Table of Contents
About this Meetup
Fostering for Dachshund Rescue (www.drna.org)
Vets, vaccines, HW meds, microchips, etc
About this Meetup Group
Scheduling of meet-ups
Guests & children
Inappropriate Behavior / FightsAbout this Meetup Group
We are a group of individuals from all walks of life who share a common love: the Dachshund breed, in all of its variations.
We get together with our dogs regularly, share our experiences with the breed, discuss feeding, health issues/concerns, personalities, the joy we get out of and the love we get from our sweet little doxies!
If you are a proud Dachshund owner, or simply a lover of the breed, we invite you to join us!! For more information, please visit our "About Us" page or contact the group organizer.
A contribution of $10 a year is requested solely to help defraying the cost of the Meet-up.com service.
This fee is per member/family. If you come to every meet-up, bring 3 doxies, a spouse/significant other, human kid, or the occasional guest/friend, you would still only be asked to contribute $10/year. Visiting an off-leash dog park usually runs about $10-15 per visit for a single dog, so $10 for multiple playdates with other doxies is very reasonable.
Our group also provides members with the opportunity to talk to fellow dachsaholics about *doxies* and all the training, health, and nutrition issues that are unique to our little hot dogs.
Scheduling of meet-ups
The scheduling of our meet-ups is something I hope to work out as we go. Saturday afternoons are best for me (the organizer), but during the summer months I expect we will be meeting in the AM to avoid the heat.
As always, I'm open to suggestions & input if y'all have any thoughts or preferences.
Guests & children
Members are encouraged to bring guests (furry & hooman) to our playdates. The more people who come the more fun for all attendees. Please remember to list any guest as "member + ?" when you RSVP or change your RSVP status.
Dog-friendly children are welcome/encouraged to attend too. For playdates at my place, there is even a swingset/slide for the hooman munchkins. If your dog/child may be scared of the other, please let me (the organizer) know so we can take precautions. However, introducing doxies & children to each other is important for socializing both. Fooey to those who may say these should be adult-only, dog-only playdates.
For the health of everyone's doxie(s), we ask that all doxies attending our meet-ups be up-to-date on their vaccines. At a minimum, this includes rabies & DHPP combo shot. A kennel cough (bortatella) / influenza vaccine is optional, but encouraged.
Dachshunds are one of a number of breeds prone to adverse reactions to Leptospirosis vaccines & combo shots that include Lepto. As such, we do not require meet-up doxies be vaccinated against Lepto.
Inappropriate Behavior / Fights "I'm not sure how my dog will react, what should I do?"
First and foremost, you should relax. Dachshunds are sensitive dogs and WILL be able to tell if you are nervous. If mommy or daddy is nervous, then doxie will assume there is something about these other dogs/people to be nervous about... and react accordingly.
Second, contact the organizer(s) and let them know you have concerns. Socialization is sooo important for dogs. There are options that will keep all dogs present safe & still allow them to spend time with/near each other. Puppy pens can keep your dogs separated until he/she in comfortable... muzzles to prevent snipping... a private meet-up to test your doxie's reaction to other dogs... etc. "Should I be concerned about the dogs fighting?"...
Dog fights at meet-ups & off leash dog-parks are quite rare. Meet-up locations are "neutral" territory. No dog has laid claim to this territory, so there is usually nothing to defend. Large, fenced yards with plenty of space, mean there are few areas in which to get cornered, and lots of places to run away if a situation gets sticky ("flight" rather than "fight")."What if a fight happens without warning? How does one safely break up a dogfight?"
There is no safe way to break up a dogfight. Above all else, humans must protect themselves, and avoid contact with the end that has the teeth. Humans must NEVER grab a fighting dog's collar-a dog may interpret this action as another dog trying to bite its neck, and then he may attack you.
The first line of defense against a dogfight is prevention - keep your dogs out of situations where a fight is likely to occur, move to another part of the yard/park if you or your dogs feel uncomfortable with a particular situation, and prepare your dogs for complete recall under any and all adverse conditions.
It may seem like a dog fight breaks out without warning and in an instant; however, dog fights seldom occur without fair indicators:
• Posturing (standing tall and lifting head above another dog's);
• Raised hairs on the back of the neck or back;
• "Too close" proximity to a dog with whom prior adverse interactions have occurred;
• An inordinate number of congregated dogs (especially when congregated by a gate, when chasing a yelping running dog, or when [not so patiently] awaiting treat or high value toy distribution); or
If your dog has already managed to get himself into one of these pre-fight situations, remember that your voice travels faster than the rest of you. Call your dog in an upbeat (but commanding voice), growl "NO", flail your arms, and in general become more interesting than whatever else is going on. Above all else... ACT. One second's hesitation can mean the difference between peaceful resolution and disaster.