11 thoughts on “Video: Training a smart Dachshund puppy

  1. dai bachs mammy

    god thats one clever little sausage, the only thing dai does really good is waking me up at 8 in the morning to go pee, he is a stubbourn boy and goes on strike if i try to take him walkies, but he gets soo excited when he see’s his stroller

  2. marty

    BAD owner!!! You should never make a dachsund beg on their hind legs or jump because of the potential damage it can do to their backs. Dachsunds are notorious for having back problems. This type of activity/”training” can only exacerbate it. We are going through this now with my mother’s doxie who had an $8,000 operation to fix the screwed-up discs in her back because my mother would not listen.

    1. dai bachs mammy

      i totally agree with you, some people just don’t think before they start on the training of their dachshies, my old dachshie who was 19 years when she died had back problems when she was 9 years old and had to be crate rested for 6 weeks, she was running around the house with the other dogs when she slid on the floor and hit her back on the kitchen table, she was fine until the morning after when she couldn’t move and we te dammaged one of her disks in her back, she never even cried or moaned.

    2. AnnB Post author

      You are right. I thought about this as I was watching the video and then, because I have been so sleep deprived, I forgot to mention it.

      I’ll leave a comment over at YouTube if someone else hasn’t already.

  3. Mairead

    That is so very very bad to train a daxie TO DO THESE stupid TRICKS please please tell her to stop I have had daxie’s for over 30years and one had a spinal bleed another had masive spinal surgery I NEVER EVER LET MY GIRLS GO UP THE STAIRS I LIFT THEM OFF OF FURNITURE INTO MY CAR ETC PLEASE STOP Regards

  4. Mairead

    Left the wrong email address
    But the message is the same please stop my costs for surgery were £4.000 plus for one operation and he had to have a blood tranfusion poor darling STOP imediately Regards again

  5. Toto

    I think some people are too stressed about dachshund sensitive backs and that’s what is causing the injuries. I let my dachshund jump and run like any normal dog since he was 6 weeks old, and that, together with proper doxie food and daily exercise helped him develop very strong musculature that protects him. I noticed many of the over protected doxies who get injured are very weakly developed there, and often overweight. The only thing I don’t let him do is jump from a higher place down because of the short legs.
    I even heard people who are so paranoid about this that they don’t even let dogs climb stairs and they carry them like they are already disabled. Besides your dogs are not as idiotic as you might think they know their limitations most of them and they can feel exactly what is potentially dangerous for them. My dog is a normal dog he is allowed to do anything other dogs do except jump down from something higher, and I never had to teach him that, he simply refuses to do it because he doesn’t feel comfortable doing it, and starts whining until I help him out. IMO people are too stressed and are robing the chance of a normal life for their dogs because of that, and even causing the injuries themselves by not allowing the dog to develop normally in those areas, or dogs being overweight because they are not getting enough exercise.
    The only thing an owner should be very careful about to protect these dog’s backs is that these dogs need to be thin and muscular. In other words much attention to diet and exercise other than that they should be left to live a normal dog life. So far my dog is doing agility courses and everything like any other dog and never had any problem and the way it looks i’m confident there will never be any problem.

  6. mitzimom

    I must disagree with you Toto. I have two doxies and have owned doxies in the past and they are notorious for having IVDD Invertabrate Disc Disease. It is genetic and has nothing to do with muscle tone etc. It is lots of fun to watch them run and jump and my two were no different, however, the other posters are correct. You cannot allow them to jump on and off furniture (it is the most common cause of disc injury), and even something as simple as standing on hind legs and jumping for treats or tugging hard on pull toys can slip or rupture a disc if your dog is prone to this disease. Not all doxies have it, our last doxie who died when he was 17 never had any problems, our 7 year old doxie, no problems, however, our 3 year old ruptured a disc over the summer and we were lucky because even though her hind legs were paralyzed she came back with steriods and anti-inflammatories. However, over Christmas break she hurt herself again, even though we werent letting her jump and we were being careful, and needed surgery. There is still a chance that she will not walk and six weeks since surgery she is not walking, so she will probably wind up being one of those dogs that you see with the little carts behind them. So, take it from one who knows, yes, we want our dogs to be dogs, but seeing them in pain and paralyzed is hearbreaking, surgery is expensive and recovery is very difficult for them. Best to take your precautions BEFORE the dog is injured.

  7. Alicia Gradson

    this causes strain on the dog’s, already vulnerable, spine….definitely don’t do this…remove the video

  8. Deb

    This is sad- the little girl does not realize how she is endangering her dachshund! Sitting up, jumping, is very stressful to their backs. 60% of dachshunds have severe back problems sometime in their lives. Jumping, sitting up, going up/down stairs, jumping on/off furniture is something that should not be allowed.
    This family needs to visit with a vet who spcializes in dachshunds- they need some education on the breed. I am certain they do not realize how they are contributing to back/disc disease to their dog.
    It is heartbreaking when you have to put your dachshund down due to this horrible problem. I went through it…
    Even with knowing what to do/what not to do, back disease can still occur- I now have a doxxie that has had two severe episodes- and she is never allowed to do anything that may threaten her health. She is in good/slim weight, is active and has good muscle, never is walked in a collar- a harness is always used- has a good diet. Still, she has back problems.

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