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ROSIE, THE MINIATURE DACHSHUND THAT IS OVERCOMING SEPARATION ANXIETY (PART 5)

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“I live alone for the first time in my life and Rosie is always there.

I know that when I come home, someone is really happy to see me, always.

I think that is the essence of having a dog;

that unconditional love that they give.

I used to laugh at people with their little designer dogs and their dog bags and now, I am one of them.”

ROSIE, THE MINIATURE DACHSHUND THAT IS OVERCOMING SEPARATION ANXIETY (PART 4)

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“I hired Bark Busters.

They really taught me about behavior.

There are no treats or punishment, it’s about speaking their language.

Establishing dominance through sounds really helped.

I would growl at her and she learned that I was alpha.

I also learned to crate train her with a calming sheet covering the crate and she is much less anxious now.”

ROSIE, THE MINIATURE DACHSHUND THAT IS OVERCOMING SEPARATION ANXIETY (PART 2)

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“Two dogs that I was interested in through other rescue organizations got adopted the day before I went to meet them.

After that I started contacting Miniature Dachshund breeders, but I strolled into a pet store and saw Rosie.

It was love at first sight.

She was tiny.  I think she was 3.2 lbs.

She was playful, but not crazy, and was very sweet.

While we were signing the paperwork to buy her, she fell asleep in our arms.”

OTTO, THE STRONG WILLED MINIATURE LONG HAIRED DACHSHUND (SHE SAID, PART 4)

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“The hardest thing about having him has been the potty training.

The fifth time at night wiping dog pee off the floor can be frustrating.

Dachshunds can be very strong willed, but we knew this going into it.

He also has a passion for shoes,  the recycling bin and unrolling the toilet paper– the length of the whole apartment.”

 

 

OTTO, THE STRONG WILLED MINIATURE LONG HAIRED DACHSHUND (SHE SAID, PART 2)

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We wanted to know that with our work schedules that we could hire a dog walker and get him enough exercise.

There are always reasons not to, but in the end we decided to go for it.

Our hearts trumped our rational thought.

We always liked Dachshunds.

We joked about having one because they are funny and sweet.

I did a lot of research, as to avoid a puppy mill.”

Milo and Mr. Bert, the Delinquent Rescues (Part 4)

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“We can’t leave anything out on the counter because Milo gets into everything.  He really loves the paper in my purse.

The other day he got my passport and I caught him chewing the edges.

He loves money, too.  I’ve got a $10.00 bill that he chewed a hole in.

He likes anything he can find and chew.

He is also fond of eyeglasses and shoes.  We remind our houseguests to hide their shoes and other personal belongings for their own protection.”

Milo and Mr. Bert, the Delinquent Rescues (Part 3)

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“I wasn’t really looking for another dog.

I knew my husband wouldn’t be thrilled, but I saw Milo at an adoption event at our pet store.  He was the exact same size as Mr. Bert, but with a very different personality.

We call Mr. Bert the mean mother because he’s always correcting other dogs.

We call Milo the permanent puppy because he is always getting into trouble.”

Milo and Mr. Bert, the Delinquent Rescues (Part 2)

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“We thought we’d just visit, but one thing led to another and Mr. Bert came home with us.

He was originally called Tank, but we were listening to Lolita on our road trip so we called him Mr. Humbert (Bert for short).

That was 2011.

Bert was very attached to my college aged son and didn’t want to travel anymore.

Whenever he saw my suitcase he wouldn’t leave my son’s lap and made himself scarce during travel preparations.”

Otto, the Strong Willed, Long Haired Miniature Dachshund (he said, part 4)

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“He likes to stop walking and stare into the distance.

We give him a few minutes as a courtesy, and then get started again.

We use treats and flattery.

He responds when we say, good boy.

Our relationship has grown from working together as a team.

We have a shared responsibility training him.

He is the warm up act to having children.”

Otto, the Strong Willed, Long Haired Miniature Dachshund (he said, part 3)

 

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“Getting outdoors and seeing Central Park has been great.

We have interacted with more people than before getting Otto.

On the other hand, Otto has been a test to our relationship.

We have to get up earlier to walk him, so we are operating on less sleep.

Also, teaching him to walk on a leash has been challenging because he get distracted very easily.”