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Top 4 tips for creating a well socialised and calm puppy

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Top 4 tips for creating a well socialised and calm puppy

Did you know, the first 16 weeks of your puppy’s life are the most important in shaping their behaviour for the rest of their lives. Now stop. Read that again. It’s not a very big window, really, is it? Not when you don’t get your puppy until at least 8 weeks, sometimes later. So it’s really important to ensure that before you buy your puppy you know that you have the time and knowledge to prepare them for the big wide world  because what you do in that time will shape the dog that you have for the rest of...

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Top Five Tips on Controlling Anxiety in Your Dog

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Top Five Tips on Controlling Anxiety in Your Dog

If you have read our story of how we came to be–we are a small boutique breeder of Miniature Dachshund Puppies. Dachshunds, like other breeds were bred to be working dogs, being out in the fields helping their humans ferret out animals from down their burrows. They weren’t bred to be lapdogs, but being so cute and adorable, they have found their way into our homes and due to the lack of mental and physical stimulation, we often hear about behavioral issues when it comes to the breed. And this issue isn’t just confined to Dashies, but most breeds. We need to remember that dogs are pack animals and it is natural for your dog to...

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How the Von Hound Family was born

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How the Von Hound Family was born

Since I was young, I have always loved animals. I would bring home whatever stray creature I had found and convince my parents to let me keep it.  This ranged from rabbits and guinea pigs, to wild mice, dogs and more. My childhood dog Tinkerbell was a small fox terrier who I took with me everywhere. I would also wash her constantly to ensure she was kept smelling fresh. Mum used to joke I would wash to spots off her one day! My dream was to be a Vet, which was shattered when in year 10 I did a stint...

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