Lively, devoted and stubborn – these are just a few words that describe this unmistakable breed of dogs. Many owners claim that their ‘wiener dogs’ are honest and loyal, claiming that they would never even consider owning another breed.
The typical Dachshund behavior leans toward the social side, whether that means being a family pet or living in a home with another dog. Dachshunds are easily kept in pairs since they enjoy each other’s company and can entertain each other. In fact, they seem to recognize fellow dachshunds versus other breeds. That explains why Riley and Bandit get along so well as if they are…well brothers.
Dachshunds do like to exercise, and they certainly need it, but they are not a breed that needs an abundant amount of activity daily. They are usually good with a few outings during the day to use the potty. They can either be walked on a leash or turned out in a properly fenced area.
They also love affection from their family and make great pets for families with children of any age. They are eager to make their owner smile and are known to be quite silly at times. However, dachshund behavior usually isn’t overly aggressive or hyperactive, enjoying their lazy time as well.
One drawback is that your dachshund can be possessive of toys and jealous of the attention of his or her primary caregiver. However, steps can be taken to nip these behaviors in the bud. The worst thing an owner can do for his or her dachshund is to ignore behaviors such as growling or nipping. Just because these dogs as small does not mean they can be allowed to behave badly.
Although dachshunds are in the hound group according to the American Kennel Club, they have terrier tendencies, including digging and chasing small prey. They should be kept in a fenced yard and on a leash during walks to prevent them from running off to chase something that catches their eye. This dachshund behavior is instinctual and can happen even if your dachshund is well trained.
This stubbornness in behavior is also seen in the dachshund’s unwillingness to go outside during cold or wet weather. Therefore, a dachshund can give his or her owner trouble during the potty training stage and long afterward. If you can keep an area of your yard dry during rainy times, you can probably eliminate this problem easily.
Dachshunds do not respond to forceful training. They have a proud personality that does not go well with constant punishment. They will often just shut down when whipped or jerked by a collar. A better way to train these friendly little fellows (and any other breed, for that matter) is to offer treats, verbal praise and affection. They love the approval of their owner, and they will respond to positive reinforcement.
These dogs are quite protective, which may result in barking when strangers approach their home or their owner when out in public. While this dachshund behavior is the dog’s nature, it should definitely be controlled. You can praise the dog for letting you know someone is there, but you can’t allow your dog to continue barking even when you have welcomed the person into your home.
Standard Dachshunds tend to be calmer than their Miniature cousins, who are much more active. Wirehaired Dachshunds are the most energetic of the Standard breeds. They have a reputation as the most stubborn and mischievous, but they still retain the sweet and loyal traits the breed is known for. Longhaired Dachshunds have Spaniel ancestry, which probably accounts for their sweet, quiet personalities. Smooth Dachshunds, the most recognizable of the breed, tend to bond with one person although they still do well in a family setting.
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