Ahornzwinger Family Dog Training

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The Life of a

Standard Wire-Haired Dachshund and a German Shepherd Dog

and other puppy related stories ....

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Christiane Benoit 2009-2014

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Willi Week 48

Posted on June 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Dachshund protection

Willi is clearly a hunting dog, but he is a great house guard as well. Today he had fun trying out protection. He loved chasing the "bad guy", but the sleeve for the big dogs was just a little too big to bite. Afterwards he enjoyed a great game of tug and barked very nicely. The working Dachshund is a fearless and versatile breed.

Willi Week 47

Posted on May 25, 2013 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Gun Shyness? Not!

The gun shyness test is part of different dog sports. For hunting dogs the gun shyness test is an important test to determine soundness and fearlessness in hunting dogs. The dog has to lie in a down while several (blank) shots are fired in close vicinity. Is the dog fearful or runs away he/she will fail the test. In other dog sports, like Schutzhund or IPO, blank shots are fired during the obedience routine to determine if the dog is sound and fearless. Willi sat-in during a practice today and was behaving absolutely sound and fearless. He doesn't show any nervousness or fearfulness and remained calm and quiet. There was no doubt that our Willi is a fearless dog, but this practice just proofed it one more time. To learn more about hunting dog tests check out the website of the North American Teckel club at:

Willi Week 46

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)


On Track

Willi is an awesome little tracker. He did about 250 metres of blood-track today and the only thing he has to learn is to pace himself. He gets some gentle reminders with pops on the leash that he should concentrate on the track and not race the track. He does exceptionally well and always finds the target - a heap of wiener pieces. We tracked through grass and sandy patches today. The left pictures is from the start of the track - pop on the leash - the right picture is at the end of the track as he finds the wiener. I hope to be able to make a video of Willi tracking soon.

Willi Week 45

Posted on May 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)


The past week was beautiful and we walked in the Ravine every day. Willi started to explore the creek and actually had a little swim. Dachshunds are great swimmers and are able to track game even through the water. He has been walking off-leash most of the time and listens much better to the recall. Back home Gila and Willi enjoy the good weather on the patio. Willi loves digging (another Dachshund sport). Not all places are acceptable digging places in our yard and he has had his first insect sting digging close to our fence. This was a good learning experience. There was only little swelling for a short time and he was good 10 minutes later. He likes to play with his tug (from DogSportGear - see links). He pulls with lots of strength and made an impression at the German Shepherd club.

For more information about the Dachshund's heritage as hunting dog go to : http://www.born-to-track.com/

Willi Week 44

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)


The last snow has melted and Willi started digging in the yard. He is looking for mice under the patio door and enjoys the sunshine. I have contacted the local Earthdog Club and we hope the season starts soon. I have never done Earthdog before and it will be a new adventure on the dog training journey. Willi is maturing and is wildboar coat is shining through is black top coat now. He did another great track this weekend. He is very excited to approach a track and he has already made the connection between tracking collar and upcoming track, as he starts sniffing the ground as soon as he has his tracking collar on. He wears a hand-made blood-tracking collar. If you are looking for tracking gear for your Dachshund go to:


Willi week 43

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Tracking is finally here!

Although there is still is a little snow on the ground, we found some open areas and finally did our first food track on Saturday. As you can see Willi is very enthusiastic and tries to race through the track. He has to learn to slow down and concentrate on the track. He just starts on this track here on the photo and the leash is tight as it runs slowly through my hands. He tracks with a very nice deep nose. I train him to keep his nose as much on the track as possible. Hunting dogs like to trail on their tracks and move on and off the actual track. To stay put on the actual track will involve a little bit of learning. So far he did two beautiful young dog tracks at the weeeknd. Way to go Willi!

Willi Week 42

Posted on April 21, 2013 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Fun In The Ball Park!

Although we had a few flurries and fridged temperatures for the last two days, the snow is almost entirely gone and it's time to get the dog toys out! For the first time Willi chased and carried a ball around for almost an hour. He treats it as a hunting object, yet he has a hard time finding it in the grass. He simply has to learn to use his nose for that too. We had great fun this evening. It was still 0 Celsius but the sun only set after 8 pm and there was lots of time to play and enjoy the sunset. Willi really enjoyed running and playing and sleeps exhausted in his dog bed now. He developed a new behaviour and we do have fun with that one: When on a car ride, Willi starts "singing" as soon as the vehicle slows down. I think he anticipates the arrival at the dog park since he can't see much out of his crate in the back of the vehicle. However, we don't always drive to the dog park when we are going for a ride.... He is such a funny guy! If the weather stays like this we will do some tracks this week!

Willi Week 41

Posted on April 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Almost Tracking Season

Although it snowed again this weekend temperatures are rising and snow on the ground is receding. Weather was good last week and we did one track before the snow came down again. I set a blood track for Willi, the first one this year, approx. 200 metre long. He found the start point right away, had his hackles up full of excitement and followed the track with a deep nose up around the first turn. As the ground is still very wet he trailed a little bit after the first turn but was on the track again after about 5 metre and followed the rest of the track deep nose again. It seems like he becomes a different dog when he is on a track. Very concentrated and if he had done this forever. At the end of this short track he received his (raw) food as prize. Hopefully we can do another track in the coming week.

Willi Week 40

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Car Safety

We take our dogs everywhere. A safe spot in the vehicle is very important for all passengers. A secure place to ride in a vehicle is a hard-shell crate, also used for airline travel. The crate should be just as big that the dog is able to walk into it upright and turn around in it. A bigger crate bares the risk of the dog sliding back and forth too much during the ride. A washable mat, rubberized at the bottom prevents sliding in the crate. We have buckets for water that we hang into the crate after a long or exhausting walk/run/training. The crates also prevent your vehicle from getting chewed up, which is a very nice side-effect. As Willi also sleeps in a crate in the house at night, he usually goes to sleep right away during a car ride. He also keeps quiet when we are parked. But Willi already knows the way to training and the parking in front of the training facility - he let's us know when we are close!

Willi week 39

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Off-leash training in the city

For the past week we have been working on Willi's off-leash training. We had work on the recall before, but in a city full of rabbits the recall has to be 100% secure or you risk your dog's life. First I started with the e-collar on sound/vibration in the house. He is now very good reacting to the sound on his collar and returns to me immediately inside and outside. Of course he only runs in a safe area before we have secured this. Dusk and dawn is rabbit time, so he will still stay leashed for morning and evening walks. Soon the sun will be up longer and we have more time to practice. As you can see he had lots of fun today.