The 20 Most Widespread Dachshund Habits Issues (and What to Do About Them) –


I’ve spent the final 20 years learning the Dachshund breed and there are 10 frequent habits issues I see most frequently.

Now, a few of these aren’t “issues” per se. 

They could simply be behaviors house owners are shocked or shocked by as a result of they didn’t absolutely perceive the Dachshund breed earlier than they acquired one.

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Though my expertise is primarily with mini Dachshund habits issues, normal Dachshund habits points are very related.

In different phrases, the frequent Dachshund habits points have extra to do with the breed than their measurement (mini and normal is only a measurement classification of the identical breed canine).

I can even preface this with the notion that not all Dachshund house owners see all the things on this checklist a habits drawback.

What’s annoying to at least one proprietor could also be acceptable, and even cute, to a different. 

Typically although, the entire issues on this checklist might be thought of issues and possibly can be by a canine coach trying in in your life.

Under are the Dachshund habits issues I see most frequently and suggest an answer or two that will help you modify, or reduce, the undesirable behaviors.

The 20 Dachshund Habits Points I See Most Ceaselessly

These are the Dachshund behaviors that I see house owners lament about, or ask for assist for, most steadily.

1) Extreme barking

Dachshunds had been bred to hunt

A part of their duties had been alerting hunters once they discovered prey or perceived a menace.

This implies Dachshunds are pure barkers. 

A Dachshund might also bark out of boredom, lack of train, consideration looking for, or separation anxiousness (see under).

In case your Dachshund is consistently barking, it may be a nuisance to neighbors, to you, or get you kicked out of your condominium.

Whilst you ought to by no means count on to cease your Dachshund, you can reduce it and handle the extreme barking habits.

2) Separation Nervousness

Dachshunds are very social and get connected to their individuals. 

Some would possibly say Dachshunds are needy and, usually, they favor one individual within the family over all others.

When separated from this explicit individual, or their individuals generally, whether or not it’s since you left the home or just walked into one other room and your canine can’t comply with you, your Dachshund might expertise what is known as separation anxiousness.

Separation anxiousness can result in inappropriate habits like extreme barking, howling, and destructiveness.

Barking attributable to separation anxiousness tends to be completely different than the nuisance barking above.

Nuisance barking can vary from occasional barking to extended barking the place a bunch of barks are strung collectively once they sense a hazard.

Assume bark, bark, baaaaark.

You may often decide in case your Dachshund’s extreme barking and howling is attributable to separation anxiousness by the kind of bark.

Your canine will usually bark for a protracted time frame however with house in between – bark, cease, bark, cease, bark, cease – or howling like arooooooo in type of a “unhappy voice”. 

This howling might also have a second of silence in between however usually it’s simply lengthy sufficient for a Dachshund to catch their breath and do it once more.

Curing your canine’s separation anxiousness takes loads of repetition and endurance however it may be achieved.

See the separation anxiousness article linked to above for a how-to clarification..

3) Potty accidents in the home

Dachshunds have a fame for being notoriously troublesome to potty practice.

There are such a lot of components concerned in profitable potty coaching.

Sometimes, potty coaching fails as a result of a mistake was made someplace within the course of.

I’m not placing the entire blame on the proprietor – Dachshunds have their very own concepts and might be difficult – however there are many alternatives to unintentionally ship your canine the improper message.

These embrace:

  • Coaching with potty pads inside the home first.

I do know generally that is unavoidable however a canine are likely to generalize habits and going potty in the home goes in the home to them it doesn’t matter what the floor is.

  • Not taking your canine out usually sufficient.
  • Failing to acknowledge your Dachshund’s delicate alerts they should acquired out

However one of many largest issues that may result in what I prefer to name “pooping in the home season” is a Dachshund’s reluctance to go potty within the rain or chilly.

4) Pulling on the leash

Dachshunds will usually pull on the tip of the leash once they go for walks.

That is very true in the event that they aren’t getting sufficient train, or haven’t been out for some time, so they’re overly excited or anxious.

Dachshunds might also pull on the tip of the leash as a result of they’re naturally inclined to discover and examine their setting.

Moreover, if a canine will not be educated to stroll on a leash, they might not perceive the idea of remaining near their proprietor and should pull with a purpose to go the place they need.

The answer is instructing your Dachshund good leash manners, doubtlessly instructing them to stroll beside you in a heel, and ensuring you might be taking your Dachshund for a stroll steadily sufficient.

5) Barking and lunging at unusual canine and other people whereas on leash

When a Dachshund barks and pulls on the leash once they go new canine or individuals, that is known as reactivity or, extra particularly, leash reactivity.

Your canine is probably going fearful, anxious, or over-excited and “reacting” to the stimuli.

Not solely is that this habits unhealthy manners, and doubtlessly embarrassing for you, but it surely may end in a canine battle if the opposite one is unfriendly or interprets your Dachshund’s habits as a menace.

There are a number of coaching methods that may assist along with your Dachshund’s reactivity drawback, just like the “go away it” command, or desensitization by means of the “take a look at that” train.

Nevertheless, a very powerful option to thwart reactive habits is thru correct socialization and confidence constructing.

6) Refusal to stroll on leash

Dachshunds, particularly Dachshund puppies, are infamous for stopping in the course of a stroll and refusing to go any additional.

In some circumstances, this might be as a consequence of asking your pet to do an excessive amount of train too quickly.

However it may also be as a consequence of fearfulness – being fearful of what’s forward – or refusal to stroll in a harness or jacket that makes them really feel uncomfortable.

Giving a pair, mushy, encouraging tugs on the leash could also be sufficient to get your Dachshund to start out strolling once more.

But when that doesn’t work, don’t attempt to drag your Dachshund together with you.

As a substitute, attempt these tricks to get your Dachshund strolling once more.

7) Refusal to return when known as

As a result of they had been bred for looking, Dachshunds like to comply with their nostril.

When a Dachshund will get on an attention-grabbing scent, or finds one thing very intriguing, it could look like their mind shuts off and so they don’t hear you calling their identify.

It’s unlikely that your Dachshund didn’t hear you although. 

In comparison with people, canine hear practically twice as many frequencies as people and so they can hear from nearly 4 occasions the space away. 

In an effort to get your Dachshund to return again constantly each time you name them, you want to make your self extra attention-grabbing than anything they’ll discover out on the planet and repeatedly apply recall coaching.

8) Submissive urination

Submissive urination is a habits in canine the place they pee once they they really feel threatened, scared, or overly excited. 

This could occur when they’re greeted by unfamiliar individuals, scolded or punished, whenever you come residence and your Dachshund is happy to see you, whenever you attempt to decide your canine up, and many others.

Submissive urination is a traditional and instinctive manner for canine to indicate submission and appeasement to a perceived higher-ranking particular person or to defuse a scenario that’s inflicting them stress. 

You will need to perceive that this isn’t a home coaching difficulty, and scolding or punishing a canine for submissive urination will possible make the issue worse. 

As a substitute, attempt to establish your canine’s triggers and reduce actions or conditions that trigger your Dachshund to submissively urinate.

The article about confidence constructing and socialization linked to within the above part about barking and lunging on leash.

9) Leaping

Dachshunds like to leap.

This consists of leaping up on individuals, leaping off furnishings, and leaping in opposition to issues just like the door or cabinets.

Leaping on the door or on individuals might be annoying.

Nevertheless, any leaping, particularly off furnishings, might be dangerous for a Dachshund.

Dachshunds are the breed mostly affected by Intervertebral Disk Illness (IVDD), a genetic illness that may trigger spinal disk ruptures, again accidents, and paralysis.

Whereas it’s in all probability inconceivable to cease your Dachshund from leaping in all circumstances, minimizing it’s the prudent factor to do.

You may reduce your Dachshund leaping on individuals by placing them in a crate or pen when visitors first arrive, by means of coaching, or leaping off furnishings through the use of a ramp or blocking entry.

10) Begging for meals

Virtually all Dachshunds will attempt to persuade you they’re ravenous 24/7. They’re undoubtedly meals hounds!

And the pleading eyes? So exhausting to withstand.

However too many treats and desk scraps can result in your Dachshund turning into chubby which, in flip, can result in different well being points, together with shortening their life.

The very best methods to place a cease to begging is to disregard your Dachshund (don’t even say “no” or give eye contact), put them in a crate or pen away from the place you might be consuming, or practice them to not.

I’ve a rule at my home: My Dachshunds are allowed to sit down close to me once I eat however they will solely take a look at me and my meals if they’re sitting on the ground.

They aren’t allowed to stare at my plate from eye degree (if I’m sitting on the sofa). 

They know to put there and look the opposite manner or burrow below the blankets to allow them to’t see.

In the event that they violate this rule, and don’t return to the right habits once I gently say “no”, I put them of their crate till I’m achieved consuming.

11) Useful resource guarding

Useful resource guarding is when your Dachshund finds one thing to be of excessive worth and so they shield and defend it.

Examples are:

  • Rising at you whenever you attempt to take a favourite toy away
  • Growling at you, or different pets in your family, in the event that they get too near your Dachshund’s meals dish
  • Growling or snapping at a pal or boyfriend once they attempt to hug you or sit shut on the sofa
  • Barking or snapping for those who attempt to take away you canine from furnishings

Keys to stop and discourage useful resource guarding embrace:

  • Correct socialization, instructing coaching instructions like “drop” or “go away it”,
  • Supervising your Dachshund’s  interactions with different animals or individuals
  • Eradicating the merchandise they’re useful resource guarding
  • Educating the canine that good issues occur when different canine or persons are round their assets or they offer it again to you
  • Consulting knowledgeable coach or behaviorist if the useful resource guarding is extreme 

My Dachshund Summit will sometimes useful resource guard meals and her favourite toys.

Typically, I don’t let her plan with the canine toys she is obsessive about when different canine are round (together with my second Dachshund).

If I’m giving each of my canine treats, I watch her carefully for any signal she is getting nervous like facet eye or quiet grumbling.

12) Fearfulness and Shyness 

Dachshunds can tend to be fearful or shy round new individuals and canine.

They could even be cautious of recent locations or sounds.

This can lead to frequent barking, refusal to enter a room or constructing, shaking, growling, or submissive urination (talked about above).

I do know I preserve mentioning socialization however that actually is a key right here.

A Dachshund who’s comfy round, and repeatedly uncovered to, new individuals, canine, sights, and sounds can be extra more likely to be calm and relaxed in all conditions.

For instance, some canine will sit alert and bark at each tiny noise when staying in a resort room.

My Dachshunds are uncovered to new conditions and sounds the entire time in order that they hardly ever react once we are staying in a resort.

13) Destroying issues in the home

Dachshunds prefer to chew and dig. They’ve very robust jaws and loads of willpower.

Sadly, this implies they may chew your socks, underwear, baseboards, charging cable, or dig holes within the carpet.

The 2 finest methods to fight this are to maintain your canine in a pen or crate when you find yourself gone in order that they bodily can’t destroy issues and to show them early what is suitable to chew on and what isn’t.

Nevertheless, it’s additionally vital to concentrate to when it’s taking place with a purpose to try to clear up the difficulty.

Destroying issues within the residence may also be an indication of separation anxiousness in the event that they do it primarily whenever you go away the home.

14) Digging holes within the yard

As acknowledged above, Dachshunds prefer to dig. It’s of their nature.

Dachshunds had been bred to hunt animals that burrow within the floor. 

In an effort to get to them, Dachshunds had been usually required to dig and excavate the dust in burrows, dens, and tunnels.

Although most Dachshunds don’t hunt anymore, some Dachshunds nonetheless actually like to dig.

They may fulfill this urge by digging up your flower beds, digging holes within the yard, or digging holes below the fence to flee.

You may assist stop your Dachshund from digging holes within the yard by offering sufficient psychological stimulation and bodily train in order that they don’t get bored.

You may also attempt offering an applicable place to dig, like a canine sandbox, and instructing them to dig there.

15) Bolting out the door

Oh, my. After I open the again door, my Dachshund Summit takes off like a shot into the again yard.

I let her as a result of our yard is fenced however many Dachshunds will attempt to run out the entrance door as quickly as you open it as a consequence of issues like impatience, pleasure, or chasing “prey” passing by.

This poses a hazard although as a result of your Dachshund may run into site visitors, run off and get misplaced, or run off and encounter harmful wildlife (hyperlink).

To forestall canine from bolting out the door, it is very important practice them to grasp fundamental obedience instructions like “keep” and “come” and to oversee them when the door is open.

Coaching your Dachshund to sit down and watch for a launch phrase (permission) to exit the door may also help stop a rogue escape artist too.

16) Chasing

Dachshund have a powerful prey drive, which implies they prefer to chase fast-moving issues.

These items might be automobiles, youngsters, cats, or wildlife.

One of the simplest ways to stop the chasing youngsters is to show youngsters to stroll calmly round them and to not transfer too quick.

One of the simplest ways to maintain your Dachshund from chasing different issues is to maintain them on a leash whenever you go away the home or good their recall coaching (but it surely’s troublesome to get a Dachshund to conform 100% of the time)

17) Defiance and Stubbornness

Dachshunds developed tenacity, the willingness to persevere, and the flexibility to assume independently again once they had been bred to hunt.

Whereas these traits make Dachshunds very smart, it additionally makes them relentless drawback solvers.

I at all times inform individuals {that a} Dachshund will use their smarts and ingenuity to seek out a better manner round what you might be asking them to do with a purpose to get the reward.

This trait might be perceived as cussed or defiant.

However they’re actually sensible and it’s not troublesome to practice a Dachshund to do what you need in case you are affected person and constant.

18) Hyperactivity

Generally, when all you need to do is get some work down or lay on the sofa watching Netflix, your Dachshund might get actually hyper, bark and zoom round the home.

This might be as a result of your Dachshund is bored, they aren’t getting sufficient train, they’re over-stimulated, or over-tired (this is quite common with puppies).

My Dachshund Summit nearly at all times will get hyper after dinner.

She might be disruptive and relentless in her pursuit to pester me or run round the home and generally she tries to hump by arm or her canine mattress.

Numerous this hyperactivity might be addressed by instructing your Dachshund to settle when it’s quiet time.

This may be achieved by means of “place” coaching – coaching a canine to sit down on a mattress or mat and settle – or by instructing them a phrase meaning to cool down like “calm” or “tranquilo”.

If that doesn’t work, generally giving your canine a short while out in a crate or pen will assist them perceive that hyperactivity will not be welcome at the moment.

You will need to word that hyperactivity might be attributable to medical circumstances like an overactive thyroid or a mind tumor so it’s finest to get your canine checked out on the vet if this can be a new behavior.

19) Whining or grumbling for consideration

Oof! This one is a biggie with my Dachshund Summit.

Her favourite factor to do? Wait till I’m in the course of a piece challenge after which stand in entrance of a blanket grumbling in order that I’ll come over and carry the sting so she will be able to burrow below it.

When a Dachshund whines or grumbles, they’re often attempting to let you know they need one thing.

Nevertheless, they might want one thing they will’t have so this one will not be simply solved by giving them what they need (which, actually, will simply practice them that this habits will get them what they need anyway). 

The very best plan of action in opposition to that is to disregard them or redirect their consideration to one thing else (not the factor they needed however one thing satisfying like a toy or chew).

20) Biting

Dachshund puppies usually chunk as a result of they discover the world with their mouth and tooth.

They could additionally assume it’s enjoyable.

You may comply with these tricks to cease your pet from biting.

In case your grownup Dachshund is nipping and biting although, you could have an even bigger drawback.

An grownup Dachshund might chunk as a result of they weren’t taught it’s unacceptable as a pet, they’re fearful and reactive, useful resource guarding, or they’re in ache.

In case your Dachshund has been biting for a very long time, the trigger is probably going one of many first three.

I’ve mentioned the best way to deal with these issues above so revisit these sections if wanted for assist.

If the biting is a brand new habits, it may sign ache or an underlying medical situation so a vet go to is so as.

It’s additionally vital to notice that what seems to be like biting might, the truth is, be play and never a difficulty.

Gentle mouthing, biting, and tugging on pores and skin is a pure manner that canine’s play. 

This sport is sometimes called “bitey face” and isn’t dangerous except one canine is being dominated by the opposite, one canine is attempting to flee the scenario and might’t, or it has resulted in an damage.

In case your canine is biting along with what can be thought of imply habits, or they’re clearly attempting to hurt one other canine or individual, please seek the advice of knowledgeable coach or behaviorist.

Closing Ideas

Like several canine breed, Dachshunds are distinctive and have their quirks.

Whereas a few of these quirks are seen as cute or endearing by some, others can view them as irritating habits points.

Additionally, these frequent Dachshund behaviors can turn into issues in the event that they put your canine, you, or different individuals in peril.

In case your Dachshund displays any of those behaviors, it’s as much as you to resolve what you possibly can reside with and what you possibly can’t, and resolve when and the best way to deal with them.

Hopefully, this checklist has made you conscious of the potential habits issues you would possibly encounter with a Dachshund and supplied some suggestions to assist with coaching and habits modification.


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