Having a Dachshund for a pet is a loving and fulfilling experience. They are loving, loyal, and extremely protective. However, they can also be clingy and jealous. New pet owners, might be wondering if the Dachshund’s clingy behavior is normal, or if it could be something unusual. This article will give you the answers you’re looking for, and how you can manage your pet’s personality and behavior if you find it annoying, or problematic.
Do dachshunds Attach to One Person?
Dachshunds are notorious for being extremely attached to one person. It could be you, the primary caregiver, or one of your family members. Whoever it may be, you will find them being more affectionate to this person or shadowing him or her more than others, or they could ignore other family members while giving you all of their attention.
Dachshunds attach to one person because they are extremely loyal. They take their role as guardians and protectors very seriously and want to be around this person at all times.
Do Dachsunds Have a Favorite Person?
Yes, they do. Even if you’re not the primary caregiver, a Dachshund can be attached to you. This could happen because you give the dachshund a lot of attention, treats, or you always play with it. Also, just like humans, dogs create bonds that can’t be easily explained. So, if the dog’s energy levels, personality, and temperament match yours, there will be a special bond between you and the Dachshund.
How Do You Become Your Dachsund’s Favorite Person?
Dachshunds form the biggest bond during their socialization stage, which is the 6 first months of life. At this stage, the puppy is incredibly receptive, and their experience greatly influences the rest of their lives. So they will naturally bond with the person that cares for them during this stage of their life.
If you didn’t spend time with your dachshund during its socialization stage, you can also become your Dachshund’s favorite person by doing the following:
-Spend a lot of time with your pet.
-Play with it more often than other people in the house.
-Be the one that feeds it.
-Give it lots of physical affection.
-Let the dog sleep close to you.
Dachshunds are thirsty for attention and the more you spend time with it, the more you give it attention, and the more positive experiences it gets with you, then the more the dachshund will be attached to you, and therefore, you will become its favorite person.
How Do Dachshunds Show Affection?
Dachshunds are expressive and great communicators. If they like something or someone, they will find a way to show it. To show their love and affection to people, they will lick you, sit on you, lay their head on your lap, or stand beside you. They will also rub their backs on your side, and work their way on your body when you are asleep.
Dachshunds love physical affection so you can expect them to follow and shadow you around, and be around you at all times.
Are Dachshunds Jealous Dogs?
Yes, Dachshunds are jealous dogs because of their extreme loyalty. They are known to become aggressive and possessive when it comes to their pet parent or their favorite person. If your Dachshund notices that you may be giving more attention to another pet, they will tend to bark and even bite that animal. If they think you are not giving them the usual attention and affection they normally get, they can become hostile and destructive. They can bite, bark, roll around, growl, hiss, and get into a fight with other pets in the house. Related post: Do Dachshunds Get Along With Other Dogs?
How Can I Socialize my Dachshund with Other People and Animals?
Dachshunds are feisty dogs and are natural hunters, so they can be aggressive when around people and other animals. However, if they are socialized properly, this can keep their negative behaviors at bay.
Socializing a Dachshund should start early. As mentioned earlier, their socialization stage is during the first 6 months of life, when their brains are receptive to socialization and when they are impressionable. The best time to social train them is before 16 weeks. Expose them to different kinds of people and pets, and take them outside as often as you can. However, before you expose them to other people or animals, make sure that all of their vaccinations are complete.
If you adopted an older Dachshund, you can still train them to be more sociable through repetition and positive reinforcement. You can gradually introduce them to other people, such as your friends or neighbors, and gradually have them spend time outdoors with other pets. When you walk them, visit different places and not just around the neighborhood or to one particular park.
The trick to socializing your Dachshund is to introduce other people and pets to them gradually. Do it slowly and never abruptly. Eventually, they will learn that other people are not threats, and other animals are not there to hurt them or their pet parents. Related post: Are dachshunds aggressive?
Is My Dog’s Shadowing Behavior a Problem?
Dachshunds are known to be shadow dogs because they follow their favorite person around all the time. If you find yourself annoyed or if you think the behavior is unusual, then here are some reasons why your dog could be extra clingy.
If your dog is usually independent and then suddenly becomes extremely clingy, then it could be a sign that your dachshund is bored, you’re not giving the attention it needs, so your dog is trying to tell you something. This sudden behavior change could also suggest an underlying medical condition.
If you think your dog’s shadowing behavior is unusual, then you can talk to your vet about it and try to see if there’s something medically wrong with your dog. If there is none, then you might want to evaluate if there are changes in the house that may be causing stress or fear in your dog, such as moving to a new home, working more hours than usual, or the arrival of a new addition to the family, such a baby or a new dog.
How to Stop Your Dog From Following You Everywhere?
Here are some things you can do to stop your dog from following you around:
-More exercise for your dog
-Give him more toys for mental stimulation
-Train your dog to “Stay” in one place, or to “Go to Your Place,” by going him a mat or special place where he can sit and wait for you
-Install baby gates that prevent your dog from following you all the time, which can be a temporary solution
You can also enroll your dog in a socialization or obedience class if you don’t have the time to train him yourself.
Related post: Are Dachshunds Easy to Train?
How to Deal with Dog Anxiety?
One reason why your dog is always following you around maybe anxiety. Anxiety can be caused by separation when you leave your dog for too long and it doesn’t want to be left alone again. If your furry friend is a rescue dog, the anxiety could be caused by a terrible experience from the shelter environment, or if it was treated cruelly by its previous owner.
To ease your dog’s anxiety, you can do the following:
-Give your dog a massage to soothe his tense muscles and emotions.
-Cuddle or pet your dog often, giving him physical affection.
-Give him more exercise to expend his energy and reduce stress.
-Play calming music as classical music is known to relax dogs.
-Involve Alternate Therapies if your dog doesn’t respond to these tips and suggestions.
Related post: Separation Anxiety in Dachshunds
Dachshunds are amazing family dogs
Dachshunds may be tiny, but they are loving, loyal, and extremely lovable. It’s easy to fall in love with them and make them a big part of your life. However, they can be clingy and needy. But if you give them the attention they need, socialize them early, and ease their anxiety, their extreme attachment can be appeased and you can have an enriching, stress-free, and loving relationship with your beloved Dachshund.