If you just brought your new precious puppy home and you’re awake reading this at 3am because your puppy has just woken you up for the 3rd time and now is crying in their crate, and you’re just so tired and just wish it would all end...and now you’re wondering if it was even a good idea to get a puppy in the first place... just know, you’re not alone.
Potty training any puppy is far from easy; as soon as you think that it’s all sorted, they have 5 accidents in one day. It’s totally fine and also completely normal but it’s hard not to feel a little disheartened when it happens to you.
Crate training my dog was the most challenging part of having a dachshund puppy. Dachshunds are notoriously challenging to crate train because they are little dogs who know what they want and are often prone to separation anxiety often being referred to as velcro dogs because they always want to be with you. However, I can say with 100% certainty that persevering through the challenges and fully crate training my puppy was the absolute best thing I ever did as a dog mom.
Enrichment is the BEST and dachshunds are...well...houndsso nosework & hunting is generally a great outlet for their energy. While walks, hikes & runs are amazing for your dog’s physical health, they probably won’t help stimulate them mentally … so if you physically work your dog a lot, you’ll end up with a dog who has the stamina to chew up all of your baseboards when they’re bored.
If you just brought your new precious puppy home and you’re totally overwhelmed, just know, you’re not alone. I was in this exact same position. Before bringing my puppy home, I was 100% sure that I would not feel this way. I wanted my puppy soOoOoOoOo badly and read every blog post and watched every video about bringing home and training a new puppy and was so sure I was ready. But then my puppy came home and the nerves kicked in. I called my mom and told her that I think I made a huge mistake. (Spoiler alert, it was not a huge mistake…it was the best thing I think I’ve ever done).