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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.”

Otto, the Strong Willed, Long Haired Miniature Dachshund (he said, part1)

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“We originally had a cat and unfortunately she passed away.

We were thinking about getting a new pet and we decided to go for a dog, a sausage dog, specifically.

We’ve always loved them.

They are smart, intelligent and they look hilarious.

It’s a good mix.”

Otto, the Strong Willed Miniature Long Haired Dachshund Puppy (she said, part 5)

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“On the good side, he is something we wanted for so long and makes us feel like a family.

We got engaged in October and got Otto in November.

Having Otto is a symbol of our future, moving forward.

He is a shared responsibility and he’ll be the dog she have when we have kids.”

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

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“We asked if we could meet the parents, literally.

She is a small breeder who has eight dogs and only has three or four litters per year.

She has great testimonials, and we got to meet Otto’s parents.

It is a great and healthy environment for the dogs.

We waited for a litter for a month and a half and have had him since the day after Thanksgiving,”

Otto, the Strong Willed Miniature Long Haired Dachshund Puppy (she said, part 2)

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“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.

I read about what to ask breeders.”

Rosie, the Miniature Dachshund that is Overcoming Separation Anxiety (part 5)

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“I started to 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 3)

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“I broke up with the person I bought her with.

Rosie got anxious when we broke up and now she has separation anxiety.

She always had it, but it got worse after we moved.

She would bark the entire time I was out at work.

My neighbors were upset with the barking and I was afraid I was going to get kicked out of my new apartment.”

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.”