Every breed of dog is prone to certain health issues, and for dachshunds it’s back problems. In order to protect Otto’s back we’ve kept him from going up or down the stairs and on or off furniture under his own steam. Now that he is over 8 months old (and over 20 pounds heavy), experts agree that it’s ok for him to start using the stairs.
We have a baby gate at the bottom of our stairs, and before the stair moratorium was lifted we had to be extra diligent about making sure the gate was completely shut or else we’d hear the jingle of Otto’s tags and find him sloooowly creeping up the stairs. So it was easy to teach him how to go up the stairs by himself. Now every morning when I open the baby gate and tell Otto to go get Grimbil, Otto goes dashing up the stairs and runs to our bed.
However, going down the stairs is a whole other story.
We tried luring him down with treats….
…but to no avail. So for now, Otto still gets the “doggy elevator” on his way down.
Sunday was the Dachshunds in London Race Day and Springfest at Hampstead Heath. Otto and I made an appearance (Grimbil was busy kidnapping his brother for said brother’s bachelor party). The original plan was to enter Otto in the races and the sausage eating contest. Alas we arrived a bit later than planned, so Otto was still making the social rounds when the races started.
We did try out the sausage eating contest, but Otto spent most of the time sniffing his opponent’s butt.
As you can see from the pictures, most of the dogs were mini shorthairs. There was only one other standard, a wire hair. He was an adult, but at 4 months Otto was already as long as he was.
There was one other long hair, but it was a mini. Pretty coat though.
Everyone commented on how big Otto is, and seeing him surrounded by all those minis it was pretty amazing the difference in size. And he still has those bear paws to grow into!