"Fun loving," "energetic," and "irresistible" are words often used to describe the Dachshund. But beneath all that charm is a will of steel that can exhaust even the most patient Dachshund owner.
Bred to be an underground hunter, the Doxie's role on the hunting field often required making quick decisions, independent of his owner. If he was easily swayed, he couldn't have survived. The breed's strong personality traits remain today and often present a challenge for owners.
Dachshunds like to do things their way, regardless if it's what their owners want. And they can display intense determination and drive, even when chasing a tennis ball. So, very often, they end up training their owners.
The importance of training your Dachshund
There's no doubt that training a Dachshund can be difficult. But that's all the more reason to pursue it. Without training you're actually putting your Dachshund at risk, especially if there are danger areas around your home. Dachshunds are more curious and strong willed than the average dog and training can help protect them from things for which they show no fear, but should.
Obedience training can also establish pack order in your home, which will help you maintain control over your willful pooch. Keep training sessions very short, no more than 5 minutes at any one time. Repeat sessions two or three times a day. Use small bits of food or treats to keep your independent dog motivated. Above all, remember:
- Be patient: The Dachshund doesn't take well to training. However, with repetition and consistency, your Dachshund will begin to learn what you expect of him.
- Be firm: This breed will definitely test its boundaries. Assume the role of "pack leader" and your relationship with your Dachshund will become even stronger.
If you love your strong-willed Doxie now, imagine how much more fun you'll have with him after a few successful training sessions.