Because your Dachshund is small, especially as a puppy, it may be tempting to just pick him up and carry him where you want to go. In an emergency situation this may be acceptable, but ultimately having your Dachshund puppy well leash trained will be invaluable. Your Dachshund needs exercise as he grows and learning to walk comfortably on a leash without pulling, which can damage his neck or spine, will be important. Because Dachshunds have long, low to the ground bodies they can be particularly susceptible to back and spine injuries. A dog that walks comfortably on a leash without pulling or resisting is less likely to cause or aggravate such injuries.
If possible, it is best to start training your Dachshund puppy to walk on a leash as young as possible, usually at about 8 weeks of age. Older dogs can be taught good leash manners too, but breaking established bad habits can be a challenge with a stubborn Dachshund. Practice redirecting your Dachshund puppy to get him to walk with you and avoid constantly pulling him to correct his attempts to go his own way, which can result in frustrating tug of wars, and a battle of wills. Instead, use positive reinforcement like treats or play to convince your Dachshund puppy that following you and staying with you is his best option. Your goal is to teach your dog not to pull on the leash by walking too far in front of you, lunging off to the side, or lagging behind you either. Remember on long walks, that your short legged canine companion may get tired, so keep walks an appropriate length or be prepared to carry a tired puppy when absolutely necessary.
My 8 month old mini dachshund puppy is very active. We have tried the crate route which she hates and barks for hours, then we went to the pen in the house, which gives her a good amount of room to walk but when she gets out onto our floor area and gives herself full reign, it is extremely difficult to catch her. She thinks you are playing and corners you, runs around like crazy, hides under the chair, no matter what will not come to us, unless you are lucky enough to catch her on your own when she runs by crazy toys in mouth. She is about 75% house trained and that is why we keep her confined, because when she does get out, she will go if she has to. Other times she will give you the signal by barking or wining, does the same at night. We don't know what to do.
Very sweet pup! If Holly is spending a lot of time in the pen, it is not surprising that she runs when she gets out of the space. How about working on the potty training and taking her out often as a method? Take her out every hour and verbalize "go potty" when you are out there to cement the idea in her head. She is smart and will catch on! This may satisfy both needs. https://wagwalking.com/training/go-to-the-bathroom-outside. Dachshunds (as you know) are very energetic dogs and Holly will need lots of exercise to be content and happy. Lots of walks, games of fetch, trips to the park are needed. When inside, provide her with interactive toys and feeders (you can even feed one of her meals from the feeder to keep her mentally stimulated). It's a big need with this type of pup! Good luck!
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