Let’s first remember that the Dachshund is classified as a ‘hound’.
Being a hound, their sense of smell is one of their primary and sensitive senses they use when hunting. The Dachshund’s ‘olfactory bulb’ (the part of the brain for perception of smell) is about forty times larger than that of a human ‘olfactory bulb’. Though they were bred to hunt badgers, their curiosity of scent can get them to hunt just about anything.
The Dachshund is a scent hunter and when they catch a scent and start to ‘hunt’ they are single minded. This is one of the main reasons why many owners have a hard time potty training their Dachshund. They are at the door wanting to outside to go potty. You let them out, they catch a scent and they are off to track it down the scent, completely forgetting they had to go potty. Your patience and redirecting them back to the potty area is the only thing that will work.
When you walk a Dachshund, you will soon discover that they are all about smelling things. In fact, if they are off-leash, they may just go off on a scent trail without ‘hearing’ you calling him back. They are one-track that way… so be careful about that. When they catch a scent they are focused.
Remember, the Dachshund doesn’t realize they are small. They are bred to hunt, so they are formidable when hunting. Their jaws and teeth are strong and powerful. Even though, as your pet, they are not hunting, their sense of smell pretty much drives their day (along with their desire to be with you, of course). Scents that appeal to them strike their curiosity.
They are bred to follow scents, so in your home, you may play a game with them and dangle a sock in their nose and then hide it nearby. See if he finds it… If they’re in the mood, it’s a fun little game. You may find your Dachshund either chewing on your clothing or using it as a bed to snuggle in. You will probably find it easier to keep your things away from him rather than keep him away from your things!
As a Dachshund parent, one thing you need to remember is that no matter how obedient your Dachshund is, if he picks up a curious scent, he will track it!