The Dachshund Dog Days Of Summer

Summer is upon us here in the Midwest with heat and dew-point levels peaking this time of the year. Thankfully every now and then a cold front pushes through, and brings in some cooler air. This is a great time of year to condition yourself, and your dogs for the upcoming tracking, and field trial seasons. I like to go out in the morning before it really heats up and walk a local hill for exercise. When I begin my two dogs are pulling on the leashes like sled dogs. After a couple of laps their tongues are hanging out, and the pulling has ceased. I always bring plenty of water, and make sure I don’t overheat the dogs. I also reward them with a dip in the pond when we are finished. They enjoy getting out, and we all benefit from the exercise. Take some time to condition yourself and your dogs this summer. You will be glad you did it later in the year.

Exercise Hill

Exercise Hill

Scout and Echo cooling off

Scout and Echo cooling off

 

A Tracking Pack From Illinois

Razen, Rosco, and Ruffle

Razen, Rosco, and Ruffle

I recently heard from the Holohans of Illinois. The Holohans are an awesome tracking and hunting family. Ray wrote that they added another pup to their pack. Ray calls their new pup Ruff. She is the one pictured on the right. She comes from great tracking lines and should be a good addition to the crew. Razen pictured on the left is a product of our B-litter breeding of Scout and Rosco. You can see how much she looks like her sire in the background. Razen ran about 48 tracks last year, recovering 22 deer. Ray’s wife Claudia has gotten into tracking and handles Razen quite a bit. A couple of their tracks were aired on the hunting show Southern Woods and Water last season. Keep up the good work guys!

17pt. buck recovered by Razen Kane.

17pt. buck recovered by Razen Kane.

Dachshunds and GPS Tracking Collars

Echo wearing an e-collar and gps tracking collar

Echo wearing an e-collar and gps tracking collar

Recently I acquired gps tracking collars to use on my dogs while they are hunting off leash. While gps collars have been around awhile it is always a challenge to find small enough gear to fit smaller dog breeds.  I currently always use an e-collar on my dogs while they are off leash. After doing some research on gps tracking collars I went with the Garmin Astro unit. I was able to attach the transmitter units to my current Dogtra e-collars with minimal effort. So far I am very happy with the results and the piece of mind it gives me when my dogs disappear in thick brush or grass.  I normally don’t let my dogs hunt too far away from me because of the threat of coyotes in the area. The handheld unit tells me how far away my dogs are and if they are responding when I recall them. In a worst case scenario the handheld receiver would lead me right to my dogs. It also does much more. I like being able to download the days hunt on my computer and see the exact track each dog took. Garmin does make a unit that combines the e-collar with the gps. They call it the Garmin Alpha. It is a highly rated unit with lots of nice options including the convenience of a training/ gps all in one system. After seeing the size of the Alpha collar combo I felt it was too big for my smaller dogs to wear, although I know people that currently use them on their Dachshunds with success. Maybe in the future Garmin will offer a smaller Alpha unit.  If you have smaller dogs and want to keep track of them I do recommend the Garmin Astro. To me it is worth the piece of mind.

Garmin Astro tracking unit adapted to my e-collars

Garmin Astro tracking unit adapted to my e-collars

Scout working off leash with Alpha and e-collar on

Scout working off leash with the Alpha and e-collar on

Dachshund Pups and Socialization

Socialization is important for any pups. I think for working Dachshunds it is especially important. If not exposed to different dogs and people at a young age they will not be as well rounded. Many dog breeds have been bred down for a mellow temperament thus reducing some of their hunting drive. That is great if you only want a pet. That is also important to remember when choosing a dog and breeder to make sure the dog comes from working bloodlines. I agree temperament is one of the most important things when breeding. I also think if you want a dog with a high hunting drive that it is also very important in the breeding. Finding the right balance between temperament and drive are two of my top goals when breeding. Recently the 5 week C-litter was visited by the sire owners family. Everyone seemed to have a good time including the pups.

C litter Davidsons 1

C-litter Davidsons 2

C litter Davidsons 4

C litter Davidsons 5

C litter Davidsons 3

Hunting Rabbits With a Dachshund

Scout and a few cottontails

Scout and a few cottontails

Today was a nice winter day.  I got to get out with a couple friends and my Teckel Scout to hunt rabbits. We got some good exercise and were able to put a few rabbits in the freezer.  My other bitch Echo really wanted to go but she was at home tending to her 4 week old litter. Working Dachshunds love to get out in the snow and hunt bunnies. They can be a versatile hunting dog when exposed to different game.

Razen Does It Again

I received another nice couple of tracking stories from Ray and Claudia of Illinois.  They track with their teckels Razen and Rosco. They have recovered some really nice whitetails this season. Several of these tracks were filmed and will be aired on future hunting shows. It is great that they are promoting the use of tracking with dogs and showing the benefits of using them!

17pt. buck recovered by Razen Kane

Ray wrote:

Hi Brian   Razen has done it again . She made a 500yrd. track with only 1drop of blood to find this  17 point monster buck for the same hunter that we tracked the buck for last Monday. She recovered a nice 9 pointer last evening.  Claudia was the tracker in both instances. Razen is becoming quite popular around here. It looks like Scout and Rosco produced some pretty good pups.     Ray, Rosco,Claudia and Razen
I will send you a picture of the hunter holding both bucks, He said on camera that he wants to show people how useful a tracking dog really is. He is a believer now.

Two mature Midwest bucks tracked by Razen