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Old 02-20-2005, 04:42 AM
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Hi all...

Those who have or had Dachshunds before... are they hard to train?
Ive been reading alot about them having a mind of their own and would like to have some first hand inputs.

Are they good with other dogs?
Apartment living?

We have a Cavalier and would like to find another small breed so they can keep each other company. I would love to have a mini dachshund...


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Old 02-20-2005, 04:29 PM
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I've never seen that. My bro has a dachsund and it's the nicest thing you could ever meet. It always comes to you and I mean, I really don't think they're hard to train from what I've seen.

And my bro lived with the dachsund in the apartment for about a year and half. I don't think there should be a problem. Good luck!
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Old 02-20-2005, 05:33 PM
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Calvin, I'd encourage you to stick with a standard sized Dachsund instead of a mini, though. You're going to have a much better chance of not having genetic problems with a standard and it will be a better playmate for your King Charles. A Dachsund is only a big dog on the inside, kind of like a stretch Terrier, lol!
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Old 02-24-2005, 04:56 PM
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Default My experience with doxies

We raised our doxie pup in an apartment (we have a house now) and he did just fine. We kept him to just a portion of the apartment till he was fully house trained and still maintained a good eye on him at most times. He's quite inquisitive and likes to check everything out. He also likes to eat paper objects so watch out for that.

Dexter is 18 months now and he's a doll. Socialize him young because doxies do have the reputation of being a little aggressive if they haven't been properly socialized.

I personally recommend crating the puppy at night until he is old enough that it doesn't bother him any more. We crated Dexter till just about 2 months ago when we started letting him sleep with us every so often. We have no problem when we decide he's sleeping in the crate...he goes right and and sleeps well.

He has never shown signs of separation anxiety, except one time when we let him have free reign of a large room while we were gone. It was "puppy proofed" so he didn't mess anything up, but he was quite anxious when we returned. He seems much more content to burrow in his blankets in his crate.
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Old 02-24-2005, 07:02 PM
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We have a Doxie, Jackson Browne, and he is one of the best dogs I've ever had. He's so sweet, loyal,smart,obedient. I adore him!!!!!!!!!!! I was never attracted to the breed, but my husband is, so thats why we got him. I am amazed by him, and he has turned into a major Mama's boy. I think they're great. I will definitely have more.

We got JB to be a companion to our Pembroke Welsh Corgi pup, Chloe, and they are the greatest of friends.
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Old 02-25-2005, 01:34 AM
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I have a Smooth haired mini dachshund. Its one of the smartest, slyest, nicest dogs ever. He was not hard to train. Dachshunds are a HUGE dogs in little dogs bodys. Keep that in mind ALWAYS. Like most big dogs, they need a lot of exercise because they have a tendency to gain weight very fast.

What type of training do you want to do? Stuff like potty training or crate training? or Stuff like show off training such as jumping and shaking?

Potty training and training such as that is really simple if you start early. Show off training is a little more difficult. They don't too well with praise as a reward for doing a trick but food works great. They are so smart, they think "Why just get a hug when I can also get a treat"

You shouldnt have a harder time training a dachshund than you would a Border Collie, it all matter on your training style.

Training that should be done early: Tolerance to children, Food agression,barking, agression in general, chasing smaller animals (they were originally bred to hunt badgers)

Dachshunds are very loyal and all they want is love. They are the type of dog that will sleep in their crate all day until their masters come home.

I've had my Dachshund for 7 years now, he truly is a member of the family. We love him and he loves us.
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Old 02-25-2005, 12:35 PM
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LOL I always call Jackson my "badger hunting hound". He loves it!!! He goes out in the yard and pretends he hunting badgers. It's hysterical.
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Old 02-25-2005, 03:11 PM
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I have a mini dachshund too. His name is Luke. Too be honest. He's either an idiot, or just really smart. He doesn't do anything but sleep, eat and beg for food. But we love him just as much. He's just different. I don't think he's really dumb, i just think he doesn't want to do anything because he doesn't have to. I've tried to teach him and he's just difficult, but i'm working on him. He's 6 almost 7 years old after all. He's been my girlfriends dog forever, but she never worked with him. He's really a good dog though. we can leave him while we're gone and he just curls up under his covers in his bed and sleeps! He submissively urinates. I can't stop this no matter what, but he's always done it. He's about the most low key dog i've ever seen, no toys, no playtime, nothing. just gets excited when he gets to go "bye-bye". Don't get me wrong, i really dont' think he's dumb. I know this because he won't beg from me, he knows i dont' like it, but he'll beg from my girlfriend. He's sneaky too, when he knows he's not supposed to have something, like wrigleys (our puppy) food, he'll wait til i leave the room and sneak over and try to get it! only i catch him in the act and he runs off like i'm gonna kill him! I wouldn't, don't worry.

He's pretty good with other dogs. but the bigger the dogs the more curious he his with them. He's not much of a play dog. My parents have 2 mini dachshunds. they don't like other big dogs(the didn't like wrigley, my weimaraner). But i think that might just be because they dont know them and maybe because they're smaller? Luke sure isn't that way, he thinks he's a big dog when he see's other dogs!

as far as excersize, the do need it, but you have to watch what they eat. Luke, or doxie is at a normal weight. And he doesn't get a walk everyday, just about 2 or 3 times a week. My parents dogs are really overweight and they walk twice a day! They eat alot of treats!

They are really loving dogs though. Sometimes they can be protective, but that's just because they love their owners. Not mean protective, just curious.

at least that's how mine are, but i've seen alot of dachshunds, and they all seem to be different to me. our neighbor has one and he doesn't get along with too many other dogs, but, with any dog, it's all about how much they've been socialized.

hope some of that helped!
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Old 02-25-2005, 06:30 PM
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And, just thought I'd add this hear, they can be yappers sometimes (but then, can't all dogs?) and you shouldn't teach it tricks like 'Sit pretty' and you should limit its jumping because it could really hurt its back doing that.
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