Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Previous owner
Posted January 9, 2014
I first was given Petal when I was 16. She was originally intended for my little brother, but she warmed up to me instantly. This double dappled beauty was on the go from the time she first came home. She was always full of energy! She had a tendency to be stubborn and spiteful, as Dachshunds are not for those who are looking for an exceptionally easy dog to train. It will take time, but with enough routine and repetition, your pup will eventually get the hang of the new rules.
A word of warning for those with valuable flooring; Dachshunds are exceptionally hard to house break! But as stated above, with enough tenacity, they will fall in line. Though stubborn, dachshunds are quite full of energy and personality. Dachshunds love to cuddle in your lap and burrow into your sweatshirt on a cold, winter's day. Dachshunds have a tendency to get cold very easily, so be sure to bundle her up before taking her out in the snow.
Dachshunds love to be the center of attention and are the life of every party. My dachshund was the leader of the pack, which consisted of quite a few dogs larger than her. They seem to have a bit of a Napoleon complex, but definitely have a bark and ferocity to scare any intruder away! Though small, dachshunds make great guard dogs and mine has even prevented a home invasion! Dachshunds are best for a couple without children or a single person without children, as they can be quite envious and want to be your only "baby".
Overall, I wouldn't trade Petal for the world. She's a great companion and the most lovable pet I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.