, they are deadly to all dogs.

5. Lock up the Chemicals:

Install some child locks on your kitchen or bathroom cleaning product cabinets. Dachshunds are curious little dogs and will try to get into everything. If your dog ever consumes any chemicals, call your vet or the Pet Poison Hotline ASAP.

6. New Puppy Rules For The Family:

Small Children:

Talk to small children that will be around the puppy to be extra gentle.  If the puppy is teased or constantly bothered, they will learn to defend themselves which can lead to behavior issues.

No Jumping:

Dachshunds have fragile spines and are prone to a disease called IVDD.  All Dachshunds should avoid high-impact activities like jumping, running at high-speed, and any activity that will put too much strain on their back.  Consider purchasing dog ramps for your furniture to help prevent injury.

People Food:

Avoid feeding your new puppy any people food. Feeding them table scraps during a meal will quickly become a hard to break habit for you and your dog.  Table scraps are not safe for your dog.  Some dogs have extremely sensitive stomachs, so any table scraps may make them very sick. Check out this list of toxic foods your dog should never eat from the ASPCA.

7. Garbage:

Lock down ALL of your garbage cans.  Dachshunds love sniffing out your garbage in the kitchen and the bathrooms.  Place the cans where your pup can’t reach it or get one with a locking top.

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8. Puppy Proofing Tips for Your Yard

  • Yard Objects:

    Pick up any small toys or tools laying in your yard.

  • Fencing:

    Keep your Dachshund leashed when they go outside to avoid digging up your yard or garden. If they do run loose in your yard, consider putting up a small fence to protect your plants and flowers.  Some plants are extremely toxic to Dachshunds, including daffodils, mistletoe, English ivy, nightshade, azalea, holly and baby’s breath.

  • Swimming Pools:

    Always lock up and secure your pool. Some Doxies love to swim, but sometimes can’t determine a safe exit from the water. Always have your Dachshund wear a life jacket while they swim with you.

Always keep an eye on your new puppy.  They are very curious creatures and want to sniff out everything in their new home.

Click on the image below to Print your Puppy Proof Checklist (PDF File):

Dachshund Proof Your House
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How To Potty Train A Dachshund

Potty Training a new dachshund puppy can be a challenge.  It is repetitive and time-consuming, but necessary.  Your puppy will not be training themselves, they need your guidance every step of the way.

Dachshund Puppy Housetraining Tips

  • Potty Clues

  • Designate Puppy Area

  • Designate Yard Area

  • Watch Carefully

  • Reward

  • Hire Help

1. Puppy Potty Clues:

Fact: Puppies can hold it for 1 hour for every 1 month of age.  For Example: puppy is 1 month old, he can hold it up to 1 hour.

You can start potty training your Dachshund puppy around 8 weeks of age.  Take your puppy outside frequently for potty breaks to prevent them from having to use the puppy pads in the house.  Use puppy pads only as a backup, not as the potty trainer.

Puppies have predictable elimination times.  Always take them out to go potty during the following events:

  • When they wake up
  • After They Eat
  • After Exercise or Play
  • Before they go to bed at night

If you spot your puppy doing any of the following, its time to let them outside.

  • Sniffing the ground
  • Turning around in circles
  • Looking nervous
  • Acting worried
  • Whimpering

2. Designate House Area

Keep your puppy in a section of the house that has easy to clean floors. Use newspapers or puppy pads at the beginning of your training just in case of accidents, but they are not to be used exclusively.  Puppy Messes leave a scent behind on carpets and furniture that even the best odor cleaners can’t get out.

Sometimes it is hard to cover all of your entrances, so we like to use those large science fair project boards or thicker craft project poster boards from Walmart to cover those areas. It is a more inexpensive way to gate off the areas your puppy loves to get himself into trouble.

Having a designated play area for your pup allows you to put them in a safe space when its time to take a nap or when biting and chewing gets out of hand.

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3. Designate Yard Area

It is recommended that your puppy use a designated section of the yard as their potty spot.  They will start to understand what they need to do when you take them to that spot for pees and poos.

This is not only a big benefit to your yard but also your shoes!  Dog poo is a pain to clean off your shoes.  Don’t let them roam the entire yard during the training process, this may cause confusion and delay the potty training process.

If you take your puppy outside to go potty and they don’t eliminate after 5-10 minutes, put them right back into their play area or crate and watch them closely.  When they show signs of having to go, take them outside quickly.

4. Watch Carefully And Move Quickly

Watch your Puppy constantly when they aren’t in their designated area! If you notice your puppy showing any of the potty clues above, move that puppy outside quickly.

If you catch them mid pee, pick them up and take them outside, even if they are still going.  Try not to get upset, just put the puppy outside in the potty spot and give him praise.   This will help them realize where they are supposed to go potty.

If an accident happens in the house without you noticing, don’t get upset.  Puppies don’t understand why they can’t go potty in the house.  Your puppy loves you and is very capable of learning.  Accidents are a part of the learning process, be patient it takes time.  It is up to you to keep on top of them to make this training successful.

Training Tip: Puppies aren’t fully in control of their bladder until about 6 months old. Understand that when they have an accident prior to this age, they aren’t able to hold their bladder for more than a couple of hours.  So, it really isn’t their fault.

Punishing during the House training phase may prolong training time and make it more difficult than it has to be.  The old methods of sticking your puppy’s nose in his accident are gone!  Stick to positive reinforcement instead.

5. Praise and Reward

When your pup goes potty outside, Praise him with “Good” and give him a small treat.  Then, take the dog immediately inside the house.  Your Dachshund will begin to connect your designated potty yard spot with getting a positive reward and returning to the house.

6. Hired Help

If you are unable to let your dog out during the day, get some help.  Your dog (puppy or adult age) should not ever be crated for more than 4 hours.  Ask your friendly stay-at-home mom if they want to earn some extra money for letting your dog out during the day.  Or, you can search on google for some local dog walkers in your area.

Whether you are potty training your new pup or leaving your trained dog at home while you are gone most of the day, getting someone to let them out will prevent accidents that you don’t have to clean up when you come home.  It will also help your dog remain calm while you are away and lower the risk of Separation Anxiety issues.

Why is My Dachshund Still Peeing in the House?

Still having issues with accidents in the house?  Your new doxie pup needs to be watched the whole time he is loose in the house.  If he isn’t being watched closely, then he needs to be in a kennel or a play pen area.  Let you pup outside often for potty breaks and keep visiting the same potty spot in your yard to stay consistent.   Reward your dog when he goes potty outside.

Using a House Lead:

During the potty training stage, it is recommended to have your puppy wear a “House Lead” when roaming around your home.  You can have your pup use just a regular leash and it can be attached to your pants belt loop or free to drag behind them.  It is helpful to have a lead to grab onto in case your dog starts to go potty inside or tries to grab a pill or food on the floor.

If you are still having issues with your pup having accidents in the house, consult your vet. Your dachshund may have a UTI or another issue causing him to have more frequent accidents that he can’t help.

Potty Training Steps:

  • When your puppy wakes up in the morning, put the puppy’s leash on and carry them outside immediately.  I like to say the word “Out” when I exit the backdoor.

  • Place your puppy in the designated potty area outside and don’t move.  Don’t walk the dog around the yard, just stay still as a statue. Don’t play or socialize with your dog, this is potty time only.

  • Say “Go Potty” and point to the grass.  Make sure they are listening and focused on your words.  Do not continue to say “Go Potty” 100’s of times, this will only confuse them or will be ignored.

  • Let your dog sniff around for 5-10 minutes max.  If your pup doesn’t go potty, pick them up and put them back into their crate or playpen.  Do not let them loose in the house, they didn’t do their job.  Take them back out if they show potty signs or just try again in about 20 minutes.

  • If your puppy does go potty outside, praise them with “Good” and give them a small treat and go back inside.

  • Be consistent, take you pup out every 1-2 hours their first couple of months.  You will have good days and many bad days.  It is part of the process.  Be patient, this stage doesn’t last forever if you do it right the first time around.  If you give up too easily, the training will never stick.

Tips For Crate Training A Dachshund Puppy:

These are the Best Tips for crate training a dachshund puppy that I could find.  Crate training is a good option for dachshund owners.  This allows you to limit your dog’s access to your home while you are away or during potty training.

A medium-sized metal crate is a good choice for your full grown dachshund.  You want to give them plenty of room to be comfortable but not too much room to feel they can have accidents.

Training Tip:  Never use your crate as a punishment.  Crates are designated as the dog’s safety zone.

1. Crate Placement

Place the Dachshund puppy’s crate near the most active room in your home.  Your pup wants to see you and your family and not feel all alone.  Put a safe chew toy in the crate with your pup to help them stay entertained and calm.

While house training, avoid putting any towels or blankets in the crate with your pup.  You can give him a blanket or towel to lay on when potty training comes to an end or just for bed time at night.

2. Entering the Crate

To entice your dog to enter the crate, place a small treat inside the crate and let them grab it and exit.  Be patient and never force the pup inside the crate.  It may take several tries over the next couple of days to get comfortable with their crate. When he does enter the crate, give lots of verbal praise and treats.

3. Food Bowl in Crate

Replace the treats with small bits of dog food in the crate.  Then, place their food bowl near the crate for feeding time.  Over the next few days, gradually start putting the food bowl inside the crate towards the front entrance.  Your pup will start to feel more comfortable during mealtime in the crate.  Keep the crate door open during this phase.

The ultimate goal is to have the bowl move towards the back of the crate and having the dog comfortable eating inside the crate.  Once they are inside the back of the crate and eating without trying to escape, shut the door of the crate.  Sit near the crate and watch him eat to make him feel safe.  Let your pup out when he is done eating.

4. Repeat

Repeat this training over the next several days leaving the door shut on the kennel for a little longer each time while you are nearby.  Finally, start leaving the room while they are in the kennel for a few minutes at a time.  Your training is complete when you are able to leave the room for about 30 minutes without your dog getting upset.  Set a timer so that you can keep track of time.

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Socialize Your Dachshund Puppy

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.  The best time to socialize your dachshund is between 10-16 weeks oldLater is Too Late!

Tips For Socializing Your Dachshund

Once your dog has received his initial vaccines from the vet, it’s a good time to start introducing some new furry friends.  Here are some great tips to help your dachshund become socialized:

• 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).

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.

Car Rides

Take your dog on car rides. Whether they are a brief ride to the park or to grandma’s house, allow your dog to tag along. Dachshunds love bye-bye rides. 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 tends to be prone to getting car sick, try shorter trips in the car and be prepared with some cleanup gear in case.  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 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.

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.

Introduce New Sounds

Introduce some new sounds to your dachshund. When indoors, introduce your dachshund gradually to the sound of the vacuum cleaner. Allow them to lay in a nice comfortable spot a safe distance away from the loud sound.  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

Keep your small 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 when roughhousing.

Try to keep socialization experiences positive. 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.

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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 want to allow the friendly introduction or skip it.

Forcing your dachshund into a frightening situation will cause them to become very skittish. They could possibly develop harsh instincts like biting or warning others when they feel threatened.

Reward a Good Experience

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

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Dachshund Training Commands

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.

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.

Dog Treats:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Dachshund Behavior Training

Many Dachshund owners would agree that doxies are the most loving family dog, but they can sometimes act out in spite and have choosey listening skills.  It can be frustrating when experiencing behavioral issues with your dog.

Keep your veterinarian in the loop of any behavior issues you are experiencing with your dachshund.  You are not alone, there are many dog owners and veterinarians out there who can share tips with you and help you out.

The Most Common Dachshund Problems:

  • Separation Anxiety

  • Excessive Barking

  • Eliminating Indoors

  • Digging

  • Chewing

  • Aggressive Behavior

1. Dachshund Separation Anxiety

It is important to Understand Separation Anxiety in your Dachshund.  You want to help your pup be comfortable and content when you leave the house.  Separation Anxiety training is needed to help your dog learn that you will be back and he doesn’t need to worry or cause destruction in the house while you are away.

Tips for Treating 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 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.

Catching them in the Act

If you catch the dog in the act of destroying something in the home (through the window or remotely on a doggie camera), don’t go back inside your house!  This will reinforce the behavior and they will believe that all they have to do is to destroy something to get you to come back home.

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.

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.

Natural Antidotes

You can use natural methods to calm dog separation anxiety too. Did you know that the use of CBD oil is an effective solution for anxiety? You can also 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.

Sleeping Habits

Make sure your pup is getting enough sleep.  Give them a comfortable bed and blanket to feel safe and warm at night or during nap time.  How Much Sleep Do Dogs Need?

2. Barking

Why do Dachshunds bark so much? Excessive Barking can occur when your dog is bored, when he is ready to come back in the house, or when he just wants some attention.

Tips for Stopping the Excessive Barking:

  • Attention: When your dachshund insists on barking at you, avoid responding verbally or physically to the dog. If you give them attention, they will continue barking to get more attention, starting a bad habit.  Give more attention to your dog when they are behaving and not barking to give them the love and attention that they need.
  • 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 and help promote a good night’s sleep.
  • Neighbor Distractions: If you let your dog out on their lead to go potty in the evening and your dog barks at the neighbor or neighborhood dog or cat, try to pick a time to let them out when there aren’t any people or animals out and about.  If your neighbor lets their dog out at the same time your dog is out, your dog will be too busy barking at the other dog instead of concentrating on the task at hand.

3. Eliminating Indoors

Some dogs have accidents in the house.  It’s possible if they weren’t properly house trained as a puppy, they may have more accidents in the house as adult dogs.

They may have an illness or separation anxiety issues.  It might be from too much excitement, or just being submissive.  Sometimes, it is hard to tell what the cause is.  My dachshund, Reno, would leave a “prize” for me on my side of the bedroom floor if I was away on a trip for a couple of days.

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4. Digging:

Why do Dachshunds dig?  Dachshunds were bred to Hunt Badgers.  During the hunt, they had to do a lot of digging to help track down their prey.  Nowadays, doxies may dig for other purposes.  They may just be bored and need something more constructive to do.   Keep up their daily exercise, walking, or play routine to tire them out.

They may be hormonal or in-heat and want to wander the neighborhood for a companion.  Of course, the solution to this would be visiting your vet to discuss getting them spayed or neutered.

Your doxie may also just be too hot on a summer day and wants to dig and lay in the cool dirt.  Lastly, a dachshund may want to bury a favorite toy or bone.  My dachshunds love to dig in their food bowl and then cover their food with a blanket or toy.

5. Chewing

You may be experiencing some Destructive Chewing from your dachshund if they need to revisit their obedience training.  Your doxie also needs an appropriate chew toy or treat available that he is Allowed to chew.  This will help deter him from choosing something important to you and your family. Excessive chewing can also be caused by Separation Anxiety.

As young puppies, dachshunds, use their mouths to explore their surrounds.  It is important to have toys or treats that the dog is allowed to chew on so he doesn’t go looking for your shoes or the kid’s favorite toys.

6. Aggressiveness:

Aggressiveness is the most unacceptable behavior in any dog.  If your dachshund shows his dominance towards other people or dogs, they may have issues with submitting to authority.

In some cases, this may be from a lack of Socialization Training. In other situations, it may be caused by their sex hormones, like high testosterone levels. Neutering is a strong recommendation for dogs that assert their dominance because of strong hormones.

If your dachshund is known for Biting, keep them away from children. Also, remove your dachshund from the room when you have guests over so that no one gets hurt.

Here are some other reasons your dog may be showing aggressive behavior:

  • Fear: At times, your dachshund may act aggressive if they feel threatened.   It is their way of protecting themselves.  If children or other pets are playing too rough around the dog, allow him to retreat to a safe space.

  • Pain: If your dachshund lashes out when you pick them up or go near them, they may have an injury.  Back injuries and diseases, like IVDD, can be very painful in dachshunds.  Your dog may have an illness that makes them feel terrible.  Take them to the vet if you notice they yelp when you pick them up or aren’t acting like themselves when you approach them.

How To Resolve Aggressive Behavior Issues:

1. More Exercise:

Adding some more exercise to your dog’s daily routine will help keep your dog calm.  By walking, you are treating your dog’s physical and mental needs.  If your dog is cooped up all day, they may become aggressive, bored, or depressed.  They need to get outside and move, just as much as you do.

2. Training:

It helps to revisit obedience and command training.  If you find that revisiting behavior training isn’t working for your dog, seek professional help.  Schedule a visit to your vet for some recommendations on specialized behavior trainers in your area.  To avoid any legal ramifications, get some help for your dog and cover yourself when it comes to avoiding any injury of other people or animals.

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Dachshund Puppy Teething

Teething is a tough stage for our little dachshund pups because their mouths can be very sore and they NEED to chew, chew, and chew to relieve the pain.

At What Age Do Dachshunds Lose Their Baby Teeth?

Dachshund Puppies can start losing their baby teeth around 12-14 weeks of age.  These little pin sharp shark teeth are finally on their way out, Hooray!  But, now what?  Well, during this stage, puppies need our help to relieve their sensitive gums and teeth.

How can I tell if my Puppy is Teething?


  • Extreme Chewing

  • Drooling

  • Pawing or Rubbing their mouth

  • Blood spots on chewed item

  • Loss of Appetite

Do Puppy’s Teeth Hurt When They are Teething?

Yes, losing 28 little puppy teeth can cause teething pain. To help reduce this pain, puppies need lots of things to chew.  Some puppies may eat less food than they usually do because of the discomfort of losing their teeth.

Be on the lookout for dangerous items in the house that the puppy may try to chew: electrical cords, toys, and furniture.  Anything they can get their little teeth on, they will chew.

During the puppy teething stage, take a look inside your puppy’s mouth every day.  Gently Rub your fingers along the gums for a few seconds to get them used to being touched in the mouth. This will help them get ready for brushing their teeth and mouth exams by their vet.

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Do Puppies Get Aggressive When Teething?

Yes, Puppies can become aggressive during the puppy teething phase.  The puppy is working through this uncomfortable phase the best he can.  Have some patience and give your puppy some space during this time.  It hurts to get new teeth!

Do Puppies Swallow their Baby Teeth?

Yes, Sometimes your little pup will be chewing their favorite toy or food and accidentally swallow a baby tooth.  You may find little puppy teeth on the floor or in their food bowl as well.

How Long Does Teething Last in Puppies?

The Puppy Teething Stage is usually complete around 5-6 months of age.  But, wait, the next stage of chewing is called the development phase and that usually begins around 7-8 months old.  This phase can last up to 2 years.

Should I Soften My Puppy’s Food?

If your puppy is having a hard time crunching through their dry puppy food, you can moisten your dog’s food with a little water for 5-10 minutes to see if that helps.  Another option would be to mix his regular dry puppy food with some moist canned food.  But, make sure to start this dog food change gradually to avoid an upset tummy.

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Helpful Tips for Easing Puppy Teething Pain:

What Helps a Teething Puppy? Here are a few tips to help make the puppy teething phase a little easier for you and your dachshund puppy.

  1. LOTS of Chew Toys
  2. Frozen Snacks
  3. Prevent Unwanted Chewing

Chew Toys:

Look for safe chew toys that are BPA Free and are appropriate for your dog’s age and size.  Some puppy chew bones come in sets of multiple bones for different stages of teething.  Also look online for reviews before purchasing a dog chew toy to make sure it is safe for your doxie.

Frozen Snacks:

Cold carrots for your Puppy

Try giving your puppy a large chilled carrot (not baby carrots) to chew on.  Carrots are full of vitamins and can also soothe your sore puppy’s mouth during the teething phase.  Always supervise your puppy while he is chewing on the carrot and don’t give him too much, this may give your pup a tummy issue.

Frozen Treats to Relieve Teething Pain

Try making some DIY Frozen puppy treats (from rover.com).

Freezing chicken broth in this adorable frozen dog treat trays on Amazon is so much fun!  My mini dachshund puppy, Eko Loves these treats the best!

Frozen Washcloth:

My puppy’s vet recommends tying an old washcloth into a couple of knots, wetting it, and putting it in the freezer overnight.  This creates an easy to chew cool treat for your pup. Always supervise your pup while he chews on it, don’t let him eat it.

Prevent Unwanted Chewing:

When your puppy starts to chew the furniture or any personal household belongings, it helps to have that House Lead or leash that you used during Potty Training to redirect them to a toy that they are allowed to chew.

My Dachshund puppy, Eko, would chew on my couch corners and sliding glass door frame, so I had to block off those items with puppy gates, or science fair boards where the gates wouldn’t fit.

Dachshund Puppy Teething won’t last forever.  It can be a difficult stage to go through, especially when potty training your puppy at the same time. Stay calm and remember that those little pin teeth will eventually be replaced by some big dog teeth and the excessive chewing will lessen.

The Dachshund Puppy Training phase will feel like a lot at times, but I promise, if you do it right, it will go fast.

Let me know your favorite Dachshund Training Tips in the comments below.