People often say that Dachshunds are a stubborn breed. However, the term “stubborn” isn’t the most accurate word to describe what is really happening.
Stubborn is a human word for how something manifests, and it’s important to understand why Dachshunds behave the way they do.
Gaining that understanding may help you better deal with training and behavioral issues.
Why Do People Say Dachshunds Are Stubborn?
Dog parents like to use the word “stubborn” when describing the fact that their pup isn’t trained to their human standards or expectations.
It’s a common misconception that Dachshunds and other breeds are stubborn, when in fact you probably just think they are stubborn.
For example, you started teaching your Dachshund to come when called. You spent a day on training but your Doxie just isn’t picking up the new skill. Your dog MUST be stubborn!
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
It takes incredible patience and time to properly train a Dachshund. It’s unlikely that they will learn in five minutes and flawlessly practice that skill for the rest of their life.
Your Dachshund isn’t stubborn – they just don’t exactly understand what you’re trying to communicate. But this comes off as a defiant and disobedient behavior in the eyes of humans.
Dachshunds are motivated hunters and independent thinkers. It’s not uncommon for one of these badger hunters to be much more interested in the nearest rabbit rather than a command you’re asking of them.
This is simply another example of why a Dachshund may be viewed as stubborn.
Your Dachshund may just not understand you and isn’t being stubborn.
Dachshunds aren’t the easiest dogs to train because of their prey drive and worldly curiosity.
Effective training requires constant repetition and reward-based training using high value treats. But if you’re not willing to put in the work, you may have a stubborn Dachshund forever.
How Do You Deal With a Stubborn Dachshund?
So, how do you deal with your “stubborn” Dachshund?
First, pack that frustration away in your back pocket, and understand that training your beloved weenie is going to take a bit more dedication than what you may be used to.
The vigilant Dachshund will waste no time when they lay their eyes on a hunting target, and it can be challenging to train through exciting distractions.
Once you accept that Dachshunds are brazen and born hunters, it’ll be easier to accept the challenge of training.
The ultimate goal is to teach your Dachshund that what you’re asking them to do is far more important and valuable than the nearest rabbit or squirrel.
Reward-based and positive reinforcement training will likely be the most effective means of training your Dachshund.
Dog parents know how difficult it can be when you are desperately trying to train your dog but little progress is being made.
In the moment it may seem right to physically punish your Dachshund when they aren’t listening, but in the end it’ll do more harm than good.
Using items like spray bottles or rolled up newspaper in an attempt to correct your Dachshund’s stubborn behavior will create fear and distrust.
If your dog is afraid of you or is worried what will happen if you’re yelling at them to come to you, they will absolutely never learn to listen to you.
Fear-based training can have the opposite effect on your dog and will only scare them.
While some dog owners believe that using fear-based training is appropriate for certain situations, punishment can create anxiety, force them to learn new destructive behaviors or simply teach them to be scared of you.
We do understand that there may be an emergency circumstance that requires the use of a bark collar or similar product, such as facing an eviction due to barking or potentially having to surrender your dog.
After quickly correcting the issue, seek out the help of a canine behaviorist who can get to the root of your stubborn Dachshund’s behavioral problem. They can help you correct it using positive reinforcement.
In the end, treats, praise and play sessions used as rewards for productive training sessions and good behavior are going to be the best way to train your stubborn Dachshund.
When to Get Help With Your Stubborn Dachshund
Training any dog takes a lot of time and patience. Not everyone wants to do it, or is cut out for it, and that’s okay! However, your Dachshund does deserve basic training at the very least.
They also deserve training if they have a behavioral issue, such as incessant barking or not coming when called.
Stay patient and you and your dog will be much happier.
You should get help with your stubborn Dachshund if your home or safety of yourself or others is at risk.
Maybe your Dachshund is tearing up your walls due to separation anxiety, or perhaps they’ve developed issues with aggression.
In these cases, it’s imperative to seek professional help.
First, talk to your veterinarian. They will be able to rule out medical concerns, then recommend an appropriate training specialist.
Dachshunds that exhibit a dramatic change in behavior may have an underlying health condition that is causing these new behavioral issues.
Once potential medical causes are ruled out, seek help from a professional dog trainer, or canine behaviorist, to help you communicate with your Dachshund to correct the behavior.
A Dachshund’s propensity for hunting prey, barking, and curiosity make them seem stubborn at times, but weenies are just as eager to learn as other breeds.
Dachshunds may take more time and dedication to out-train their “stubborn” personalities, but if you understand that up front, you can set yourself and your Doxie up for success.
Don’t give up on your Dachshund before seeking professional assistance with training and behavior.
Remember to rule out medical concerns with a veterinarian if your Dachshund has a sudden change in behavior.
About the Author: Through her 17 years of owning and caring for Dachshunds, and almost 10 years researching and writing about them, JW has become a respected expert in the Dachshund community. Read more about her here.