Dachshunds love to travel and are easy to prepare for car trips and short vacations. This wonderful little dog needs an owner who knows how to be the pack leader, otherwise the dog will take over the house.

Don’t allow the dachshund puppy to take over the house or many behavior problems will arise, such as, guarding furniture, food, toys or other objects, snapping, possibly biting, separation anxiety, and obsessive barking. These little dogs like to bark and their barks are surprisingly loud for their size. This breed needs to be taught barking obsessively is an inappropriate behavior.

Dachshunds also have an instinct to dig. They are generally okay with other pets; however once again, without proper leadership from their humans, they can be jealous, irritable and obstinate. Dachshunds who have human leadership along with a daily pack walk are wonderful family companions, with excellent temperaments.

Dachshunds have a wide color variety. They are as follows:

Solid colors include, black, red, chocolate (or brown), isabella (which is tan), cream (which is blond or golden with no trace of red) and blue (or gray). In the wirehaired variety, cream is referred to as wheaton.

Multi-color dachshund breeds could be black and tan, black and cream, chocolate and tan, chocolate and cream, blue and tan, or blue and cream.

Dachshunds are a highly intelligent dog that obedience train very well. Their stubborn nature and independent personality can be used as leverage to induce them into proper behavior. By using positive reinforcement such as praise and food rewards, the Dachshund is a great breed for training.

You will need considerable patience and diligence to be a successful Dachshund dog obedience trainer. Dachshunds can be very suspicious of strangers. They require early socialization with strangers and other animals. Dachshunds are a hunting breed. They are curious and have a good sense of smell.

The most effective way to dog obedience train a Dachshund is to use food as a reward, heap praise for a job well done and include games such as fetch, tug of war, and chase. Dachshunds have high levels of energy and require intense exercise in their training routine. Many behavior problems result from lack of sufficient exercise. Running and walking should be part of the training. Dachshunds should also be trained to behave properly on a leash.

Remember, dogs are pack animals. They are either a leader or follower. Without human pack leadership they will assume the leadership role. In order to be a successful dog obedience trainer you must be in the dominant role in the relationship with your Dachshund.