Dachshunds are notorious barkers. I knew this so when Chester was young I worked to teach him that constantly barking at everything was not necessary.
That all fell apart about the time Gretel came to live with us. I am not sure if he just discovered that barking was a cool thing once he was around another dog on a daily basis or he felt the need to be “tough” and protect her.
Nonetheless, it is really annoying. As he has gotten older, and more comfortable barking, he does it all the time now. It doesn’t matter if its the mailman, the neighbor’s car door shutting, or a glass being set down on the counter hard.
One thing I have learned over the years is that yelling at him to stop barking is not the proper way to address the issue. According to several dog trainers, when your dog barks and you yell at them, they think you are barking with them. They think it is fun and keep on doing it.
Andrew over at shepped.com, a site about German Shepherd (which are very intelligent and stubborn like Dachshunds), gives some insight into why your Dachshund barks in the first place and how you can work to reduce or stop it.
Why Won’t My Dachshund Stop Barking?
Barking is an innate behavior in all dogs. A bark every once in a while is completely normal, but excessive barking can become a problem for dachshund owners. There are a number of different reasons that your dachshund might start barking, and it’s important to pay attention to the source of the issue. Common causes of excessive barking include:
- Boredom: A dog that doesn’t get enough exercise will become restless and frustrated. Dachshunds that aren’t taken for enough walks or given enough toys may bark simply because they have nothing better to do.
- Separation Anxiety: If you leave your dachshund alone for long periods during the day, she may start to howl and earn you some complaints from the neighbors.
- Territory: Many dogs will bark at strangers or other dogs they spot wandering into their territory. Even an innocent passerby can be perceived as a territorial threat.
- Attention: Dachshunds are very social creatures, and they need human interaction on a regular basis. Neglect can lead to excessive barking, which we tend to reinforce with attention.
Take note of when your dachshund is barking and what she’s barking at. You need to identify the root of the problem before you can decide how you want to proceed. There are different techniques to deter barking depending on what is triggering your dachshund.
They Don’t Know the Quiet Signal
The number one key to getting your dog to stop barking, if you can do it, is teach them a “quiet” command. As long as your dachshund is mindful of you, it should be easy to train him or her to follow commands such as “sit” and “quiet.”
Too Much Energy, Too Little Exercise
Maybe your dachshund is running around the house making a racket, or maybe she jumps up and down as she barks. A dog with pent up energy needs to release it somehow, and barking is one way to do that.
If you notice that your dachshund is barking excessively because she seems restless, then she probably needs more exercise. Dachshunds require a twenty to thirty minute walk every single day as well as plenty of toys to play with at home.
Even though walks are a good way to bond and exercise, you also need to socialize your dachshund. In addition to your walks, you and your dog should have a daily playtime together. If you give your dachshund the attention she needs, then she won’t resort to barking for it.
The Mailman and Other “Intruders”
Dachshunds are territorial creatures, and some will start barking when they see a stranger or another animal in their yard. If your dachshund is relentless in her territorial barking, the best thing you can to is to show her that a passerby is not a threat. You can train your dog to sit and stay quiet as strangers such as the mailman approach the front door. It helps to use treats as bribes, but only give your dachshund a treat if she refrains from barking entirely.
Your dog won’t become desensitized to passing strangers immediately, but over time you can train him or her to associate a passerby with a belly full of treats instead of feeling threatened.
A Demanding Roommate
Most of us have jobs to get to, but not a lot of us can bring our dogs with us. Many dachshunds experience separation anxiety during the day, where they become stressed out by being alone. A dog left by herself for eight hours can start barking to cope with the frustration.
Realistically, most of us can’t quit work to spend more time with our dachshunds. We still need to afford their favorite meaty treats! The best way to help your dog overcome her separation anxiety is to set up a rigid schedule for the two of you. Wake up at the same time, do feedings and walks at the same time, and come home from work at the same time each day. Your dachshund will learn when she can expect to see you, which can be a big load off her mind.
If your work has you out at all hours of the day and night, then a dog sitting service or a doggie daycare would be ideal for your dachshund. That way she can socialize with people and other dogs instead of sitting alone in an empty house.
Dachshunds can be enthusiastic barkers, and excessive barking can be difficult to put a stop to sometimes. If you just can’t seem to get your dog to quiet down, you may want to consider seeing an obedience trainer or a dog behaviorist.