Three Things You Can Do With Wirehaired Dachshunds

  • 27/11/2010
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Wirehaired Dachshunds are hounds. Being a hound, they love to use their nose. One of the best things that you can do with any dog is to engage him in activities that he was bred to do. In the case of the Wirehaired Dachshund, do something with him that will allow him to use his nose.

Earth Dog

Earth dog is an activity limited to terriers and dachshunds. Dogs are taught to sniff out their quarry and go to ground. The more vigorously the dog approaches this task the higher he is scored. Earth Dog competitions require the dog to go into a man made "burrow" with a rat at the end (the rat is protected via a cage).

Tracking

Tracking can be a very useful behavior for your dog to learn. Here the dog is scored on how efficiently he tracks a human target, much like you see Bloodhounds doing in police chases and missing persons searches. This could be a handy skill if you're looking for someone in the park!

Blood Tracking

Blood Tracking is a bit different in that you are tracking an animal that has been wounded by a hunter and he needs need to find the animal. After doing a search on this I was surprised to find that Wirehaired Dachshunds are still used to today in actual hunting.

Finding an activity that both you and your dog enjoy is a good way for him to be allowed to follow his instincts in a productive way. He will have an outlet for his desires and you will be able to meet other Dachshund enthusiasts and both of you will make new friends!

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