Charlie isn’t exactly on the large, ferocious side. I mean, he's a Dachshund, so he's not even very far off the ground. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean he lacks the killer instinct. You also know he definitely isn't short of energy. You also happen to have a pest problem in the yard. A problem that you would like to address. You have thought about getting professionals in, but that’s expensive and you may already have the right tools at your disposal.
Training your Dachshund to hunt instead could well fix the problem. It also comes with several other benefits too. Firstly, you would have a fantastic way to channel their energy into something productive. This type of obedience training would also give you a high level of control. Control that you could use to teach your Dachshund any number of commands. Not to mention, you’d increase the chances of catching whatever prey it is you are after.
Training a Dachshund to hunt isn’t going to be easy. This type of training can take many months and considerable patience. Training will consist of several parts. You will need to get the dog familiar with their future prey. You will also need to encourage and develop the right behaviors. It’s also important to socialize them with other people and animals, so they can distinguish between friend and enemy.
If your Dachshund is just a puppy then they should be at their most receptive. Combine that with endless energy and you could see results in just a month or so. However, if your Dachshund is older, stubborn and more interested in lounging around, then you may need several months. But if you can get training right, you’ll have a fantastic way to improve your hunting performance, while spending quality time with your favorite canine companion.
Before you get to work, you will need to go out and make sure you have all the bits you need. Some decoy toys and scent spray of the prey will be needed. You will also require a decent supply of treats or the dog's favorite food broken into small pieces.
A toy and a clicker may also be needed for one of the methods. You’ll need just 15 minutes or so each day to commit to training.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and enthusiasm, then work can begin!