Like most breeds that were developed with some independence, the Doxie is smart. Back in the early days of this breed, they were charged with slipping into badger burrows to face off against these vicious advisories. As a human couldn’t really fit into the badger hole, the Doxie needed to learn to work somewhat independently. Making decisions for itself how to best handle the situation when it’s human partner was out of sight.
As far as training goes, the Doxie is a little bit of a toss-up. In the hands of a calm, consistent leader, they will be easy to train and quite biddable. But a more novice owner might face some troubles. This breed is independent, spunky, and potentially stubborn in their own way. These are all things that could possibly spell trouble for a newbie dog owner. While they are small in stature, they don’t seem to notice it, and they should not be underestimated simply because of their size.
Again, in the right hands, the Dachshund can be versatile and can be trained for various things and make pretty good therapy dogs. They can also be found in a variety of canine sports such as obedience, rally, agility, hunting dog field trials, tracking, and Earthdog trails- which are hunting trails that test the dog’s abilities underground.
How to get involved in canine sporting events:
Just a quick side note here- if canine sports sounds like something you would be interested in doing with your current or future Dachshund, the best way to get involved in canine events is just to do a simple Google search for a club that specializes in the sport you would like to do in your area. Then reach out to them and see if you can go to attend a meeting, which can also be an excellent opportunity to socialize your dog or puppy.
Tips for training a Doxie:
Our first tip for training a Doxie is consistency and boundaries. Because this breed is a hunting dog and possesses considerable prey drive even despite their size, it is important to approach them with a consistent mindset. You shouldn’t be afraid to set boundaries with them early on, especially regarding other animals. A full-grown Dachsund may be small, but it can still easily injure or kill small animals such as cats or chickens. But these tactics don’t just help keep other household animals safe but also go a long way in the overall training process with a Dachshund.
Our next time is to keep in mind that the Doxie is sensitive. Dealing with this breed with a heavy-handed approach will get you nowhere fast and can be incredibly counterproductive. Be fair, and if you get frustrated, take a step back and come back to try again later.
The next tip is to work on your leadership skills and be a good leader. Like most hunting dogs, the Doxie can develop a bad habit of getting over-involved in whatever smells happened to be around at the time. If your leadership is rocky and it might be hard to engage the Dachshund to participate in the training you want to do, they would much instead plant their snout to the ground and let it lead them where it would.
And our last tip is to try and keep the training upbeat. Make the experience fun for both you and the Dachshund. If you are more interesting than anything else that is around at the moment, that can be a surefire win and go a long way to be productive during training sessions.