MY FAVORITE TIP IS: WHAT YOU REWARD IS WHAT YOU WILL GET. ALWAYS KEEP THIS IN MIND ESPECIALLY IF THE PUP SHOWS A BIT OF FEAR. AS LONG AS EVERYONE IS SAFE, SOMETIMES, THE BEST THING TO DO–IS TO DO NOTHING. PRETEND THERE WAS NO LOUD NOISE, OR WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE. THIS HELPS THE DOG TO SHRUG IT OFF AND NOT ESCALATE FEAR.
Especially puppies, explore the world with their mouth. She likes to chew because it calms her. But it destroys your stuff. Even worse — she might eat something like a sock that could block her intestines. Break this habit now. Give her chew toys and take away things she shouldn’t gnaw on. If you catch her chewing something she shouldn’t, say “no,” replace the object with an approved toy, and praise her once she’s chewing it.
There’s one surefire way to prevent this: Never give your dog food from the table. If he doesn’t get scraps, he won’t learn to beg. You can take him out of the room while you eat or put him in his crate. Or teach him to go to a special spot and wait it out.
Not Coming When Called
Always praise your dog when she comes to you, whether you called or not. That teachers her that coming to you is good. Say “come” or “here.” She may not understand what you want if you just call her name. If she doesn’t come, don’t chase her. Call her again while you move away. That might make her come after you. If she still doesn’t show up, tell her to sit, and go get her. Dachshunds respond to your “happy love” voice very consistently. If he/she won’t come when called, get down lower and call with your “happy love” voice. Never call a dachshund in frustration or anger….they will not respond.
Pulling on the Leash
Help your dog learn to walk calmly beside you. Never let him pull, or else he’ll learn that doing it sometimes pays off. Keep the leash short but loose. Stop when you feel it go tight. He’ll stop to see why you aren’t moving. When he comes back, reward him and keep walking. After a few days, he’ll figure out that pulling gets him nowhere.
If your dog gets upset when you leave, teach her that you’ll always come back. At first, leave her alone for just 5 or 10 minutes. Stay away a little longer each time. Give her a chew toy and leave on the radio or TV. Be calm when you go and return so she knows that being alone is OK. Crate training can prevent this problem with some dogs. But it might not work with an anxious older dog. Ask your vet for advice.
Whining for Attention
Does your dog whine? If you pet him, look at him, or do anything except ignore him, you teach him that whining works. To stop it, turn your back when he whines, fold your arms and look away, or leave the room. Pet and play with him when he isn’t whining.
Barking at the Door
To cut the barking, teach your dog a new habit. Pick a spot within sight of the door. Then teach her to lie down and stay when you say, “Go to your spot.” That will help her stay calm and give her something to do while she waits to be greeted. Have a friend with a treat come to the door, but only open it when your dog is quiet. Do this enough and she’ll learn to chill out if she wants that treat.
It’s natural for a dog to greet people by jumping up. But that can scare away guests. Don’t give your dog attention unless he has his front paws on the ground. Then you can greet him and pet him. Or tell him to sit and wait until he does before you pet him. Try to keep your greetings low-key. That helps your dog learn to control his own excitement. Make sure he doesn’t bother or scare people who aren’t used to him.
A hostile dog is usually one that’s afraid or nervous. Work with a professional trainer to learn how to teach your dog to rely on you in a healthy way. Never leave an aggressive dog alone with children or unfamiliar adults, even if you think he isn’t likely to hurt anyone. You may need to muzzle him in public while retraining.
Barking All the Time
Some dogs bark at things others ignore. Some bark when they’re frustrated. Don’t yell at your dog when she barks. That could make it worse. Obedience training can help fix frustration barking. If your dog learns to sit before she does something fun like going for a walk, she’ll learn to control her impulses. If she’s outside all day, bringing her inside for a couple of hours could help. But you may need to work with a vet or a trainer.
Other odds and ends
Batteries might keep electronics going and going, but they won’t energize your pet. Mouth ulcers, throat and stomach issues can result from the acid.
Toys with small parts might be great for older children, but dog toys are specific so that pieces aren’t swallowed or lodged in the throat. Balls and squeakies or other toy pieces that aren’t made for dogs—and your dog’s size—can be deadly.
Fabric softener sheets might offer a tempting secondary use for controlling pet hair, but chemicals in them aren’t healthy for your dog. They may also like the smell and want to play with them like toys, but it isn’t wise.
Plants may add an attractive quality to your home, but that beautiful smell or texture may tempt your pooch to lick or nibble. Check out this roundup of the
Rawhide dog chews might seem crazy to consider dangerous, but they can host bacteria like Salmonella, which isn’t good for either of you. Monitor the storage, handout, use, and life of chews. In addition, rawhide can cause a gunky plug at the bottom of the esophagus. So, they can be dangerous for small dogs.