To bite prevention

Ah, just what you've been waiting for. Here are the detailed guidelines to follow with your new dog in order to say good-bye to painful puppy bites and destructive chewing:

l From the first moment you meet your new puppy, never, ever let him chew on you or anyone else.

Pull your fingers away and say "No!" and then give him a chew toy. Praise him when he chews it.

i From the first moment you meet your new puppy, never, ever let him chew on anything you don't want him to chew on when he becomes an adult.

Apply some chew-deterrent spray according to the instructions and distribute chew toys around the house.

i Keep chew toys in every room in which your puppy is allowed — plus one in his den and one in the car if he travels with you.

Whenever he even thinks about chewing something forbidden, pop a chew toy in his mouth. He'll soon associate the chewing urge with a chew toy.

And if you catch him in the act, pull the old switcheroo: Remove him from the bad object and replace the void with the good chew toy.

l Not sure how to anticipate when your puppy feels like chewing? Watch him.

Some puppies start to chomp their jaws or lick their lips and look around.

l Never fly off the handle because your puppy has chewed something forbidden.

You either left an object out when you shouldn't have or weren't supervising his play. Guide him toward good behavior and don't reinforce bad behavior by making a big fuss.

Help! Dachsie's a demolition machine!

Some people complain that their Dachshunds destroy things when left alone. If you have a destructive chewer and must leave him alone, you need to keep him safely confined when you're away. Destructive dogs don't just wreck your stuff, they risk injuring themselves by choking, mouth and throat lacerations, intestinal obstruction, and even poisoning. Your Dachshund won't mind naps in his den, as long as you don't keep him in there for more than four or five hours without a break.

That's it. The tricky part is to be eternally consistent. Always enforce the rules. If you miss an enforcement opportunity, move on Certainly don't punish your Dachshund; resolve never again to let him chew anything he shouldn't chew. I know, you're only human. But do your best — the more consistent you are, the faster your Dachsie will learn.

Convincing Your Little Barker to Quiet Down

If you have a Dachshund, you have a barker. Dachshunds bark for many reasons — some of them reasonable and some of them unreasonable. It isn't fair to get annoyed or angry at your Dachshund for occasional barking. He's been bred to bark for good reasons. But obsessive or unnecessary barking is something you can address and, in most cases, resolve. But how do you do it? The first step is to understand why your Dachsie is barking. The following sections take you there and beyond.

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Barking too much can be harmful for your Dachshund's health. If he barks obsessively, he puts himself under a lot of physical stress. Obsessive barking can also be a sign of a health problem or a sign that your Dachshund is particularly insecure or fearful (or just mind-numbingly bored). Barking also is harmful for you. At best, you'll find yourself continually irritated with your Dachshund. At worst, your neighbors won't be happy with you, and if you live in an apartment, you could be asked to leave or even be evicted if the noise becomes too bothersome.

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