When My Baby Dachshund Becomes an Adult: What Changes?
It is obvious that when you hear parents say, “Oh, they grow up so fast,” they are referring to their children.
However, when it comes to your baby Doxie, they literally grow up so fast!
In week one of a newborn dachshund, he explores the world through smell and touch. Then in the following weeks, they open their eyes. Their ear flaps open. You can hear them bark. They start to stand, then walk and run. All of a sudden, your baby doxie has become an adolescent at around six months!
When your four-legged baby becomes an adult, it pays to know the various changes that you can expect in him. This will not only prepare you for the adult life of your dog but also help him have an efficient transition from puppyhood to adulthood.
Here are some of the few notable changes that you will most likely see in your dachshund as he turns one-year-old.
Fully Developed Physique
As your doxie reaches his first birthday, he should have already reached his full physical maturity. This means that his skeletal system is fully developed and his muscles are now in its peak condition. Your adult dog would gradually stop growing physically and it is more likely that he stays in that short, but cute stature.
Whether you like it or not, your doxie becomes sexually mature by the age of six to 12 months. If you have a male doxie, you would probably observe him pumping other dogs or even your legs. If you have a female doxie, you will see her start her menstrual cycle.
In this stage, you would normally consider spaying or neutering your dachshund. This helps you avoid unwanted puppies and keep your dog generally healthy.
Fully Developed Mental Aspect
You possibly could remember the time when your doxie is clumsy. He would suddenly trip over himself or roll over a hill. While I’m not saying this won’t happen anymore, it will significantly decrease in frequency.
With your doxie’s fully developed body combined with his increased alertness and awareness of surrounding, he becomes more well-coordinated and balanced in movement.
When your dog is about to reach one year, you would notice how he has become more intelligent and adventurous. It is this time you can start training your dog and teaching him more complicated tricks.
What happens when your dog becomes hormonally charged, bigger, stronger, and smarter? Obviously, you would need to expect behavioral changes.
Dachshunds are known to be independent and strong-willed. Thus, you will notice that he will try to challenge your leadership time and time again. You need to be gentle and firm to reinforce your role as his master.
Biting is part of a dog’s nature. Your dachshund may show some level of aggressiveness to strangers and even to people who they have already been familiar with.
Remember the reasons dogs bite. They bite because they feel threatened and want to protect their territory. Sometimes, they bite as well when they are disturbed or startled. Thus, it is important to discuss this with your family especially the children.
Since adult doxies have suddenly developed a higher level of energy, they tend to exhibit destructive behaviors when they are bored. It is important to keep them active and give them plenty of opportunities to exercise.
Socialization should not also be forgotten. Adult dogs need to explore too. Expose your doxie to new experiences, things, sounds, people, and places. This should help your four-legged bestie to become more adjusted with his environment.
Food and Nutrition
Your dog starts to grow slowly at this time. In fact, since dachshunds are relatively smaller dogs, they stop growing at a much earlier stage. For this reason, you need to make sure you give an appropriate amount of food. Avoid overfeeding your doxie as this may lead to obesity.
Watching Your Pet Grow
One of the pleasures in life is to watch your beloved doxie grow up. You had the chance to observe how dogs transition from being puppies to adults, from small to big, and from clumsy to skilled.
It is vital that you are with your doxie in every developmental stage. You need to be there for him as he turns to a new chapter in his life.
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your vet. Discussing your concerns with a dog expert and trainer would help you cope with the fast-paced growth of your Dachshund.