How to Stop Dachshund Puppy Biting

Today’s Dachshunds are descended from an old German dog breed, bred to pursue badgers. They were bred to work alone, be brave and think for themselves so they could chase down and kill their prey. These characteristics can still be seen in modern Dachshunds. Unfortunately these qualities show up as barking and biting behaviors. These unwelcome traits can quickly become problematic if your Dachshund puppy is not well trained. The very instant you recognize any sort of dominance or aggression in your Dachshund puppy, especially biting, you must take action.

Frequently owners will find it endearing that their Dachshund puppy is biting them, thinking it is cute or engaging. However they don’t understand that these small nips are displays of dominance that can escalate to outright aggression in an adult dog. The unfortunate end result can be an out of control dog which is taken to a shelter or, even worse, put to sleep.

Stop Dachshund Biting

Start Young

Before make a decision to adopt a Dachshund puppy take the time to look at a few litters. Observe how the puppies play with each other and test each other. With puppy biting watch how if one puppy nips another, the one who was nipped will most likely bite back.  This lets the first puppy know that biting is not acceptable and, after a few repetitions, the behavior stops and the puppy gets the message not to bite.

Now that you have brought your Dachshund puppy home you must be consistent and not let any biting behaviour start. Immediately you notice your Dachshund puppy biting you must take action and begin training. In young puppies the biting is still play biting, testing out behaviors to gauge which are reasonable and which are not. Never hit any Dachshund, especially not a young puppy. They are still in their socialization and learning stage and will not understand why you hit them. Striking Dachshund puppies will just frighten them and undermine your bond with the puppy and might result in further behavioral issues later in life.

The best technique to stop Dachshund puppy biting is to provide clear, straightforward guidance and be consistent. Use positive training techniques like praise and treats to reinforce when he make you happy. Reward his progress in behaviors you desire, and be certain that everybody involved with your Dachshund is on the same page and not providing mixed messages. Think about your daily interactions with your Dachshund puppy.  If you have an issue with Dachshund puppy biting then you may want to stop any games of tug.  Dachshunds still have a hunting urge and can be rather ferocious when  grabbing and pulling on a tug toy.

Stopping a Dachshund Puppy from Biting

When your Dachshund puppy nips you is your first thought to hit them?  If so, think again, this is not the right action to take. The best thing to do is to show them that biting is not acceptable. Say “No” in a firm tone, or make a loud yelp (this is an effective way to stop biting as it replicates the sound that another puppy would make when bitten). Next redirect him to one of his own toys, praising him when he starts to chew it.

If you are consistent with this approach you will soon observe that your Dachshund puppy stops biting you, only chewing on their toys.  You can use this method with any dog of any age, however it may take longer before you see results if your Dachshund is older.

If your Dachshund is more aggressive than just giving the odd nip or gentle bite it is highly recommended that you go to puppy or dog training classes or get the advice of a veterinary behaviorist.  Such training programs offer an environment where your Dachshund can be well socialized with new dogs and people, and where your Dachshund puppy biting problem can be addressed by a professional. As a responsible Dachshund owner you need to provide for the physical and mental well-being of your Dachshund.  This involves training your Dachshund puppy and addressing any issues which occur before they become serious.

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