With a Dachshund, you are not the master. Instead, it’s the other way around. Once a Dachshund has your heart (it takes about 1 second), you will be the one doing the bidding 😉
The ancestors of the Dachshund bred them to hunt quarry on their own. Because it’s part of their DNA, they are independent, resourceful, and adventurous.
Here’s some of the things a Dachshund does:
A Dachshund will follow it’s nose. It’s all about the nose. Always looking around for new scents, the Dachshund will ‘zone out’ while on the trail of a curious scent.
A Dachshund will not be swayed from it’s mission (while following his nose). Good luck calling or stopping him during this time.
A Dachshund makes it’s own decisions. They were bred to be self-directed. Therefore, they won’t ‘ask’ you what to do, but instead will assume they already know what to do.
A Dachshund can be tough and tenacious having been bred to face off against the badger.
A Dachshund will bark, and I mean bark. Surprisingly loud and enthusiastically. Again, part of the breeding while barking loudly (and for a long time) in an underground badger tunnel.
A Dachshund will squeeze into tight places and will be able to get through fairly small gaps in your fence.
A Dachshund is a problem solver. After you fix that fence gap, he will find another way 😉
More Dachshund information in the Barron’s ‘DACHSHUNDS’ book.