miniature dachshund

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.”

Otto, the Strong Willed, Long Haired Miniature Dachshund (he said, part2)

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“We googled breeders and my girlfriend found a reputable breeder.

We waited two months for a litter and we’ve had him for three months.

It’s been tough when he’s pooped all over the apartment, and it’s ongoing.

We share the cleanup evenly.”

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.”