What is it like living with two Dachshunds?

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This is a question I asked many times to other owners with double dachshunds and I generally got the same answer

“Just do it! You won’t regret it!”

Although they were right, there is more to this answer as far as I’m concerned.

The most common reason why people decide to get a second Dachshund is to cure separation anxiety and unfortunately, this does not cure it.

This was in some ways the reason why we decided to get a second Dachshund.

We actually struggled to leave Choco alone, he wouldn’t destroy our home, he would only bark and howl a little and he would just sit by our front door waiting for us to come home. We left him Kong’s, Chew Toys and various other items to keep him occupied, but he would sit by our front door waiting.

We felt if we got a second Dachshund, they might play together. However this hasn’t been the case so far.

So if you’re motivations of getting a second Dachshund is so you can leave them alone together, it doesn’t always work.

So I propose to you, before asking “”what is it like living with two dachshunds?” ask yourself “why should I get two dachshunds?”… then ask “why not?” and just do it!

But in all seriousness, there are many reasons to get a second and many reasons to just stick to one and I hope to shed some light on the positive and negatives to having two Dachshunds.

Firstly, lets start with the positives!

Double the Cuteness and Joy!

For all the same reasons you love your dachshunds, you’ll love the second. Every dachshund I’ve met has their own little unique personalities, but the one thing that seems consistent is how lovable they are! You will love both so much for their own reasons and coming home to both of them excited to see you and wanting to cuddle is just super lovely!



I’m sure by now you’ve heard that they are pack animals. They tend to stick together and crave being with company. As humans, you have jobs to goto, work to do, chores to take care of and a life to live! So you don’t always have the ability to spend 24/7 with them, so having a second dachshund does help with that a lot. As I write this blog my two are happily playing and not needing my attention. You might not always will be able to leave them alone together for long stretches, but at one point Choco was nearly renamed to “My Shadow” as he was always there. Now he does more comfortably spend time with Cookie and they will either cuddle up with one another or play.



Following on from the companionship point, because they are playing much more throughout the day, they are much more active so they will get a lot more exercise in. They’re only small with little legs, so them running up and down the hallway is probably an equivalent to a football pitch to us humans.

Likewise when you do go on walks with them outside, they have someone to run with. So they will definitely get more exercise in and we all know the more exercise anyone can get, the healthier they will be.

Reduced Risk of IVDD!

IVDD is something that worries many Dachshund owners and it is strongly advised to keep them fit and healthy to help keep their backs safe. Following on from the previous point of exercise, this added exercise through play helps keeps them fit and strong.

A study on the Dachshund IVDD Site shows there is a reduced risk of IVDD when Dachshunds live with more than one dog.

… Now the negatives…


The cost of having two, as you can imagine, now doubles. Pet insurance, food, vet bills and doggy care (daycare/dog walker) are all basically doubled in cost. You do get of course some multibuy discounts where a dog walker may charge £15 for 1 dog but then £25 for two. But these costs still do add up and for the most part, owning one dog is expensive enough!

So the cost value is one thing, whether its worth it or not to you, but the other side is can you simply afford it!


If you’re confident in your first pups training, then you should be ok to introduce a second puppy into the mix. However, if for whatever reason you’re struggling with training with your first pup, the second will not make this easier!

Toilet, behavioural and trick training usually rely on the use of treats. You will feel guilty giving one a treat without the other and if the other isn’t performing great or they’re just too distracted by each other to ever successfully understand your commands, training will be very difficult.

Likewise not all dogs do well with crates so you might find it challenging if you have two with different temperaments to crates.

Off Leash Walking!

I for one, in the park I walk them off-leash. I prefer them to have a bit more freedom, especially since our home isn’t the biggest and we don’t have a garden. So I take them out everyday to the park where they can get some freedom. But when the two decide to go in separate directions, their recall training gets really tested! Squirrels, other dogs, a piece of poo can easily distract my two.

So it’s harder to manage on walks.

Likewise with the socials where you meet up with other dog owners, it’s harder to keep track of them both as they will for sure find different dogs to play with.

The above are the more general points everyone will come across, however your personal experiences will vary.

From my own personal experience, having two dogs has made my life so much more easier with the exclusion of off-leash walking.

Choco had been with us for 10months at the point where we introduced Cookie. Likewise he was nearly 1.5yrs old, so he had plenty of time to be settled into our home and had all basic training completed.

Choco did slip up a few times when we first got Cookie and that could be due to multiple reasons. Attention seeking, he saw Cookie pee’d inside so he felt it’s ok, or on our part we simply didn’t pay enough attention to the usual signals for when he needed to go like we would have otherwise been able to spot with only having one

However, 3 months later we have definitely found our flow with the two and happy to say we have minimal accidents inside.

Other than having the responsibility of carrying two Dachshunds down from a second floor flat, no lift, the only thing holding us back was the maintenance costs which we could cover.

Our day-to-day routine hasn’t changed much from having just one Dachshund. They both sleep together in their bed throughout the night. They take themselves to bed at around 9pm and usually wake up around 7am.

I take them out for their morning pee and poo, give them both breakfast and then they both go off and play.

Usually around lunch time I take them out to a park for an hour and then bring them back home to give Cookie lunch. Cookie is still currently on 3x meals a day.

I would usually sit or play with them for a short while between lunch and dinner. When I’m not directly with them it’s playing and napping until dinner time around 7:30pm and then its back to playtime for a bit before bed.

9pm back to sleep and then the day starts over.

I have to feed them separately as Cookie eats faster than Choco and will then make an attempt to help him finish his food.

How the day differs to just having one would simply be the same, except whilst they are playing and napping, I would usually have choco napping or perched up on my leg at my desk asking for attention.

Where I joked about it earlier in the post, but the real question you need to ask yourself is “Why should I get two Dachshunds?”

If it’s to assist with any social or separation anxiety, I would urge you not too get a second dog and consult a dog behaviourist/trainer first as they may be able to provide you with some tips and tricks to get your dog more comfortable with being alone or in the social environments with other dogs.

I have heard of some successes via this method, however be prepared as it may cost you a lot for their time and there are no guarantees that this would work either. But it for sure is a less of a commitment than maintaining two dogs for the rest of their lives.

Assuming your dog doesn’t have any major anxiety or social issues with other dogs, then I, personally, would recommend anyone and everyone whom has a Dachshund already to get another one and this is purely for them to have a companion. I feel they will always be happier when they have more company, especially if it’s from another dog.

First Week Of Double Dachshund Life – Crate Training

When we got Choco late last year, he was not Crate Trained. So getting him to sleep or go in a crate seemed impossible.

We tried all the usual tactics of feeding him inside the crate, making it into a fun paradise of toys. It didn’t work…

There was a lot of whining, whinging and trying to escape.

We then found he was much more comfortable sleeping in his bed outside our bedroom.

We put this down to the fact that he wasn’t crate trained early enough in his life. Seeing as we got Choco at 8 months, we felt we probably lost the early, critical months for crate training.

So when we got Cookie, we were so unsure whether it would be possible or even if its necessary. However when coming home on the first night, we swung by a fellow Dachshund owners home as they had outgrown their crate and they were gracious enough to donate theirs to us.

We was undecided if a crate would be long-term, but we definitely knew she’d need to sleep in there at least for the early stages. We didn’t want her randomly waking up whilst we slept, to chew on something or hide in a gap she shouldn’t be in.

Day 1

The first night was easy! It was too good to be true! We put her in the crate and she did not fuss at all. She patiently waited in there whilst we fed her dinner. She went in willingly and when it was time for sleep, we had her crate in our bedroom to start with and had random moans for which we simply reminded her that we were there.

We took her out a few times so she could relieve herself, but other than that, she slept like angel.

We had heard horror stories about crate training so we were amazed by how good she is!

Day 2

The second day, definitely not easy!

Clearly she had become more confident in her surroundings. She started play biting Choco, trying to dominate him. Choco has always been a more gentle playful dog, so he simply acknowledges she’s a puppy and lets her have her way.

We tried separating them when she became too much for him and put her in the crate. She would just clamber to come out.

During the day it was setting the tone for how it would be in the night. We were not looking forward to the sleepless nights, but I was prepared for this!

The advice we were given was to simply put them in the crate and leave them to settle themselves.

This was not working out for us at all.

I can be strong enough resist giving her the attention, but I was very conscious of our neighbours as we live in a second floor flat.

We managed to actually leave her howling for 1hr solid and we were certain it wasn’t toilet reasons as she had eliminated right before we put her in. Her crate wasn’t covered and I was in line of sight, but she just wanted to be on me. I went over to the crate to try comfort her whilst she still inside and whilst I had at least my finger in the crate, she was ok.

After 3hrs it became too late in the night to let this carry on.

So we decided to move her crate into our bedroom.

So I literally slept with one arm off the bed hanging down so my finger could be in the crate.

Not ideal, but it worked!

Day 3

The third day was very much like the second except we had a few moments with her actually being ok in the crate. We were excited thinking we hit a new milestone or ‘turned a corner’ as some say.

But when it came to the night time, it was very reminiscent of the second night except my finger in the crate did not settle her. She still howled!

I took her out for multiple toilet breaks but had no joy. She was still not eliminating.

So on the third night we resorted to actually raising her crate to our bed level so she can see us. This worked!

She was settled in the crate. We all slept peacefully.

Day 4

The fourth day was very much like the third. It just required a few toilet breaks but we were making progress.

Bearing in mind whilst Cookie is being crate trained, Choco is still sleeping in his bed by himself.

However only adjustment for Choco is we put his bed in our bedroom. He usually is outside our room, but we didn’t want him to feel she’s allowed in but he’s not. So we invited them both into our room during this training process.

Day 5

This is where it all changed for us!

During the day, the crate activities were just like before. Occasional stretches of time in the crate to get her used to it. We fed her in the crate. Played with her with using toys in the crate, but when it came to the night time, this is where the game changed!

Choco took himself to bed and before we even thought about putting Cookie in her crate to sleep, she climbed into Choco’s bed with him and they cuddled and slept!

We didn’t have the heart to separate them and we wanted to test if this would help her sleep peacefully.

So we left a few pee pads out incase she wanted to eliminate and shockingly, this worked out amazingly!

She did not whinge at all in the night, she took it upon herself to jump out of bed to go pee and she climbed back in with Choco.

After that successful night, we saw no reason to keep pushing her into a crate to only be unsettled and have disrupted sleep.

After the 5th night, we actually just stopped crate training altogether. We left the crate out for her and she did sometimes pop in and out freely during the day. However, we did not put her in there to sleep as she seemed to sleep very well with Choco.

A few weeks after we had actually collapsed the crate completely and bought a larger pen for both of them to be able to fit inside.

We don’t currently make a point about them sleeping in there, but we leave all their toys in there and they occasionally play inside or just pop in to get a toy. They also run in there as a place of retreat if their play fighting becomes a bit too much for one another.

So although we technically failed at crate training, we have found our own flow with their sleeping arrangement.

Life with Two Dachshunds – Becoming @chockies.modern.life

As part of the Sausage Blog, I had intended on doing more regular updates with our experience with Choco in general, but more specifically I wanted and should have done more regular updates at least week-by-week to update you all on life with two Dachshunds.

To those whom have joined us on regular walks, you would know that getting a second Dachshund/Dog was on our minds for months.

We wasn’t fixed on our second dog being a Dachshund, but it was definitely top choice for Choco.

Our motivations for getting a second was for Choco to have more company for when we go on walks, someone to run with, somebody to play with and for those odd occasions when we have to leave him at home, someone to keep him company.

We also got Choco at 8months so we completely bypassed the early stages and missed out on a lot of early experiences with him.

So we wanted a second to have these experiences and for Choco to have a companion.

Our biggest reservation along with the usual questions of “Can we handle it? Can we afford it? Is it too much?” was simply “How can we cope with being on 2nd floor flat with no lift and needing to carry to Dachshunds up and down 4x a day?”.

It was a consideration we have for months going back and forth and then one day we decided to just go for it!

Our criteria was a Chocolate and Tan Miniature Dachshund Smoothed Hair Girl.

We searched the web and choices were very limited. We found 3 that were available.

First one we found was a seller whom purchased their dog and 10 days later realised they couldn’t cope. It was upsetting for us to hear that someone came in not prepared for doggy life, but we at least sought comfort they realised early enough so that there’s potential for her to find a good loving home from early.

We were going to consider her, however we did want to have the experience from the very beginning. As silly as it may sound, we felt that we lost 10days at this point and we wouldn’t have gotten to see their parents etc.

The second breeder we found online was simply incredibly rude! So lets not dive too much into this one. It is such a shame as from the photos and description, their puppies seem like they would have been a great option.

Then going onto the third puppy we found online, everything checked all the boxes we needed.

The third puppy was KC Registered, Chocolate and Tan Smooth Haired Miniature Dachshund, Female and Gorgeous.

We received a warm welcome from the entire family and seeing the beautiful home the puppies were clearly bred with love.

However after meeting this little puppy, for some reason we were not overwhelmed with love. As cheesy as it sounds, we didn’t feel a bond. As before she checked all the right boxes, but we didn’t feel like we had to take her home.

So we went to discuss further over coffee.

Whilst sitting in the local Costa Coffee, we were pretty close to a decision where we got a message from a fellow Dachshund friend notifying us that their breeder had a litter and has two black and tan girls ready to go immediately.

This took us by surprise and it felt like fate as she did not know we were actively looking, she just knew we were considering a second. Not only that, we were sitting in Costa Coffee in Harlow and her breeder is in Essex.

We decided to at least view. The puppies were not the colour we wanted, but we felt we at least had to view before making any commitments.

Upon arrival, we were presented with a very difficult choice. We saw two beautiful Black and Tan Dachshunds.

We felt the one on the left was an absolute stunner and visually a perfect example for a Black and Tan Miniature Dachshund, but the one on the right was just extremely unique for her size and colouring. We could not decide.

We literally were with the breeder for almost 2hrs deciding before we came to the decision, we will take the one on the right!

We chose her for a few reasons.

Mostly due to her temperament. Throughout the time there discussing and viewing, the one on the left was constantly barking where the one on the right remained calm and unphased by her sisters bark.

This was important to us as Choco barks a lot and we didn’t want them setting each other off.

We also felt that the one on the right is just very unique and special, mostly due to her very petite size and we just couldn’t resist.

So the one on the right eventually became our little Cookie!

We ran an instagram account for Choco, @Chocos.modern.life, and we was not sure if we wanted to continue posting them as separate dogs or together. But we decided they would not be without each other so they then became @Chockies.modern.life .

Sausage BLOG – 7 – Meeting @Boscoandhisbigstick

It’s funny how when you’re not a part of a certain group or interest, you don’t notice it. Then when you’re involved in that world, you see it around you everywhere!

I never noticed too many Dachshunds until I got Choco and now I see them everywhere when I’m out.

I absolutely love Dachshunds and enjoy meeting new ones. They generally bring people so much happiness with their little characters.

Whenever I walk my Choco, I get stopped very regularly as people just want to say hello or sometimes simply walk past, but turning their heads with a smile of admiration whilst looking at Choco.

Then earlier this year, I saw a video appear on my facebook news feed which took this to the next level!

If you watch this video, not only will you see a little dog with big ambitions for carrying very big sticks! You see how much joy he brings people.

As he walks down bossing his way through the park, people look down, smile, laugh and step aside for the Park’s Branch Manager.

With the fact I already love Dachshunds as a whole, I really wanted to meet this specific one named Bosco!

As we both live in London, we did manage to arrange a walk last Sunday for where I got to witness Bosco and his Big Stick in person!

It was just like the videos you see on social media but funnier!

I got to witness with my own eyes, Bosco find the best spot on the big stick to pick up for optimal balance, likewise the random people walking past him being filled with joy and laughter. I even heard someone say “That’s the dog with the instagram account” lol… So Bosco is officially a celebrity in my eyes!

Bosco already has a large following, larger than ours in fact, so I’m sure most of my current readers are already familiar with him. But if you’re not already following, go check him out on Instagram.com/boscoandhisbigstick .

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Sausage BLOG – 6 – Greenwich Park Dog Walk

Pacho’s owners organise a dog walk in Greenwich Park on the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Click Here to follow the event on the “Meet Up” website.

The meet up is open to all dogs whom are playful as it’s a very social atmosphere. Majority of the dogs will be Dachshunds, mostly because a lot of us whom regularly meet up have Dachshunds.

These walks seem to be getting bigger and bigger!

At the same, so are the dogs whom are attending.

When we all first met, most of the dogs were all very young puppies, but now they’re exiting out of the puppy stages but they are all still very playful.

It was a great time and the walk lasted for a total of 2hrs. Most of the time wasn’t walking however, it was letting the dogs run circles around us!

Choco & Navy play well together, but today was on another level! See the pics below and video above for highlights of today’s walk.

Sausage BLOG – 5 – Spending A Full Day With Pacho…

Life has been a bit manic lately so I haven’t had much time to post up a Blog.

There has been a Dog Shot at Mudchute Farm, a Hyde Park Sausage Walk, Greenwich Park Walk and other smaller dog meet ups amongst the usual suspects.

But none of which have been written about or documented properly just because life has been too crazy to focus on that.

However, things are levelling off somewhat and I definitely wanted to share the latest experience with caring for two dogs!

It has always been on our mind that we wanted a second Dachshund to keep Choco company whilst we couldn’t. Whether that be during the day to play whilst we work and get on with household chores, or if we needed to pop out for a period of time to either go gym or shopping.

However, we do live on a second floor flat with no lift, so my biggest concern was going up and downstairs with two.

The first day we had Pacho was the 10th June 2019 and unfortunately it literally rained ALL day. So we did not go outside at all and heavily relied on pee pads! lol

They just wrestled and slept together all day… it was lovely to see…

The second day we had Pacho was 18th June 2019 and this day was the real test!

Carrying two Miniature Dachshunds whom are 6.5kg+ and almost the size of a small standard in length was tough! Getting them in and out the car was also tricky! They would try and jump out as soon as the car door opens, but luckily their seat belt lead held them in place.

Now here’s where the real fun began!

I walked them both on leash towards the middle of an open grassy area to let them off leash for free running!

This was scary for me as Pacho isn’t my dog and I wasn’t sure what his recall is like with me. To be fair, Choco is my dog and his recall is still very sometime-ish even with me. But I at least had hope that they would stick together!

For the most part, they did… But they did divide and conquer! Both finding their own pieces of poo to roll in and before I decided who to stop, the damage was done!

After the damage was done, they had a lot more freedom from me! I wanted minimal contact with either and they both sealed their fates for a bath when we got home.

For the most part, the day was great! They played all day and kept each other company, however I am still not convinced that having two would be easier for leaving them home alone.

Sausage BLOG – 4 – Running with Kipp!

We met Kipp about two weeks ago and bumped into him a week later. We had a great time we thought we would arrange another run with him!

Between running away from domination, stealing his toys with some playful biting, it was a lot of fun! Definitely burnt a few calories today…

Not much else to say, but there’s more to see!

Photos and videos are below…

Follow Choco and Kipp on instagram for more pics and some of Kipp’s amazing stories! He must show me how to make them so fancy!

Sausage BLOG – 3 – Dulwich Park

Usually we head down to Greenwich Park as its usually got a few dogs running around off-leash. It’s generally one of the nicer parks in London and not terribly far from us.

However, this morning we decided to check out Dulwich Park as this is only 5-10min drive and has free parking!

To our surprise we saw more dogs than we usually do in Greenwich! So Choco got to say hello to a few dogs of various breeds.

We met another little Dacshund named Frank. A little 5 month old Black and Tan one. We had a short run, but we were heading in different directions at the time. Hopefully Choco and Frank will have their run soon!

But the biggest surprise was bumping into Kip!

We actually met Kip a week ago whilst having a family picnic at Dulwich Park and when we met, he was on-leash at the time, so we didn’t get a chance to run properly then; but today Choco had PLENTY of fun!

Until next time Kip!

Sausage BLOG – 2 – Hyde Park Sausage Walk

Short but sweet blog today as unfortunately I was unable to get a decent number of photos. Or a decent photo for that matter!

Usually I go to these events with my partner, however she could not make it on this occasion and I had to fly solo.

So my attention was more focused on making sure Choco did not roll in poo or run off too far!

As usual we met loads of new little Sausages, some of which I discovered we were already following on Instagram.

I got to speak to the owner of Daisy & Delilah whom helped give me some insight on how it is owning two Dachshunds.

We are currently in strong consideration on getting a second Dachshund and will probably take the plunge in the next month or so at this rate.

We will keep everyone updated on Instagram and the blog, until then… enjoy the photos and videos I got from today’s Hyde Park Sausage Walk.

Thanks to Winston’s mum, Ana, for organising this event.

Sausage BLOG – 1 – Dulwich Park with the Familia

With the weather warming up and having a long easter break, we decided to go and enjoy the sun at Dulwich Park.

Dulwich Park is a relatively dog friendly park, although their rules do state dogs must be on leash throughout. We did break the rules a bit as we did let him off, but Choco didn’t move beyond 4-5 meters from us.

It’s always great seeing Choco run off-leash with other dogs, but seeing as everyone else was abiding by the rules of Dulwich Park, Choco couldn’t run with other doggies.

But still lovely to see him run free whilst playing football with the familia!

With a lot of running around he’s got a belly full of Lily’s Kitchen Sunday Roast and is relaxing on a cushion ready to sleep!