Caring for a Wounded Dachshund
Caring for a Wounded Dachshund
Unfortunately, bad things can happen to good people in this world. When we say “people” we sadly mean dogs. More time than not, when a dog goes into a shelter, they are statistically more inclined to have been abused by a previous owner.
Dachshunds and Dachshund-mixes are the 8th most common breed among shelters. This is due to their popularity as a breed, but not enough owners do research on the dogs or train them properly where they end up surrendering them.
In my experience working in a dog daycare in New York City, we came across a lot of adorable Dachshunds. Some of which were rescue puppies, too. It was heartbreaking because it was evident on which ones were the rescues. They were timid, liked to hide under the couches, and did not like when men came to pick up/drop off their own fur babies – no matter how kind he was. Being smaller dogs, they already have a more inclined anxious manner. Not to say that they are always nervous, but they are always aware of their surroundings and the energy in the room.
It was our job to work closely with the rescues that we did have and to adjust them to playing with dogs and humans. Sometimes, if they saw us coming towards them, they would burrow themselves in the pillowcases on the beds to keep us away.
The days were long sometimes because they are so sensitive and sometimes even a small slip up like yelling across the room or a loud bang happens, it could flat out ruin their day. But we never stopped. Every time those pups were there, we showered them with love, were stern with them when they needed it, but always affirmed them that nothing bad would happen again.
What you need to do is allow them their space and to let them know that you mean them no harm. Sitting close, but not hovering, helps this process. Although it might be heartbreaking if they are easily scared, walk towards them and see how they react. Once they realize you are not an enemy every time you approach them, they will regain trust. As stated above, smaller dogs tend to be a little more nervous and skittish than larger dogs. This is because their perspective is literally on the floor and they know they are unable to protect themselves to the larger beings around them. Dogs like Dachshunds and Chihuahuas are more prone to this behavior, neurologically. So add that with physical abuse and the outcome is not so bright.
Being patient and loving in any circumstance is what is key to helping a dog recover from their past. Just like a human, they need to process that something bad happened and trust does not rebuild overnight. Be consistent in behavior and try not to get too frustrated - they can sense that!
A new owner should abide by these patterns to aid their previously abused Doxie because these tactics are the reasons why there are countless success stories for these dogs. They are extremely affectionate dogs and they want to share their love. You just need to allow them their space and time to heal while constantly showing them the love they deserve.
It will take time, but with every step you take in letting them know they are in a loving, happy, stable home, a step closer they will make in giving you back all the love they have in store.
Your Dachshund may be very interested in a burrowing dog bed, a safe and comfortable place to sleep.