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Question by dollie pop
Submitted on 9/17/2003
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my dachshund was abused as a pup. i adopted him.
he has either become very protective of us or is just afraid of people outside of the immediate family. any suggestion as to breaking him of "attacking" people who come to the house? i i am afraid of biting.

Answer by John
Submitted on 1/19/2004
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I recommend that you require all visitors to remove their shoelaces, shave their heads, and don mittens before entering.  This may be very helpful.


Answer by Charlene Wenzel
Submitted on 2/19/2004
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Our standard wire haired dachund too is ferocious when visitors enter our home; usually going for the shins.  We recommend visitors immediately kneel down BEFORE he reaches them, give him eye contact, make kissing sounds and extend hand.  We believe it occurs because Oskar is insanely protective at the same time intimidated because of his small size.  


Answer by Stacy
Submitted on 5/24/2004
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Doxies are Carpet Munchers, and it your not careful they will naw your ankles off. On a serious side of this question, I think you do have problem that you have to deal with. Anyone who comes into your house needs to befriend your dog immediately. I've never heard of a doxie biting anyone, but I'm not saying it isn't possible. You just have to introduce the people to your dog when they come into your house.


Answer by Bea
Submitted on 8/15/2005
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We have a mini wirehair dachshund and he is also a bit protective and vocal about strangers.  I suggest you have lots of new people come over to desensitize your dog to new people.  This has worked miracles for us.  


Answer by jason
Submitted on 3/25/2006
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my dog always did the same thing, anyone coming in even me, he would bark and growl at you but never bite


Answer by Chickasweetpea
Submitted on 5/11/2007
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I have a doxie that I adopted as a puppy too. He was also beat. I've Had him for a year and a half now and He is still nipping, growling and bitting people. I don't know how to break him of it if he sees someone he doesn't know he will attack and He is not good with children ( another problem because I'm pregnant) He has be come very trusting of certain people but others he just wants to attack. He mostly likes to do it to my sister for no reason when he does bite her. He has done it more than 3 times and the last time he did it i swore Id get rid of him if he did it again. Well he did today and it was the worst he's done yet.
please help with what you think I should do.
I dearly love him and want to keep him but If he's going to bite people I can
help please help


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