Question by earnhardt3_8forever: Stubborn Dachshund! Can anyone help?
We have a 5 month old Dachshund puppy, who refuses to house break or be trained in any way. He belongs to my daughter(who is 14) and when she first got him, she was to easy on the discipline. Now that the newness has worn off, she wants us to help her. He needs to be “trained” but I fear it’s too late. She has let him get away with this for so long now. He also chews on everything in spite of having chew toys and other things to play with. The poor dog spends more time in his cage than ever, because we cannot constantly watch him. He refuses to listen to anyone but my daughter, who can’t bring herself to discipline with any authority.
I know dachshunds are stubborn and hard to train(we have had them before) but this is ridiculous. We are moving into a new house soon and cannot have this problem there. I don’t want to have to give him away, that would break her heart.
Can anyone give me a useful solution? I can’t afford to have him professionally trained.
Thanks for any help.
Answer by spinout980
As a breeder of Alaskan Malamutes, usually with 5+ puppies running around the house, the best way to train your puppy is to spend as much time with it as possible. My suggestion is to get a leash, long enough for you to tie it to your belt loop or even around your waist. Make sure it isn’t too long, since the point is to keep the puppy close to you at all times. When you are home, attach the puppy to yourself and keep an eye on him. This way he isn’t running around your house freely, doing as he pleases, but rather is at your side, bonding with you and learning what you want him to do. This will also help with housebreaking since you’ll be able to notice when he starts his “potty dance” of sniffing and circling. Try this consistantly (that’s the key) for a couple of weeks and see how things go. This technique has been the best tool I have used for stubborn puppies, and trust me, I’ve had my fair share. Also, crate him when you aren’t at home, but remember to take him potty just before you leave and as soon as you get home. Since he spends so much time in the crate now, be sure to start teaching him that the crate isn’t a punishment, but rather a safe place for him to go when he needs a break. Good luck!
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