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Old 11-12-2013, 10:03 AM
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when you think of dachshunds...breed info

so apparently all we know about our puppy is that he has a lot of dachshund in him. we have never had a dachshund before and know nothing about the breed. so far our little pup has a bigger than life personality and is quite stubborn.

but could someone tell me common traits of them? what comes to mind with dachshunds? anything i should know as a new owner of one(well a mixed one anyway)
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:38 AM
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Hahahaha I found myself in this position too!!

Firstly little Daxie's are a working breed, NOT lap dogs (even though they love cuddles). So you can expect high intelligence, drive, independence, and a serious need for stimulation. So train train train!!! They also love to dig....and catch small prey. Leesi has gotten 5 birds in total and over 15 lizards.

Apparently they also like to chew so Nylabones are your friend, like seriously,....life saver!!!

Can't stress intelligence enough, Leesi can learn a new trick in under 2 minutes but stubborn as hell when food isn't involved. Luckily little miss is also toy driven.

They love to burrow, so under the duvet, under blankets, anything squishy. So if you see a lump under something, DON'T sit on it



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The most important thing to know about them is that they are really, really cute!

AmandaNola, a user on here has multiple daschunds (or at least one)! You can message her here --> View Profile: AmandaNola
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thank you for the advice. i'm a little worried because i started googling info about the breeds traits and characteristics. what i keep reading is that dachshunds tend to not be good dogs for young children and are notorious nippers and growlers. the last few days our little guy has started nipping and growling a ton when we go to put his leash on him, pick him up to take him out or lay him in his bed, and in some cases just trying to play with him. it's making me scared to touch him and i'm sure he's feeling that fear from me too. is this just normal puppy behavior or is it truly common with them? anything i can do to teach him to stop before it becomes a bad habit?
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and he does love to be under the covers! lol i will make sure to avoid lumpy blankets.
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thank you for the advice. i'm a little worried because i started googling info about the breeds traits and characteristics. what i keep reading is that dachshunds tend to not be good dogs for young children and are notorious nippers and growlers. the last few days our little guy has started nipping and growling a ton when we go to put his leash on him, pick him up to take him out or lay him in his bed, and in some cases just trying to play with him. it's making me scared to touch him and i'm sure he's feeling that fear from me too. is this just normal puppy behavior or is it truly common with them? anything i can do to teach him to stop before it becomes a bad habit?
How old is he now? Puppies are furry alligators, they will bite. So never ever ever use your hands to play with your dog, always use a toy. If he bites your hand redirect to a toy. If he doesn't show interest in the toy and still goes for your hands ignore him and become the most boring human on earth. No talking, no eye contact, no sudden movements.

Definitely not normal for him to growl at you angrily. Play growling however is very natural.

Like with everything don't try and force him into something like putting on his leash, make it a fun and rewarding experience for him so use treats and a baby voice. Eventually he will want it because he knows he's being rewarded for doing what you ask of him.

Have you ever thought that maybe he doesn't like being picked up? Thus he growls? rather try calling and rewarding him when he comes?

And one last thing, Daxie's (all the ones I know) are great with kids and nipping and being nasty is not a trait. It's all about how YOU raise them. With love, kindness and lots of treats.
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thank you for the kind words. it's not the playful growling(he does that too when we are playing with a stuffed animal. we don't use our hands for play, his teeth hurt! lol the growling isn't play, he does it a time or two showing teeth then he jerks around and snaps/nips. we do baby talk and get excited with putting his leash on and that helps. but being such a small guy i have to pick him up because he can't climb down the stairs out our front door and get in the car etc. he picks and chooses when he's ok with it and when he isn't. it's like he can be temperamental or something.

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he is 8 weeks old.
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another thing is if he is sleeping and you touch him(come up and pet him) he sometimes growls.
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another thing is if he is sleeping and you touch him(come up and pet him) he sometimes growls.
Hahahaha because you're bugging him!!!!

Sweets at 8 weeks old he's just trying really hard to express himself.

Like mentioned they are SMART!! So start training now. Treat before you pick him up while you're holding him, when you put him down etc. He has to start associating you picking him up with good things happening and if he's food motivated you're half way there.

One thing though, Never EVER scold him for growling. It's such an important way for dogs to communicate so don't ever take that away from him. Because next time he won't warn and just bite.

He's still so little, the world is a scary place! Take it slow, take it easy and make sure each experience you expose him to is a positive experience.

And get some NYlabones...the chewing is coming hehehehe

PS: One rule with Daxie's NEVER EVER bother them when they'e sleeping...it makes them cranky hahahaha and this seems to be universal Leesi makes grunting noises saying "FFS mom leave me be I'm trying to sleeeeeep??? ARe you blind???" hahahaha

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