Thursday, October 26, 2017
Things to Consider before Getting a Dachshund
For the last 15 years, Mike Loftus has led MLE Merchandising and Sign Solutions, Inc., in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, as president. Beyond his work with MLE, Mike Loftus enjoys spending time with his family and dogs. One of his four dogs is a dachshund.
Dachshunds are popular among owners in need of a smaller dog but who still desire the activity levels of a larger animal. Dachshunds are very curious and much braver than their small stature might suggest, with few individuals exceeding 30 pounds and many weighing closer to half that weight. While the dog’s lively, bold nature can be attractive to some owners, it also is indicative of the challenges the breed can pose to others.
A properly trained and socialized dachshund can get along well with other pets, but may become jealous if it feels that it is not receiving adequate attention. Individuals or families who feel uncomfortable handling canine possessiveness may want to look at another breed or seek out professional training.
Similarly, dachshunds are very protective of their homes. If left unchecked, this behavior can manifest in highly aggressive interactions with strangers. In a best case scenario, owners should be prepared to hear the sharp, repetitive bark of their little dog whenever someone approaches the house.
Finally, dachshunds are highly stubborn dogs. Positive reinforcement and food-based training are an owner’s best bet, but those who have little experience training a puppy may find themselves outmatched.