Suppressing Aggression in Your Dachshund

Dachshunds are a naturally feisty breed.Bred to hunt badgers, they had to be clever and tough.  But that assertive nature should not be allowed to turn against you.You need to be the top dog.

Each dog will deviate in degree, of course.There are submissive ones though fewer than other breeds, on average.Some will try to demand on having their own way at all times, much like nearly all terriers.  But training can modify their behavior, especially if you start when they are young and stay consistent.

Zero tolerance should be the rule for all aggressive conduct, whether toward a family member, you, or strange people and animals.Gnawing the leash during is one mild manifestation.

Discourage it by stepping on the leash close to the dog’s head.  Then with the other foot, slowly pull the leash down to the ground closer and closer to the collar.Take care not to stress their neck, as they are inclined to back problems.When they have let go of the lead, praise them abundantly.

To discourage excess barking or snapping or biting a squirt bottle comes in handy.When your shows this behavior, give him a little squirt against the muzzle.Stay away from the eyes.That startles your Doxie and it is unpleasant besides.Avoid making it a contest of wills, but repeat when needed.That only tends to make it seem to the dog that you are a rival.Being consistently firm is favored to counter-aggression.

If your continues, seperate your dog and be prepared for some barking.Like spoiled young children, a dog will sometimes try to shout or whine its way out of punishment.Offer your dog rugged chew toys and allow him to work out the aggression on those while he’s in the “time out” box.

Follow this negative reinforcement with some positive reinforcement.Look for illustrations of behavior and praise it lavishly.Use a modest number of treats if needed.The point is to help the dog see for itself the different consequences of its own course of action in terms of your response.Dachshunds are intelligent.With persistence, they will learn.

For instance, one may become assertive during fetch by refusing to give up the ball.  Try to distinguish between genuine willfulness and a simple desire to play a different game, tug.  Make the difference clear by using a rope for tug, which they love.

It’s necessary to tread a fine line, though, because tug can lead to encouraging aggression.Exercising them a little harder than you would a more frisky or serene dog will help.  Aggression is partly caused by the frustration of pent-up energy with no positive outlet.

An assistant can be a big help here.Fling the ball to a friend several feet away, along the ground.When the Doxie gives chase, make sure the partner gets the ball first.Repeat the exercise a few times, then permit your Doxie to win.

With patience and a little inventiveness, you can channel your Doxie’s aggression into more positive directions.

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