He’s everything you hoped he would be. He’s playful, courageous, and undoubtedly clever. Also, his peculiar shape guarantees an ‘awww’ from passers by. However, it doesn’t excuse your Dachshund pup refusing to sit when you ask him to. It’s not so much that you desperately need him to be able to sit on command, it’s more that it lays the foundation for teaching him a range of other commands.
Training him to sit as a puppy will allow you to make him sit and wait patiently before you put down his food bowl. If you can get him to sit, fitting his leash to go out for walks will also be far easier. This simple command can also help instill discipline and reinforce your position as pack leader. In addition, obedience commands of this type are an effective way to channel his energy into something productive.
Training him to sit is relatively straightforward. The most challenging part comes in initially conveying to him what it is you want him to do. Once you have cleared that obstacle, you just need the right motivator. Dachshunds' weakness is often their rather long and large bellies. Find the right food and he will be willing to do just about anything. Cheese is often a wise choice.
Because he’s a puppy he should be receptive and eager to please. This means you could see results in just a couple of days. However, if he’s not such a great listener and not interested in learning, then you may need up to 10 days. Get this training right and you will have taken the first step towards a well trained and behaved Dachshund.
Before you start training, you will need to get your hands on a few bits. A generous supply of treats will be required or you can break his favorite food into small pieces. A much-loved toy will be needed. Plus, you will also need a clicker for one of the methods below.
Set aside just 5 to 10 minutes each day for training. You can practice in a quiet room in the house, away from distractions.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a proactive attitude, then work can begin!