Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books
Posted November 25, 2011
p have a pet Dachshund called Titus,
he is a very loyal lovely dog to me and a select few other people but, as is
his nature, does not like strangers or people he does not know very well.
p are very lively curious
dogs and they can be demanding. They love to play and are extremely loyal but
this can often lead to jealously when it comes to other pets and people,
especially when they want attention.
p breed, in my experience, is very possessive
of their toys and things that they take a shine to. Titus’ rules of ownership
1. span it’s mine, it’s not yours
2. span I like it, it’s mine
3. span I want it, it’s mine
4. span it’s near me, it’s mine
p he will snap or bite anyone who
breaks any of these 4 rules. To prevent this kind of behavior you need to stop
it early and keep enforcing rules, as Dachshunds can be trained but can choose
to “forget” the rules.
p are great house dogs and,
surprisingly given their size, make very good watchdogs but this can lead to excessive
barking when they hear noises near their home. The more they are alone, the
more they will bark so it is important to play with them often and take them
for daily walks. You should also never let your Dachshund off his leash, he
will take off at the soonest provocation, be it another dog, a cat, a
pedestrian or even a leaf blowing in the wind and as they are extremely fast
dogs, they will prove extremely difficult to catch.
p owner should also deal with
suspiciousness of other people early because without doing so, as Dachshunds
mature, they will become aggressive and nasty towards your guests.
p are headstrong little dogs.
They are very bright and clever but like to march to the beat of their own
drum. They are stubborn so praise, treats and patience are needed to train them
or else they will simply lose interest, tilt their heads sideways and stare at
you. I call this the, “What you talkin’ ‘bout Willis?” look. Please note that
training sessions with this breed should last no longer than 5 minutes at any
one time with at least 15 minute intervals between training. During these
sessions you should only use the dogs name in praise and never when he has done
something incorrectly. Bad training techniques will lead to growling and
p we first got Titus, my brother
wanted to, “make him a Spartan”, so would regularly rough-house with him (not
in any way that hurt the dog). I do not recommend this for a Dachshund. Once
they are exposed to this kind of play, they tend to become more and more
aggressive with maturity and will not understand acceptable behavior. Reversing
this has taken me months of re-training.
p are hunters and diggers by
nature. They are one of the few types of breed who would actually kill their
prey. You must properly integrate any other pets you have with this dog for
this reason. Also, if you are garden-proud, do not let your Dachshund in the
yard unsupervised. He will dig holes in your lawn.
p said all of this, once a
Dachshund is properly trained and integrated, you will be hard pushed to find a
more fun, loving, loyal, funny and playful dog.