HELP! Adopted an older dachshund!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

She is very cute! It is possible to crate train an older dog if that is something you would like to do.  If she is anxious in the crate you can start slowly, making the crate a positive experience with lots of treats and toys and only using it for small length of time and increasing it.  If she is fully house trained you could leave her out of the crate if she behaves herself.

As far as vaccines, you can have a titer done to see if she has antibodies present, but it is not exact and hasn’t really been determined in veterinary medicine what results indicated adequate protection or not.  If the previous owner does not know about her vaccines they could authorize their veterinarian to give you her medical records that should have her dates of vaccinations on it.  Otherwise better to be safe than sorry and just have her vaccinated, especially since proof of current rabies vaccination is required in most cities.

 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

She’s very cute. And I love Dachshunds. They’re fun little dogs who have opinions of their own as to how the world should be run.  Read that as they can be stubborn, but mine make me laugh every time we butt heads.   Recently my 9 yr old has been testing me on “sit”.   She clearly knows this command, but for the last couple of weeks she’ll squat until her butt almost touches the ground and then stand back up. “I hear you, I know what you want, but I don’t want to do it.”  I eventually win.

I would not give her full run of  the house – at least at first.  Too many things to get into and tear up and become injured on.  I also would not force her into a crate if she’s not already crate trained.  When mine was little I put her in an exercise pen with her crate in the ex pen with the door open on the crate.  Or, I’d find a small room…laundry room, bathroom etc get stuff off the floor and high enough that if she stands on her back legs she cannot get it and leave her in there with food/water and a radio. Later as she gets used to your house and gains your trust (and you gain hers and this really feels like home to her) she can get more access. 

I think she can be crate trained.  I’d approach it by initially having only GREAT things happen in the crate.  Feed her there, get her a kong and fill it with treats and let her work on that only when she’s in the crate.  It many take awhile, but I think it’ll eventually work with some patience on your part. 

I would take her into a pet store to get a collar, and I’d take her everywhere you think you can so that she gets used to feeling comfotable in lots of situations.

If you haven’t had dachshunds before you need to be a little careful with their backs (maybe consider pet insurance) if they blow a disk it can be very expensive.  You can help prevent this by minimizing jumping and keeping them slim and some say with some supplements like Vit C.  Dachshunds can also suffer from ‘little dog syndrome’ and be snappish if they feel backed into a corner or threatened.  As you take her out and about, you’ll be able to tell soon if she’s a confident little girl, or if she’s on the shyer side. 

It sounds like she’s found a great home with you.  Lucky Girls (both of you)

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@isabelle_86:  She should have gotten her boosters at one year old, so if the previous owner doesn’t know if she is up to date on vaccines she probably isn’t.  Probably best to just take her in for a physical and have the vaccines given.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@isabelle_86:  because I’m super paranoid…if you do the bathroom thing…block off the turn off to the toilet at the wall.  I didn’t want to worry about her getting her neck/collar stuck on the handle or in the loop of the water supply.  I used a couple of 6 packs of soda to stack in such a way that I wasn’t worried about her hanging up on that little hose.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I have two doxies, and I adopted one as an older dog!!

Even at 9, I successfully crate trained him.  And vets will just redo the shots to be safe if there is a question, they said it woulnd’t do him any damage to have a double dose of the rabies vaccine and the other ones.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@isabelle_86:  We adopted a 4yo Jack Russell who had severe separation anxiety and would tear the house up if she wasn’t crated. She *hated* the crate, until we started draping a light fleece blanket over the entire thing. I guess if she can’t see what’s going on she can’t stress herself out, and the crate’s her happy place now. Might be worth a shot for your adorable little one 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@isabelle_86:  It may not…i’m not sure about older homes, but in most houses I’ve seen there is a little shutoff faucet that comes out of the wall close to the floor next to the toilet.  There is about an 18 inch long hose or tube that carries water into the toilet tank which runs between that faucet and the bottom of the tank.  Older homes may have some different set up. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

@fascinated:  I have a half doxie/ half pug, and she does the EXACT same thing with the sit command, LOL. She totally got the doxie stubborn streak.

 

 @isabelle_86:  She’s so adorable! My little one is crate trained, but its not her favorite place to be. If she thinks she going in there, she hides. Can you gate off the kitchen, maybe?

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