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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.”

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.”

Rosie, the Miniature Dachshund that is overcoming separation anxiety (part 1)

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“Our last dog died.

He was a double dapple Dachshund who died when he was 11 years old.

I really wanted a rescue mutt but it was surprisingly hard process.

I had to fill out applications and give references.

When I went to the ASPCA, they had a lot of big Pit Bulls, but we had a small apartment, and we wanted a small dog.”