I love it when Biggie gets too hot laying in front of the fire, so he flops off of his bed to lay on me and pant! Its the little things… :)
Wow thanks so much! I will definetly look into this, it sounds perfect :) glad to hear Zucchini grew hair back so fast, I hope it solves Biggies problems!
Yes, I have noticed that the ear thing started up right when Michigan’s weather dropped super low. I am going to make an appointment with the Vets soon to see what I can do for it!
He usually likes to sleep in my bed more during the winter time because its colder and he likes to cuddle. I usually let him sleep with me if he wants to, but sometimes I make him sleep in his crate. He used to throw a fit and cry all night, so I developed a “system” that can usually get him to stay quiet.
About two hours before bedtime, I put up his food and water so he cant have any more, and I play with him and try to tire him out. Try not to do this too close to bedtime though, because they need a “cool down” period after all they play. Then, after Biggies nice and tired, we sit down and relax. He usually falls asleep in my lap or in front of the fire. Then when its time to go to bed, I take him outside to go to the bathroom fast so he doesn’t get hyper again, and then put him in his crate quickly. I then lay a blanket over the crate (it makes him feel like he is burrowed/in a cave) and turn off all the lights. I usually run the dishwasher over-night and I think the white noise helps too. This works about 90% of the time, but sometimes I have to put up with about 20-30 minutes of him whining before he tires out and decides to go to sleep.
Hope this helps!
Without seeing him for myself and doing diagnostics it is next to impossible to tell but it looks to me like ear margin dermatosis. This is a fancy word for saying something is wrong with the skin at the edges of the ears. This can be due to lots of things but my top rule out list is usually ringworm, mites, flea bite allergy, vasculitis, and other allergies.
A complete skin work up would include skin scraping, skin impression, fungal culture, and biopsy. Dachshunds are predisposed to a condition called ear margin vasculitis in which the blood vessels in the edge of ear become inflamed and it causes hair to fall out and a “scalloped” look to the edge of the ear. This can be related to vaccines and other reasons but for the most part it seems just to affect the ear margins and so many dachshunds have this that I don’t tend to worry about it.
I would get those skin tests and any others your vet can think of done to rule out the various diseases and if they are all negative I bet it is vasculitis which in my opinion is nothing more than a cosmetic issue in dachshunds. Always consult your veterinarian and see what they say though.
Thank you so much! I will give my Vet a call as soon as possible and request those tests!
Well I’m no expert on dog training, but one of the things that helped me the most with training Biggie is he is VERY food motivated- most Dachshunds are. I like to mix up the treats I give him to keep training fun. He gets apple slices, chicken, chicken flavored treats I find at the pet store, and scraps of turkey, and plain cheerios. I like to give him cheerios when he has already had a lot of treats lately because they are low calorie and he is crazy for them!
Try to keep training sessions short and make sure you stay calm and positive throughout the session. Dachshunds are EXTREMELY stubborn, but they can be quick learners if you put them in the right environment, (minimal distractions, positive attitude, you know the gist).
Another thing to keep in mind with Dachshunds is their backs. When I do commands like “Bang, bang!” Or “Roll over” with Bigs, I make sure we are on a soft surface like the carpet. Try not to push your Dachshund to do tricks like that if they have a history of back problems. For example, I know Biggie gets super excited to do a command and he practically throws himself onto the ground, so I would be wary of doing those commands if he hurt his back (God forbid) in the future.
Good luck training your Weenie, hope these tips helped! (Once again I’m no expert, but these are things that have had good results with me and my dog but everyone and every dog is different!)
I thought it was normal for dachshunds to loose hair when they got older, but Biggie is only 1 so I am just getting a little worried!
We set up Biggies crate like a little cave too! We have a nest of blankies for him to burrow in, you know how doxies are with burrowing!