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Dachshunds are adorable little pups with big hearts that make up for their small stature. These little dogs love to learn and are perfect candidates for advanced tricks. Attempting to train a Dachshund advanced tricks is not much different than training a larger dog, but you'll need to be consistent and patient. It's easy to underestimate these cute, sausage-shaped dogs, but they are as smart as they are stubborn and you'll need to stick to your guns and resist the urge to give in to their adorable faces.
Dachshunds are life-long learners and carrying your training beyond basic obedience is important to keep your pup engaged and entertained while strengthening your relationship. Advanced tricks like shaking, begging, rolling over, or bowing are fun and challenging tasks your dog will enjoy learning. The best part will be showing off new tricks to friends and family who may not expect your cute little buddy to be so skilled.
Before you can teach a Dachshund advanced tricks, you need to make sure he knows basic commands like 'sit', 'stay', and 'wait'. Basic training will get him used to learning and looking to you for direction. These advanced tricks may take a little more time for him to master so be patient and work at his pace. Dachshunds are stubborn and often have short attention spans to limit your sessions to five or ten minutes at the most.
Another important factor to consider when training your pup is that his long back and little legs that make him so cute also make him more susceptible to injury. Be gentle with your dog and thoughtful about the tricks you try to teach. Choose tasks that don't put too much pressure on his back or hips and never force him into a specific position. Your Dachshund is capable of learning dozens of tricks, so don't be afraid to be picky with your training.
Teaching a Dachshund advanced tricks won't take too many specialty items, and you don't need fancy training tools to get started. It will be helpful to have these few items on hand to begin.
- Small training treats
- A quiet place to learn
- A clicker for clicker training
- A healthy serving of patience
Below you'll find three advanced tricks to try teaching your Dachshund. Read through them and try one or all three. With some consistency, your dog will be performing these new tricks in a few short weeks.
The Teach Shake Method
Start with 'sit'
Ask your pup to sit and stay.
Touch his leg
Touch his leg gently just above his shoulder to get him to lift his paw. Click as soon as he lifts his paw and give him a treat.
Hold out your hand
When he begins to lift his paw up consistently, hold out your hand instead of touching his shoulder.
Take his paw
Encourage him to place his paw in your hand. Click and give him a treat.
Introduce the command
When he's comfortable giving you his paw, start to introduce the command "shake" right before you give him a treat.
Take away the treats
When your dog offers his paw when you say shake, you're ready to start reducing the treats.
The Teach Bow Method
Train in a quiet place and make sure your pup is standing at attention.
Use a lure
Take one of your treats and bring it to your dog's nose.
Encourage a bow
Slowly bring the treat down to the ground between his legs. Make sure he keeps his hips up and only brings his nose down between his front paws. Give him a treat.
When he starts following the treat quickly, say "bow" before you give him a treat.
Test the command
After several sessions saying "bow" before you give him the treat, try saying the command to initiate the action. When he bows without the lure, give him lots of praise and treats.
The Teach Beg Method
'Sit' is the first step
Ask your dog to sit at attention
Use a treat
Get his attention by showing him a treat.
Hold it up
Slowly bring the treat up and back above his head. When he sits on his back legs, click and give him a treat.
Ask him to beg
When he begins to sit up on his back legs as soon as you move the treat, introduce the command by saying "beg" before you give him the treat.
Test his trick
After several weeks of training, ask him to beg without showing him the lure first. When he sits up on his back legs, give him lots of treats and praise.
Remove the treats
Start to treat him less and less for performing the trick. Soon he'll beg on command without the need for treats.
By Katie Smith
Published: 03/16/2018, edited: 01/08/2021