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.

Keeping Your Dachshund Cool In The Summer

Here in the UK, we are currently going through a heatwave of around 32* + weather.

I still consider myself a new dog owner and I wouldn’t have really known about dogs and summer weather being a potential issue until I witnessed with my own eyes what the hot weather can do to a dog.

Whilst we were out on a casual walk a few weeks ago, the weather was probably no hotter than 24* but it was still pretty warm. The dogs were playing in the open fields where one of them suddenly stopped moving and decided to stay still. The owner picked up their dog and found that their dog was shivering uncontrollably and drooling.

Immediately we took her into the shade whilst they arranged an emergency vet appointment.

At first we didn’t know what was going on as the other dogs seemed fine and were still playing.

We speculated that it might have been an upset stomach etc.

But the following day I stumbled across a graphic being shared around in the doggy forums where they discuss the symptoms of heatstroke.

After seeing this, it was clear to me that the dog was showing signs of heatstroke and as a relatively new dog owner, I would not have really been aware of this being such an issue with summer weather at 24*.

Now that this week is averaging 30-32*+ I thought it would be a good opportunity to discuss a few best practices.

Tip 1 – Walk your dog early morning and late night

Before the sun can fully rise or is about to start setting is when the temperatures are lower. In the middle of the night is clearly going to be much cooler, but realistically you won’t walk your dog at this time.

It may be a little inconvenient but ideally you should try walk your dog outside of peak heat hours. So your daily routine may have to change throughout summer.

Tip 2 – Restrict exercise

We all want to exercise our dogs to maintain their weight, keep them active and happy, but in this type of heat, letting them generate more internal heat within their bodies is potentially dangerous given the fact that the outside temperatures are soaring.

Keep their exercise in shaded areas and to a minimum

Tip 3 – Carry Water

Like us humans, in the heat, we get thirsty. So it’s essential you carry around something where you can give your dog water on-the-go!

Whether this be a collapsible bowl which you simply fill with bottled water, or a doggy specific bottle with a bowl on the end for them to drink out of.

We opted for a bottle we found on Amazon.co.uk

We first noticed it as other dog owners during our walks were using it and were impressed by the convenience it offers. I will write up a review on this product soon, but in short, it is convenient, clean, tidy and simply works!

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Tip 4 – Do Not Walk on Pavement for Long Periods

In the summer the concrete ground can get hot and our short legged Dachshunds unfortunately don’t have much clearance with their chest and belly’s from the ground. Therefore the heat can reflect off the ground and back up to the bodies.

Keep their exercise on grass where possible or remember to stay in shaded areas on concrete.

There are more in-depth articles out there, however I just wanted to do a quick post to ensure the message is spread and that people are more aware of the dangers this heatwave can provide to our short legged friends.

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 – 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.

About

Choco came into my life suddenly in the summer of 2018 where a friend of mind had adopted him for his family.

Not long after Choco moved into his new home, they soon found out their youngest son at 4yrs old was allergic. So it was quite an urgent thing whereby Choco unfortunately needed to leave asap.

My friend looked into putting Choco into boarding at a Doggy Daycare called Richmond Rascals and before that got confirmed, me and my partner discussed looking after Choco temporarily until he was rehomed.

We spent weeks discussing back and forth with various potential owners for Choco and then realised we both fell in love with him and couldn’t let him go.

Being both full-time working professionals it was a difficult decision as we wasn’t sure if we could make it work long-term, but the way life stood at the time it was easily do-able and any obstacles which comes across in the future, we decided we would just have to make it work!

Fast forward to Spring 2019, I am here now writing this post.

I decided to start a blog for not only Choco, but for all things Sausage Dog!

I realised there were many things I wanted to share, discuss and learn with regards to the Dachshund breed. After attending a few Dachshund meet ups I soon realised there was a massive community of Dachshund owners and some of which shared the same questions and concerns we did.

So this blog is also to share Choco’s journey, or Choco’s Modern Life 😉 (go follow on Instagram), as well as educational tips for caring for your Dachshund… or just come visit this site for the cute pics!

I hope you will return regularly and please do leave comments for feedback. 🙂