Noticing a marked difference The patterns

From solid to dappled to brindled, Dachshund markings or patterns have no influence on a dog's personality only his appearance. Pick what you like or don't worry about it at all. The subtleties are only relevant to breeders and dog-show judges. Here are the many patterns a Dachshund can wear with pride i Solid A solid color is really an absence of markings rather than a marking itself. Solid means the whole dog is one color. The most common solid color is red, followed by wheaten and cream. i...

Why you must be in charge

If you don't decide from day one to be in charge of your Dachshund's behavior, he'll take you for a ride. You'll be a slave to his whims, his bad habits, and his begging, barking, chewing, housebreaking mishaps, and other behaviors that you never dreamed you'd have to endure. Remember back in those days when you used to say, When I have a dog, he'll never do that Raising a Dachshund is hard work. It takes vigilance, consistency, and a refusal on your part to give in. Of course, being consistent...

Utilizing petloss resources

Many excellent books and Web sites are there to help with the subject of pet loss and bereavement. Here are a few good ones I recommend 1 The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement is a nonprofit group of concerned people who are experienced and knowledgeable in the tender subject of pet death. Members are professional counselors as well as pet-loving people from all walks of life they're concerned with helping pet lovers cope with this intimate kind of loss. Anyone who's genuinely interested...

The Standard Dachshund

Standards are bigger and more boisterous than Miniatures they can keep up with you on a walk a little more easily and they can probably run farther and play harder than most Minis, too. That's not to say that Minis aren't little balls of Dachshund dynamite. But the larger size of the Standard (although keep in mind that even Standards aren't all that big compared to, say, a Labrador Retriever) may be better suited for a very active lifestyle. You need to consider a few things with a Standard...

In and out in and out

In general, your puppy needs to go out every two to three hours during the night if he's about 8 weeks old less often if he's older. That doesn't mean he won't ask to go out more often, however. He's lonely and scared, and he doesn't like being shut in that unfamiliar place. If whining can get you out of bed and him out of his crate, he'll keep doing it Maybe you'll get lucky. Some puppies sleep straight through the night or need to go out only once. If yours is more demanding, don't despair....

Sterilization Spaying or neutering your Dachshund

Do you want to become a Dachshund breeder Are you ready to devote most of your waking hours to the intense and often heartbreaking efforts of breeding, whelping, and raising, as well as studying to improve the health and temperament of Dachshunds Are you ready to barely break even when you sell the puppies, to take back any puppy for any reason, to remain committed to every dog out of litter after litter, and to watch puppies fail to thrive and die in your arms If not, please sterilize your...

Losing and Mourning Your Friend

No one with a beloved dog likes to think about the fact that dogs live much shorter lives than humans. Most of the time, humans will outlive their Dachshunds, and that means having to lose a friend. Losing a pet is a hard passage, especially in our society where pets have become increasingly meaningful in our lives. Pet owners go to such lengths to make their pets happy and healthy. When we lose them, it's heartbreaking. In the following sections, I help you prepare for that time you and your...

Remembering that old shouldnt equal lazy

An aging Dachshund may not be able to get around quite as quickly or spryly as she once did, but that doesn't mean she won't, or shouldn't, try. Old dogs need to keep moving. If they don't, they will experience diminished muscle tone. Moderate exercise helps keep arthritis symptoms in check and helps a Dachsie keep her weight down. Arthritis is common in older dogs, and if your Dachshund has experienced fenestration of her spinal column during disc surgery (see Chapter 17), she may, upon aging,...

Giving Your Family Dachshund Lessons

After you secure your home environment (for details, see Chapter 6), it's time to Dachs-proof the occupants. Not everyone in your family automatically knows how to handle a Dachshund puppy, so a family meeting is in order. The topic of discussion Life with a new Dachshund. Make sure that everyone gets in on this meeting. Children especially need to know a few things about Dachshunds before you turn them loose on the poor, unsuspecting puppy. At the meeting, you can enumerate the nine no-no's of...

Welcoming Your Dachshund Home

When you arrive safely at home, a real welcome is in order Life has just changed dramatically for both your family and that little dog in your arms, so go ahead and make a bit of a fuss. You don't want to overwhelm your new dog, of course, but you do want to show him around, acquaint him with his new turf, and do what you can to let him know that he's in a loving and safe environment with your family. The following sections help you pull out the welcome wagon. A 6i Puppies, like babies, are...

Picking the Best Puppy for

When you pick a breeder, develop a relationship, and set the terms of the purchase from your chosen breeder, all you have left to do is pick a puppy. But how do you know which one to pick Dachshund puppies are all so cute (see Figure 4-1). Is one as good as the next Yes and no. All the puppies up for sale in a well-bred litter probably will make great pets. In some cases, however, the temperament and tendencies of a particular puppy will turn out to be best suited to you. Who knows the litter...

The Obedient Dachshund Not an Oxymoron

We've had some behavior problems since geiiing 'Snowball.' ut vfith patience, repetition and gentle discipline, I've been able to break Ro er o most o them. We've had some behavior problems since geiiing 'Snowball.' ut vfith patience, repetition and gentle discipline, I've been able to break Ro er o most o them.

Taking Charge of Your Dachsie

Understanding your Dachshund's inborn tendencies Recognizing natural Dachsie skills Discovering the power of Dachshund wiles Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you'll wonder who's training whom when you get to the end of a long day of Dachshund disobedience. Training a Dachshund is indeed a challenge, and it helps to keep reminding yourself who's the boss as well as how to be the boss. Nobody ever said training a Dachshund was easy but it certainly isn't impossible. Your Dachshund won't...

Understanding why Dachshunds bark

Dachshunds bark more than some breeds because barking was part of the original Dachshund plan. When used in hunting, a Dachshund would corner its prey and then bark loudly and sharply to alert the hunter or farmer to come and finish the job. Sometimes, the Dachshund's bark had to be heard across great distances, or even from underground. So, even if you don't hunt with your Dachshund, you'll still reap the, ahem, benefits of centuries of breeding. It isn't his fault, but it is something you...

Vaccinations

Vaccinations protect your puppy from canine parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and rabies, as well as diseases that may be more prevalent in your area (such as coronavirus and Lyme disease). One of the most important things you can do to keep your puppy healthy is to get her vaccinated first at 5 to 6 weeks of age. If you buy your Dachshund from a breeder (see Chapter 4), she should've had the first one or two vaccinations done already. Continue to vaccinate your puppy according...

Becoming creatures of habit

Because dogs respond well to schedules and routines, establishing a daily order is an important part of making your dog feel like his universe is secure and in order. In addition to establishing the routine, however, you need to make sure that all your tasks occur at approximately the same times each day. Keeping a schedule isn't always easy, but it is important for your Dachshund, so try your best. Take him out at the same time each morning, feed him at the same times each day, and train,...

Working with Animal Shelters

Even if you don't have a Dachshund rescue program in or near your town (see the previous section), you probably have an animal shelter. The main difference between adopting from a rescue group and from an animal shelter is that the rescue group often specializes in a particular breed. They may be better at screening for problems, and they may have more time to give. Many animal shelters, however, do an amazing job at screening potential pets, and many even have obedience training programs to...

Competing in Field Trials A Dachshunds Destiny

Dachshunds are one of only a handful of breeds eligible to participate in field trials. The purpose of field trials is to give breeds designed for field work the opportunity to exercise their natural abilities their penchant for hunting, following a scent, and cornering vermin. Dachshund field trials are different from field trials for other dogs, like retrievers. Dachshunds are best at tracking small game through dense brush and alerting hunters to the location of the game. In a Dachsie field...

Harnessing the power of a wellplaced chew toy

Some Dachshunds chew on things more than others, and some Dachshunds aren't interested in any toy but their favorite. For the exuberant chewers, you can make use of a well-placed chew toy at every opportunity. Store safe, sturdy chew toys all over the house so that whenever your Dachshund gets too interested in chewing your fingers, toes, shoes, or furniture, you can immediately remove him with a firm No and then hand him an acceptable option. When he chews the toy instead, heap on the praise....

Your detailed guide to housetraining

Now that you have the basic principles down (after reading the previous section), you can discover how housetraining will work in your busy day. Take a look at these guidelines, or post them on your refrigerator (and for more reading, check out Housetraining For Dummies, by Susan McCullough Wiley ). If you decide to paper-train your Dachshund or, like one senior owner I know, allow him to use the extra shower stall as his litterbox the same guidelines apply, except that you whisk him off to his...

Not an Oxymoron

Chapter 10 Understanding the Defiant Dachshund. . . 127 Looking for Signs of Intelligent Why Dachshunds Are Independent Thinkers 129 Dachshunds Can't Obey What They Don't Understand 130 Communicating with Your Accentuating the Staying calm and Showing, telling, and Recognizing Normal Dachshund Behavior 134 A common Dachshund Nature versus When training problems mean health problems 136 The behaviorist is your Chapter 11 Taking Charge of Your Dachsie 139 Knowing Your Dachshund's Instincts and...

Meeting the family

After your dog gets the lay of the land, it's time for him to meet the inhabitants. Introduce the members of your family one by one. Your Dachshund can become overwhelmed if everyone crowds around at once, so let each family member (especially kids) approach slowly and gently, speaking in quiet, soothing voices. Some puppies are fine with a little chaos, but introducing your new member to the family one at a time gives him a chance to sniff each person's hand, check out each person's face, and...

Reviewing the AKCs official breed standard

The AKC's official Dachshund breed standard was approved on January 9, 2007, and became effective on March 1, 2007. Here it is, divided into a few specific categories. i General Appearance Low to ground, long in body and short of leg with robust muscular development. The skin is elastic and pliable without excessive wrinkling. Appearing neither crippled, awkward, nor cramped in her capacity for movement, the Dachshund is well balanced with bold and confident head carriage and intelligent, alert...

Housetraining

Housetraining is your biggest worry. Nobody likes to mop up puppy pee and scoop up puppy poop. And maybe you've heard that Dachshunds are harder to train than some breeds. I'll admit it, it's true they are. But they aren't as hard as some breeds, either. The Mini Dachshund can be the most challenging Dachsie to train, but all Dachshunds have a stubborn streak. You get to go to the bathroom inside the house. Why shouldn't he But even if you think he has a point with this...

Becoming a Versatile Dachshund

Dachshund breeders, like many other breeders, are becoming increasingly insistent that Dachshunds be beautiful and healthy, show stoppers and athletes, and always able to perform the functions for which they were originally bred. In an attempt to encourage versatility rather than overspecialization, the Dachshund Club of America has established a versatility program that awards a Versatility Certificate VC to Dachshunds that distinguish themselves in several areas. To earn a VC, a Dachshund...

The Morning After Starting a Routine

It's morning . . . already The sun is up, and you've made it through the first night. Today is your first full day with your new friend. It's also the day for setting up the routine you'll live with most of the time. Don't wait to incorporate your Dachsie into your routine. You don't have to make the first few weeks special for your Dachshund. If you can take time to be home more often, that's perfect, but don't center your entire day around your new dog. When things go back to normal, your dog...

Preparing for Demolition

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So you think your sweet little dog couldn't make too much of a mess You'd be surprised. Do you really love your collection of antique teacups or crystal vases Then either display them well above the level any Dachshund can reach or put them away for a while. Puppies are exuberant and curious, and they haven't yet learned what areas are off limits to them see Figure 6-1 . It's not the puppy's fault if he jumps onto that end table to see just what's up there and breaks something valuable. Imagine...

The behaviorist is your ally

If your dog exhibits behavioral problems, seems untrainable despite your best efforts, or has any of the problems listed in the preceding section and your vet has ruled out a medical problem, consider contacting an animal behaviorist. No, it isn't like taking your pet in for psychotherapy. Dogs can suffer from very real and serious behavioral problems, and a behaviorist is trained to deal with these specific problems. Don't be shy about calling a behaviorist. Plenty of people do, and plenty of...

People food The good the bad and the ugly

People food Some of it is good, some of it is bad, and some of it is downright dangerous for your Dachshund. If it will help you to remember which is which, keep a copy of Table 8-1 on your refrigerator. Fresh, low-fat meat minced High-fat meat Fresh, low-fat meat minced High-fat meat No matter how much your Dachsie begs, never give her a taste of that chocolate bar or chocolate chip cookie. Chocolate can cause dehydration and diarrhea that's difficult to treat and deadly if not caught in time....

Understanding the elimination process

Puppies don't pee and poop at random. A very specific process happens inside them and inside dogs and even humans of all ages called the gastrocolic reflex, which is the internal mechanism that governs the elimination process. Eating triggers this reflex. The body makes room for new food by expelling the remains of old food in the colon. The result Somewhere between 5 and 60 minutes after a puppy eats, he needs to poop. And after your puppy's tiny bladder fills up enough from drinking water,...

Mastering the Leash

This section's set of cues are for when you and your Dachshund are walking together you on one end of the leash and your Dachshund on the other. You may ask Just who's walking who as your Dachsie drags you down the sidewalk. The daily Dachshund walk can be an immensely enjoyable experience, provided that your Dachshund is well-behaved. If not, it can become an irritating and trying task that you'll probably soon abandon. Lure-and-reward training doesn't work with leash lessons because they...

Dachshunds

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Understanding a Dachshunds Special Needs

Dachshunds have special-care needs related to preserving the integrity of their spinal cords. Dachshunds are chondrodystrophy an inherited condition that results in dwarfism and makes the Dachshund's spine vulnerable to disc rupture. One hard jump off a high bed, a fall from a porch, or even a sudden twisting movement to catch a ball can rupture a disk. The result can range from severe pain to paralysis temporary or permanent. For a more detailed discussion of disk disease, see Chapter 17. How...

Ten Great People Foods for Dachshunds

The foods in the following list may be good foods to give, but always feed these foods in moderation. Use them as a flavorful addition to your Dachshund's regular balanced diet see Chapter 8 11 Lean meat Dogs love meat, and some people including this book's illustrious Technical Editor say they don't get enough. Examples include beef, chicken, turkey, or fish. Make sure you give small pieces. i Lowfat cottage cheese Dish out just a spoonful to supplement meals and treats, unless this method...

Enjoying Your Senior Dachsie and Saying Goodbye

Defining senior Taking care of an older Dachsie Watching for illness during the golden years Coping with the loss of a pet M Whether your Dachsie has been your best friend for years or you've just adopted an older Dachshund, life with a senior Dachsie isn't exactly like life with a puppy. Your senior won't have quite the energy, the verve, or the capacity for destruction and mischief. On the other hand, life with a senior Dachsie isn't as different as you may imagine. Some Dachsies act...

Organic raw frozen does it matter

Lately, a lot of information is being passed around about organic diets, raw-food diets, and frozen prepared raw diets. Holistic pet food is trendy, but a lot of the hype comes from some pretty sensible ideas namely that rather than chemicals, a dog's diet should contain food in a form as close as possible to the things a dog would eat in the wild. It may be worthwhile, although no studies have shown this yet. The problem is, organic food is much more expensive, although people who choose...

Finding the Right Breeder

So how do you find a breeder who loves Dachshunds and devotes his or her life to making Dachshunds stronger, healthier, and more beautiful You do a little research, and you ask for help. Many local and national Dachshund clubs will be happy to provide you with referrals to breeders they've found acceptable. For instance, you can contact the Dachshund Club of America DCA , which is a great resource for Dachshund information and of reputable member breeders who have signed a strict code of ethics...

Manipulating your Dachshunds instincts

Training your dog not to bark requires an effort contrary to your human instinct. First, when he barks, you must show no emotion whatsoever except, perhaps, for a quiet disdain. Yelling and making a big fuss only reinforces his behavior, because he thinks you're barking along with him. Basically, there are two major keys to training your Dachshund not to bark unreasonably i Remember that some barking is justified and desirable. i Never, ever react to unreasonable or undesirable barking in any...

At What Age Is a Dachsie a Golden Oldie

Different breeds become seniors at different ages, so just when should you consider your Dachshund a senior citizen As you may know, dog longevity is largely based on size. Small dogs often live 14 to 16 years or longer, whereas the bigger breeds often live only half that long. Because Dachshunds are small, their longevity tends toward the high side lucky for us owners as long as yours is healthy, she will enjoy life to the fullest up until the very end. But your Dachshund will begin to show...

The nine nonos of Dachshund ownership

I won't go so far as to say that you need to require every member of your family to memorize and recite back to you the following list of Dachshund no-no's, but it won't hurt to post this list somewhere and make sure that everyone has read it at least once 1 Don't overwhelm your Dachshund. Dachshunds are relatively small dogs and can be easily scared or confused by lots of people, loud noises, and chaos. Give your Dachshund a place to go away from the family uproar. A kennel or crate is a...

Dachshunds Not Just Any

Dachshund Rules

It's one thing to prepare for a dog it's another thing to prepare for a Dachshund. Dachshunds have all the basic needs of a dog, but they come with a few of their own special quirks and considerations. If you have your heart set on owning a Dachsie who can blame you after seeing a cutie like the pup shown in Figure 1-1 you must be ready to handle a few extras. The following list presents the common characteristics of Dachshunds i Dachshunds have fragile backs. Because of their dwarfism big dog,...

Making the euthanasia decision

Perhaps the most difficult part of losing a pet is making the decision to euthanize. If your Dachshund is in severe pain and can't be treated or is otherwise suffering, your vet may recommend euthanasia. Euthanasia typically involves administering a dose of a barbiturate, which is a drug commonly used as an anesthetic. The dose is sufficient to allow the heart and the breathing to come to a gradual, peaceful stop. Veterinary medicine has advanced to the point where much of a pet's suffering can...

Putting Your Dachshund through Basic Training

Understanding the benefits and purpose of obedience classes Teaching your pup the good-dog basics Giving leash lessons Addressing your training problems Remembering the importance of fun J fter you've conquered the house rules see Chapter 13 , you W can move on to more fun training activities. Personally, you need a dog that's housetrained and doesn't bite or destroy things, but your Dachshund needs stuff to do a purpose in life. A dog that can sit, roll over, speak, lie down, and heel on cue...

Dachshund cons

A hard fact of life is that the drawbacks to owning a Dachshund can outweigh the benefits for some people 1 Dachshunds need plenty of attention and affection. They want to be with you, not tied to a chain in the backyard. 1 Dachshunds aren't people even though they may think they are and must be taught how to live with people. Without proper and consistent teaching and socialization efforts, your dog may end up becoming an annoyance to you, your family, or your neighbors. He may even inflict...

Why Dachshunds have long bodies

The Dachshund's long body is unusual but useful for its original purpose hunting. Dachshunds had to be large enough to contend with badgers and other game that could put up a fierce counterattack. On the other hand, Dachshunds had to be low to the ground and compact to be able to follow the badger into its burrow without getting stuck. The Dachshund's long, slender body was the perfect solution. Adding length gave the dog more power and weight while maintaining its low height. All purebred dogs...

What about homemade diets

Considering making your dog's food at home out of natural, healthy ingredients Sounds appealing, yes, but it's time consuming. Of course, if you have one 6-pound Miniature Dachshund, you'll spend a lot less time making her food than if you have a house full of Standards. The only problem with homemade diets is that if they aren't nutritionally complete, your dog can suffer. For example, a dog fed only meat will eventually experience severe health problems. More subtle nutritional deficiencies...

Ledges and Couches and Beds Oh My

Some Dachshunds are impossible to keep off beds and couches, and when they decide to get down, they get down before you can stop them. Some people build little Dachshund ramps from their beds and couches so their Dachshunds can scamper easily down from high places. Others recognize that their pets are going to jump, and these folks just hope for the best. It's up to you to gauge your individual situation and determine what works for you and your pet, but it is possible to train a Dachshund to...

Choose a Dachshund that isnt so dramatically short and

The longer the back, the more strained it will be by any movement. An international humane organization called the Council of Europe is encouraging European breeders to breed for taller dogs with shorter backs. The Germans recently revised their standard accordingly, and many breeders in the United States are following suit breeding for less extreme dimensions in order to ensure healthier, stronger backs. Keep your Dachshund at a healthy weight. Obesity puts a huge strain on your...

Preventing disk injury

Can you prevent CIDD in your Dachshund Maybe. Some dogs will probably get it no matter what. Others may have a tendency to get it but won't. Still others may have no tendency at all, so the first and best method of prevention is to find a Dachshund that isn't prone to CIDD. The problem is, no one can tell for sure which Dachshunds are prone and which ones will stay clear. Scientists do know that CIDD is genetic, however, so a great prevention method is to purchase a Dachshund with little or no...

Why Dachshunds have short legs

Another distinguishing feature of the Dachshund is its short legs. Dachshunds have short legs to best fit into badger dens and burrows of other small game. But Dachshunds have been used for all sorts of hunting, not just burrowing, and its characteristically short legs serve the Dachshund well in several ways 1 Short legs allow a Dachshund to move quickly through dense brush and into spaces that, even though above ground, would be tight fits for a taller dog. In fact, Dachshunds have been used...

If your Dachshunds nails need clipping clip them

Regularly clipping off the tips of your dog's nails shouldn't be a problem after your puppy gets used to it. On your very first vet visit, ask your vet to show you how to clip your Dachshund's nails so you can do it yourself. It doesn't hurt as long as you don't cut down too far. ABffl Your vet can show you how to avoid cutting the quick, or the small vein in your dog's nail. When nails are clipped frequently about once every two to four weeks less often if your dog walks on cement frequently ,...

Knowing Your Dachshunds Instincts and Traits

The first step toward taking the reins in the dog-human relationship is to know your Dachshund. All Dachshunds have unique qualities and instincts. Knowing them and taking advantage of the characteristics of the breed will help you take and maintain control. Chapters 1-3 also give you info so you can get familiar with the Dachshund. Each Dachsie persona in this section is probably a part of your Dachshund's overall personality. Some traits may sound more like your pet than others. Whichever...

Competing in Agility Trials Poetry in Motion

Agility is hot these days because everyone loves to watch it. Who can resist dogs jumping through hoops, running over teeter-totters, and tunneling through chutes all on one fast-paced obstacle course The dogs can't resist it, either. If your Dachshund is athletic and you think he'd enjoy agility, consider training him for agility work. Many local trainers offer agility classes because it's just so fun. . jABEfl Agility helps both you and your Dachshund stay in great shape. y .M It's also the...

Teaching Your Dachshund the House Rules

Housebreaking your Dachsie Nipping puppy biting and chewing in the bud Dealing with that Dachshund bark, bark, bark Teaching your puppy not to jump Working with an old dog on new tricks ou've been worrying about training your new Dachshund, haven't you What new dog owner doesn't Bad behavior is a major cause of puppy and dog abandonment to animal shelters, and the saddest part is that the puppies and dogs aren't even to blame. They pay the price for their owners' lack of knowledge and...

Addressing a Senior Dachshunds Care Needs

The good news is, when she has passed her 7th year of life, your Dachshund's chance of developing canine intervertebral disc disease CIDD decreases see Chapter 17 . The bad news is, her chance of developing other conditions such as kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, and dementia increases. Fortunately, many of these age-related conditions are treatable if caught in time. Conditions like diabetes and liver and kidney...

Recognizing When Problems Arent Just Old

It's easy to assume that if your senior dog is slowing down, becoming confused, or even occasionally yelping in pain, she's simply experiencing symptoms due to old age. Aging, however, isn't a disease. If your Dachshund displays any of the following signs or symptoms, contact your vet right away, because it isn't just old age if your pet 1 Acts confused. This could be a sign of dementia something dogs can develop just like people. Canine dementia is treatable. 1 Yelps in pain. This could be a...

The Miniature Dachshund

All Dachshunds are clowns, but there's something particularly hilarious about the antics of the Miniature Dachshund. Of course, that may depend on your sense of humor. Small-dog aficionados are particularly charmed by the Mini's attitude, obstinacy, independence, and over-confident, rapid-fire barks. And, of course, if you love small dogs, a Mini Dachshund really is as cute as they come. Love cats Miniature Dachshunds make great cat companions as long as you introduce the two carefully and give...

Competing in Earthdog Tests Born to Burrow

But you already know that. If yours is a digger extraordinaire, he may have the right stuff for earthdog tests or den trials. Most Dachshunds do. Earthdog tests are a lot of fun, and any AKC-registered Dachshund or Terrier 6 months of age or older may participate, including spayed and neutered dogs. Den trials are similar but sponsored by the American Working Terrier Association AWTA , or a local group. Many Dachshunds need minimal training to excel in this...

Be prepared for behavioral changes and keep your

Dachshund's routine as regular as possible. Older dogs tend to become less flexible and more resentful about changes in routine, because changes can be confusing. Feed, walk, and take your Dachshund out at the same times each day. If your Dachshund's vision or hearing declines, be sure to keep furniture and her food and water bowls in the same places so she doesn't get disoriented. If you have an older longhaired or wirehaired Dachshund, don't yank at mats or strip hair too vigorously. Too much...

Recognizing Normal Dachshund Behavior

Despite all the generalizations you hear about dogs and Dachshunds, the fact is, every Dachshund is different. Some are more stubborn than others. And some are jollier or bigger performers, or more retiring, or less likely to enjoy children, or more friendly toward strangers, and so on. You can read every book on the planet about Dachshunds, dog behavior, and training, but until you get to know the personality of your Dachshund, you'll have only half the story. Putting any individual Dachshund...

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a thyroid gland disorder in which the thyroid doesn't secrete enough of its hormone, slowing a dog's metabolism and resulting in weight gain, fatigue, sluggish behavior, dry skin, hair loss, and severe behavioral changes ranging from aggression to depression. If your Dachshund exhibits these symptoms, call your vet for an appointment. Dachshunds, along with many other breeds, are particularly prone to hypothyroidism. Most dogs develop the disease in middle age. It can be...

Getting Regular Exercise Move It or Lose It

Every living thing with muscles needs to exercise. Exercise helps keep your Dachshund young, strong, and slim. Couch potato Dachshunds may be more prone to disk problems see Chapter 37 , less able to fight off disease, and generally less healthy than their more athletic counterparts. How much should your Dachshund weigh That depends on her size Standard or Miniature , muscle mass, and other factors. In general, however, you can tell whether your Dachshund is too fat by checking periodically...

Making your home a Dachshund haven

It can be a Dachshund dream house. When you're Dachs-proofing your home, I recommend that you get down on your belly and look around for potential hazards see Chapter 6 . You can do the same thing to make your Dachsie's dream house this time getting down there to look for what a Dachshund would like to see. Low furniture, lots of cushions, a Dachshund-sized sofa, enclosed pet beds that give a sense of security cat beds are good for Minis , and lots of blankets...

Look at your Dachshund from the top see Figure

She should look more like a squash than a sausage. Her body should get narrower between the back of the rib cage and the hips. A too-sharp narrowing, however, could signal that your Dachshund is underweight. 1 Feel your Dachshund's ribs. Can you feel the individual ribs under a thin but slightly padded layer of skin Just right. If you can't find any sign of ribs, however, your Dachshund is too fat. If the ribs are very visible without even touching them, your Dachshund may be too thin. Figure...

Preparing to Live with a Dachshund

Chapter 1 Is a Dachshund Right for Chapter 2 Defining the Dashing Chapter 3 The Long and Short of Dachshund Varieties 39 Chapter 5 Rescue Me Adopting a Part II Starting Out on the Right Paw at Chapter 6 Making Your Home Chapter 7 Dachs-Proofing Your Chapter 8 Purchasing Your Dachshund Chapter 9 The First Day What to Do and What to Expect 109 Not an Oxymoron Chapter 10 Understanding the Defiant Chapter 11 Taking Charge of Your Chapter 12 Determining Your Trainer Chapter 13 Teaching Your...

Purchasing Your Dachshund Essentials

Finding a den that's truly home sweet home Perusing the must-haves and why-nots of pet supplies Picking up grooming tools and toys Deciding what to feed your Dachshund f you love shopping, this chapter is for you. And even if you don't, no need to despair. Many pet catalogs and Internet sites are at your service This chapter is all about pet supplies what you and your Dachshund need and what you don't necessarily need but think would be awfully fun to have. Every dog needs a few basics, and...

Why Good Backs Go

The title Why Good Backs Go Bad is a bit of a misnomer, because many Dachshunds don't have good backs to start with. Dachshunds are a chondrodystrophic breed along with a handful of other breeds, like Pekingese, Cocker Spaniels, and Basset Hounds . Any dog or any human, for that matter could experience disk disease, but because of the way they're built and because of the nature of their backbones, Dachshunds are particularly susceptible to canine intervertebral disk disease sometimes called...

Crateand Wait

Waaait a minute, you may be thinking. Just how much is this surgery going to cost me That depends on where you live and where you take your Dachshund, but the all-inclusive charges probably will range from 800 to over 2,000 most are probably close to 1,500 . For many Dachshund owners, surgery isn't an affordable option, so is surgery your only choice when your Dachshund's disks go bad No, although for severe episodes, it has the highest success rate by a long shot. The other option is the one...

Progressive retinal atrophy

Some Dachshunds will develop progressive retinal atrophy, a degenerative eye disease that eventually results in blindness. The disease isn't painful and sometimes has no symptoms until the dog is almost completely blind however, some dogs will show reluctance to go down stairs or go into dark areas night blindness can be an initial stage of the disease . In some dogs, the eye lens looks more opaque or cloudy, but this isn't always the case. In particular, longhaired Miniature Dachshunds may be...

How Dachsies manipulate

Dogs need certain things, like food, shelter, warmth, and companionship. They also desire certain things, like more food, more warmth, and a whole lotta companionship. Dogs don't like other things, like hunger, standing out in the rain, or being ignored. They're social animals, domesticated to enjoy the good life and oh, how they love suppertime. It only makes sense, then, that your Dachshund will do whatever he can to get more of what he wants and less of what he doesn't want. Any creature...

Selecting your den

You can purchase a crate or kennel for your Dachshund at most pet stores or even at discount-type department stores. You can also find a huge variety of pet housing on the Internet, ranging in price from 15.00 or 20.00 to almost 100.00, depending on the brand, the design, and the store. When purchasing a Dachshund den, look for a sturdy, well-ventilated plastic or metal crate with an easy-open door easy for you to open, not your Dachshund . You want to find a size just big enough that your...

Oh Those Dachshund Wiles

If you get a Dachshund, you're dealing with a hunter, a tracker, a digger, an athlete, and an actor destined for whatever stage you'll give him. The combination results in a unique set of what I like to call Dachshund wiles. Dachshund wiles are hard to define, yet exceedingly powerful. They make up the force that mysteriously compels you to hand over half of your hot dog to your devious little darling, even when you're still hungry. They keep you from answering the phone when your Dachshund is...

Ten Great Choices for Your Dachsie Bookshelf

Millions of dog books, so little time Here are a few fun Dachshund books to add to your collection, if you have one and if you don't, why not start one right now The Culture Clash, by Jean Donaldson James amp Kenneth Publishers . You'll never look at training a dog the same way again. When you read this, you'll keep saying, Ohhhh I get it Don't Shoot the Dog The New Art of Teaching and Training, by Karen Pryor Ringpress Books Ltd . Another really helpful book on dog training. Dig In Earthdog...

Practicing Good Grooming

Keeping your Dachshund well-groomed is an important part of maintaining her overall health, for the following reasons i A healthy, mat-free coat makes examination of the skin easier and doesn't harbor pests, dirt, or bacteria. i Tartar-free and plaque-free teeth aren't susceptible to gum disease. Brushing also prevents more serious conditions like heart disease, which can result from bacteria in your dog's mouth traveling to her heart. i Short, clipped nails keep your Dachshund's feet healthy...

Shining in Obedience Competitions Surprise em

Maybe beauty contests aren't your kind of thing. Or perhaps your Dachshund doesn't particularly like to sit still and look pretty. But if he has a particular knack for basic obedience cues and you're great at teaching them see Chapter 14 , obedience competition or the less-competitive sport called Rally may be for you. In Rally, dogs and their handlers that's you compete on a course designed by the judge. The judge tells you where to start, and you and your Dachshund move along at your own...

Longhaired grooming tools

Grooming a longhaired Dachshund is mostly a matter of keeping all those tiny little tangles from becoming great big mats. It takes a little skill and practice, but mostly it takes a commitment to regular grooming preferably a comb-through every day. Several books give good instructions on grooming longhaired Dachshunds for the show ring or for pet homes, but nothing beats watching someone who knows the ropes demonstrate for you. Your breeder may be the best person to show you a professional dog...

Collecting the musthaves

Expensive Clothes For Dachshunds

Following is your list of pet supply staples. These items are pretty much non-negotiable. Your Dachshund needs them. You can spend a little or a lot on, say, a leash or a food bowl. You can even buy most of the supplies at garage sales or borrow them from friends who no longer have dogs. But you need to find the following items, one way or the other 1 Food Buy as good a food as you can afford see the later section Kibble, Kibble, Everywhere . . . for more about what to feed your Dachshund . 1...

The crying game

One of the hardest parts for dog lovers to endure is the whining. Your Dachshund will cry, moan, howl, plead, and beg on the first night. He wants to sleep with you. How can you resist He sounds so pitiful, so pathetic, so lonely. If you were in that kennel, you'd want someone to take you out and cuddle you, too. But you aren't in that kennel, and your Dachshund isn't a human. Dogs prefer to sleep in enclosed, den-like places. Yours simply hasn't grown accustomed to his den yet, and he won't if...

Dachshund Bloat

Bloat, or gastric torsion, is an emergency condition that happens most often to deep-chested breeds like Dachshunds. For unknown reasons, the stomach fills with gas and then twists on itself. Without treatment, bloat is fatal. If your Dachshund suddenly starts pacing, salivating, and acting upset, nervous, or in pain or it just seems like something is very wrong suspect bloat. Call your vet immediately. Emergency surgery could save your dog's life. Some experts theorize that you can prevent...

A companion to dens Dog beds for Dachsies

If you're talking aesthetics, dog beds see Figure 8-1 for an example are much nicer looking than crates and kennels. Some Dachshunds love them especially the beds that are more enclosed. Many Dachshunds, especially Minis, like those cushy, semi-enclosed cat beds. If you want to and can get yours used to a bed, that's fine. You can buy some beautiful ones even furniture-quality wooden beds sized just for small dogs. Figure 8-1 Some Dachshunds, like these longhairs, like to call dog beds home....

Understanding your chondrodystrophy canine

Dachshund Cervical Vertebrae Images

Your Dachshund's spinal column is made up of small bones called vertebrae that surround and protect the spinal cord see Figure 17-1 . His spinal column consists of four primary sections the cervical spine, or neck area the thoracic spine, or chest area the lumbar spine, or lower-back area and the sacral spine, or pelvic area. The spinal cord is the information highway of the body, sending messages from the body to the brain about what's going on in the environment and from the brain back to the...

Communicating with Your Dachshund

How do you talk Dachshund First, you have to see the world from your Dachshund's point of view. Imagine that you're a Dachshund, scampering around about 8 inches off the ground. You've suddenly been uprooted from the home you knew, and here you are in a strange place with a strange creature who towers above you and keeps uttering strange, undecipherable sounds. The creature seems very nice, offering food and petting you. The voice sounds well-intentioned, and sometimes you get treats. But...

Understanding the Defiant Dachshund

Opening the books on a Dachshund's intelligence Accepting that Dachshunds don't speak English Talking to and understanding the Dachshund Relating to your individual Dachshund X ou've heard it from this book if you've read earlier chapters and probably from many other places if you've been doing your Dachsie research Dachshunds are notoriously stubborn. You may also have heard the words defiant, willful, obstinate, headstrong, and intractable. All true, yes, and appropriate in some Dachshunds...

Poisons

Want another thing to worry about with a chew-happy puppy Poisons. Even if you keep the drain cleaner and the bleach out of reach, plenty of other household items and substances can poison your puppy, from ibuprofen like Advil or aspirin tablets to rotten food in your trashcan. Here are some common household poisons that you should keep well out of reach from your puppy l Cleaners of all types. Some are more toxic than others, but who wants to wait and see which ones may be okay i All human and...

Which commercial food is best

If you choose to feed your dog dry kibble the easiest option the number of choices is astounding. Corn-based, meat-based, hypoallergenic, natural, meat meal, fresh meat, by-products, no meat, human-grade ingredients how do you pick Well, your first job is to learn how to read the labels. The following list explains how i Look for kibble that lists meat or meat meal as the first ingredient, and preferably also as the second and or third ingredient. Fresh meat and meat meal are both high-quality...

Compensating for Stairs

A big thing to consider when Dachs-proofing your home is how to make your stairs Dachshund-friendly. Stairs are hard on Dachshund backs see Chapter 17 , especially for the Minis because each step is a lot bigger to a 7-pound dog than to a 30-pound dog. If you have stairs in your home, that's no reason to give up your Dachshund dreams. But you do need to take a few precautions. If you have the space and the resources, a ramp is great for Dachshunds. A ramp is most practical outside, where you...

Making a Friend for Life

Adopting a Dachshund can be one of the most rewarding things you can ever do as a pet owner. People who've adopted often claim that their dogs seem eternally and exuberantly grateful throughout their entire lives. Will the dog know what you've done for him Maybe not in so many words, but a dog who has lost his home and then finds one with you will probably be as devoted a dog as you'll find. Of course, not every rescued or shelter dog comes pretrained, presocialized, and ready to accept a new...

The athlete

Dachshunds may have delicate backs and may not appear particularly buff, but many are superior athletes see Figure 11-1 for an example . Dachshunds are built to work, not to sit around looking pretty. Even Minis are designed to follow quarry into small dens. No lap dogs in Dachshund land although they do love your lap . What does the Dachshund's natural athletic ability mean to your training Figure 11-1 This Dachsie looks like a natural athlete, no Figure 11-1 This Dachsie looks like a natural...

Allergies

Some Dachshunds have skin problems that a veterinarian will diagnose as allergies possibly to environmental contacts and inhalants or food. Many pet owners think their pets have food allergies, but true food allergies account for only about 5 percent of allergic skin problems. Allergies usually show up in the form of rashes, itchy sores, and plenty of scratching. A switch to a higher quality food with a single protein source like lamb, fish, or venison helps some dogs not only with food...

Ten Good Foods Ten Bad Foods

Feeding your Dachshund good people food occasionally Avoiding dangerous people foods lenty of people can't resist giving their Dachshunds just a little bite of this and just a tiny smidgen of that. After all, how can you turn down those pleading, hungry faces A little bit of healthy people food won't hurt a Dachshund, as long as your Dachsie isn't ingesting too many calories. In fact, a variety of healthy foods may actually be good for your Dachshund. Many experts disagree, but it makes sense...

Pros and Cons of Adopting a Dachsie

Before you run out and sign the papers to adopt a rescued or shelter Dachshund, put some serious thought into it. Sure, it's a wonderful thing to do. However, you don't want to get into a situation where you'll regret the adoption or, even worse, have to give the dog back. You should consider the pros and cons of adopting a Dachshund, weighing them against your situation and inclinations before making a commitment. The very last thing a rescued or shelter Dachshund needs is to think he has a...

Examining the Pros and Cons of Dachshund Ownership

Dachshund ownership is easy to romanticize You and your cute little wiener dog, together forever. You see yourself taking leisurely walks through the park with your Dachsie by your side relaxing with a good book and his warm body on your lap having a loyal companion and friend, and a playmate for the kids and having friends comment on how well-behaved, well-trained, and intelligent your dog is. Well, guess what Life with a dog isn't always like that. From sleepless nights with a new puppy to...

Meditating on Holistic Health Care

When searching for the perfect vet, chances are you've encountered or at least heard about one or more holistic veterinarians in your area. The movement toward more holistic and natural health care is big right now and nowhere more so than in the world of animal companions. Holistic veterinarians may practice any or all of a number of different holistic healing techniques most specialize in one or two , including homeopathy, herbalism, flower essences, acupuncture, acupressure, pet massage of...

Wirehaired grooming tools

If you don't care about keeping your dog looking like a show dog, a wirehaired Dachsie can get by with an electric clipper shave whenever her wiry coat gets out of hand. If you want your dog to look ready for the show ring, however, you need a few other tools including your thumb and forefinger, which you'll use periodically to pluck the longer hairs from your Dachshund's coat it doesn't hurt her , or a stripping knife. Just as with longhairs, you'll learn a lot by watching a pro demonstrate...

A common Dachshund mentality

And neither are most people, really. They share many characteristics, which I list here 1 They enjoy pleasurable activities. They require food, water, sleep, and affection. They absolutely love to go on walks, play outdoors, chase squirrels, chase balls but not necessarily give them back to you , sleep under the bedcovers with you, and curl up on your lap to watch television. They'll do just about anything for your undivided attention. 1 They don't enjoy...

Ten Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dachshund

The foods in the following list won't necessarily harm every dog, but many dogs have developed serious illnesses after eating these seemingly harmless people foods. Why take a chance I suggest that you never, ever feed your Dachshund any of these ten foods. If you believe your dog has ingested any of them, call your vet right away for advice. Chocolate Both the theobromine and the caffeine in chocolate can be very harmful to dogs. Baker's chocolate is the worst, but even milk chocolate can make...

Looking at the senior diet

When you browse the dog-food aisles of your local pet store or supermarket, you probably notice dog foods targeted for senior dogs. Does your aging Dachshund need a change in diet As long as her health is fine, your Dachshund can continue on her regular diet for her entire life. In fact, switching your Dachshund's diet away from the food she thrives on can actually be detrimental. Some senior formulas are low in protein, but older dogs with healthy kidneys need protein in order to maintain...

Why Dachshunds Are Independent Thinkers

Different dog breeds have been bred for different reasons. Some have been developed to be very in-tune to their humans' every need working in close partnership to herd livestock or retrieve game, for example. Some have been developed to be strong, protective working dogs. And some have been developed to curl up and look pretty on the laps or in the sleeves of royalty. Dachshunds like most Hounds have been developed to think for themselves see Figure 10-1 for a Dachsie deep in thought ....

Dachshund paraphernalia A collectors dream

From framed Dachshund folk art to antique Dachshund-shaped boot scrapers, Dachshunds make for a great decorating theme and great collecting opportunities. Scan antique shops and flea markets for Dachshund items. Tell dealers what you're looking for, and they may be able to point you in the right direction. You can also purchase Dachshund paraphernalia on the Web. Check out the following Web sites t Distinctively Dachshund at www.disdox.com. This site has Basset Hound stuff, too. t Dachshund...

Pest control

Tool Detection Skin And Hair

No matter where you live, and no matter how often you keep your Dachshund inside, your pup probably will have some contact with some kind of pest. Fleas are everywhere, for instance, and in the southern states and parts of California, fleas have established a comfortable and prolific year-round existence. Ticks are everywhere, too, in the wooded areas of most states. Lyme disease a serious and sometimes fatal disease spread by the deer tick has been detected in 47 of 50 states. People can catch...