8 Things That Dachshunds Love To Do

Everyone loves Dachshunds not just because they are smart and cute but they serve as a perfect watch dog. A complete amuser and a great friend too. A Dachshund will never let you get bored as most of the time they are hilarious, weird and funny. At times it is even difficult to explain their actions. Well, here is a list of few things that Dachshunds love.

1. Digging

If you think you can keep your Dachshund from digging, you’re wrong. Dachshunds love to dig so if you have cushions made of extremely fine or expensive cloth then it would be safe if you keep them away from your dog. As they were trained to hunt prey living in holes so they were naturally bred to dig. So in case, you didn’t know that, beware because your cute little Dachshund may destroy your lawn, flower bed or escape by digging under the fence.

You can’t train a natural instinctive behavior out of a dog, but you can redirect the behavior. The best way to do this with your Dachshund is to provide toys that cater to this instinct.

The latest toy for dogs that dig is the iDig from the people that have brought you the iFetch automatic ball launcher.

This is the first dog toy that has been specially designed to cater to your dog’s natural digging instinct. Ideal for Dachshunds. You simply hide their favorite toy or treats in the flaps and let them dig away to uncover the hidden treasure. Not only will the action of digging help burn off pent-up energy, but the mental challenge of working out how to get to the goodies will help to tire them also.

There are two types of iDigg available. The soft shell that is ideal for packaging up to make it easy to take with you when you travel and the hard shell.

Check out the video to see how this works or view the iDig Go on Amazon

For more toys for Dachshunds see Absolutely the best toys for Dachshunds here.

2. Eating

Dachshunds love to eat irrespective of their size. These dogs can eat anytime and rarely deny food offers. Although, this seems to be a weakness for the breed as their love for food causes them obesity problems and which further shortens their life span and leads to back and joint issues. For more on how to deal with obesity in dogs see here.

3. Being with you

Dachshunds are not the type of dog that you can leave all day alone and then play for an hour with them once you get free. They are very social and get upset when they are alone. Even a companion dog does not necessarily help. They love to be around people and play with them, which makes them much cuter. For tips and advice on leaving your dog home alone see here.

4. Explore

Irrespective of the small size of this creature, it is aggressive and brave. Due to its curious nature, Dachshunds love to explore new things. For example, no matter how dangerous it may be, a Dachshund will not leave a thing until he learns about it.

5. Running

Dachshunds are from the hound family of dogs and the breed was bred not just to stalk prey but also hunt it down. Their preys were normally fast and quick prey, so that does give us an idea about how quick this lovely creature is. Irrespective of its small legs, a dachshund is super fast and loves to run around. There is a popular sport known as Wiener racing or Dachshund racing which is great fun to watch.

For more information about exercising your Dachshund see here.

6. Adventures

Dachshunds love to play with their owners all the time and they get involved with you with whatever you are doing. They are one of the cleverest breeds. Apart from games like hide and seek, Dachshunds love activities like swimming, agility, conformation and earth dog competitions.

7. Licking

A dachshund loves to lick its owners face so if you are planning to get a Dachshund, be ready for unexpected pet kisses. Although licking is a natural instinct of all the dogs, but Dachshunds do this most of the time because they are much more affectionate towards their owner than any other breed is.  For tips on how to deal with excessive licking see here.

8. Cuddling

Due to its extra affectionate nature and the love to sleep buried under blankets, cuddling is one of the many things this dog loves. It can cuddle with you at 2 am in the morning and even all day long. All they want is to be with you and share affection.

There are a lot more things that a dachshund loves to do. Many people do not observe their pets but the Dachshund is a breed that makes you notice what it is up to. It is one of the smartest and most intelligent breeds of all which will never let you get bored. Dachshunds do not just prove to be best friends or the ultimate watchdogs. They are also fiercely loyal to their owners.

7 Replies to “8 Things That Dachshunds Love To Do”

  1. Pamela Trusheim says:

    I agree. I had 2 Min. Wire-Haired Dachshunds who died from kidney cancer. I especially missed my last one, Gunther who was not quite 13 years old. Tucker, my first one was only 10 years old.

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  4. Yvah Gencianeo Gelpe says:

    My Titus. Short haired dachshund is very affectionate and loves to be cuddled. B

  5. Maggie Church says:

    Our two year old long haired Doxie is a rescue and he has “ adopted” me! He followed me to my room, looked out the glass door and jumped up in the bed to be loved:) He is a sweetie and “my” first doxie dog! I am in love:)

  6. I have had dachshunds since I was three. They are the most clever, stubborn, independent, gluttonous, loving little comedians you can possibly imagine. I couldn’t bear to be without one and have had as many as six at a time, not counting litters of puppies. Every single one of them insists on sleeping in bed, burrowing deep under the covers. They make wonderful heating pads. They are a unique breed and will cheer you up with their antics and kisses no matter how sad or angry you may be feeling. Life with dachshunds is a zany adventure; life without them is not worth living.

  7. My miniature dachshund ticks most of the boxes from the article. But she has never been a digger, or a face licker . Which I am happy about !! She is super affectionate and I would never consider any other breed.
    I simply adore her.

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