Acquired: Pet store
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted November 23, 2014
As the famous author E.B. White said "Being the owner of dachshunds, to me a book on dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humor. Every sentence is a riot.” I unfortunately did not do my research and simply picked the puppy I felt most drawn to at first sight. The sleepy little ball of fur I started out with, turned into quite the handful. Like most puppies she was very needy and attached quickly to me, getting unhappy whenever I left her sight, but even with training it was very intense attachment. She wanted to be at my feet every moment of every day. She also had seemingly limitless energy. For such a tiny dog with stubby little legs, a two hour walk would not tire her out, she was still bouncy and energetic. She was friendly and would give visitors "kisses" and was never mean. She was stubborn as can be though, if she wanted to walk a certain way, she would put up a fight until it was done. If she wanted the food you were eating, she would complain until it happened. I did not know until later that this breed is considered to be one of the most difficult to train, so I cannot fully blame her because I should have done my research. At the same time though, she was one of the most lovable lap dogs and would enjoy nothing more than to snuggle with you on the couch to take a nap. She was fascinated by the TV and watch along with you. If you have the time and patience to train one properly, I think this breed could potentially be a good family dog because they are pretty resilient, they're small enough that they aren't going to knock over a small child. I know younger family members of mine love to pick dogs up and hold them, and my dachshund was not at all squirmy. She loved to be held and pet.