Dachshund Behaviors, What Do They Mean?


Dachshunds have some unique ‘gestures’ to their breed that I have been asked what they mean. I’ll start by saying that many of these gestures can be traced back to the fact that Dachshunds were bred to be hunting pack dogs.

Dachshunds Love to Lick Your Face

Why do Dachshunds love to lick your face? In an earlier post, Why do Dachshunds Love to Lick Your Face, you can read in more detail why they do, in fact, love to lick your face. To sum things up, Dachshunds love to lick your face because they are looking for food scraps. Not to be concerned, this is part of his natural hunter instinct.

They see you as the pack leader, the alpha dog, returning from the hunt. So, basically, they want to see what you caught during your hunt. Your Dachshund is simply doing what he was bred to do. Its in his genes.  Although, I think we all like to think of them as ‘kisses’!

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Dachshunds Poke With Their Nose

Every time I let my dachshund outside to do ‘potty’ he smells and pokes around with his nose. I pretty much have to ‘remind’ and ‘redirect’ him that he’s out there to do potty. Why does he do this?

This is completely normal behavior for a Dachshund. His/her ‘hunter’ instinct has just been activated. Outside, in his yard, he automatically will start to search and sniff out any prey that may have intruded into his territory. He’s looking for squirrels, rabbits and you never know when there might be a badger in your back yard!

Once they have been satisfied the yard is ‘clear’, they will usually proceed with the potty break. This is one of the main reasons why Dachshunds have a reputation for being one of the hardest dog breeds to potty train. Often times all they need is a little redirection.

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Dachshunds Lift Their Front Paws

Many times, when my Dachshund is outside, I notice he will stop in his tracks, lift up his front paw and just stand there. Why does he do this?

Once again, not to be concerned, your Dachshund is displaying normal behavior. His hunter instinct has kicked in again.

When your Dachshund lifts his front paw and stands still, he is pointing. It is his way of notifying you as if to say, ‘I see something moving over there, it could be a potential badger! (the animal they were bred to hunt)’

By standing still, lifting his paw and ‘pointing’ he is letting you know the direction in which he saw something. Once you give him ‘the all clear’ or he senses there is no longer a potential threat, he will stop.

Hopefully, these brief explanations will help you to understand and assure you that your Dachshund is behaving normally.


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