A friend sent this to me.
This was an article on AT&T news this morning. I thought it was interesting because it involved boxer dogs. Have a great day!!
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This is all very helpful info. Thank you very much.
That’s cute that you use the bathroom together! J
Welcome to the group. I'm in no way as expert as some here, but I do have some experiences that may help you.
Rescued dogs know how bad life can be, and are more appreciative than dogs have lived in the lap of luxury all their lives. Dachsies know inside they are royalty, and with little encouragement they will take their assumed rightful place as a prince or princess. Don't push the weight gain too hard, it's a dachshund's natural tendency to enjoy food, and all the food they can get. It's more of a problem to keep the weight off, which is necessary for back health.
Think of your dachsie as a suspension bridge with supports too far apart. The back will sag, and extra weight pulls it down more. This is how problems start. When they have a hard landing, it puts extra thrust downward on their vertebrae. I don't think anybody has total success stopping jumping because they enjoy the sense of flying. It is your job to minimize the hard landings. My current little girl likes to perch on the top of the back of the sofa, then, while barking, jump off to the concrete floor. This was solved by putting a table behind the sofa, totally messes up her flying area, makes it not graceful therefore not fun in her eyes.
Dachsies are as different in preferences as people are. I've had one that would swim and chase fish. I've had one that would only go in the water if the people were swimming, and she'd pace back and forth and bark until she was placed on her float, like Cleopatra on her barge! The one I have right now, if you're stupid enough to willingly get wet, that's your problem, not hers. Once she decides what she likes, your little one will tell you what she wants, and will continually tell you until you get it what she considers right. As long as she doesn't panic, she will be a natural swimmer. As long as she's allowed to take it at her own speed or she feels human support, she won't panic.
Dachsies are smart and manipulative. You will probably want to gradually adjust her thinking to praise instead of treats. They will start doing a trick and come over and demand payment. If this payment has calories, you start toward the weight problems.
Others are better to address house training. My little girl is good at outside and loves the doggie door, but if I'm sitting in the bathroom, in her mind, that makes the bathmat fair game. I can't say anything to her about it, after all, I'm doing the same thing in her eyes, and she's making it something we can do together. Admirable, just a little off target.
Sondra and Sophia in SC
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> I'm new to this list. I have a little miniature female named Penny.
> Susan and Penny
Hope you find this information helpful.
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