Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dachshund Dog Training

Originating in Germany, the Dachsund dog breed has been around for centuries. They were primarily used for hunting hares and badgers (in German, the word "Dachs" means badger). Also referred to as "wiener dogs" and "sausage dogs, the name of the dog is spelled both as Dachshund and Daschund. Dachshund is the correct name.

Training a Dachshund can be challenging as they are prone to being highly determined and stubborn. This can make them difficult to handle for an inexperienced dog owner.

The Dachshund dog breed is curious, entertaining, stubborn, and energetic, and they can some times be mischievous. They require lots of attention. If they don't get the amount of attention they require, they will act up.

Although they are usually compatible with children and pets, they can be jealous and, if overly indulged, may become bad-tempered and snappy. For this reason, they are probably better suited to a family with older children. However, Dachshunds can also be very loyal, affectionate, and devoted pets that will heap love on their owner.

If left alone, many Dachshunds will whine until they have companionship. Some Dachshunds are prone to separation anxiety and may chew objects in the house to relieve stress. Going by their attitude and personality, they appear to be totally oblivious of their small size. As with many hunting dogs, Dachshunds are brave and will stand up to bigger dogs.

Dachshunds are happy to play inside which makes them an ideal dog breed for apartment dwellers or for homes with little or no back yard. Even so, they are lively, boisterous and playful dogs. It is important for these dogs to get lots of exercise and fresh air by taking them for walks in the park. Several Dachshund behavior issues are caused by insufficient exercise. If a Dachshund is kept indoors for several days without being able to work off his surplus energy, he is likely to act out.

Dachshunds can become overweight without regular exercise, which can lead to blood sugar, spine or heart health problems. Dachshunds are prone to spinal problems, so care should be taken to avoid exercises that could cause spinal damage. Children must be told that Dachshunds have a weak back and must not be treated roughly.

The first step in your Dachshund training is housetraining which should begin as soon as you bring him home. There are many different ways to house train a dog, including crate training, on command, and paper training. No matter which training method you choose for your Dachshund, you must make sure that you are understanding and patient with your dog. There will be accidents and you should not expect him to get it right immediately.

Once you bring your new puppy home, you should also start obedience training. Dachshund obedience training sessions should be frequent but short - for example, a maximum of fifteen minutes, three to four times per day. The optimal time for puppy training is before meal time. Just like people, dogs don't feel like exerting themselves right after they've eaten.

Don't expect your dog to be well-behaved immediately. As Dachshunds are so strong-willed, plenty of patience will be required for their training. With love and patience, you will have a playful, fun, and devoted pet to enjoy for many years to come.-



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