So you have a new Dachshund puppy, congratulations. Now the hard work begins. Dachshund puppy training is something that everyone in the family has to be involved with. You need to work together to teach your Dachshund basic manners and obedience skills. Dachshund puppy training is more than just teaching your dog to sit, stay or lie down. It involves everything you do with your puppy, from feeding and brushing, to potty training and obedience training.
Should I Train at Home or Go to Dachshund Puppy Training Classes?
Taking your Dachshund to training classes is very important. Puppies need to be well socialized, to avoid behavioral problems such as fear aggression, as they get older. Puppy training classes give your puppy the chance to interact with, feel comfortable, and gain confidence around, other dogs and new people. A good trainer will also teach you how to hold, groom, and examine your puppy so that they are not afraid when it comes to cleaning ears or clipping toenails.
Dachshund puppy training classes also start to teach basic obedience commands to both you and your puppy. Your trainer will teach you what you need to know to be able to teach your puppy. Typically they will demonstrate with one of the puppies in class so you can see what you need to be doing. Dachshunds are intelligent, but as with any puppy, their attention span is short. As such, commands you learn at this stage will be simple (sit, down, come and stay) and should be taught in short, frequent sessions.
There are many different dog training methods, no one being right or wrong. Ask your vet and friends for trainers they recommend, and before signing up for a Dachshund puppy training class talk to the trainer and ask what methods they use. You should look for someone who uses only positive reinforcement (using treats or clicker training), and who uses techniques that you understand as you will ultimately be the person training your puppy.
Will my Dachshund Puppy be Trained Once the Puppy Class is over?
Puppy classes are usually six to eight weeks in length and cover only the basics. There is a lot more to learn, and many more activities you can try with your Dachshund, such as agility, flyball or competitive obedience. There are many different Dachshund training classes you can attend, with trainers being available to help with problems as they arise. Some people like to continue training on their own, using one of the many online training packages that are available.
No matter what you chose, the important thing is to keep training your Dachshund throughout their life, making training part of their everyday life, reinforcing good behaviors and helping them be great ambassadors for their breed.