Just a note before I start rambling; Winnie now has her own instagram page! You can find her at winniethedaxie and as always, you can find Archie at archiesgreatadventures.
A few months ago I wrote a little update on Winnie, as she'd been with us for three months. It's now been SIX months (I know, I can't believe it either!) so I thought I'd write a further post, detailing any big milestones.
Firstly, house training! I'm super happy to share that for the most part, I would finally consider Winnie to be house trained. It was most definitely a long, hard road with her... it's no myth that dachshunds don't like the rain, and Winnie is no different. Trying to get her outside to go to the toilet was a constant struggle! I'd spend 15 minutes out in the rain with her, only for her to come in and pee/poop on the floor. I was honestly being driven to my wit's end, until my parents looked after the dogs when my boyfriend and I went to visit family.
Upon our return, they gleefully told us that Winnie had only had ONE accident in three days. I wasn't convinced at all, but they told me that they'd gone right back to basics with her; taking her out every half an hour, and not bringing her back inside until she went to the loo. I've been continuing this myself at home, and it definitely helps. Gradually, I've been able to extend the time between toilet trips. As an older dog who only ever lived outside before she came to us, Winnie will never be the sort of dog who will alert us when she needs to go out. If we want to avoid accidents, it's all about us keeping on top of taking her out, and setting her up to succeed.
The only other issues were reactivity to other dogs, and more recently, barking all through the night. Archie and Winnie now sleep together (previously I couldn't trust them together at night for various reasons) and the company seems to have stopped her night-time singing, thank goodness!
In regards to her reactivity, I'm not sure it will ever really "go". Like many daxies she much prefers company of her own breed, and she also has a soft spot for yorkies because of course, she recognises them as being the same as Archie. Generally she is greatly improved around dogs that she's met before or spent prolonged time with, and doesn't always bark at other dogs on sight like she used to do. Nowadays she tends to bark only if another dog gets right in her face, or if Archie/other nearby dogs start barking. It can be embarrassing, however I'm much more relaxed about it now. At the end of the day, dogs bark, and she's just telling them "I don't like you, stay away from me." If only it was socially acceptable for us all to be so plain-speaking, eh? Haha.
So that's all for today; I think I'll do another update post on Win when she's been here for a year... it'll be here before I know it!
Chloé, Archie and Winnie