WHAT’S YOUR
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OWN THE PERFECT Dachshund

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It is important to socialize this breed at an early age especially with strangers, bigger dogs and different noises. They can typically be anxious of these situations and if notexposed to different situations as a young dog they can have issues with this later on.

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They have been bred to bark so training with guests coming to the door bell is a must if you want a quiet house. This can be build up gradually by changing the association your dog has with the bell.

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Even though they are small they need a moderate amount of exercise, chasing a ball can be ideal for this breed as well as nose work games such as sniffing out treats. This will provide mental stimulation for you dog to keep it relaxed and calm.

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It is natural to want to pick Daschunds up when they are nervous however this can reinforce their behavior and doesn’t allow them to learn to cope in stressful situations. Try to encourage your dog through situations if they are nervous and give lots of praise and reinforcement when they have coped well.

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They are stubborn and can be difficult to train so starting young and adding a little bit of training to your dogs routine each day will help this. Try to break training criteria down into small steps in order not to discourage yourself or your dog when they cannot achieve the targets you have set.

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They love to explore and sniff so introducing your Daschund to different environments can help to keep them stimulated

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Daschunds typically have health issues with their backs so if buying one look for a reputable breeder and keep in mind small restrictions to their activity within the house. Steps canbe a great option for getting to and from the sofa rather then jumping and putting strain on their backs.

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They can become overweight very easily so if using training treats make sure to cut them up very small or even use part of their food for their training sessions. Toys are another option to reward you dog with when performing the right behaviours.

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Miniature Dachshunds are prone to eye conditions so its important to look out for any onset conditions throughout their life. If buying a puppy it is important to look for dogs which are PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) clear.

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As this breed were bred to dig it may be useful to have a dog sand box where they can dig appropriately withoutdigging up your flowers in the garden

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