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Initial post: Sep 21, 2008 9:48:25 PM PDT
B. Apodaca says:
I seem to be having aggression problems with my mini dachshund, recently my female went into heat and the male just went nuts, he got really aggressive with all the family members, he would attack anyone that came near the female and he bit several people, he is normally a very passive, loveable dog, I took him in and got him fixed, they said this would stop this behavior, he had done well for a while, well my daughter went to pet him and give him a kiss on the head and he bit her on the face, hard. He sees her every day and she seems to be the only one he is still very aggreisive with, He'll attack her out of no where, for no reason. there are five people in my house and he only goes after her. He recently had blood work done for another problem and they did not say anything was wrong with him, I'm concerned about this, I love my dog but do not want to put up with aggressive behavior, any advice

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2008 7:03:31 AM PDT
CDaniels says:
It sounds like he is competing with her for social status within the "pack" (your family) You haven't been clear about how old your daughter is. She could be purposefully or inadvertantly antagonizing him in any number of ways. If you can, you should find a professional trainer, with credentials and personal recommendations, to help you solve this. Be prepared to hear the worst, that you will have to give up the dog. This may upset the family, but your daughter's physical safety has to come first.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2008 7:16:53 AM PDT
B. Apodaca says:
thanks for your answer, my daughter is 20, she knows not to really be around him, he went to sit on her lap on the couch and she had been petting him, she went to pick him up and move him off her, she bent down to kiss him and thats when he bit her, we have two other dogs in the house and he is never mean to them. I don't know what it is about my daughter and only her.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2008 1:27:50 PM PDT
CDaniels says:
OK! I was worried she was a toddler! There was an Amazon blog post yesterday at http://www.wagreflex.com/2008/09/ten-things-ever.html Ten Things Every Dog Owner Should Know 4.Dogs are not spiteful 1.A dog is a dog.
Bending over a dog from above can be interpreted as an attack posture. He thought she was going to bite him, so he bit first! - You're daughters mistake may be trying to be affectionate with the dog as if it were a little human. Punishing him as if he were a human child can also backfire badly! Be calm, assured, ready to take charge. Be firm. There are different approaches to fixing aggressive behavior, I don't think one single approach works best all the time. For books, "Don't Shoot the Dog" by Karen Pryor is a good starting place. Video is sometimes easier to follow than books, but most aren't as well-produced as Cesar Millan's, and usually more expensive. Good Luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2008 5:41:47 PM PDT
Demosure says:
How old is your dachshund? Does he have weight issues? Often they have serious pain due to the stress on their spines from too much weight. Could be that your dog is in pain and 'lashing out.' Dachshunds(My Mom has one) are super intelligent, and totally stubborn therefore really hard to train. Get professional help -a trainer is great, enroll in training courses with your dog, enlist your family's help, and read books about how to use simple changes in routine to get your dog to view you and your daughter as leader. Good luck! But don't give up the dog!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2008 6:23:34 PM PDT
You need the help of a trainer but if their is none in your area you can google NILF dog training it will give you helpful tips on how to be head dog in your house hold.In the mean time your daughter should just stay away from the dog no eye contact no petting or any thing until you get a handle on what is going on.No one should lean over a dog & no kissing on the head as stated earlier dogs consider that a threat.Treat a dog like a dog no a human. Yes I have a Dachshund alway use NILF training in my household.

Posted on May 25, 2009 7:36:37 PM PDT
P. Trostel says:
My wife and I recently adopted a 2yr old female dachshund. She's very sweet, energetic, and demands plenty of lap time. The one problem we're having is the dog charging our 2yr old girl. Anytime we try to spend time with our daughter and play with her the dog will challenge our daughter, charging her, occasionally attempting to nip her. Is there any way I can teach our 2yr old Dachshund to get along with our 2yr old daughter?

Posted on May 26, 2009 7:47:01 PM PDT
Not totally related but I wanted to mention a dachshund issue... A friend of mine has one and he had a disc problem in his back. He became paralyzed in his back legs. He had surgery which cost several thousand dollars. He's able to walk now but he staggers. Please be aware that you should keep your dachshunds slim and try and keep them from jumping up or down as much as possible. I'd hate anyone else to have to deal with this issue. It was very difficult for both her and her dog.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2009 7:49:00 PM PDT
Turnipz says:
I and my good friend have experienced some devasting changes in our doxies. We both have several small dogs. She had two doxies (father and son) attack and kill a tiny old poodle. I had two of my doxies (mother and daughter) attack and kill a healthy adult poodle. This occurred in two separate households. We can make no sense of it. We have both owned dogs of all breeds for our entire adult lives. I have since heard of a few tales (I can't prove it) of similar behavior in doxies. I still have one as she is a mini and a runt to boot. She is adorable and full of nothing but love. Her mother and sister were the killers. Don't know if anyone will gain anything out of this... just putting in my two cents. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2009 3:48:02 PM PDT
dogs see someone leaning over them as taking aggressive posturing toward them and will react accordingly. with your female being in heat, he will become even more protective over her, attempting to scare away anything or anyone he perceives to be a challenge to his position. my male affenpinscher bit my 23 yr old son's nose because he put his face on ollies's side and thought he was playing with him. oliver felt he was being aggressive and bit his nose. it was brett's fault not the dog's

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2009 8:16:54 PM PDT
P. Trostel says:
We've had a couple of Dachshunds who've been lovable dogs to humans but put in the right environment and they're quite fierce. One was notorious for killing bull snakes, the other able to corner rabbits in the backyard and kill those. On one occasion we found our Dachshund beaming with pride, a freshly killed rabbit on the floor of the living room, brought in through the open door to the backyard. We must love our Dachshunds but remember that these dogs were bred as hunters.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2009 2:15:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2009 2:27:15 PM PDT
KraftyKid says:
To B. Apodaca--I would appreciate a time frame to really give you a good answer. First why do you have an intact female? Please don't breed unless your dog has been proven as a true example of your breed, and been check by a vet, even then it is hard to place the puppies. Some intact males react exactly as you described. After his visit to the vet he should not have been around the female for two months. Some vets are now saying three months. Just because your dog was neutured does not mean all of the hormones are under control! If he is not allowed to "rest" and get over "the hormonal issue" he will resort to the same behavior as before. A bitch in heat can be a terrible tease. If the bitch is still intact keep him away, far away, if she has been spayed use vinager water to get rid all of the places she may have marked.

To P. Trostel. Never trust your doxie around your daughter until she is older and understands what her actions mean to the dog. Your dog is two years old, has a mind set and may have been abused by small children. I have three doxies, all of them came from a shelter or a pound. Two of them had issues with small children, one had issues with anybody who made quick movements. The last one we got would bite, but now has a GCA and is my sevice dog. Don't give up on your doxie, little ones grow up and don't make so much noise and in the mean time the dog will get use to the environment. You are right about them being hunters. I sure would hate to face a badger in a dark tunnel. :)

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 6:46:13 PM PDT
B. Keller says:
I see that overwhelmingly that the doxies biting humans or killing dogs are purebred and unneutered or recently neutered. This may be a fault showing up in the breed. Fairly recently "rage syndrome" has begun showing up in the most gentle of breeds. It is most important that all of these unstable animals be altered. Sometimes it does take a few months for the hormones to simmer down, and in the meantime, nobody should get a face close to the animal. The most effective and sane action would be to trace the breed lines of all unstable purebreds and phase them out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2009 9:45:29 AM PDT
This isn't a reply to your question. i don't know how to post my questio any other way.My family has two dachshunds. one is 10 and the other is 5 and a half. when the younger one was purchased, she had a mother that was black and tan, and the father was red. Now back to the present day. When i let the two dachshunds out for potty, the younger one will watch where the older one goes pee. If she sees the older one pee, she will walk over to that spot, lift her left leg,and pee on the same spot. why does the younger one do that?

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 12:07:19 PM PDT
We have a female tweenie dachshund and many years ago we had a male standard dachshund. The female was spayed as a puppy. The male was never neutered. Both are/were very gentle. The female shows what is called "fear aggression". She is afraid of strangers, human and canine. She will normally bark and act aggressively toward a stranger, but she will back away if they approach. If she can't get away, she will bite. We have worked hard and long to help her get over this, and while she is somewhat better, the behavior is still there. This is not your dog's problem but I thought it worth mentioning.

My suggestion is to have the female spayed. Her being in heat seems to cause or worsen the problem. You could also give your dogs an herbal calmative like Rescue Remedy.

Dachshunds were bred to hunt badgers so they have very strong jaws and can be aggressive. Some dogs have a naturally dominant personality and this can cause them to think that they are the boss. Dachshunds are very head strong dogs and combined with a dominant personality they can be difficult. That's why you really should get a trainer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2010 2:05:47 PM PST
Occupant says:
You make an excellent point. We spent $2400 on an MRI for our 4-year old miniature a couple of years ago (no surgery required, fortunately) and he has had two other incidents where he was in pain for a few weeks as a result of (first time) his pulling too hard in his harness on a walk in a woods he loves (like Army Rangers, dachshunds lead the way) and (second time) he jumped down from a bench to be with his pal (another dachshund) and landed hard on his right front paw. Nothing broke in any of the three cases and he is not over-weight, but there was up to a month recovery each time. Vet said that this sort of stuff just happens with Dachshunds and sometimes it is not even traceable to some specific incident. We try to be careful (ramps and small stairs to get into bed and onto futon) and jumping is not allowed...when we can stop it. Dachshunds are the very best, but the short legs and long back can lead to problems all their lives. Too much weight will not help, but keeping trim will not preevent it, either.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2010 2:10:30 PM PST
Occupant says:
You have to remember that dachshunds were bred to go into holes after badgers, pound-for-pound, one of the toughest mammals ever to walk the earth. They are also (some if not most) very territorial and do not care much for other dogs on their turf...which can inclue an entire city Ours is like that with dogs he does not know, but with a good, controlled, introduction, and especially if everyone takes a long walk together, acceptance comes all around.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2010 9:41:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 22, 2010 9:47:32 PM PST
R.R. says:
B.A.

Here are some good references for you. This behavior isn't acceptable. You as the parent should set the rules as to the relationship between your daughter and your dog. If I was in your shoes I would address your dog's behavior prior to it escalating to the level of the bite - correct his fixation on your daughter. Put him on a leash and have your daughter practice coming in and out of the room - doing whatever she typically does. If your dog focuses with his eyes on her prior to attacking - give a correction by touching the dog or pulling on leash abruptly - not to hurt but to stop the fixation. If he is typically "very passive, loveable" dog then he may be reacting negatively/fearfully to excited behavior from your daughter. He needs know that you are in control of the situation, that your daughter's excitement is acceptable, he will be safe and it is NOT his job to control the situation. Let go of the past and start fresh with him.

R.R.

http://www.ddfl.org/behavior/kidsdogs.pdf
http://www.ddfl.org/behavior/dogbite_guide.pdf

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2010 4:00:09 PM PDT
Pam B says:
Hello,
I had the same situation with my two dogs, but it would go both ways, each one would go and pee on the other one's spot, whoever was first. But I also noticed when we'd go for a walk, they would sniff and sniff and would have to pee on many other spots, so I got the idea they are putting their "mark" over the other dog's "mark". My two cents.

Posted on May 1, 2010 6:38:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2010 6:39:28 PM PDT
CDaniels says:
Ever see the movie Never Cry Wolf ? The urinating behavior could be either accepting boundaries established by the other dog (or other neighborhood dogs?), or just confirming and re-affirming boundary markers. The dachshund problem with spinal disks is called IVDD, intervertebral disk disease. Also occurs in Corgis and mixed breeds, like mine.

Posted on May 25, 2011 1:02:40 PM PDT
What do you do for travel anxiety? My 18 month old has never been in a car ( i aquired her recently) and she gets sick in the vehicle. How can I rectify this without leaving her behind.

Posted on May 27, 2011 11:26:22 AM PDT
Amanda Peck says:
You could hope--it HAS happened with one of my newly acquired dogs--that this will be the one and only time that she has carsickness.

A handful of short trips to someplace fun--the river, a park, etc., might help even if it recurs occasionally. Or a crate lined with a easily washed towels.

Posted on Jun 4, 2011 11:07:49 AM PDT
meg walgren says:
I have a mix (dachshund, affinpinsher, and shiperke-2yo i have had for 9 months) who is amazing with kids, except for one 3 yo who had been being mean to him (yanking ears) i made him (dog) roll over and submit to her (kid) and have had no problems since, (of course i'm keeping a close eye and have talked to her about how to be nice to him), he even rolls over much of the time when she walks over to him. Not sure if that would work for other dogs/people, but is an easy thing to try! The only problems i have with him are not people related now (barking, scratching and seperation issues....)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2011 8:19:41 AM PDT
I have seperation problems with Macy also. I have other issues now. Took her to the vet for spaying, she may be pregnant and may have to be aborted due to an massive hernia. Donn't know what to do.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 12:33:52 PM PDT
Contrary2 says:
I too have a mini dachshund that is fierce. She has bitten a couple of people (mostly at their shoes or pants legs). They (especially the smooth haired) are worse with things like that than the long haired and wire haired variety. Your dog may have felt he was protecting the female dachshund. My daughter has been bitten by our dachshund right on her nose. The dog was laying down and Mia (my daughter) started "playing" with her and put her face in Emma's face. That's when she bit her on the nose. Emma hasn't bitten any of our other children since.

Dachshunds are small and feisty little dogs. Emma hunts EVERY time she goes in the back yard. She has killed numerous young doves, a rabbit, rats and a chicken. Some say that they will even hunt wild pigs! She has been fixed since she was a puppy. She doesn't really fight with our other dog...a mini poodle named Noodle. But she will put up with his playing around for awhile but he seems to know when she's tired of him.
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