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My Dachshund, 15 months old, will not play with her toys. She just constantly watching me, staring, all she wants is to go for walks. I walk her 3 times a day, if I'm not quite ready by her evening time to work, she starts tearing up her pillow cause she's mad I'm not ready at her time. I walk her in the evening around 7:00 PM and she starts bothering me at 5:00 AM. That's too early, it's too hot, what in the world can I do?

She's also very hyper. She wants all my attention all day long. I don't have time to play all day. I have things to do. She's gotten worse! My goodness, it has even started affecting me mentally. I'm a nervous wreck. What is wrong with her? I give her bones to chew and she only wants the ones she can chew up in 30 minutes. Sorry, they're very expensive to buy for her to go through that fast. I've even bought the bigger harder ones. She doesn't even want them. All she wants is go out for walks all day if she got her way. Should I just stop walking her for a couple of days?

I'm at my wits' end, about to get rid of her, had her since 9 weeks old. Please help me. I'm desperate. Thank you, Wanda.

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3 walks a day? That's not very much activity for a Dachshund - and also might not be enough for her to be relieving herself. Your pup may be bothering you to go for a walk because she needs to pee. This breed is high energy, and even though they are small they need a good amount of stimulation. Expecting your dog to hold it from 7pm until 7am is unreasonable, at 15 months old she probably can't comfortably do that. You might try going for a walk right before you go to sleep, and then again first thing in the morning.

Have you gone through basic obedience training? If not, start there. Learning basic commands like sit and down will provide a good amount of mental stimulation and then you can go on to teach her increasingly difficult commands and tricks. You could even get her into a tracking or agility class after she masters the basics. Dachshund's were bred to hunt, and she might enjoy this. Talk to your trainer after she's close to mastering the basics and they can point you in the right direction. Since you mentioned it's very hot where you live right now, which I assume means you can't let her play outside much, working on obedience can take the place of some physical exercise.

Depending on where you live there is likely a dog daycare nearby - you could try enrolling her a few days each week so she has other dogs to play with. She will come home tired, and will not bother you to play as much. Along the same vein, do you have any neighbors or friends with dogs that you could set up a play date with? If not, there are free dog play groups in many neighborhoods, you just have to look. Check out Meetup.com, your local Petco, etc.

As far as toys and chews go, have you tried a stuffed Kong? You can get whatever size is appropriate for your pup and stuff it with whatever she loves (peanut butter mixed with kibble, cooked meat and greek yogurt, even just whatever you feed her for regular meals). Kong makes all sorts of durable, stuffable chew toys that are fantastic for keeping dogs occupied. You can also give the Himalayan Dog Chew a try - it should take your pup a while to chew it up.

At the end of the day the problem is that your dog is not getting the mental and physical stimulation it requires. A dog is not a fun toy for you to play with when you feel like it, it's a living creature that requires your time, love, and attention.

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  • Dachshounds were bred to go hunting underground on their own. They are usually quite well able to have fun on their own - just their idea of fun does usually not match the owner's... (Of course, not being where they can relieve themselves too long will not meet any concept of fun) – cbeleites unhappy with SX Sep 14 at 16:17
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Stop walking it for a couple of days? No. That is an unfair punishment for the animal.

The dog you have is a very energetic breed and was used for flushing out badgers, among other creates. These dogs are tough and require plenty of stimulation which means putting in the hours and effort to ensure it is mentally satisfied.

How long is each walk? I am unfamiliar with the breed but if it is a hound-type dog I assume it requires plenty of exercise. This is why research into a breed is key before getting a dog. You should never buy a dog on looks alone.

Identify tough toys that she can play with and also give her mental stimulation. Sometimes a dog chewing things up is a sign that it is not getting enough attention. You have to be smart and identify the cues a dog gives you, if it comes up to you wanting to play, play with it for a bit. It's not hard.

She is still a puppy at that age and you need to be made aware of this because it does not sound like the dog is getting the mental challenges and play it requires at that age.

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