Dachshunds are not difficult to train, but they most certainly need to be trained correctly if they are to become happy, contented and sociable little dogs.

Remember, Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt badgers. Their hunting instincts mean they will chase anything, large or small. Without proper training and socialization from an early age, Dachhunds can pose difficulties for the novice owner.

Importantly, remember that you and your family are the only ones who can ever teach your Dachshund what is acceptable behaviour and what is not. It does not know and will never know if you do not teach it. And don’t think that training your Dachshund can wait until it is older. It can’t. Teaching your Dachshund right from wrong and good from bad has to begin from day one. Your Dachshund will be a much happier Dachshund if it understands that it has to abide by your rules, not his!

If you need help with training your Dachshund, there are bound to be dog training classes in your area. There are also many excellent books available on the subject of Dachshund training. One we can highly recommend is How to Train Your Dachshund by Liz Palika.