The old song that goes,” You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.” certainly applies to training your dachshund puppy just as much as it applies to child learning and building personal relationships. With a dachshund, a positive reward can be a comment of praise like “Good Dog”, a treat of kibble, or a simple “Yes”. Modern learning theory that teaches, “you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar,” is so true. Simply, learning should be fun.
Presently, I am training my puppy, “Tosca” to “stack” on the grooming table and to walk on the leash. Tosca is only 5 months old so her attention span is short. Each short session is packed with fun and is full of tail wagging.
Here is the simple training procedure:
- Each time Tosca stands properly on the grooming table, I reward her with a piece of kibble and a joyful “Good Dog”.
- When Tosca walks on the leash at the proper pace, she is again rewarded with kibble and praise of ”Good Dog”.
The learning is easy, quick and above all FUN. Like most modern trainers, I believe there is no room for scare tactics, physical force, or any form of punishment in training a dachshund.
Remember–Accentuate the Positive–in all training sessions. Both you and your dachshund will be fulfilled with the thrill and fun of learning. Your lives will also be just a little richer.