Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Delaware, Ohio, United States
Posted August 13, 2015
Many years ago, my young family purchased a Silver Dapple Dachshund from a breeder in Pennsylvania. We were very happy with our new little friend, and took her home to our tiny, one bedroom apartment in Philadelphia.
This breed is very playful, and curious. House training was pretty easy, but that is where the ease of training ended for us. Trying to keep this dog's attention long enough to teach it anything was a tough task for us. We eventually got her to learn how to sit, and lie down; even to shake hands, but after that, we were content to just have her around because she made us laugh with her crazy antics.
Molly got along well with our two-year old son wonderfully, and would prance around him, darting around the apartment as he laughed in approval. In the beginning all was well. She was clean, fun, loyal, loving and ultimately entertaining.
About a year later we gave birth to our second child, a daughter, and that is when things took a turn for the worst. With the new baby came more responsibility and less time to spend paying attention to the dog. Molly began to act out in a number of ways. She began to destroy anything she could get into her mouth, and peeing on the floor instead of going outside as she had done before.
We also began receiving noise complaints due to her constant whining and barking when we would leave home for any length of time. During this time she would also chew and destroy the blinds, which eventually went from being floor length to waist length! lol
Sadly, our little Molly became too much for us to handle with our growing family, and we were forced to find her a new home. The good news is we found a wonderful couple with no children, or other pets and her transition went smoothly, and her new owners were able to give her all of the attention she deserved, and needed.
I think this breed is wonderful, and I still love these dogs. I have learned by this experience that they are rather fragile emotionally. They depend heavily on owner interaction, and need constant attention to truly thrive. If they can be the center of attention all of the time that is even better for them.