Help with the constant vocalizations of my 6mo Dachshund puppy?

So, a lot of you here know I am studying to become a dog behaviorist, and that is why I spend a lot of time here. In this case, I don't know what to do. Experienced people with this behavior issue can hopefully help guide me in what I've been doing wrong. I will not accept answers of "popping, hitting, squirting my dog, or any other kind of negative behavioral reinforcement techniques". My Dachshund is vocal and LOUD. We have a fenced yard, he plays with the cat and barks LOUDLY and constantly at her if she is not chasing him. He chases another dog and is very vocal to this dog that does not give in to play. He "begs" from his best friend dog, as she saves her treats or chew sticks, and he is very vocal and demanding, EARDRUM PIERCING demanding to her to give it up. I know Dachshunds are vocal. I am okay with a dog barking at the door, barking because they hear another dog or unusual sound, but this one is so vocal that I can't control these outbursts of vocalization, or at least, I don't know how to. We do think it's cute, for like a minute, but we do our best to hide that we think it's cute. We don't want to encourage the behavior and try to correct it immediately, but he's not really responding to our corrections. What are we doing wrong, and how can we tone this down a bit to a normal level that's acceptable? I don't want to raise a spoiled brat, I want to raise a dog who listens. Period. Umm, please? Anyone? Ideas? What are your techniques? Thanks!

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  1. michele Says:

    Like you claim to know, dachshunds are very very loud. They are also very stubborn.

    Since you frown upon ‘negative reinforcement techniques’ such as a spray water bottle, I’ll suggest something else, even though that worked for my dachshund.

    When he barks to get your attention, simply ignore him. When he stops for a few seconds, click your clicker and treat him (or if you don’t have any handy, give him a toy or enthusiastic petting). You want to redirect his energy into fetch or tug of war.

    Chasing the cat isn’t okay, even if it’s cute now, because he barks to get the cat’s attention. Discourage all barking with the same technique as above.

    I’m not sure how to get him to know that barking at the door is acceptable, but not excessive barking. I’m still not sure how to stop that with my own dogs.

    Good luck, I hope that helps a bit.

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