Seriously, you simply can’t help but smile and feel happy when you look at a confident Dachshund… proudly carrying the elongated & muscly body on short legs as it wabbles on. But don’t be fooled by first appearances. Dachshunds are more agile that you may first think, which takes us to point two…
Their short legs allow Dachshunds to dig and maneuver through the underground tunnels. Digging in one of their favourite things to do! This combined with brave nature are typical to scent hound dogs. In fact, Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt badgers and other tunneling animals, rabbits, and foxes. Today their versatility makes them excellent family companions as well as show dogs. They continuously rank as one of the most popular dog breeds for families and companionship.
They absolutely love take a walk or play outdoors with other dogs. If you live in a city or in an apartment, one or two short (10 minute) walks a day is typically enough to keep your Dachshund happy and healthy.
Dachshunds can learn quickly IF properly motivated. You must have patience, consistency and lots of love when training a Dachshund. Use positive reinforcements such as food rewards or a favorite toy to hold attention. Frequent SHORT training sessions bring better results than long forced ones. Your Dachshund will quickly become bored if made to repeat the same exercise over and over, so make it fun and interesting.
Dachshunds often bond closely with a single person. They are good with children in their own family. They may not be as fond of your children’s friends, which means you must ensure to supervise the children and your Dachshund at all times.