Miniature Dachshunds are often called “mini doxies” as a term of endearment. With their pleading eyes and heart-melting stares, big floppy ears, and short stubby legs, these mini-doxies are certainly adorable. They are affectionate, loyal, and smart as well. However, training them requires a lot of patience, consistency, and positive attitude. To help you with that, we have tips catered specifically to training mini-doxies! Continue reading to find out.
Settling in a new home
Just like any other pets, new pups need some help settling into a new home. Help your mini doxie feel calm and comfortable by doing the following:
- Keep old routines.
- Keep a ticking clock to imitate their mother’s heartbeat
- Provide them with toys and treats when you leave them at home.
- Some may be used to having their siblings around them, you can imitate this by providing warm water bottles
- Be patient.
- Give them lots of love.
The house rules
These types of dogs are sociable and enjoy being involved in every situation. So, you will have to decide on their limits—what they can do and what they should not. Implementation of house rules is a common way to discipline and avoid your dog from getting spoiled.
Be in charge
You and your miniature dachshunds are now a pack and you are the leader. You must be able to establish what you are and what your position is to your dog. They will appreciate being aware of the rules and knowing who their boss is. Teach them to come when you call their names and reward them accordingly. When they follow your commands, celebrate if possible, or you can simply make them feel that you are very happy about it; just anything that is enough to make them excited. This trick will help you get their attention easily anytime.
Dogs need a lot of repetition and reinforcements, so train them in short bursts. Limit your training to five minutes per session, and at least two to three times per day. This will help them recall and absorb new information easily. Make sure to accompany training sessions with positive reinforcements.
Reward desirable behaviours
Positive reinforcement is helpful when training your dog (as well as any other pets). Mini-doxies are smart pets and they will understand what you want them to do so long as you reward them properly. You can provide them with toys, treats, and praises as rewards. In case they do something undesirable, like biting you, pretend that you are hurt by making a squealing noise. This will help them understand that they should stop.
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After your dogs finish drinking lots of water, eating, sleeping, or playing, make sure to take them outside. Use a leash to keep them close and leave them to do a toilet break. Point your dogs to the same area every time you take them out for a toilet break. This will make them know where to do their potty business properly. Additionally, make sure to reward them even when potty training.
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They need their own space to have a peaceful and sound nap. Pet owners would usually provide their pets with a crate; this is also a useful tool for house training. If you want to know more, check out this article!
No jumping up on people
Dogs have the tendency to jump up on people as a form of greeting or simply out of excitement. As cruel as it sounds, it is best not to react or pay attention when your dog does this. Make sure to also orient your visitors to just turn around and leave the dog to settle down. When the dog finally calms down, do reward it for a job well done.
Naming a rehomed mini doxie
If you recently got an older mini doxie, he or she already has a name. You have the option to keep the name or change it. Dogs will be able to recognise their names easily as long as you are consistent with it and you accompany it with good experience such as play time, meal time, and fun walks outside.
Do keep in mind that training your dog should be more of a fun and interactive activity rather than a boring chore. Finish every session with your dog looking forward to the next one by giving lots of compliments and praises, as well as petting, playing, and love. They are good at knowing if you are pleased and would love to please you more.