Teaching a Pair of Dachshunds to Focus to Stop Their Unwanted Barking

By: David Codr

Published Date: October 9, 2019

Otto and Herman - Teaching a Pair of Dachshunds to Focus to Stop Their Unwanted Barking

For this Omaha dog training session we use a focus exercise to stop 4 year-old Miniature Dachshund Herman to stop barking at everything and everything, including his roomie 9 month-old Otto.

The dogs were behind a baby gate when I arrived for the session, but I could clearly hear them barking because someone new was in the home. When I came around the corner and saw them in the baby gate, some redirected aggression kicked in.

Clearly the dogs were stressed and the nuisance barking was an offshoot of that. Stopping a dog from barking is best achieved when you start at the beginning and provide them with a healthy leader follower dynamic.

After suggesting a number of dog behavior tips, I was ready to show the guardians an exercise that is perfectly suited to dogs with a barking problem; the focus exercise.

Teaching a dog to focus on its human rather than external stimulus is a great way to stop unwanted barking. The guardians will need to practice this exercise a few times a day for a week, progressively increasing the delay until they can hold a focus for 15 seconds.

Im hoping that the tips we covered in this in home Omaha dog training session stop the barking problem. You don’t have to be a professional Dachshund dog trainer to do this, so im confident the guardians will be able to teach these barking dogs to stop barking and focus on them instead.

To help the guardians remember everything, we recorded a roadmap to success video that you can watch below.

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