Taking Care of Abandoned Dog
One of the sad realities of shelters is the dog dropped off by the owner. The reasons vary, but it is hard to watch no matter the reason. Dachshunds are very high on the list of dog breeds that are often abandoned or turned in to shelters because the owners did not do their research. Often, they are work and become too much work as they age.
Caring for a Dachshund comes loaded with challenges. They are small, they have short legs, but very long bodies, and they can have major attitude! They require patience, persistence, and the ability of the human to embrace becoming the alpha dog. The human must also be able to do so with kindness, yet maintaining inner strength. The human has to have the financial wherewithal to care for the dog.
Small dogs of any breed may have a Napoleon complex, but the Dachshund is known for sometimes being a little snobby and snarky. Not all Wiener Dogs have these issues, however, if you have one, you know it us just lurking under the surface. If you are looking for one, take this as your warning. These sweet little angels will become the love of your life, BUT ONLY IF YOU ARE READY, WILLING, AND ABLE. If you buy or adopt a Dachshund, you must become educated and you must be prepared. Bringing a little puppy into your home is hard work. Puppies require constant supervision and care, particularly if they weight less than two pounds when they come home with you.
When you make the commitment, do not take it lightly. Know your stuff. Talk to a dog owner about the work. Check into the expense of having a dog by talking to a vet and taking a trip to your local pet store. Ensure that your schedule can meet the needs of your dog. Dogs feel deeply and become very attached. They love you as much as you love them, trust us. The anxiety when you leave is real and the pain when left is emotionally devastating to a dog. Do not feel shame if you can not meet the needs of a dog. Dog friendship is not for everyone.