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Adopting A Dachshund

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So you've decided you want to adopt a rescue dachshund?

Penelope and Maggie Part of being a responsible pet owner is doing breed research to determine if a particular breed is right for you and your family.  We encourage all of our adopters to research the Dachshund breed before you consider adopting one of our dogs.  Below is a series of questions that are designed to help you determine if a Dachshund is the right dog for you.  This list is not all inclusive, but rather points to some characteristics that have lead many Dachshunds in to rescue and shelters.  Not all Dachshunds possess all of the behaviors listed, and some possess none of them, but the behaviors are not uncommon in the Dachshund breed.  Think about each of the questions and the impact that a Dachshund behaving as described may have on you and your family's life.  We hope that after your self examination that you do determine that a Dachshund is the perfect dog for you, but if not, don't despair.  There are plenty of dog breeds to choose from, but please do your research on any breed before you adopt.  An excellent site to begin your breed research

Are you aware that Dachshunds are usually not good with strangers?   They will often bark at strange people, dogs, cats, or just about anything that moves.  Dachshunds also love to let you know when an intruder has entered their domain.  That intruder may take the form of a person, an animal, or even a leaf.  Are you prepared for a dog that barks at a doorbell ringing on the TV, or even at a leaf rolling across the driveway?

Did you know that Dachshunds may not be well suited to a home with small children?  
If you have small children in your home, please inquire about how any dog behaves around children before you adopt. Keep in mind that many dachshunds are injuried by accident by small children by either picking them up wrong, falling on them or tripping over them. Young children, under 5 should never be left unattended with a small dog and we will not adopt to families with children under the age of 5 yrs.

Are you aware that  many Dachshunds particularly do not like large dogs? 
They may get snappy with them or try to dominate them. 


Did you know that you can never trust your Dachshund off leash?   Because many Dachshunds maintain a strong prey drive, it is not uncommon for a Dachshund to see something interesting, and take off in an instant.  You may not be able to call them back until they are ready to come back! From the many heartbroken owners of Dachshunds we find this to be very true.  You maybe have had dachshunds for many years off leash and outside a fenced in yard and not had this happen but that doesn't mean it won't, better to be safe than sorry like the many we've spoken too. Keep YOUR dog on a leash at all times when outside a fenced-in area.

Did you know that Dachshunds have a mind of their own and must be taught that they are not the rulers of the world?     The fact that they were bred to go after vermin with determination may also frustrate you if you try to teach them something that they are not interested in learning.  Some Dachshunds can be willful, obstinate, and manipulative.  You must show them through absolute consistency that you mean what you say.  Consistency  and rewards  the keywords in all Dachshund training and that includes housebreaking as well. 

Did you know that Dachshunds are said to be courageous to the point of rashness?   They are intelligent and independent to the point of being stubborn.  Dachshunds can be very jealous, spiteful and vindictive.  If you make them angry, they may tear something up, go potty on the floor or your bed, they may get into the garbage, or any number of other things.

Did you know that Dachshunds were  bred to burrow?

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Burrowing translates to digging.  If a beautiful lawn is important to you, then the Dachshund may very well not be the dog for you.  However, digging can be minimized by limiting the amount of time your Dachshund spends outside unsupervised, but with some Dachshunds the desire to dig is almost obsessive.  As well, Dachshunds may eat dirt and may also roll on things with an unpleasant smell.  Rolling behavior is left over from their hunting days and is likely an attempt to mask their own smell.  Rolling behavior may also be minimized by limiting the amount of time your Dachshund spends outside unsupervised.

Did you know that you must be careful with your correction of Dachshund behaviors?   If you physically chastise a Dachshund and he believes your correction is unfair, he may growl or snap at you.  Remember Dachshunds were bred to hunt Badgers who are nasty little buggers that will fight the Dachshund with tooth and nail and won't give up, but neither will the Dachshund.  If you hit them, they are likely to "hit" you back by biting you.  We recommend consistency and only positive reinforcement of desired behaviors.  This combination works best when training a Dachshund.  The quickest way to a Dachshund's head is through his stomach.  Therefore if you want to teach a Dachshund quickly, use treats as reinforcement and be consistent.  Reward the behavior you want repeated and ignore those that you don't want to see again.  Moreover, training doesn't happen in a day or two.  Time and patience are required to properly train a Dachshund.  Please remember, that every dog is different, some will learn a new habit in a week; others could take months.

One of the most important and difficult training issues with Dachshunds is HOUSE TRAINING!! Dachshunds are hard to housebreak and may never be completely housebroken.  Consistent crate training is vital to housebreaking a Dachshund.  Sometimes a doggy door is necessary and sometimes no matter what you do they'll never be completely housebroken.  This does not mean that Dachshunds are not a great dog, but can you tolerate a dog that could possibly never be house trained?

The important thing to remember when housetraining a Dachshund is to ignore the pottying inside and reward and praise the pottying outside and you must be consistent with this or they will never become housebroken. You only need to remember two things when training a Dachshund to do anything CONSISTANCY & REWARD!


If you are unable to deal with any or all of the above behaviors, then very possibly a Dachshund is not the dog for you.


If you can see past all of the above and still want to adopt a rescue Dachshund then you are on your way to the best experience of a lifetime and will have many more years of love, devotion, loyalty and companionship anyone could ever ask for in a dog.  Just ask any of us that have more than one and we'll tell you it's hard to settle for just one.  They truly are characters in every sense of the word.

Please remember, when you acquire a puppy, you are acquiring potential; what he one day will be.  When you acquire an adult you're acquiring what he already is.  You can train him and teach him, but time and patience are required.

We are rescue because too many people do not feel the need to spay/neuter their animals and because of that we have too many unwanted animals being put down daily in shelters. Please if you have an animal that is not spayed or nueterd for their health and the pet over-population please do so. There are many low-cost spay/neuter clinics throughout the USA.

We do not adopt to homes that have animals that are not spayed/neutered.  The reason that organizations like AADR exist is because of irresponsible pet ownership/population management.  We are committed to reducing the number of unwanted dachshunds by spaying and neutering all Dachshunds that come through our organization.  Not only is this best for the future population, but it also promotes better health of the animal as well. If you have an unaltered(not spayed or neutered) animal please have them spayed/neutered prior to completing an application.  After having this done, come back and apply with us, we'll be happy to help you find a Dachshund for your family.  You are applying for an animal through a rescue organization, while you may not intend to actively participate in rescuing future dogs, we do hope you understand that rescue is more than just finding your family a dog.  It is about a philosophy of education about, and promotion, of better population control to prevent unwanted dachshunds.  Please join us in that commitment to these beautiful creations.

We thank you for your continued interest in adopting a rescue Dachshund.  To fill out an application, please go vist our application page by clicking here!

We will contact you for a phone interview shortly after we receive your application.  After your phone interview, we will contact your references and set up a home visit.  Please keep in mind that we are all volunteers but we will work on your application as quickly as possible.  It will help if you let your references and vet know that we will be calling to verify your application information.  If you use two vets, please let us know so that we can get complete information.  Lack of information may keep us from approving your application.  A home visit is required for all adoptions.  We also microchip all of our dogs and must pass the cost on to the adopter of $20.00+ depending on the company the dog is microchipped with.

It is best to have a dog in mind that you would like to adopt.  However, if you don't, please let us know that you'd like a dog that fits your lifestyle and we will assist you in finding the best match.

Out of state and Canadian adoptions are welcome.  Please be aware that WE DO NOT SHIP OUR DOGS CARGO.  We have heard too many horror stories.  As well, most airlines have discontinued the practice of shipping dogs as cargo.  If you live outside of the dog's fostering state, we will attempt to set up a land transport for the dog.  A typical land transport is composed of numerous volunteers driving a designated leg of the trip.  We ask that the adopter, if at all possible, take the last leg or two of the trip.  If we can't set up a volunteer land transport, then a transport for fee service may also be available for adopters along the eastern seaboard and down to Florida.  As well, you are free to make your own travel arrangements to pick up the dog from the foster home.  Thank you for your interest in adopting from All American Dachshunds Rescue.  We look forward to helping you find your love of a lifetime.

Read the story about Reilly.  This helps understand what some have experienced and worked through in adopting a rescue.

Adopting a dog is a big responsibility and can be life changing.  Not everyone who wants a dog is ready to adopt.  Please click on the link below to take the free self assessment to see if you and your family are ready to adopt. 

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More Information:

Below are a list of Websites that contain some great information about care and training for Dachshunds!  We hope you will visit them.  Maybe even bookmark them for later reference!


Click Here  for our owner resource page that can give you more tips!