Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Previous owner
Posted May 8, 2014
When I moved out to start my college career, I ached for an animal companion. I had never had a dog before considering I had grown up with cats and other small mammals. I figured I would need a small pet that would fit in my small college apartment and would be easy to train. I purchased myself a male long-haired Dachshund at the young age of 6 weeks old. I fell in love. He was so gentle as a puppy, his demeanor was tame and lovable. Although he was such, he had a huge bark. He would bark a high pitch tone that would make my ears ring. It took a lot of disciplinary training to get him to stop barking for no reason or at silly noises and strangers. As he grew, he was friendly to all the people he had met, even my little cousins who were the ages 4 and 7. He never nipped, loved to lick and loved to put his paws in your lap. He was easy to potty train, learning to potty outside in only a few weeks. He would even go to the front door and put his paw up on the wood to let me know he was ready to use the restroom. He became a high energy dog, needing to play at the dog park almost everyday or he would be up all night running back and forth through my apartment. Also for his breed, he is prone to severe back problems which can be caused by jumping off high couches and beds. Caution and adaptation of my home made this not an issue for him. Now, at the age of 4, he is a good, gentle dog who loves people, uses the restroom without accidents in the house, and is a great dog that fits my lifestyle. I love him to death.