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Dachshunds 101 A quick education about the breed

3 must watch short videos offer a great education about dachshunds.

Dachshunds are the most celebrated dogs on the planet, learn why. Half a dog high and a dog and a half long they are a big dog in a little dog suit.

Learn where the breed came from.

Learn what breeds were mixed to create the 3 different types of dachshunds.

Learn how to take care of them.

Learn what are the pros and cons of dachshunds.

While classified in the hound group or scent hound group in the United States and Great Britain, there are some who consider this classification to be arguable, speculating that it arose from the fact that the word Hund is similar to the English word hound. Many dachshunds, especially the wire-haired subtype, may exhibit behavior and appearance that are similar to that of the terrier group of dogs.[5] An argument can be made for the scent (or hound) group classification because the breed was developed to use scent to trail and hunt animals, and probably descended from scent hounds, such as bloodhounds, pointers, Basset Hounds, or even Bruno Jura Hounds; but with the persistent personality and love for digging that probably developed from the terrier, it can also be argued that they could belong in the terrier, or “earth dog”, group.[5] In the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (World Canine Federation), or FCI, the dachshund is actually in its own group, Group 4, which is the dachshund group.[6] Part of the controversy is because the dachshund is the only certifiable breed of dog to hunt both above and below ground.

Learn the pros and cons of owning a dachshund from dog expert Julia Szabo in this Howcast video.

I’m Julia Szabo, also known as a Pet Reporter, and I am the “”Living with Dogs”” columnist for I’ve actually written 6 books and I’m hard at work on my next one. It will be about about dogs — that’s as much as I can say right now. I love dogs and I think nobody’s life is complete without one. So I’m here to tell you about a variety of different dogs breeds that might suit your lifestyle. I hope you’ll adopt one soon.
The Dachshund may look like a little dog but he is actually not in the toy group. He is in the hound group because he is a ferocious warrior. He is actually bred to fight badgers to the death. Dachshund means ‘badger hound’ in German and the way the dog is built with the long body and the little short legs and really sharp teeth with the long snout. This is like hardwired design for burrowing down the bedrock hole and going after the prey. So you’re looking at a dog once he is at home loves to burrowing things. So don’t be surprised if your Dachshunds is going to be wiggling under the covers . They frequently like to sleep all the way under the covers like totally not just tucked in but like enclosed. And, that is normal. They are bred for that. A lot of really legendary people have had this breed of dog. We are looking at Pablo Picasso, William Randolph Hearst, and great artists Andy Warhol and David Hockney were huge Dachshund fans too.

He is not really such a little dog. He has a huge attitude. If you’ve ever noticed, Dachshunds don’t really smile a lot. A lot of dogs do have like a little smile, like a little dolphin but Dachshunds are very very serious. The great humorous Ech Al Mankon once said that a Dachshund is half-a-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long. So you have to be aware when you are walking one or carrying for one that they are going to walk differently and they are going to have their own pace and own kind of gate. So lets say you want to mix two kinds of dogs in one home, just be aware of that, you know, one dog with long legs is going to go one way and Dachshund is going to way into her own way.

Lively and affectionate. Proud and bold. Tenacious. Just a few reasons that Dachshund owners love this ever-popular breed.

This comprehensive video, courtesy of Eukanuba, is a great way to gain an understanding of the history, characteristics and care for this amazing breed.


In the comments below please share why you love dachshunds, what’s special about your dachshund and why you chose this loving breed.


Puppy dachshund rings the bell, see what happens next

You know that dachshund puppies are super cute but did you know they can do this?

Click to see what happens when this dachshund puppy rings the bell.

Is this good or bad what they’re teaching this puppy?

How Hot Does it Get in a Parked Car Dr Ernie Ward shows in a video

You need to see this short video of Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward showing how fast, hot and deadly it gets in a parked car, even with the windows open.

Car Temperatures

Top 10 Tips EVERY Dog Owner Should Know – Dog Training Tips

Top 10 Tips EVERY Dog Owner Should Know – Dog Training Tips

1. A dog is a dog. The greatest misconception many dog owners have is to assume their dogs communicate the way people do. Dogs instinctively follow the same rules and exhibit many of the same behavioral patterns as their wild ancestors. To effectively train your dog, you must first understand his instinctual pack behavior.

2. All dogs think in terms of survival. Dogs instinctively know that living with others, under the leadership of an assertive pack member, increases their chances for survival. As a dog owner, one of your responsibilities is to model a leader’s strong and consistent characteristics so that you will be accepted as the leader and your dog will learn to respect and obey you. Your leadership will help your dog feel safe and eliminate many behavior problems.

3. Dogs don’t understand English. In addition to barking, growling and other guttural sounds, dogs rely heavily on body language. And yet, your body language can easily be misinterpreted. By understanding how dogs communicate, you will avoid the mistake of telling your dog one thing while your body language and voice tone tell him something completely different.

4. Dogs are neither spiteful nor deliberately naughty. There are 3 reasons why a dog misbehaves or disobeys: He does not understand what you want; he does not consider you his leader; or he is suffering from some kind of stress or fear. Understanding this will help you address your dog’s problems and behaviors.

5. Aggression is instinctual in every breed. Whether Chihuahua or German shepherd, a dog’s breed has nothing to do with aggression. Instead, aggression is instinctual and caused most often by fear of the unknown-that is, whatever the dog cannot understand or does not recognize as normal. When a dog becomes frightened, he will do one of two things: fight or take flight. By reinforcing leadership with your dog, you can avoid unacceptable or uncontrollable aggression.

6. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Dogs are continuous learners and have good memories. The three things that primarily influence a dog’s behavior are association, experience and instinct. By conditioning your dog and effectively showing him what you consider good and bad behavior, you can help him change his behavior.

7. Bad behaviors may be natural, but they do not have to be acceptable. Most people consider digging, chewing and jumping as unacceptable dog behavior-but to dogs, these actions are natural. As our dog’s primary educator and leader, it is our job to teach him that what he considers natural behaviors are not necessarily acceptable in our households.

8. It’s illogical to get angry with your dog. Dogs do only what comes naturally or what they’ve learned through association, so getting angry-or using physical force-is both inappropriate and counterproductive. Moreover, never use your hands for disciplining, because dogs find this provocative and threatening. Use your hands as little as possible when training-and when you do, make sure your dog always associates your hands with gentleness and pleasure.

9. Correct your dog on the spot. Because dogs learn from association, they will comprehend your message only if it is delivered in a timely manner. A correction must be issued at the precise moment the dog is either contemplating or actually doing something wrong. Because it can be difficult to catch your dog in the act, find ways to simulate situations in which your dog would normally misbehave so you can then correct him immediately and guide him to the appropriate behavior, while praising his correct decisions.

10. Dogs experience the world differently from people. With 25 times more olfactory receptors than humans, dogs can sense odors at concentrations millions of times lower than we can. In addition, a dog’s eyesight has been described to be like that of a person who is color-blind. Dogs use other cues (such as smell, texture, brightness, and position) rather than relying on color. With acutely developed hearing, dogs can hear sounds four times farther away than humans-but dogs also hear selectively. They can sleep beside a blaring television, but wake up as soon as they hear something unrelated to that.


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How a little dachshund is getting over her fear of people

We recently rescued a 9 month old long haired dachshund, Marley who is scared of people because she was not socialized properly due to her being in a cage all of her young life. A dog needs to be socialized early on from 3 months or sooner in order for them to be comfortable with people.

I finally got a great tip on how to help Marley get socialized and not be so afraid of people. Read More →