Adding a Pet to Homes with Children

Dogs in general are leery of children

It's not that they detest children—they will naturally see every child as a possible menace and avoid being touched by children. They may even growl at or even bite at them if the child tries to touch them.

Dachshunds are not naturally aggressive, nervous, or sensitive to noise as some breeds. There are of course, dachshunds that do have these tendencies and if your prospective dog exhibits these traits, then you should be careful before adding that dog to your family, especially if you have small (under 5) children.

BabyThe success your dachshund has with integrating into the family depends to a large part on the experience your dog has had with children in the past.

No bad experiences are favorable to adaptability. However, if they've had run-ins that caused them pain or discomfort, they'll probably remember the experience and this will put them on the alert whenever the child gets too close.

If a baby is expected

Dogs can become jealous if they were once the center of attention and a new baby suddenly takes away all the attention. That need not happen though if you continue giving your dachshund his customary share of attention. Your dog will quickly accept the baby as a real part of the family and often a friendship develops between the dog and child that will be an enduring friendship.

A dachshund is not a toy

Make sure your children understand that the dog is not a toy, but is a companion and family member to be treated with respect. Accidents do happen that need to be addressed. Just don't over-react to the situation.

Never strike the dog in retaliation for causing a scratch or accidental bite especially when both child and dog were involved in romping play.

Never let a child get close to any dog when the dog is feeding or chewing on a bone. This creates a perceived threat to the dog and they may suddenly lash out at the child.