Re: Grumpy Dachshund
Posted by Meggers on January 21, 2006, 5:37 am, in reply to "Re: Grumpy Dachshund"
Thank you so much for your advice. She does have a crate so we will modify our usage and I will definately take your other advice as well. |
: Hi, well you just can't say I don't have a
: dominant personality. YOu have to develop a
: dominant personality with her.
: Right now she is just testing you, but in
: the future she might bite you. So you need
: to get control.
: I think the first thing I would do is put a
: choke collar on her. And when she goes out
: to potty or whatever I would leave the lead
: on her too. And when you go outside to get
: her from pottying grab the lead and call her
: name if she doesn't come or growls pop the
: choke chain. And by that I don't mean hold
: her up in the air. I just mean you want to
: make the choke chain make noise. In many
: dogs all it takes is noise. If she needs
: more than noise then give her a jerk.
: If your backyard is large and you don't want
: to run around at night chasing a lead then
: buy a portable exercise pen. And just potty
: her in the exercise pen. So when you are
: ready for her the lead will be confined with
: her in the exercise pen. You can find
: exercise pens at pet stores or in dog
: catalogs. Since she is a mini she won't need
: a very tall one at all. Unless she is a
: climber. And you can move the exercise pen
: all over the yard or patio or house. They
: are really great to have. And with her
: confined you take her control away and you
: are in control. And that is what you want to
: be in control. So get an exercise pen for
: her, because it will help you and her and
: put further restrictions on her.
: Take all these freedoms away from her too.
: Running around in the back yard and beds
: And the reference you made of protecting her
: space when you put her in bed. She isn't
: protecting her space. Throw that mindset out
: the window. She is just being a nasty little
: mean dog. That's right a mean little dog
: that is what she is. Dog's that bite are not
: cute and they are not nice. My dogs have
: beds and not a one of them growls at me when
: I put them to bed or take them out of bed.
: You don't protect territory when you don't
: own the house or the bed and you don't pay
: the bills. Remember this is a little dog and
: the only rights she should have it what you
: deem to give her.
: And also try and not take this so personal,
: and I feel you are. She is hurting your
: feelings and I understand that. It would
: hurt my feelings too if I trained a little
: dog and fed a little dog and cared for the
: little dog and it tried to bite me. But you
: see it is not you. She just wants control
: and she found a hole to crawl through with
: you. You see her disposition is a dominant
: one and she is just asserting her
: disposition. Now, you could have bought
: another puppy and never had this problem.
: But you see she is dominant and this is a
: problem that you will have to stay on top of
: all of her life.
: When you obedience trained her you weren't
: forceful (dominant)enough, because if you
: were you wouldn't be having this problem.
: Dachshunds can have some nasty dispositions
: at times. Most people wouldn't think that,
: but they can. They also can become set in
: their ways. And they are very stubborn. So
: she might continue to give you trouble.
: I once knew a couple in the past that didn't
: get control of their 2 dachshunds and it
: went from snapping to biting. To finally
: they decided the owners couldn't come in the
: house, because they would bite the owners.
: So you need to get a handle on this now.
: Sounds funny, but it wasn't for the nice
: There are things that people do, and people
: aren't even aware they are doing it, that
: let dogs know that the dog can take over.
: Here is one example. If you want to walk out
: the door and dog is laying in front of the
: door you step over the dog and don't make
: the dog move. That lets a dog know he is in
: control. I know it sounds silly but it is
: the truth.
: One thing I wouldn't let her do anymore is
: get on any furniture or the bed. Keep her
: off of it as that also gives her a raised
: level the same as you. If you want to know
: how to keep her off all the time crate her
: when you are gone. Some dog catalogs have
: mats that you can put on chairs and couches
: and when the dog jumps on the furniture they
: get a mild shock. It doesn't hurt them at
: all it scares them. And you don't talk baby
: talk to her at all. Talk in your regular
: voice. When she does something wrong say
: "NO". But you don't just say
: "NO" in your regular voice. You
: change your voice to as deep and base
: sounding as it will go. And you yell. That
: is right you yell! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Remember
: she is a bad dog because she wants to bite
: you. And you have to re-take your territory.
: Basically that is what it amounts too.
: Now, go too www.dogwise.com and purchase one
: or two of their books on aggression. They
: have several and learn about aggression and
: how to stop aggression. And learn what you
: are doing to allow her to take control of
: you and your house.
: When she growls at you remember to pop the
: choke chain or give her a jerk. Then crate
: her. Crate her for several hours. And if you
: don't have a crate shame on you. Go out and
: get one. And begin crating her. Crating is a
: great way to exhibit your power. And
: remember this is no longer a nice little
: dog. And if she bites you it could really
: hurt your hand. So take your control back.
: Now, if reading the books and using a crate
: and using a choke and an exercise pen etc.
: on her fails. Run don't walk to your nearest
: AKC Licensed Obedience Club and get some
: professional help before things get a lot
: Remember you are the big person and she has
: you buffaloed. And get mad. There is nothing
: wrong with getting mad at a dog. If people
: didn't get mad at their dogs the dogs would
: be ruling the world. Dogs are smart and they
: will take over. Because remember you are
: working with a pack animal. And right now
: your little Doxie is challenging you and if
: she wins you will loose big time.
: And don't be afraid to be physical and by
: that I don't mean throw her up against the
: wall, but pop her with that choke chain. And
: if she growls again pop that choke chain
: again. You have to show her you are the
: And if she does something you want her too
: be sure and praise her. And I don't mean
: just say "Good Doggie" I mean
: really make over her and pet her. And be
: sure and use your secret weapon "A
: Doggie Treat". Now, I don't just mean
: some bone out of the box but something she
: really loves. So praise her and give her a
: If you don't learn how to be dominant with
: her you will cause her to loose her life.
: Because when dogs take over and start biting
: owners the owner usually puts the dog down.
: Or the owner passes the problem off to
: another family and the dog of course will
: bite again and that family will probably say
: that is enough!!!!!
: And it is not your fault that you don't know
: how to be dominant with a dog. After all
: people don't live in packs dogs do. And dogs
: are the ones that start this pack stuff so
: we have to modify our behavior to outsmart
: them. Now, tell me dog's aren't smart.
: Thanks for your question. I hope I have
: helped you. If you have further questions
: please just re-post and have a nice evening.
: --Previous Message--
: Hi Michele. I have written before with other
: issues and your advice always helped us out.
: I now have another problem.
: My husband and I have a 1 year old mini
: dachshund. She is our baby and is a real
: sweetie, but I recently have been having
: issues with her. She listens to my husband
: and has no problems with him. She obviously
: views him as Pack Leader. Since she was a
: pup, when he got her in trouble he would be
: physical with her - not hard but would smack
: her nose and yell at her. I am the one who
: feeds her, takes her out and looks after her
: in general. I took her to obedience training
: when she was a pup and everything was okay
: until recently she has been ignoring me.
: When I call her to come in she doesn't even
: respond. My husband calls once and she runs
: inside. Also, when try to discipline her or
: pick her up to bring her is she shows her
: teeth to me. She has never bit - but I worry
: she will. She also shows teeth now when I
: put her in her bed (protecting her space??)
: and when I take away something she is not
: allowed to play with. Is there anything I
: can do to curb this behaviour without being
: physical with her? I just don't want it to
: escalate. Recently I have been more firm
: with her but it's just not working.
: PS - I do not have a dominant personality -
: go figure eh?