|Barked: Mon Nov 16, '09 4:42pm PST |
|Hi Pepper! I second Zoey's statement about high value treats. Most Dachshunds are gluttons and can be persuaded to do just about anything for the right reward! Also, what Asher said about capturing. Lupi "learned" bow, play dead, roll-over and turn, by us catching her doing those things, treating immediately, and assigning a verbal command to the action. I'm currently trying to teach her to sneeze on command using the same principle!
What I can add: Be persistent and don't despair-Lupi is almost 2 and still learning new tricks, some of which (fetch for example) I thought she would NEVER learn. Sometimes, they suddenly just "get it."
Focus on the obedience training such as recall, sit, stay, lay down. Those will be very important in some situations.
Every meal can be a training session, with her dog food as the reward instead of treats if she likes it. Keep the training sessions short and fun, and end on what she knows well (sit).
Also, be aware that Dachshunds will not always obey, even when they know exactly what you're asking of them. They have to believe there's a good reason to comply. So once Pepper knows some commands, ask her to do those things before giving her what she wants. Before getting petted, treats, a toy, up on the couch-whatever. That will help to reinforce the idea that obeying your voice (or hand signal) means good things.
If you want, paw-mail me and I can give you step-by-step details on how I trained Lupi with each command. She's not perfect, and neither am I, but we've learned a lot and would be happy to share!
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