Despite their somewhat entertaining appearance, Dachshunds are switched on little dogs. They are highly intelligent with plenty of energy and eager to please. Yours is probably no different. He spends his days trying to interact with everyone. However, you want to channel his energy into something a bit more productive. You regularly have guests over and while they all love him and say how cute he is, you also want him to be able to perform a few tricks for them.
Training him to do easy tricks is relatively quick and hassle-free. It’s also a fantastic way to bond with your Dachshund. Not to mention this type of training will lay the groundwork for teaching him more advanced tricks later on. Finally, teaching him a few easy tricks is a guaranteed way to get friends and family giggling when they come over.
Teaching your Dachshund easy tricks is pretty straightforward. The hardest part will be initially conveying to him what it is you want him to do. However, once you have done that, you just need to use positive reinforcement and practice until he fully gets the hang of it. All three tricks will require an effective motivator. Like most dogs, Dachshunds will do pretty much anything for food. So finding the right mouthwatering incentive will be important.
If he’s a puppy he should be a quick learner and keen to please. As a result, you could have success after just a few days. However, if he’s older and not so interested in learning anymore, then you need a while longer. Training could take a couple of weeks. Succeed and you’ll have a great way to pass the time with your little canine friend.
Before you start training, you will need to collect a few things. Tasty treats or small chunks of his favorite food will play an essential role. You will also need a clicker for one of the methods below.
Set aside 10 minutes each day for training. You will need to find a quiet room for training where there is a minimal risk of anything getting broken.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a proactive attitude, then training can start!