Dachshunds are tenacious, independent and intelligent, originally bred to hunt and kill badgers. These characteristics have been passed down from generation to generation and can cause problems with barking, biting, and aggression if dachshunds are not well trained from a young age.
As soon as you see your Dachshund puppy bite, it’s time to tackle the problem. Dachshund puppies look cute and you wouldn’t think the little nibbles they give would be a problem, but not stopping the behavior can result in significant aggression issues later in life.
If you were to watch a puppy grow up in a litter, you would see that the bites are regulated by the puppies themselves. When one puppy bites another, the result is often that the puppy being bitten turns around and bites him. This is a very effective deterrent that lets most puppies know not to bite when they are ready to go to their new home.
If you are having trouble with your Dachshund puppy’s bite, act immediately! At this age, your puppy plays biting. You should never hit your dachshund, especially not at this age when he will not understand what he has done wrong. Doing so will scare them and can lead to anxiety and aggression issues as they grow older.
To prevent your Dachshund puppy from biting, you need to take a consistent and fair approach, not only when it comes to biting, but his behavior in general as well. Reward good behaviors and discourage bad behaviors, making sure not to give mixed messages. For example, if you want your Dachshund puppy to stop biting, you should not play games that involve chasing. Remember, dachshunds were bred to chase and catch prey and are likely to catch you if you run away from them.
Ways to stop puppy bites
When your Dachshund puppy bites, your instinct may be to punish him, but this is the wrong thing to do. Instead, tell them “no,” or make a high-pitched squeak when they bite, and then give them something acceptable to chew on, like a dog toy, as soon as they let go. Howling can be very effective in stopping bites, as it is similar to the noise your puppies make when bitten. Your Dachshund puppy will soon learn that biting you is not okay, but chewing on his toys is.
If you have an older dachshund puppy who has not been taught not to bite, your task may be more difficult. If the technique described above doesn’t work, you should consider taking them to puppy training classes. In addition to having the help of an expert with the problem of bites, your Dachshund puppy will have the opportunity to socialize well with both people and other dogs his age.