All puppies are cute, especially dachshund puppies! But choosing a puppy for competitive obedience and agility, is not puppy’s play. If you are a breeding dachshunds for conformation only, don’t stop reading! All breeders have some puppies that are not suited for the show ring in conformation. You may often find yourself in a situation where the potential buyers are looking for guidance in choosing a performance prospect. On the other hand, if you are actually looking to buy a dachshund puppy for performance events, or want to learn about starting training for a very young puppy, then this article is written especially for you.
Focus is definitely the basic ingredient to training in obedience. Without focus, you have no one at your side! To earn a CD (Companion Dog) title, you are required to heel on-lead with your dog, and then, after a stand-for-exam exercise, the rest of the event is off-lead. For all advanced levels of obedience, there is no lead allowed at all! To make things even more challenging, you cannot talk to your dog through the exercises, and no food is allowed! So how do you get your dachshund to heel with you without a lead?
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