Dachshunds are wonderful dogs, but they can be very strong willed and independent – this can make them difficult to train. Training should take place as soon as you get the puppy. Remember, puppy’s have short attention spans making training all the more difficult. However, there are ways to train your new puppy so you both will enjoy a happier life together.
First the expectations: the first night the Dachshund is likely to whimper because they are lonely. Putting a hot water bottle in their bed or crate with them can help them as it replaces the warmth they were used to with brothers and sisters. A windup ticking clock under a towel gives a similar sound to a heartbeat and can be reassuring. Put the crate or bed near where you sleep so the puppy can see you. Get a rattle and, hidden from the puppies view, shake it while the puppy whines. When he stops, the rattling stops and he learns to be quiet.
When you are potty training your Dachshund, take then to the area where you want them to go potty immediately when you get home. Stay with the puppy until he goes and then praise him with lots of petting. Then take him to his bed or crate which should be large enough for the puppy to be able to turn around in comfortably. It should also be a fun place, so put a toy in it for them to chew on. Praise the puppy when they first climb into the bed to make it a more comfortable place for them and let them know this is a good spot for them to be.
Expect to spend a lot of time with your new Dachshund when you first get them. You will want to spend time training them in 5 to 10 minute increments and vary the ways you train your puppy throughout the day. Some time should be spent training them to go potty in a specific spot outside, leash obedience, sitting or coming when you call.
All of these require focused attention from you and the puppy, which is why each session won’t initially last more than 10 minutes to start with. However, the more time you spend with your puppy in the first month, the better behaved dog you will have in years to come.