People often mistake Dachshunds for being somewhat inactive because of their small size and unusual build. However, they are often full of energy and playful. So, yours is probably constantly jumping up at you when you’re at home and wanting attention. Which is fine and you’re happy to play with him as much as possible when you can. The problem is, you are out at work each day and he spends a lot of time alone. So, what would be ideal is if you could quickly tire him out before you left in the morning,
Training him to fetch would do just that. You could head to a local field, throw a tennis ball or frisbee for 15 minutes and he’d spend the rest of the day napping. As they say, a tired dog is a happy dog. This new game is also fantastic exercise for him, so it should keep him fit, lean and in great shape.
Training a Dachshund to play fetch isn’t always a walk in the park. Many simply do not like dropping a toy once they’ve gone to the effort of chasing after it. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can ensure he does both the chase and the fetch. One of those techniques is to tempt him away with another enticing toy. There is also a pull back method that will motivate him.
If he’s a puppy then he should be keen to play and a fast learner. You could see results in just a few days. If he’s older, stubborn and not so interested in learning new games, then you may need a little while longer. Be prepared to invest a couple of weeks into training. Succeed and you’ll have a fantastic way to channel his energy into something productive, while also giving him all the exercise he needs.
Before you start training, you will need to get your hands on a few things. You will need at least a couple of toys. Frisbees, tennis balls, or even sticks will do the job. Then you should stock up on some mouth-watering treats. Alternatively, break his favorite food into small pieces.
You don’t need to set aside any time for training, you can practice when you are out for your daily walk. Avoid training in the house, this is a guaranteed way for something to get broken.
Once you have all of the above, just bring a positive attitude and work can begin!