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A Brief History of the Dachshund
The last emperor of Germany loved dachshunds so much he buried five of them in the park at Huis Doorn, his residence-in-exile after WWI. The most famous of them, though, are Wadl, Hexl and Senta. Senta accompanied the Kaiser during WWI, which earned him the honor of having a stone dedicated to him at the Huis Doorn park. Wadl and Hexl are famous for a more mischievous reason, though. When the Kaiser was paying a visit to Austria to visit Archduke Franz Ferdinand, they gobbled up one of his priceless golden pheasants. Nearly creating a national incedent.
Of course, whether or not that mischievous pair were trained or not is hard to say, knowing the history of Wilhelm II.
Training Your Dachshund
If you want to live happily with your dachshund, training is important. Important no matter what breed you have. So many dogs are given up because their owners didn't understand the mechanics and importance of training and ended up with their cute puppy becoming an uncontrollable adult. Still chewing things they shouldn't, not house trained or destructive when left alone.
Are dachshunds really harder to train than other breeds? They can be. They were bred to be independent thinkers, lively and courageous to the point of rashness and perseverance is a word I never really knew until one of our dachshunds in particular came along. For dogs with small heads they are bright and clever. They can be manipulative and believe it or not, sometimes even spiteful. Though their love and loyalty is endearing and strong. They are also so very easy to spoil, with those dark-rimmed, almond shaped eyes and pleasant expression. They watch us much more carefully and observantly than we do them and they know how to get what they want.
So with dachshunds you have a hurdle a bit higher to begin with. Smaller dogs need a slightly different approach to training, dachshunds are dogs with minds of their own so will need a bit more patience and consistency. While they already have you wrapped around their little paws and can be cute and manipulative.
Training small dogs also presents you with a few more challenges. One can be a pain in the back. Bending down to be at your dog's level. I have read in some resources about using tables to help with training. Personally, I wouldn't unless you are not going to back away. The last thing you want is for your dachshund puppy to lunge off the table. It is also a easier with small breeds to reinforce learned helplessness- little dogs are still dogs and don't need to be babied. Smaller dogs may also be more prone to trachea problems, which leads you to wonder, leash or harness?
A harness is nice, seems less 'cruel' but it also does not give you the control you may need in the beginning of training. A dog can pull as hard as they like on a harness so you will have a harder time teaching them to heal and not pull you.
Break away collars can do just that and while your dogs is pulling the collar can snap open and your dachshund may take off. Metal claps, belt type collars are harder to find for small breeds. A choke collar, used correctly is both humane and effective. Coupled with positive reinforcement and consistency and weaning off of it once your dog is trained can make the process of having your dog under your control quickly.
I hate to use the word 'control' but the fact is that a good relationship for a dog and his two-footer is only really possible when the dog is well behaved and under your control for walks, car rides, playing... This is as much for your dachshund's safety as it is your own enjoyment in her company.