What is the best way to curb the nonstop barking of a miniature dachshund?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Dachshunds were bred to bark. In the past, the body shape and size of these unique, social canines made them perfect for smelling, chasing and digging out underground prey. They would then alert their owners by letting out excited barks.
On the upside, you have one of the world's best alarm systems. Dachshunds, as you suggest, tend to bark at anything and everyone. Barking is self-rewarding to some extent: It's a release for your dog. Besides, some attention from you is better than none, so even if you answer the barking call with a scold, your dog still succeeds in bringing you near.
It's much easier to reward silence than it is to punish barking. When your dog goes on his next yipping spree, call your pet to you and give the "sit" and "stay" commands. Your dog should know these already. If not, a basic training or refresher course is in order. When your dog is still and silent, reward the good behavior with a treat, praise and attention.
With a similar process, you can also train your dog to bark on command. Save that lesson for later, though, because you don't want your pup to confuse the two orders.