Below, I have a list of why dachshunds are not good with kids. It’s possible that your dachshund is good with your child, but it doesn’t mean they are all like this. But for the sake of argument, I will assume that they actually are good with kids because there are people out there
However, I will also say that whenever a child is involved it’s never good to assume that the dog is going to get along just fine because there are too many factors that could play against them.
So the question remains: Are dachshunds good with kids? The short answer is “no”. In this article, I will show you why they aren’t good with kids and go into detail about what it takes to make a child and dachshund relationship work.
The Dachshund Temperament
Dachshunds are not good with kids because they do not have the best temperament. They’re alert, hardy, and intelligent but that also means that they can be stubborn, willful, and dominating. These traits are often heightened when they are around children who have no idea how to be around a dog.
Dachshunds are also territorial by nature and will not want another animal (or child) walking into their space unannounced. The problem with the dachshund is that they’re such small dogs that they can turn aggressive or even violent when other people (or dogs) get too close to them. This can be especially bad if they see another dog invading their space.
What’s interesting is that when dachshunds are with children there is a different dynamic at play. Instead of the other dog or person becoming territorial, the child becomes territorial because they will start to think that the dog is their property. This can then lead to them being overly aggressive around the dachshund which in turn makes him more territorial.
In a case where a child and a dachshund are together, you’ll find that it’s usually best for the adult if they watch from a distance while allowing the child to do what they please.
The Dachshund Life Span
They’re known as a long-living breed with most of them living up to 16 years. This means that the average child will grow up and leave home while their pet is still young enough to play with them.
Children at this age are known to be quite hyperactive which can cause problems for the puppy when they want to rest or sleep instead of playing with them.
So there you have it, everything you need to know about why dachshunds are not good with kids. However, I will say that there are some workarounds that can make everyone happy without any problems.
Now that we know why dachshunds aren’t good with children.
What do you do if you have a dachshund and a child?
Well, the thing you need to keep in mind here is that it’s not going to be easy so you have to really work hard at it if you want things to go smoothly.
The first step is ensuring that your dog knows his or her place around the home without having too much aggression towards the child or vice versa. This will take time and effort on your end because if your dog is aggressive then you have to be extra careful how they are around the child.
Ensuring that your dog knows his place means not allowing them to jump up on furniture, eat at the table when you’re eating, sleep on the beds, or anything else that could be seen as them trying to dominate. They should also know basic commands like “sit” and “stay” because these will help ensure your dog knows how to behave when they’re around children.
The second step is to make sure you establish boundaries. The last thing you want to happen is for the dachshund to think he owns certain parts of the house as his territory. This means no scratching on furniture, no digging holes in yards that could be seen as invading another dog’s territory, and generally making sure that they know their place around other animals or people.
The third thing you should do is be very careful about how you introduce your dog to other animals and people. You want to make sure that they don’t go up and try to play since this can lead to aggression. If you do plan on having them meet friends or family, then it should be with a leash for control purposes.
The last thing you need to do is make sure that the child understands how to behave around a dog. They should know not to poke, hit, or bother them when they’re in a deep sleep because it can irritate the dog and lead to fights.
The toys that you get your dachshund should be ones that help reduce the risk of allergies from triggering because the dog is constantly playing with them. This should be especially true if you have other pets in your home that are known to trigger allergies.
The best types of toys are ones made from leather flaps, rope, fabric loops, or fleece since they’re all suitable for heavy chewing while being safe for kids. You do not want to get toys made from rubber, foam, or plastic because they can cause damage to the dog’s teeth.
Dachshunds are a great breed for playing and being around children because they love attention but also need some space every now and then. They can be good companions for any child that has time to spend with them, while not taking up all their time as a dog might require. With the right amount of attention from both parties, this is one friendly pet you won’t regret getting!