The dachshund’s trademark characteristics are their long, sausage-like backs and short legs, which while adorable, can prove challenging for many activities, including jumping.
So, can dachshunds jump? Yes, dachshunds can certainly jump, even with their tiny legs. However, don’t expect them to win any long jump competitions – those short limbs won’t carry them very far.
If you’re wondering just how high a dachshund can jump, the associated risks of jumping, and how to stop your pooch from being a leap dog, don’t go anywhere. We’ll be bouncing into everything you need to know about these very topics!
How High Can Dachshunds Actually Jump?
Dachshunds can jump as high as 4 feet, but you shouldn’t encourage your companion to leap as it can cause back injuries.
As you may already know, dachshunds have fragile spines and are prone to back and joint issues, including elbow and hip dysplasia, arthritis, and IVDD (intervertebral disc disease).
The latter is one of the most common health issues in dachshunds, affecting around 25%. Unfortunately, most dachshunds will suffer from problems with their spines at some point in their lives.
Encouraging your dachshund to jump will only increase that risk, so it’s important to nip the behavior in the bud as soon as possible.
Is It Bad For Dachshunds To Jump?
Like we mentioned above, jumping can be very bad for dachshunds due to their delicate backs, as well as their susceptibility to spinal and joint problems.
While it’s important to provide your pet with regular exercise and mental stimulation, it’s best to avoid activities that put a lot of pressure onto your dog’s back, such as climbing stairs.
Similar to jumping, climbing stairs puts a great deal of strain on your dachshund’s intervertebral discs and spine.
Ideally, you should block stairs off with a barrier or baby gate so your pooch can’t access them.
Additionally, use ramps around your home if there are any steps that your dachshund needs to go down to reach another room.
For instance, my house has a couple of steps outside the back door, so my dachshunds use a non-slip pet ramp to access the backyard.
What About Couches, Beds, And Furniture?
One of the dachshund’s best-loved pastimes is finding a warm, soft couch or bed to curl up on for a snooze, especially if that spot also contains their favorite human!
I know If ever I can’t find my dachshunds, I only have to walk into the bedroom or living room to see them fast asleep on a cozy armchair or bed.
However, as much as dachshunds enjoy catching some z’s on a couch, bed, or other soft furnishings, you should try to discourage them from jumping onto things.
Again, this is due to the risk of them developing spinal and joint issues, as well as the risk of injury if they fall.
Ideally, you should teach your dachshund that furniture is off-limits from an early age as it’s much harder to eradicate the behavior once it is instilled.
That being said, if you’re happy for your pooch to sleep on your couch or bed, consider placing a ramp over one of the sides to help them access the area without putting strain on their back.
How To Stop Dachshunds Jumping
If your dachshund is jumping excessively or is a true leap dog at heart, here are some tips to help you put a stop to their bouncy antics.
Training your dachshund not to jump on you, guests, or furniture from a young age will make it easier for them to recognize the action as inappropriate behavior. However, that’s not to say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!
The key to successfully training your dachshund not to jump on things is positive reinforcement, which involves rewarding your dog after a favorable outcome.
Doing so increases the likelihood of your pooch repeating the desired action or behavior.
In this case, you’d reward your dachshund with praise or a treat every time they don’t jump onto furniture, guests, or yourself.
This will help your pooch associate being on the floor with attention or a tasty snack.
If your dachshund jumps, don’t yell or shout – simply divert their attention to the floor and feed them a treat or some kibble well away from the couch/bed.
You essentially want to teach your dachshund that the floor is a nice place to be!
Block Off Furniture And Stairs
Dachshunds enjoy cuddling with their favorite human and lounging on soft furnishings, but you should avoid letting your companion from jumping onto furniture.
This can be done by blocking off things like couches, beds, and stairs with a high free-standing baby gate.
Make sure the gate isn’t too low, otherwise, your pooch will simply try to leap over it.
If you’re unable to block off your furniture, you might want to gate off the room instead.
Install Ramps Around Your Home
If you don’t want to gate off rooms or furniture, place pet ramps around your home.
That way, your dachshund can access couches, beds, or go down steps without putting excessive pressure on their spine and joints.
Visitors can be extremely exciting for your dachshund as they will no doubt love all the extra attention.
However, if your pet is prone to hyperactivity and jumping onto guests, you might want to put them in a crate/playpen while you have friends and family over or until they have calmed down.
Crate training your dachshund has many benefits as it assists with housebreaking, as well as provides a safe place to keep your pooch while you’re unable to supervise them.
Dogs naturally seek out small, cozy areas for protection, so using a crate gives your dachshund a secure space to retreat to when they’re tired or stressed.
Teach “Sit” and “Wait” Commands
If you enjoy snuggling with your dachshund on the couch or bed but also want to deter them from jumping, teaching your pooch “sit” and “wait” commands can come in handy.
Once your dachshund is calmly sitting down, you can lift them up onto the furniture.
Repeating this action enough times will teach your dachshund that the furniture is out of bounds unless they are sitting patiently for a boost-up.
Despite their small legs and long, slender bodies, dachshunds can jump relatively high, but that doesn’t mean they should be given the opportunity to do so.
Allowing your four-legged friend to bounce around excessively can be hazardous to their health as it increases the risk of joint and spinal injuries.
Using ramps and pet/baby gates around your home can discourage your dachshund from jumping onto furniture and climbing stairs, as well as consistent training.