If you've only had your dachshund for a few weeks, you've probably already found out just how much he/she loves to play tug-of-war. Oh, it doesn't matter if it's with you, another doxie, or another dog breed of any size! Of course, they first have to pretend to give you the sock, rope toy, or an old T shirt so you can get your arm nearly pulled out of the socket! They want you to take the toy, but stay just out of reach so you can't actually grab it at first. Eventually, they'll allow you to grab onto said toy (you, of course, mistakenly think they want you to throw it so they can fetch it--WRONG). Oh, they might fetch it a couple of times, but their ulterior motive is for you to play tug-of-war with them.
It used to amaze my husband Clark and I at how strong our doxie Duke was. He weighed around 17 pounds, and he really kept his end of the bargain by pulling so hard that my shoulder joint really felt it. His tail wagged the entire time while he growled menacingly. That toy was his quarry, and woe be unto it if it also happened to squeak!
Watching two doxies play tug-of-war is quite entertaining, too. Both tails wagging like windshield wipers, both growling like big, bad dawgs--but having the time of their lives. Dachshunds have been rated as the most aggressive breed by the AKC, and that trait really shows in the doxie's favorite game, even if with a dog three times its size.
|A true statement!|
|A tug-of-war favorite: an old sock|
|Two doxies fighting to the death over|
the old sock, sure to die an excruciating death!
|The doxie will give a big dog a run for its money!|
(Although I doubt that this German shepherd has any)
Dachshunds . . . that's why I love them so . . . they are so entertaining and fun. It's never a dull moment when they're around (and they're not sleeping, that is).