Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted July 12, 2015
My mother and stepfather have three dogs, Slinky, Paco, and Jack. Slinky is the oldest of the three and the only purebred Dachshund. He's very well trained, but he's getting on a bit in years, so there have been some setbacks lately. His back and hips are arthritic, so he is often grouchy due to pain. This can manifest in many ways, from growling when someone walks near him, to outright biting anyone trying to, or that he thinks is trying to, touch him. He's also starting to have a harder time waiting to go outside before relieving himself. My parents have had to replace the furniture in their living room and replace the carpet with hardwood flooring. He has also begun to hump Paco, the Chihuahua-Dachshund, all the time. I would attribute it to an assertion of dominance if he didn't become aroused by it and if it weren't a constant thing. He won't go more than ten minutes or so during the day without attempting it.