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#1 Infinity22

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    Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:32 PM

    So I'm in the market to get a Dachshund any day now, just depends on if I see the one I want. I figure I'll know when I first see him. I'm going to Kennel train the dog, so with that said, is there anything I should know before hand about these kinds of dogs? This will actually be my first dog or real pet for that matter, so there's a definite learning curve. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

    #2 DanielleNDerek

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      Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:58 PM

      I'm guessing it will be a pup right? Be prepared to be very patient as far as potty training goes. And if it's a male i suggest you get him fixed as soon as the vet says you can (our vet said 6 months). My dog is half dachshund/ half fox terrier. He was really hard to potty train. He would go outside for me like 5 times but would still go again when we got back inside within 10 minutes. That didnt stop until he was fixed. And believe me i took him out constantly and would take him for hour long walks and he would still go a little when we got to the house. But as much as a PITA he was to potty train it was all worth it. he's a great dog now.

      And kennel is the way to go. they get into everything and its for his own good to be in a crate when unsupervised until he learns what he shouldnt play or chew, or pee on.
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      #3 Infinity22

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        Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:07 PM

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        I'm guessing it will be a pup right? Be prepared to be very patient as far as potty training goes. And if it's a male i suggest you get him fixed as soon as the vet says you can (our vet said 6 months). My dog is half dachshund/ half fox terrier. He was really hard to potty train. He would go outside for me like 5 times but would still go again when we got back inside within 10 minutes. That didnt stop until he was fixed. And believe me i took him out constantly and would take him for hour long walks and he would still go a little when we got to the house. But as much as a PITA he was to potty train it was all worth it. he's a great dog now.

        And kennel is the way to go. they get into everything and its for his own good to be in a crate when unsupervised until he learns what he shouldnt play or chew, or pee on.
        Yep, looking for a red short hair male puppy. =) I've heard I definitely need to be patient in the beginning but I didn't know they had such a hard time with the potty training, especially if they're kennel trained. I guess it varies from dog to dog. I've heard that it's also important that they're AKC registered. Is that correct? I didn't think of the whole "crate" thing before but thanks for suggesting that idea. I wondered what I'd do with him in the beginning so he doesn't chew up furniture.

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          Posted 25 February 2009 - 11:03 PM

          chewing things was definatley a problem for us too. But he didnt chew furniture just a lot of socks, shoes, trash. He somehow managed to get into the trash no matter how tight i had the lid on. Just take him for long walks when you get home so you can wear him out a little. And a kong worked wonders for us. I would fill it with broken up dog biscuits and than put peanut butter to close it off. That would keep him occupied for a really long time. Once he was fixed (about 3 months later) he did calm down a lot. Make sure you use the same cues to like "No" "potty" so you dont connfuse him. And use a ton of positive reinforcement. I would have a pocketful of small treats that i would give my dog each time he went potty or followed a command. And i would also do a lot of "good boy" and patting on the head. It really did work.

          I know nothing about the AKC thing. My dog is a mix so i dont think he's registered. Just make sure its a reputable breeder your dealing with.
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          #5 bumbles

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            Posted 25 February 2009 - 11:18 PM

            Congrats on getting a new puppy soon! I got my first puppy last June and it was SO exciting :)

            From what I've read, AKC registration doesn't serve much purpose unless you plan on showing your dog or breeding it. AKC registration is not indicative of the health/quality of the dog, either. You pretty much can register any dog for AKC papers. I never knew that until I started looking for a dog!

            From my experience, it's important where/from whom you get your dog. We used the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America in our area to look for breeders who are active in the community and tend to breed ethically. Also, look at forums for recommendations! This forum is catered to Corgis, but has so many helpful info on raising a puppy and the member are so nice MyCorgi.com

            To deter chewing, put Bitter Apple Spray on everything! :)

            I'm so excited for you!

            #6 DanielleNDerek

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              Posted 25 February 2009 - 11:28 PM

              Just in case i scared you just wanted to let you know that the dog i was referring to was my first puppy so it was the first time i had to potty train or do any kind of training. And i did it all myself. my dh was no help at all, he was working weird hours at the time.

              Now my second dog, wasnt a dachshund she was a boston terrier and was a female, I had no problems with her potty training or chewing things.

              So maybe the first one was just a slow learner.
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              #7 Infinity22

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                Posted 26 February 2009 - 01:37 PM

                Sorry if I sound dumb for asking this but what's a kong?

                I found out last night that the breeder I want to go through has been using "pee pads" and I heard these just confuse the dog and makes them think they can pee inside the house. If they're already using pee pads and the puppy is 7 weeks old, how easy/hard would it be to convert them into kennel training?

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                  Posted 26 February 2009 - 05:28 PM

                  At 7 weeks it's not a big deal (about the puppy pad thing). Wether the dog had puppy pads or not before, it's still going to pee in your house many times before it learns to ask for the door. Sorry to break it to you :)

                  A kong is a toy, you stuff treats in it. They have many shapes and sizes now at the pet stores. My puppy loves them too but he's so smart he gets the treats out wayyyyy too fast even though I shove them in as far as I can. Little shit, lol.

                  #9 TammyB

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                    Posted 26 February 2009 - 05:51 PM

                    OK I have so much to say about getting a dog. BUT I'll keep it short. lol First and foremost, PLEASE do your research and if you choose to get a puppy from a breeder, please make sure they are from a QUALITY breeder, not a back yard breeder. Have you considered a rescue dog?

                    Dachshund's are very stubborn, and hard to train because of it. Also you have to be extremly careful not to over feed the breed as it can cause alot of problems with their back. Also one bad trait is that they tend to be a barky dog.

                    As far as crate training, yes thats a great idea. Puppy pads are not a bad thing, Dachaunds are big babies in the cold so maybe that's why the paper trained. Just slowly move the puppy pad to the door and eventually bring the pad outside. It should do the trick.

                    #10 Infinity22

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                      Posted 26 February 2009 - 06:20 PM

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                      Originally Posted by trance_angelx0x
                      At 7 weeks it's not a big deal (about the puppy pad thing). Wether the dog had puppy pads or not before, it's still going to pee in your house many times before it learns to ask for the door. Sorry to break it to you :)
                      Well that's probably a good thing because then they won't be used to one way of doing it and then I introduce some new method.

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by trance_angelx0x
                      A kong is a toy, you stuff treats in it. They have many shapes and sizes now at the pet stores. My puppy loves them too but he's so smart he gets the treats out wayyyyy too fast even though I shove them in as far as I can. Little shit, lol.
                      Ahh, the many new things I'm going to learn as a new dog owner! =)

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                      Originally Posted by TammyB
                      OK I have so much to say about getting a dog. BUT I'll keep it short. lol First and foremost, PLEASE do your research and if you choose to get a puppy from a breeder, please make sure they are from a QUALITY breeder, not a back yard breeder. Have you considered a rescue dog?

                      Dachshund's are very stubborn, and hard to train because of it. Also you have to be extremly careful not to over feed the breed as it can cause alot of problems with their back. Also one bad trait is that they tend to be a barky dog.

                      As far as crate training, yes thats a great idea. Puppy pads are not a bad thing, Dachaunds are big babies in the cold so maybe that's why the paper trained. Just slowly move the puppy pad to the door and eventually bring the pad outside. It should do the trick.
                      You sound like you have personal experience with them. Do you have a Dachshund Tammy?




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