WHO WE ARE
Our goal is to share our passion with you, our family of (miniature) Dachshunds. A significant part of our life has been focused around our dogs since 2008. We have been fortunate to have some of the nicest (miniature) Dachshunds anywhere by conformation rivalry or just being part of a loving family. In an attempt to explain what we are, we house a very limited number of dogs, where we breed, exhibit and compete with these lovely dogs that we are passionate about. We love to walk, ride, play, and make every one of our dogs a true friend. They are our family, and and and everyone is loved and honored. .
It is said that designing a solid and sound base is the most significant aspect of building a home. We are incredibly lucky that we have some excellent foundation stock. We are indebted to the breeders who were generous enough to share with us their bloodline. In order to create our next show puppy, the success of Paradise Dachshunds lies in the diligent handling of the mixture of our lovely children. Our mission is to craft and perfect the lines that we so cherish. In their breeding systems, so many breeders flounder by taking in many new dogs and introducing breeding stock from different parts of the globe. That's not how our line was designed. In our very early days, we only bought three females. Before 2012, Tessie, Tina and Cricket all joined us and are now retired. They have shaped the foundations on which our present success rests. It is our duty to ensure that the hard work, lessons learnt, and milestones are given the positive consideration needed to sustain a distinctive line of (miniature) Dachshunds that you would be proud to take anywhere, do something with, and indulge at the other end of the lead in beauty and love. .
Dachshunds are a wonderful breed of dog - but not for everyone. So let's talk about the reality!
Next, the dachshund's "standard" - which is how the American Kennel Club defines the breed. The members of the Dachshund Society of America literally vote on this definition, and then the rules of the American Kennel Club impose it in the show ring. The Dachshund Club of America, DCA, has a lot of information on it's web site but maybe the first stuff you should note is that a dachshund is NOT for everybody. They are not easily taught at home, they are very vulnerable to back problems from 4-7 (blown discs), and they are very vocal and determined to get their way. If you give in to their requests for snacks, they can become bloated and their personality can differ based on the coat type (smooth, string, long hair), so consider attending a nearby dog show and seeing breeders of these various types. How many times have people said "oh, but I just want a PET!"? Ok, let me tell you - all "show" breeders have pets in their litters, and many "show" dogs live happily in homes as pets while they aren't exhibiting. It's about getting home the dachshund that matures into the idea you have of what a dachshund might be, not about when or how the dog lives.
What about online dog litter, all these numerous blogs and Facebook groups? Stop to inquire first if they belong to a nearby kennel club, do conformation competitions with their dogs or performance competitions, or are only farming to make money. People also start breeding them because they are readily available, they come in too many colors (red and b/t are the more common colors and most often used in dog shows) and these non-breeders are very slick sales people and will often charge Extra for those colors, claiming 'rare' 'exotic' 'hard to find' puppies - do not fall for the pitch that breeders' puppies who go around buying puppies, but never do the hard work of proving them structurally correct and sound in the show ring or have health testing done, are worth the price. Research the people from whom you are buying a puppy - you are making what is hopefully a thirteen to twenty year commitment.
What is a dachshund actually like at home? Yeah, they're all puppies in the first place, like any other puppy. As a puppy, they will sit very close to the ground, even if they are structurally sound, they will not reach a lot of height. In regards to house teaching, they are very persistent. There is, thus, the possibility for this puppy to pee and poop in your house, all the way into old age. For such injuries, often owners put a pee pad down or train to a doggy whistle. These puppies in behavior are not more or not worse than most puppies, it is their small size and determined spirit that makes them very distinctive. When they are smallest, puppies of all breeds learn best - so don't wait to start practicing. This breed is not the same as many other breeds: they are autonomous, extremely spirited and set their own rules for play. They are not the most obedient and always hate to go outside in cold, fog, snow, and to avoid being taken out, they will disappear under their covers. Some may not get along with cats, and young people who treat them kindly should be raised with them. Never encourage a kid to hold them because their short legs will not absorb their weight if they are dropped and a break of a disc can occur over time.
Are you involved in a dachshund anyway? They are a breed that is either adored by individuals, or it's just not right - most individuals are not ambivalent. I'm going to tell people they need to spend more time with people who own dachshunds, because of a photo they saw, before they try to bring one around. You can inquire for sources (people who live in their homes with their dogs) that you can share their background with. The Internet is a wonderful resource these days; just try to use your common sense on the validity of what you hear.
- Do you provide a health guarantee with your puppies?
My general rule of thumb is I cannot guarantee for you what I cannot guarantee for myself. All puppies receive a complete health exam by my Vet at 8 weeks of age. Most puppies are ready to leave by 9-10 weeks. You will receive the report electronically, in advance of taking possession of the puppy. IF anything is noted by my Vet, we will discuss what this means to the puppy, and you have the right to accept or refuse the puppy. See my puppy contract for full details on health guarantees.
Once a puppy leaves my care I no longer have control over the environmental factors (weight control of the dog, the food that is fed, exercise, vet care, vaccines, parasites, etc.) which can potentially have a negative impact on your puppy. It is for this reason I do not provide a multiyear guarantee; there are too many factors I DO NOT have control over. If for some reason a serious health problem should arise, I need to be alerted so that I can reevaluate my breeding program.
- Do you recommend pet insurance?
- Do you microchip your puppies before they leave?
*Breed specific health concerns
We are committed to doing our best to maintain healthy dachshunds for generations to come. Luckily this breed is not plagued with too many genetic illnesses, but IVDD of the spine is unfortunately prevalent in the breed, with no genetic tests currently available. I never knowingly breed dogs with back issues, but unfortunately most dachshunds will not show up with back issues until after their breeding years have passed around age 6-7. It will be important to NEVER allow your dachshund to jump from the bed, or the couch and limit as much as possible climbing up or down 'flights' of stairs. I urge all owners to obtain a good pet insurance policy that will cover spinal surgery, just in case.
Dachshunds are one of the most difficult and stubborn breeds when it comes to house training. I have some who will go six hours and never need to relieve themselves, and others who prefer to go every 2-3 hours. Each dachshund is different, but one thing they all share in common, they hate rain and very cold weather and will stand at the door refusing to step outside and relieve themselves, therefore I keep pee pads down for those situations. I use washable bed pads (google Inspire Washable Reusable Incontinence Underpad, 30 Inches X 34 Inches or Avacare Medical, Cardinal Health Washable Bed Pads) as indoor potty pads to avoid filling up the trash with the throw away kind. They wash and dry great and last a really long time. Using a crate whenever you can't supervise them in the house will help train them to hold their bladder longer, but some puppies are sneaky and quiet and will not let you know they have to go. Some dachshunds will pee and poop no matter where they are. There is no rhyme or reason to it. They just don't care.....
Establishing a very set routine for training and disciplining your puppy must occur right from the start. A couple of things that puppies do by nature are bite, chew, pee, poop, sleep and eat. One thing you do NOT want to do is break your puppy's trust when training them where to do these things. The first person he/she sees many times is the person they bond with. Puppies love, accept and trust you to take good care of them. When puppy does something wrong, if you yell, scream, flail your arms in the air or throw things at them as you call their name, you are actually defeating your goal. Puppy is now starting to fear coming to you. You need to use a low tone firm assertive, "No!" and lots of happy sound praises to differentiate between the things you want him/her to do and not to do.
When you get your new baby, we will have already been working on the potty thing with pee pee pads. Others might go outside when it is good weather. When each puppy goes, they get a happy sound or a clap with a "Good girl or boy." If they did their business, they get a small treat that rewards their behavior. While they are young, it might be necessary to take the treats out in your pocket for immediate reward so they can associate the act of their business and the treat. Consistency and repetition makes the biggest difference. Figure out what you expect of your puppy and stick with it. You can start to form a routine by taking puppy out as soon as he wakes up, before and after meals, after a round of play and at least once during the night if they are young. Some puppies will be able to sleep through the night, others will need to go half way through the night. Try to always take him/her to the same spot and use the same cue phrase or word.
While inside, if you see your puppy looking distracted, walking in circles, sniffing the ground very quickly, darting back and forth quickly, then know, he is about ready to squat and go potty. Pick your puppy up, take him out to the designated potty spot and tell him to "go potty" or "go pee pee" Don't forget to reward and praise your puppy when he/she does something you like. If puppy goes inside and you catch him/her in the act, tell him, "No, no" and then take him outside to the spot and use your key words. You may have heard or been advised to rub puppy's nose in the potty mess, but this is bad advise for a dachshund. First of all, it is unsanitary, secondly, you have just broken your safety trust with your little one. If you don't catch puppy in the act, just clean it up and wait for the next opportunity to teach. Believe me, it will come.
If you are wanting to start bell training, ring the bell as you are walking out the door. Pick up your puppy and take him outside and place him in a little enclosed area on the grass. Just remember not to leave your puppy alone. They will be rather small and a big bird could see them as prey (a good meal).
If your puppy is having a hard time knowing what you would like for him to do outside, take an old used pee pee pad piece that has been peed on and place it in the potty area. It will not take long for your puppy to learn what you want him to do in that spot. Being consistent and placing your puppy in the same area every time the puppy awakens, after a nap, about 15 minutes after eating or drinking or whenever your puppy is looking for a spot. Eventually, you can keep moving the pad closer and closer to the door until the pad is outside and puppy understands no potty inside. This process will take some time, partly for the fact that their little bladder will be about the size of a pea. At first, they will need to go about every hour.
For those families that do not have a fenced in backyard, I recommend having some kind of temporary exercise pen set up to where you can take puppy out immediately in the mornings, set puppy in and stand waiting for a completed job. Remember when teaching puppy what outdoors is for, do not go outside and pick up a toy or start to play. Puppy needs to learn that when they go outside, it is time for their business to be done. I usually set my puppies down, look away, using a birds-eye side view to watch them as they are pottying, and then once I see they did their business, I praise puppy and THEN play outside. If they get the idea that they are suppose to play when they go out, this could be very frustrating. You could be there for hours trying to get puppy to potty and then just as soon as you bring them back in the house, they will have an accident. Consistency and repetition is key to your success.
Not every dog communicates to their owners in the same manner. Some may grunt, bark, twirl, stare deeply into your eyes, some paw at your leg, some bounce up and down like a ball.... part of successful potty training is helping establish a method for your dog to communicate with you, recognizing your dog's communication sign, and acting on it quickly and appropriately. If you are teaching your puppy to use a bell to communicate their need to potty, you will need to hang a string of bells at the door where you expect puppy to go out to potty. Each time you take puppy out to potty, you will need to ring the bells. At some point, puppy will realize that the bell is rung right before potty time and start to ring it themselves. After a period of time with puppy ringing the bell to communicate, you can hopefully take up the pee pee pads, allowing your puppy to communicate his/her need to go outside (but remember the rain and cold may not help in getting them to go outside).
If you want to continue to allow puppy to potty indoors, there are some fancy litter box containers, or pad holders on the market. If you are wanting to switch to a litter box, eventually change the pads or paper to the pellets keeping the box in a consistent place.
Remember, when accidents occur, and they will, never be harsh or hit the puppy just say, "no, no," jingle the bell and take the puppy to the potty spot.
And always, always, always, praise your puppy when he does it right.