Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted May 25, 2015
In the weeks I've spent staying as a guest at my girlfriend's house, I can always count on little Sophie to brighten my day at a moment's notice. Dachshunds like her are impossibly wise and eager to please to boot, making even the oldest among their ranks prime students for learning new tricks. Thus far, Sophie has learned not only how to sit and lie down, but to "reach for the sky," as well as play dead and "speak." What's more, while out and about, dachshunds are relatively easy to handle, especially compared to larger, more exuberant hound cousins. Of note, dachshunds like Sophie can be easily spooked when meeting bigger dogs that tower over them. Due to their elongated nature, dachshund spines are also to be handled with care; your sausage dog may require special ramps for climbing onto couches free from the risk of injury. Nevertheless, owning a dachshund is intensely rewarding, especially when they try sprinting around the living room with their little legs!