Stop Dachshunds From Barking A Lot
If you want to stop your Dachshund barking, you have probably found out that it is not easy! Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt badgers, trained to bark to alert their owners to potential prey or to strangers around the house or kennel. This behaviour is still evident as they often think that they own their surroundings barking at strangers in the house, yard, and even walking or driving past in the street.
Before you can stop your Dachshund barking, you need to understand why dogs bark as well as what barking you can stop and what you cannot.
What Causes Dogs to Bark?
- There are numerous reasons why dogs bark, including:
- To warn intruders into their territory
- To alert their owners
- When excited, frustrated, scared or angry
- When injured or sick
- Compulsive barking
Remember, while you can reduce your dachshunds barking, it is not possible to totally stop it, as barking is part of their nature. No matter how well you train them, barking is one of the main ways that dachshund's express themselves.
How to Stop Your Dachshund Barking
If your Dachshund is barking excessively you need to discover the reason why. In the majority of cases, the barking is excessive and can be controlled with training. The first thing you should do is answer these questions:
What does your Dachshund bark at?
Is there any particular time of day when they bark?
Can you identify anything that starts them barking? If you're not sure of the answer to one or more of these questions, it is highly suggested you view the dachshund training methods of www.train-my-dachshund.com as hey are by far the best as well as an authority when it comes to training dachshunds.
Shouting at a Dachshund who is alarmed or warning intruders in their territory will not work. In fact, given their independent, strong willed nature, shouting may result in other types of aggression as your Dachshund doesn't understand why they can't protect their territory.
In this situation, instead of telling your Dachshund to stop barking, you need to change their environment so that they don't need to protect their territory, and hence don't need to bark. These changes may include you becoming pack leader and in charge of protecting the territory. You can also simply stop your dog seeing things in their territory.