Your cute little Dachshund puppy makes you smile every time he walks into the room. All you need to do is look at him and his tail starts wagging. He gets a gasp and an ‘awww’ every time a guest meets him for the first time. You also like showing your pup off by getting him to perform the odd trick or two. He’s mastered rolling over and the high five, but you’d like to entertain guests with some more advanced tricks.
Training him to do some advanced tricks does more than just entertain guests though. This type of training is brilliant for increasing your control and improving his obedience. Furthermore, it’s a great way to channel his energy into something productive. Because your Dachshund is so small, training will also be good exercise. Lastly, training makes for a great bit of bonding time with your canine pal.
Despite your Dachshund’s little size, he is probably remarkably bright. This means teaching him to perform advanced tricks will be challenging, but definitely achievable. Training will consist of firstly finding the right motivator, usually food or toys. Once you have that, you can show him what it is you want him to do. As soon as he understands that, you just need to hammer home training with consistent practice.
If he’s an eager-to-please pooch, he could respond to training in just a week or so. However, if your little buddy is stubborn with a short attention span then you may need a while longer. It could be three weeks before he gets the hang of it. Succeed and you’ll soon have the perfect stunt dog to bring out when family and friends are round. Not to mention you’ll be able to make him work hard for his dinner.
Before you get to work, you will need to collect a few things. Firstly, stock up on some tasty treats. Toys and a clicker will also be needed. Peanut butter will also be needed for one of the tricks.
You will need a quiet space to practice. Preferably in your yard or in a local park. You don’t want to risk breaking a TV or window. Try and set aside 10 or so minutes each day. The more frequently you train, the sooner you will see results.
The other main requirements are enthusiasm and patience. Once you have all those things, training can begin!