Wieners think they are 150 pounds and take their hunting job seriously
so if you keep pet rabbits. mice, birds, etc., keep them far away from your new hunter. Any fluffy, cute animal that
squeaks will be instantly killed if it is located a few feet off the ground. But wieners make great barn dogs and
kill mice better than any outdoor cat alive.
Wieners are an easy to care for breed with almost no grooming.
I put them all in the tub together once a month when it needs a really good scouring when I am through. If they spend
more time outside in the summer I do not wash them as much as it really isn't all that great for their skin.
I avoid dog shampoos and only use very mild shampoos like Suave for dry
hair. I also use conditioner; it helps their skin to not dry out. We do not get fleas here a lot, but when I am
in flea country I give them baths in Suave dandruff shampoo for dry hair. The hateful fleas float very nicely and again
it is not an expensive solution to an icky problem.
Wieners are not a couch pillows. They need lots of input from
you and preferably from toys and bones they can destroy. They will be the center of attention just like any good house
These cute little critters are fiercely loyal, great watch dogs and
can not be ignored like some breeds.
If you have other dogs your wiener will rule your home. Size is not an
Sometimes wieners follow their noses like bird dogs and have selective
hearing like most men, the farther away or more toys involved, the more deaf.
Do this suggestion early (meaning before four months old), call you dog
once and do not stand there like a goober yelling at a dog that that goes deaf after 20 feet.
Solution: Get a fishing pole with a heavy, clear line. Attach
to a firmly to a snug collar. Let the dog wander away and then call them once. If they do not respond then reel
them in like a fish. Start at shorter distances and work your way to the end of the line.
Each time you reel them back they will think you are God because you can
make them obey even when you are around the corner of the house or out of sight. Only call them once. Give
them enough time to respond and then start reeling them in saying nothing.
Hide the pole behind your back - some dogs are too smart and know they
only have to come when you have the pole. Once they are at your feet, praise them and let them wander again. Do
this at greater distances until your dog always comes when called. Try it. It works
I have had mini dachshunds for almost 35 years and will always have these
independent, happy dogs in my life. They are the "perfect" dog.
Any other questions about the breed characteristics? Contact me on
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Margo, DRNW Founder
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