Q: Have some quick questions about my dachshund puppy!

December 7, 2009 | By Jasmine96xo | 4 answers | Expired: 1802 days ago


I recently got a mini female dachshund puppy and her name is Daisy last week, She is 12 weeks old. I do not know if she is teething or not, but she tend to nip at shoes, sometimes fingers, bears, and anything she can find. Is this nipping or teething? Also, I am training her to learn to go bathroom on the puppy weewee pads instead of outdoors so she will not get fleas that offen and in the winter she won't get as cold since shes so tiny. And she has been doing a good job exsept sometimes she tends to go number two on the rug. Is this because she thinks the rug is the weewee pad? She does great on number one on the weewee pad, she does when she has to but its just number two sometimes im curious? Is it the food thats making her go because she always goes number two i noticed. She eats eukanuba

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Dec 18, 2009

I have a cocker spaniel puppy that's about the same age, and she's into her biting stage, too. It's most likely just teething, but make sure you show her that you're in control just in case it can lead to future problems (like small dog syndrome). My puppy likes nipping and biting at my fingers, toes, and many other things. I just try to reinforce good behavior...if she nips or bites at me, I either lightly tap her nose and sternly say NO, or I just leave the area and ignore her for a bit. I know it'll take her time to get over it and realize that she can't keep doing that. In the mean time, though, I also try to give her good chew toys to show her that if she wants to chew on anything that the toy is the only appropriate thing she can chew on. Don't ever allow your puppy to chew on shoes, socks, or other things you wouldn't want her to always chew on in the future...that'll set you up for failure, as she'll always find more of those items to chew on and destroy and think that it's ok. As far as the puppy pads, I used that for my puppy (so did the breeder, though), but had problems and have read that many problems come from using puppy pads (not to mention the long-term costs!), so I'm in the process of crate training her so she can later get to the point of only going outside. Fleas can be a problem, especially when your dog swallows an infected flea and gets worms (which happened to my puppy), but they're no reason to deprive your puppy of the freedom of being outside. As for the cold weather, just put a doggy sweater on her (I'll be getting one later for my puppy). And food is all a matter of opinion. I feed my puppy Orijen, because it's one of the better brands, and since there's no fillers you feed your dog less food, and after a while on Orijen, the dog even has smaller stool, as the body absorbs so much nutrients from the food. I'm starting to replace some of her food with raw fruits and healthy cooked meals, though, since in my opinion the Orijen food just has a bit much protein (which I heard causes dogs' stool and farts to stink, which was what my puppy had).

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Dec 08, 2009

Hi there,

I'm a new puppy owner, and have been reading up, so my experiance isn't the greatest, but the knowledge is there.
From my research I've found that puppy pads are an expensive way to indoor train a pup. I'm getting a Yorkie who will also be trained inside, but instead of pee pads, I'll be using a shoe tray that is lined with paper, and it has a grated rubber mat on top, that way the #2 stays on top, for easy cleaning and the #1 soaks into the paper on the bottom. My breeder has found that this way you can teach the dog to go on multiple surfaces, so that you don't always have to have a pee pad around.
The other benifit is, with this tray it sets a barrier around the toilet so puppy knows that inside this tray only.
if you don't wish to switch away from pee pads, try putting the pad in a tray or even a shallow litter box. I've heard this helps lesson confusion.

As for the food, it's a matter of choice. My breeder used to feed Eukanuba, but detered away from it. I personally will be feeding Royal Canin, yes I know it isn't the best but it is healthy and works well with my breeder's dogs. My recommendations is to have a look at the ingredients, you don't want anything with by-products in it, and if it has corn or any wheat based product in the first three ingredients, that means there are lots of fillers that the dog doesn't need.

Hope this helps, and please others correct me if I was wrong on any of this.

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Dec 08, 2009

puppy pads/wee wee pads are tricky for dogs. they teach the dog to go on a mark, and this mark can be confused w/other potential marks such as your rug. using puppy pads usually gets even trickier when you move the training outdoors. it's about 50/50 that your dog will understand this transition and why they no longer are allowed to go in the house. the best way to potty train a dog is the traditional method of taking them outside several times a day and praising them when they go.
especially for the dachshund, i advise against using training pads. this is b/c dachshunds have a high tendency towards fear and going to the bathroom outside is a much more vulnerable experience than going indoors. throw out the pads and buy her a warm sweater. fleas die after the first freeze so in most places, dogs will not get fleas in the winter unless they're around another animal who has them.
the reason she is nipping at you is most likely due to small dog syndrome. dachshunds, above all other breeds, are prone to this. small dog syndrome affects small dogs who see the world as being so much bigger than them and that scares them so in defense, they lash out aggressively. the reason this affects dachshunds so much more often is b/c they have a need to be in control of their surroundings. a 12 week old puppy who already shows signs of small dog syndrome will get much more aggressive if this problem is not corrected.
what you'll need to do is socialize her to everything. let her meet new people, new dogs, new situations and places as often as humanly possible - and do so w/positive association. avoid picking her up, she needs to walk into these situations w/o being protected. also don't tell her it's okay and baby talk her, this only reinforces that there's something to be afraid of. instead, ignore that she see's things as a threat and only give her praise {and treats} for good behavior. fast paced walks through new situations are helpful b/c it gives her little time to focus on what she's afraid of. take her everywhere you can and just keep up the pace. make it fun when you can and she'll slowly be desensitized to scary stimuli. since it sounds like people are her biggest fear, invite friends or family over and have them ignore her and drop a treat as they walk past her. keep this up and she'll understand people bring good things.
no matter what dog you get, socialization is necessary. some dogs however, require more. dachshunds have a tendency to live in fear if they're not heavily socialized, so by doing months of socialization now will pay off tremendously for the rest of her life.

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