Reasons Why Your Dachshund Is Barking
Now, don’t get me wrong, I appreciate my dachshund letting me know that someone is outside my house. Dogs bark to communicate.
I’m not asking my dog to give up his natural way of communication. It’s the constant excessive barking at other people that needs to stop.
First, we need to understand what is triggering the dog to bark. From there, we can work on correcting the behavior in a positive way.
Dachshunds are hunting dogs, so they tend to bark a bit more than other dog breeds. Let’s take a look at the origin of the Dachshund. In the past, Standard Dachshunds were used for badger hunting and Miniature Dachshunds hunted smaller game, like rabbits and squirrels.
Dachshunds were bred to hunt, chase, dig, and bark…and they are great at it!
While hunting, the dachshund used their “super senses” to track down their prey. They would chase the animal into their burrow, and Bark Very Loudly to let the hunter know their location.
Learn More: Are Dachshunds Still Used for Hunting Today?
So, you see, barking is a dachshund’s natural instinct. They want to alert their owner what is going on…sometimes a little too much.
Dachshunds are very protective of their home, family, food, and toys. When another person or animal approaches you or your dog, they are considered a threat and ‘guard dog’ mode kicks in. Unfortunately, this particular barking trigger is more aggressive.
Little Eko is very territorial. Eko is only 11 months old, but he is super protective of my kids. He can’t stand it when they run ahead of us on walks, he wants them where he can see them.
Remember, Dachshunds are hunting dogs with “Super Senses.” They hear everything…even when you are opening up that snack wrapper on the other side of the house, your doxie is at your feet in seconds.
Your Dachshund is on duty all the time. Sudden noises or movements will automatically sound the dachshund alarm.
Dachshunds love to hang out with their family members. Dogs are pack animals, so they don’t like being left alone.
If your dog doesn’t get enough mental and physical stimulation every day, they get bored and they bark.
My dachshunds get really excited when we have guests over to visit. They bark, run around the house, and wag their tails.
Dachshunds also will bark when they are playing. When my kids run around the backyard, little Eko wants to join in too. He runs and barks very loudly. My husband believes that Eko thinks he is one of the kids and doesn’t want to be left out.
Doxies will bark if they demand attention. When my husband walks in a room, Eko always greets him with excitement and a small woof. He wants my husband to pick him up and get some cuddles. My husband is clearly Eko’s favorite human, so he gets this cuddle request quite often.
Learn more: How Do Dachshunds Choose Their Favorite Person?
Dachshunds with Separation Anxiety will bark constantly when left alone. This type of barking is compulsive and carries on for a long time. Dogs who bark constantly may be doing so out of fear, anxiety, or frustration.
Often times, dachshunds with separation anxiety become destructive and spiteful. They are not happy when they are left alone.
Learn more: Separation Anxiety Solutions For Your Dog
Your dachshund may be barking because of a medical issue. If they have a brain disease, this may cause excessive barking.
Have your dachshund routinely checked by the vet to see if a disease or illness could be causing your dog to bark.
If your poor doxie was bitten by a nasty horse fly or stung by a wasp, they may be barking because they are in pain.
If you have an older, senior-aged dachshund who barks for no reason, they could be developing canine dementia. Read more on Dementia in Dogs by Spruce Pets.
Lack Of Socialization
Doxies that haven’t had enough exposure to the outside world will bark at everything that moves. Not having enough experience with other people or dogs will make your dachshund more anxious around strangers.