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Dog Walks with Dachshunds & Nearly 3 Months as Puppy Owners

the whole family in millets

It is nearly Harold’s 3 month anniversary with us. He is over 4 1/2 months old now and he’s still an absolute ball of puppy energy. I can’t believe that he’s only lived with us for a few months; it honestly feels like he’s always been a part of our lives.

Here are some snippets about Harold’s recent progress: 

  • My favourite time of day to spend with Harold is the few hours before bed – he’s always worn himself out then and just wants to calmly cuddle with me on the sofa and nap on my lap whilst I watch television. 
  • He goes to bed perfectly now, without a single solitary whine. Then he sleeps through until around 7am when he needs to be let outside. 
  • He rarely has any accidents in his crate, but we haven’t cracked house-training yet. Dachshunds are notoriously difficult to house-train though and some take over a year so we’re not disheartened. He knows that he gets a treat if he does his business outside, he just choses not to a lot of the time. (But he definitely knows the correlation between going outside and treats. Sometimes he tries to cheat and get a snack by getting in his peeing position (without actually going), waiting a few seconds in that position, still pretending, and then coming over and asking for a treat. He’s obviously very, very clever then. (Just stubborn.) 
  • On his walks, we go by our local vet and try to stop in at least once a week. They make a big fuss over him, saying hello, giving him treats and weighing him. That way when he needs to go to the vet, he’s not scared because he’s so used to being there. 
  • Sam took Harold to a “puppy party” where all the other dogs have been meeting together and working on commands for the past few weeks. Harold is such a show-off and so clever that he watched all the other dogs, so that when it was his turn, he actually responded correctly to Sam’s commands (with zero previous practice).
  • Harold can now sit on command, as long as there isn’t food around to distract him. 
  • He finally seemed to learn his name which is very exciting!  
  • Harold weighs just over 8lbs at the moment. The vet estimated that he’ll stop growing around month 8 or 9, so we are at the halfway point in his physical growth. 
  • Having a puppy is really challenging, but it’s also very rewarding. As long as you don’t mind everything you own being chewed on, and destruction occurring within seconds of having your back turned.  His favourite things to destroy are: paper, plants and shoes.
  • He also loves getting carrots as a snack. 

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Dog Walks with Dachshunds

Up until a few weeks ago, he wasn’t very keen on walks. He liked to lie down on the road and not get up again. Or stop and sit every 2 steps. However, he always knew when we were headed home and that’s when he ran!

However over the past few weeks, he’s been so excited to go out on his daily walks. When he sees his leash, he gets so excited that he can barely contain himself. He’s especially loved rolling around in big leaf piles that are significantly bigger than he is, and if a leaf blows across his path, he will promptly pounce on it! 

We prefer walking him on wooded paths, or quiet parts of the River Ouse as opposed to our local park, Rowntree Park. And that’s only because Rowntree is notoriously taken over by geese every year, and we are well in to goose season! 

But no matter where we walk him, he gets mobbed with attention. Never has a dog been stroked by more strangers than Harold. 

I really feel the cold, and it’s doubly true since we left London and moved to Yorkshire. But now that we have Harold, it’s forced me out of the comfortable cocoon of the house in the evenings and early mornings more often than I ever would have gone before. 

Luckily, I’ve been testing out some Millets winter weather gear that’s kept me oh-so snuggly whilst out with Harold.  I trialed the Brasher country walking boots, which drew my attention because they were super sturdy and also waterproof (a must, really). They are extremely comfortable and haven’t really needed any “breaking in”. However, I am having to get used to how heavy they are. 

Readers who’ve stuck around since last year might remember my obsession with cable knit bobble hats to keep my ears warm, and I’ve been using a gorgeous Peter Storm hat lately. It’s super soft on the inside. The only downside is that if I leave it lying around, Harold tries to eat the bobble! 

As far as jackets go, I’ve been relying on the Peter Storm insulated jacket. It’s lined with faux fur on the inside so it’s the softest jacket I’ve ever had. It’s so soft that I really don’t want to take it off sometimes. (The storm flap also comes in handy when I’m wearing it and riding my bike.) I don’t love the look of bulky parkas a lot of the time, but its grey colour and lining make it look a little more sleek than your run-of-the-mill winter coat. 

Sam has been wearing the Peter Storm Peter Parka and he says that it’s the best winter coat that he’s ever had. After a few wears, he was so convinced by its longevity and warmth that he actually donated his old winter coat, in favour of this one. (A lot of the men’s winter jackets seem to be on sale at the moment.) It’s fully waterproofed and insulated. But best of all it has LOADS of pockets, which is important when walking Harold. 

That’s because Harold really likes to follow someone and he likes following Sam best of all. So I hold on to Harold’s leash and Sam walks a bit ahead with his pockets filled with treats (and spare bags) and Harold happily trots along between us. 

Basically Harold is high maintenance but he’s the best! 

harold 3 Millets Edits me walking harold me petting harold me and harold
brasher boots and harold giving harold a treat dog walks with dachshunds brasher boots
peter storm bobble hat walking dog in the woods the whole family in millets sam petting harold sam in millets jacket sam and harold peter storm jacket millet peter storm jacket (female)
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Doesn’t Harold look like a champion outdoor dog?

***This post was a collaboration with Millets, but all opinions are forever my own***

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  • He’s such a sweet, what an adorable little beast. My sister was obsessed with dachshunds when she was little, Harold would melt her heart into a million tiny pieces. My Mum’s dog is obsessed with carrots – he would rather eat carrots than dog treats or bits of meat.

    • I was obsessed with them when I was little too – it took me till my late twenties to fulfil that dream! I wonder if all dogs like carrots as much as our two do! x

  • Harold is so adorable and truly quite a smart dog! I’m glad to hear little snippets of him growing up 🙂

    Lii
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    • Aww thank you! Harold would thank you too if he heard you as he adores attention and praise! x

  • I love all the Harold updates and it’s great to hear he is doing so well 🙂 xxx

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  • Aw so adorable! I can’t wait to get a puppy of my own!

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  • Hes is the cutest, his snout and eyebrows SO.MUCH.CHARACTER!
    xx
    P.S: I love your boots!
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  • Ohh my, isn’t he a stubborn one? 🙂 But very clever! Those puppy parties sound like such a fun activity to do together.
    We have FINALLY cracked house training – I am soooo happy. The whole key was isolating him in the room with us (closing doors to all other rooms). That way, he wouldn’t feel comfortable “soiling” in the same room as us (because he clearly knows he shouldn’t) so he began, in a very subtle way, asking to go out and we finally got our wits about us to pick up on these cues – woohoo! Definitely recommend the isolation tactic if you are able to do so in your flat 🙂
    Totally understandable that his favorite paths are wooded – the true natural dachshund habitat.

    • Does Ferdie like to burrow? Harold loves it! If we have a blanket on the sofa he’ll wrap up in it and try to make tunnels for himself! x

      • Not especially, but only because he’s obsessed with seeing what we’re doing at all possible times. It’s a shame – I bought a dog bed before he got here specifically for dogs that like burrowing (thought it’d be perfect!), but no. What a weirdo. I also can’t believe Harold is only half of his adult weight.. whaaaat?

        • It’s crazy, right?! We weighed him just this evening (had to take him to the vets to get his second round of lung worm prevention treatment) and he weighed in at almost exactly 9lbs. x

  • Ohh what a gorgeous thing he is, I’d certainly stop to stroke him! Great boots and hat too, I need to get myself one with a furry bobble! Alice xxx

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  • I can’t get over the cuteness of Harold! I’d love a puppy to take on walks, but unfortunately our rented flat doesn’t allow pets! So I just coo over everyone else’s instead…!

    • We’re renting too and our contract said no pets, but when we met the landlord/managing team after some work needed to be done to the roof, they went ahead and gave us permission to get a dog anyway. It was one of the greatest days when I heard the news! x

  • He is such a cute dog!!!
    Lucie, xx

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  • I CAN’T WAIT FOR HAROLD CUDDLES. I mean, I can’t wait to come up and see your jackets in action! 🙂

    • He’ll LOVE you. (Women are his favourite) Though he is getting his next round of lung worm protection treatment the day you come up (totally weird timing) so he won’t smell like his beautiful doggy self but I tiny bit chemically. x

  • ninegrandstudent

    Harold is just sooooo cute!

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  • Harold is adorable!!! Dogs are the just best!! x

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  • You look so cosy in your jackets! 🙂 I just sent this to my friend as she’s considering becoming a Dachshund parent one day. Such cute snaps!

    T x

  • So cute! I remember when Edie finally learnt and recognised her name. It was so rewarded and felt like we were actually getting somewhere.

    K.

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  • I can see a lot of progress with Harold. It feels really great having a puppy around. Happy 3rd month honey!

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  • haha he looks like such a proud dog! What a cutie!

  • Your dog looks adorable! I love your photographs. They are so gorgeous and autumnal ! xx

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  • Emily

    As a dachshund owner myself, I can definitely identify with a lot in this post! Luna is two now but she was reaaallly hard to house train, well over a year. They are simply the best dogs though!

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    • Emily, it’s such a relief to hear you saying that about Luna. You can read about how dachshunds are hard to train but still feels like you’re failing a bit as a dog owner when you just can’t get them house-trained! x

  • my heart is melting into a pool of nothing at this adorbleness. what a cute post!

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  • Natalie G.

    This photos are adorable! I love dogs so much!

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    • Dogs are the best! I still stop people on the street to pet their dogs despite having one of my own. x

  • I miss having a pet around :/ those end-of-day snuggles are the best! glad that Harold [and his humans] are all getting along well 🙂

  • Harold is so adorable! It’s so funny that he pretends to go outside to get a treat 🙂

    yuki, solivagantic

  • I too can sit on command ONLY when there is not food around to distract me. It’s quite the affliction xx

  • Magda

    Your doxie is such a sweetie 🙂 I am a proud owner of a 20-month-old female dachshound called Nelly 🙂 Dachshounds are stubborn little beasts but so loving and gentle and fun to be around. Nelly is my second doxie (I got my first one when I was only six years old and we spent wonderful 14 years together). These dogs balls of puppy cuteness and energy for a very long time. Even as grown-ups they love a good play 🙂 And stubbornness never goes away too. They can eat in excessive amounts and still beg for food. But they are true sweethearts, loyal and loving and devoted to their human 🙂

    It’s a good idea to walk a doxie in a harness instead of a collar. Their being stubborn may be especially visible during walks and this is when a harness comes in handy 🙂

    • Ahh! I think once you own a dachshund you get so loyal to the breed, don’t you? Harold has a harness but HATES it. Your advice is really good though – I might to him in it again for his walk this evening.

      Do you have any tips on this that work when you house-trained Nelly? xx

      • Magda

        Once a dachshound mom, always a dachshound mom 🙂 I totally agree.

        When it comes to harnesses, Nelly hated them too. We went through a total of 8 harnesses in different shapes and sized until she finally loved number nine 🙂 The trick was the padding underneath her breatbone which keeps her dry when it rains and her armpits don’t get scratched (doxies have hardly any armpit and that may cause some troubles with a harness). In this harness she only has two straps on the back with the ring to attach the leash.

        When it comes to house-training, I didn’t do a lot of work. When she was 4 months old she did her business outside (she rarely had accidents when I had to be at work all day). She was great at asking to be let out and the only thing I did was to take her out and praise her when she did what needed to be done. It was actually my cat (I have a 10-year-old british longhair who grew up with dogs) who house-trained Nelly 🙂 He showed her how to go down the stairs on her own (something I wanted to avoid because doxies’ long spines don’t agree with taking the stairs) and meowed when he found out she had an accident at home 🙂

  • Miu

    Harold is the cutest! But I also love the name of the jacket “Peter Parka” 😉