Dachshund pros

Here are some major benefits to owning a Dachshund:

i Dachshunds love you unconditionally.

i Studies show that having a pet lowers blood pressure and helps to manage stress.

i Fulfilling your dog's exercise needs may keep you in shape (see Chapter 16).

i Dachshunds are great companions and listeners.

i Dachshunds can help teach children to respect and be kind to animals.

i Dachshunds are good at warning you if someone is outside the house — welcome or not.

i If you bring home a rescued Dachshund, you can feel good about saving a life. And your dog will show his gratitude every day (see Chapter 5).

A word about the AKC

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is a nonprofit organization, established in 1884, that's devoted to the advancement of purebred dogs. The AKC maintains a record of all registered dogs; publishes ideal standards for each recognized breed; sponsors a variety of dog events, including conformation shows, obedience and field trials, agility competitions, and the Canine Good Citizen program; and produces educational information. (See Chapter 2 for more information on the AKC's Dachshund standards.)

How To Train Your Puppy

How To Train Your Puppy

Getting a new puppy is a fun and interesting time. You probably went to a breeder or pet store or maybe just saw an ad on the Internet or the newspaper, for puppies, and decided just to check it out. Before you knew it those little eyes and fluffy puppy fur had your heart melting and you were headed home with him or her in your arms. If you are like most new pet owners you had visions of playing fetch with your dog, of watching him frolic at the lake, and of cuddling up on cold nights.

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