All in a Dachshund’s Day
I came across a photo online that had more reaction than I have ever seen on a dog forum. The dachshund was firmly stuck in the sleeve of a jumper with just his eyes and nose peeping out. The only other part of the dog which could be seen was the frantically wagging tail. As soon as I saw this I knew straight away that it wasn’t an act of barbaric cruelty but in fact, the dog had burrowed his way down the sleeve quite voluntarily. I know this because my dachshund does it quite often and seems to find it a great fun activity. In fact, Darcy loves to do this so much he actually tries to do it whilst I am wearing the jumper!
Dachshunds were originally bred to burrow so it is an instinct which has been passed down for many centuries. They also love to sleep completely submerged under a blanket or snuggled closely to someone and they crave warmth and comfort.
Anyone who has ever owned a dachshund would not be at all surprised by this weird behaviour, but the very well-meaning dog lovers on this particular forum were calling for a visit from the RSPCA.
The people screaming animal cruelty were also unable to see that a dachshund very rarely will let someone do what they don’t want him to do. It is highly likely that if a nasty individual tried to force a dachshunds head down the sleeve of a jumper he or she would be in receipt of a very nasty reaction.
Seriously, you don’t have to go to any trouble to make a fool of a dachshund, he will willingly do it all by himself.
It is a worry when they get themselves into these scrapes and should never be encouraged but it’s just what dachshunds do, they are a law unto themselves.