How to stop a dachshund from chewing
The first is the first; Chewing is a natural behavior for dachshunds, especially puppies. Dachshund chewing isn’t something you can stop, all you can do is redirect the chewing to an acceptable item, providing enough toys and interesting activities that your Dachshund doesn’t want to destroy his stuff.
Should you stop chewing on your dachshund puppy?
When a dachshund is a puppy, he looks cute and doesn’t really do much damage to chew. Many people think this is okay, or even fun, but it is not. If left unattended, your Dachshund puppy will grow up thinking that it is acceptable to chew whatever he wants, causing hundreds, even thousands of dollars in damage to his expensive furniture, floors, and shoes. You should stop chewing your dachshund when he is a puppy, showing him that chewing on your possessions is not okay, but there are many toys that are acceptable to chew on.
How to stop chewing your dachshund
Once you’ve made the decision to stop chewing your Dachshund, you have a few options available to you, all of which involve positive training techniques. Never punish your dachshund by yelling or hitting him. They don’t understand what they did wrong and may react by becoming aggressive towards you.
Box training. If your problem is that Dachshund chews when you are out of the house, then you may consider cage training your Dachshund. Dachshunds see cages as their den, a place where they feel comfortable and protected. If a cage is properly presented to you, your Dachshund will be safe and secure while you are away, as will your possessions.
Modify the behavior. You can’t stop your dachshund from chewing, so teach him to chew on dog toys. When you see that your dachshund is going to chew on something he shouldn’t or catches him really chewing, quietly tell him to stop, remove the unapproved item, and hand him one of your dog toys. As soon as they start chewing on their toy, give them lots of praise. Your dachshund will quickly learn what he can and cannot chew.
Keep your dachshund busy. The key here is to prevent your dachshund from getting bored. Dachshund chewing is often the result of frustration and boredom, being something to do to pass the time and stay active. The most important thing to do is give your dachshund plenty of exercise. Twice-a-day walks of at least 30 minutes with built-in play sessions will tire your dachshund mentally and physically, making him more likely to sleep when you’re gone. When you’re away, make sure they have plenty of toys to keep them occupied.
Anti Chewy Sprays. To deter harsh Dachshund chewers, there are no chew sprays available. These are sprays that contain pepper or bitter apple. They taste awful, but they’re safe and will stop even the most determined dachshund from chewing.
To prevent your dachshund from chewing on your possessions forever, you need to be consistent. All family members should have the same expectations and give the same response when correcting unwanted chewing. Gather your clothes and shoes, and put away your valuable possessions. Don’t leave the temptations to your dachshund, just skip the items he can chew on.
Dachshunds are smart dogs, but they are not perfect and will make mistakes as they learn what they can and cannot chew. Remember not to punish them, but to keep up with the positive reinforcement and they will learn.