Review: The Everything Dachshund Book

The worn copy of The Everything Dachshund Book
The worn copy of The Everything Dachshund Book | Source

I love my miniature Dachshunds, but I was nervous about getting my first pup.


My son was moving out and my daughter was gone all the time with friends. My husband was getting ready to go on his second tour to Iraq. I needed to feel needed and busy. Many moms get that.


When I mentioned getting a puppy to my husband, he was vehemently against it. It made me angry that he had no empathy for me. I said, “Screw it, I am getting a puppy.” He knew my reasons, he didn't like it, but he knew he wasn't going to stop me.


Oh crap! What have I done? I really wanted a puppy to take care of, to baby, but had it turned into a spiteful wish because my husband said no to my idea? I came to the conclusion that I wanted this pup for me. There was no spite or rebellion involved, and my husband would just have to get used to the idea. Besides, he was going to be gone for a year and wouldn't have to deal with training the puppy.

Oh My Gosh, I Am Getting a Puppy

Since I wasn't getting the support I wanted, I was nervous about getting a puppy. I had a friend who was a miniature Dachshund breeder. I called her to get information. She, of course, loved the Dachshund breed, but I was concerned about them being temperamental. She assured me that it depended on how you treat them. That made sense to me, but I still wanted more information.

I went to Pet Smart and picked up a copy of Joan Hustace Walker’s The Everything Dachshund Book. I stuck my nose in that book and read and reread passages. I was still nervous, but I began feeling more comfortable about getting a dog.

Four Weeks Old: Maggie comes to visit.  Any good dog breeder is going to check out the home their pup is going to live in.
Four Weeks Old: Maggie comes to visit. Any good dog breeder is going to check out the home their pup is going to live in. | Source
Maggie's First Day in Her New Home - She is Loved
Maggie's First Day in Her New Home - She is Loved | Source
One Pampered Pup
One Pampered Pup | Source

What I Learned from The Everything Dachshund Book

Walker’s book proved to be an invaluable resource. While I was still concerned about the Dachshund’s possible volatile personality, I kept remembering what the breeder said about how a dog is treated is what determines the pups behavior.


How I treated her was going to start from day one. This pup was going to be loved and pampered. The book confirmed this ideology.


My mind was put at ease when I read about the body language of the Dachshund and the patience needed to get a new pup to adapt to our home. Patience and gentleness are key in dealing with your Dachshund pup.


Scolding them or using a harsh tone can be harmful. They are used to living with their mother and a litter of pups. Their communications need to be replicated. Handling your pup with love and mild discipline are what is needed.


Dachshunds are known for their barking. In the book, I learned if I yell at my pup, it is just like “barking” at them. It is like saying, “Your barking is acceptable at inappropriate times.”


I had to set the norm, and I insisted everyone in the household follow my lead. After all, just like bringing a newborn home, as a decent, loving human being, you are not going to yell at the new baby for doing what is natural. The book taught me what is natural for new Dachshund puppies.


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Yeah, that's right.  Ruby's first day home...
Yeah, that's right. Ruby's first day home... | Source

The Details of Dog Training

The book goes into great detail about training your Dachshund puppy. One thing I learned that has saved a lot of mess and saved our pup from anxiety is using a crate.

I never thought I would be in favor of crate training, but I learned that Dachshunds, and most dogs for that matter, like their own space. With Dachshunds, they feel more secure in a small area that is their own. When you bring them home, a small crate or pet taxi is all you need. It needs to be tall enough for the pup to stand in without its head touching the top and wide enough so it can turn around easily. They love to nest, so place soft material in the crate. Also, our breeder sent home a towel our pup’s mother laid on (the breeder had a towel for each pup in the litter that she had lined their spot with). It took patience to crate train her. She was not used to being alone and had separation anxiety, first from being away from her mother then from being away from us. The Everything Dachshund Book took me step-by-step through crate training.

Eventually, once our pup felt at home and secure, I bought a larger crate and filled it with a couple of fleece blankets and the towel that smelled like our pup’s mother. Now, our pup finds refuse in the crate when we leave or when she simply needs her own space.

Using the crate also helped with house training the pup. I actually took a couple of days off work before the weekend to work with her when I brought her home. I wanted to start house training her right away. Fortunately, the breeder used methods similar in the book before we brought her home.

Because I used an appropriate size pet taxi for her when I brought her home, she would not go to the bathroom. The book advises that you do not get a large crate at first because the pup will sleep on one end or in one corner and go to the other to use the bathroom. I took the days off so she would have consistent training. That may not be possible for many, so patience must be used if there is a mess. They are still babies, and nature will take its course.

By using the small crate, I knew when she came out of her little haven; she probably needed to go out. I would pick her up, talk to her, pet her, give her a kiss or two, and then put her on her leash to take her outside to use the bathroom. She went every time. That is not to say there were not accidents, but they were few and far between.

The crate also helped her with her separation anxiety when we had to leave her. She was warm and snuggled into her own space, and she did not cry nearly as much as she would have if we had left her in the bathroom or a small room. That would have been too big, scary, and overwhelming for her.

The book was right. The crate has given the pup security and a clean house for us.

Other "Must Know" Issues and Training Tricks

Something I found very fascinating in the book about training a Dachshund is if you repeat a training method twelve times, they get it - they understand - they learn what you expect. You must be persistent and patient, but, wow, what a difference it made knowing this trick.

Other Training and Dog Care Tips:


  • Supplies to get before bringing your pup home
  • Creating a puppy-safe home
  • Feeding and schedules
  • Clicker training
  • Using consistent language and commands
  • More house training tips
  • Teaching your Dachshunds commands such as "sit," "down," "come," and "roll over."
  • How to deal with rescue and adult Dachshunds you adopt - this was also helpful with our pup
  • How big our pup would be as an adult
  • How to socialize our pup with other dogs and with people, especially children
  • The psychology of the Dachshund. That may sound strange, but they are a very clever breed and have delightful and complex personalities.
  • Possible medical issues
  • Grooming tips for short, long, and wire-haired Dachshunds
  • Advanced Dachshund care if your pup, like any animal, develops special needs (This is a section I can refer to any time something comes up that I am not sure how to handle.)
  • Adolescent behavior
  • Dental care
  • And so much more...

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The Back of the Book
The Back of the Book | Source

Personal Note on The Everything Dog Breed Series

If you are considering getting a puppy – any type of puppy – or a rescue or adult dog, do your research before bringing your pet home. The Everything Dog Breed Series is a comprehensive, easy-to-read and follow resource that you will use before bringing your pet home, when you bring it home, and for years after having your pet. The word “everything” in the title definitely carries weight and knowledge.

Because of the The Everything Dachshund book, we have well-adjusted, well-behaved, happy pups.

If you know someone is getting a pup, invest in one of these books. It will be the best gift, aside from the pup, with long lasting effects for the "new family."

It is a MUST HAVE book for dog owners. Be prepared and ready for anything with the knowledge you will gain from this series.

And an update on my husband's disposition: Training began the first day Maggie came to visit. I am happy to report he's been trained by Maggie. They are inseparable. He is her "peep."

Warning, Warning, Warning

You may learn so much from your Everything book that you decide to add to the family. I did...

Ruby's First Day Home
Ruby's First Day Home | Source
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Our Sweet Doxies | Source

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

OH Susan they're beautiful! I really enjoyed reading about how you brought home and raised your two pups.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Susan! :-) They are a bit smaller than yours, but just like yours, they are our babies. We are both blessed with good pups!

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

My second favorite breed is the Dachshund. My first favorite is the Shih Tzu. We had a long haired Dachshund once that was just the dearest, sweetest little thing. I was always worried about her back, but my Schnauzer has back problems, too

Great Hub. I voted it UP, etc. and will share.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Ahhh Mary! Our first two pups were Shi Tzus. They are wonderful dogs! I have worried about back problems with my Doxies, too. The book taught me to train them not to jump off of furniture. They are really good to let us pick them up and place them on the ground.

Thanks for dropping by and the votes and share! :-)


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

My favorite breed of pup, and I really enjoyed your fine article and pictures, Thanks for sharing this great work. whonu


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Whonu, thanks for your kind words. We love our pups! :-)

Thanks for dropping by!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

omg'sh, your pups are too cute! I had dachshunds growing up and I loved them to bits :) When my kids are grown and leaving the nest I KNOW I will need another pup to baby and carry around so I totally get your reason for wanting a small dog.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

Your hub has given an exhaustively information about how to keep that cute, precious dog.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Ardie! Our Dachshunds have brought us such joy! They are so smart, loving, and fun to have around. The book really helped me understand them before I got our first pup, Maggie, and I still refer to it on occasion. They are definitely family dogs.

I am so glad you dropped by! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Agusfanani! Thank you for dropping by! :-)


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

How cute are your puppies! Our dog is almost 7 but we still need help all the time. We have the "Dogs for Dummies" book, but this would have been good if they had one for a labradoodle. Great review.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thank you, GTF! I would not be surprised if they had one for Labradors or Poodles. Which characteristics do you think your pup exhibits the most? If one or the other, you might check into that book. If both, you might either get both books or check out what they have for mixed-breeds. A Lanbradoodle sounds like a very interesting mix. Do you have a hub with pics? I would love to see it.

Thanks so much for dropping by! :-)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I used to have a dachshund when I was little and this book would have helped me figure him out. Interestingly enough, my pet was quite mellow -- he generally didn't bark a lot, as your book says they do. Voting this Up and Useful.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

ALocsin, you are right, not all of them bark a lot. That is a personality trait, but I guess I didn't make a very strong point. They CAN bark a lot, but I think it depends on how you treat them. If we yell at them, they are going to yell/bark back or believe that is acceptable because we are doing it. Our pups don't bark a lot, unless they are trying to "be Baaaad." LOL I think they are so pampered that a mouse would frighten them. LOL You can see in the pictures how "terribly fierce" they can be. :-)

Thanks for dropping by and the votes. :-)

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