Looking to learn a bit about dachshunds? Curious as to whether they make a great pet? Do dachshunds bark a lot? Are they easy to train? What are the grooming needs of a dachshund? This guide to dachshund will answer these questions and many more.
Do Dachshunds Bark a Lot?
Bred to be hunting dogs, dachshunds can’t help themselves; they love to bark. While barking is a way for dogs to communicate with fellow canines, other animals and humans, dachshunds can take barking to a whole other level. Everything from squirrels and cars to a change in their environment can cause a dachshund to go off the deep end and start a barking frenzy. To make matters worse, the bark of a dachshund is quite loud.
If you find your dachshund barking at strangers, the mailman, visitors to your home, or the garbage collectors, this suggests your dachshund is being territorial. If he barks incessantly when left home alone or out of your presence he’s suffering separation anxiety. To curb the barking, it’s important you are certain the barking is attention-seeking and not due to a true threat or danger; then, it’s time to start training.
How to stop dachshunds from barking?
To help ensure your dachshund’s training is effective, you need to exercise him or her every day. A regular routine of physical exercise and mental stimulation will leave them less likely to bark at what seems like nothing.
Dog training requires time, patience, and consistency.
First, identify barking triggers and then look for ways to eliminate them. If you can’t remove the triggers, try to distract your dachshund. For example, if your dachshund reacts to neighbors walking in front of your home, try closing the curtains or blinds during busy times of the day. Out of sight, out of mind.
After redirecting triggers, use our train, treat, repeat dog training technique. Positive reinforcement combined with clear and firm voice commands and the BarxBuddy ultrasonic training tool will successfully train your dog. And, always be sure to offer praise and rewards in the form of treats or belly rubs.
Finally, make sure everyone in your home understands your approach to training your dachshund. If only you are the one who’s correcting unwanted behavior and rewarding positive behavior, then your dog will quickly learn who’s in charge and who’s easy to fool.
Facts About Dachshunds
Originally bred to hunt badgers, the dachshund (which means badger dog in German) is friendly, spunky, and curious. Dachshunds get along well with children and make a great choice for a family pet. Because of their short, bowed legs and long back, they are vulnerable to disc herniation. This health issue makes dachshunds best suited for homes without a lot of stairs. Dachshunds are loyal and courageous, which can cause them to become aggressive toward strangers and other dogs.
- Size: The average height range for dachshunds is 8-9 inches and the weight range is 16-32 pounds.
- Life expectancy: The average lifespan for a healthy dachshund is 12-16 years.
- Coat: The dachshund coat can be short, smooth, straight, hard and flat. Long-haired dachshunds have slightly wavy hair, whereas wirehaired dachshunds have short, rough, thick, wiry coats.
- AKC group: Dachshunds belong to the AKC hound group.
Are Dachshunds Easy to Train?
Dachshunds are intelligent, independent and occasionally stubborn, which can make training them a challenge. Early socialization and puppy training help develop a well-rounded adult dachshund. Positive reinforcement goes a long way with dachshunds as they love affection. They are sensitive to punishment or a harsh tone and won’t react well so it’s important you remain patient and firm when training your dachshund. They have a playful spirit and can pester their humans for things like treats, which are a great reward for training a dachshund, but don’t over serve the treats as this breed can have issues with obesity.
Do Dachshunds Need Grooming?
According to the AKC, dachshunds are considered moderate shedders and have little body odor. With that said, grooming needs vary with the coat types. The smooth-coated dachshund requires very little attention outside of a wipe down with a towel or hound glove. Long-haired dachshunds need frequent brushing depending on the coat thickness; the thicker the hair, the more often it needs brushed. The wire-haired dachshund needs to be brushed or combed a few times a week and plucked or hand-stripped several times a year. Regular nail trim with clippers like the BarxBuddy nail clippers is important as is frequent teeth brushing.
What If My Breed Is a Dachshund Mix?
Over the last several years dachshunds have become a popular choice for designer dog breeders. Although the mixes inherit the traits of both parents, a dachshund mix may help reduce health issues that purebred dachshunds face like intervertebral disc disease. One thing to note with dachshund mixes is that they will all have some level of chondrodysplasia, a form of dwarfism, that causes a dachshund’s overly short legs.
Here are some popular dachshund breed mixes:
- Chiweenie — dachshund + Chihuahua
- Dachsador — dachshund + Labrador retriever
- Dameranian — dachshund + Pomeranian
- Daug — dachshund + pug
- Docker — dachshund + cocker spaniel
- Dorgi — dachshund + Pembroke Welsh corgi
- Doxie — dachshund + beagle
- Doxie-Pit — dachshund + American pit bull
- Doxiepoo — dachshund + poodle
- Golden Dox — dachshund + Golden retriever
- Jackshund — dachshund + Jack Russell terrier
- Schweenie — dachshund + shih-tzu