How you wish you could have those early days back again, so this time you could react differently. With hindsight, you realize that paying him attention actually encouraged him to bark. And now you have a full-on barking Dachshund whose voice can be heard halfway down the street.
Dachshunds in particular as a vocal breed who love the sound of their own voice. Because of this, it's easy for an owner to shout at the dog to be quiet, which to the Dachshund sounds like they're trying to join in.
Teaching a Dachshund puppy not to bark is a combination of how you react when they bark, mixed with teaching the 'quiet' command for those times when you really do want silence.
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I’m having trouble with my puppy barking excessively. I just moved in with my partner who has a German Shepard (pollo). They get along well and play fight but if my partner takes Pollo for a walk Henry will go nuts and won’t stop barking. Also when my partner gets home he barks excessively too.
Hello Anna, First, for the barking, I suggest combining a few things in your case. You need a way to communicate with him so I suggest teaching the Quiet command from the Quiet method in the article I have linked below - don't expect this alone to work but it will be part of the puzzle for what I will suggest next. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Next, once pup understands what Quiet means you will choose an interrupter - neither too harsh nor ineffective. A Pet Convincer is one example of an interrupter. A pet convincer is a small canister of pressurized, unscented air that you can spray a quick puff of at the dog's side to surprise them enough to help them calm back down. (Don't use citronella and avoid spraying in the face!). In situations where you know pup will bark or is already barking (catch them before they bark if you can), command "Quiet". If they obey, reward with a treat and very calm praise. If they bark anyway or continue to bark, say "Ah Ah" firmly but calmly and give a brief correction. Repeat the correction each time they bark until you get a brief pause in the barking. When they pause, praise and reward then. The combination of communication, correction, and rewarding - with the "Ah Ah" and praise to mark their good and bad behavior with the right timing, is very important. Once pup is calmer in general after the initial training, practice exposing him often to the things that trigger the barking normally (likes people arriving and your other dog leaving). Whenever he DOESN'T bark around something that he normally would have, calmly praise and reward him to continue the desensitization process. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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