|Barked: Sun Nov 18, '12 8:41am PST |
|Hello all! I recently adopted a 1 yr old "Dachshund". The vet said he could be a mix but thinks more likely Thor is a poorly bread dachshund. And by that he only means that he doesn't meet the standard because his legs are too long. Other than that he look exactly like a dachshund. And I'm finding out ACTS like a dachshund.
I have never had a dachshund and until Thor started acting strangely and I did some research my knowledge of dachshunds was limited to
1. German dog breed to burrow after something. and
2. Good dogs for almost any person/family leaving almost anywhere.
Whatever Thor is doesn't matter to me but his happiness does. He acts just like any other dog except for this burrowing thing. If he's sleeping he wants to be burrowed under something. I have never had a dog small enough to sit in my lap (at least not comfortably). If I'm stiiing in the recliner and he wants to sleep he burrows between me and the arm of the chair and if he can push and squeeze under my back he will. At night (or when no one has the decency to be sitting somewhere comfortable when he wants a nap) he hops up in bed and burrows under all the blankets. At first I was worried he couldn't be getting enough oxygen and that he was getting too hot. He gets so hot at night it reminds me of when the kids would be sick and I'd let them sleep with me to keep and eye on them and I'd wake up to this very hot kid and just know they had a high fever and needed Tylenol. He gets really hot feeling! Then I realised he burrowed himself in. If he doesn't like it he will burrow himself out.
So..... After that long babbling my questions are
1. Can I (should I) do something to meet his burrowing need? Is he happy burrowing under arms, between bodies and furniture, under beds, and blankets or does he need something more?
2. Is there anything else I should know about this specific breed?
I'm assuming all precautions for long backed dogs should be taken. But what else? What should I be doing to fulfill his dachshund needs? What should I not do? Any helpful hints would be appreciated.
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