Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books
Illinois, United States
Posted July 26, 2013
My first encounter with a Dachshund was many years before opening my rescue facility, when I was living in New Mexico. My kids were quite young and I had rented a room in my home to a friend’s mom. My friend had a male Dachshund that he would bring with when he would come to visit his mother. What an unruly little visitor! He enjoyed jumping on my sofa and burrowing through my sofa pillows tossing them all on the floor. My friend’s mother thought this was cute… not so cute was his lack of house training, as he lifted his leg often to attempt to mark his territory as a signal to my dogs. Finally, let’s just politely say that this little Dachshund had a obsession for the female, thinking that everyone’s leg was one. This is what an adult Dachshund can become without proper and firm training as a pup. The young Dachshund can be stubborn when it comes to obedience training and potty training as well. Be patient, with a firm but loving hand, and he will come around to your way of thinking. Trust me, you’ll be happy that you persevered, resulting in a well mannered, happy and stable adult dog. Now the Dachshund comes in many varieties… there is the standard and the miniature… there is the short coat, the long haired, and the wirehaired. The long haired Dachshund does not have a thick coat, so daily combing will do fine. The smooth and wirehaired coats are easy to care for and do not require much grooming at all. This breed fairs well in all living environments, apartment life, city life in a nice home with a fenced yard, or country life. The Dachshund was originally bred to hunt badger, so he instinctively likes to burrow. With webbed, spade-like paws, this dog can move as much as a foot and a half of dirt in under a minute. These little dogs are clowns… they are animated and very entertaining in a crowd. They can be taught a variety of fun tricks to enchant their owners and friends. A Dachshund is best raised with the family as a pup, taught at an early age not to nip or bite at small fingers. They do well with other family pets, but do better in a home without young children who might be a bit rough with them. This is an affectionate breed who can bond with their human(s) forming a long and happy relationship. Again, early training is key to achieving a happy healthy environment for the Dachshund to thrive.