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The relationship between pain and behaviour

About 6 weeks ago I was contacted by a lovely couple with their first 9 month old miniature dachshund. He was very bitey, barky and was to be frank, driving his owners cuckoo.

On visiting, it became clear the owners, despite being new owners had done it all right. They had been clicker training him, doing brain games, lots of things to ensure he was mentally satisfied as I’d suggested over previous weeks. He also goes to daycare to ensure he has fun times with other dogs: they literally know the Dachshund Breed Council advice better than I do. The ideal owners! It wasn’t a lockdown issue either.

During the session we worked through the list of issues they had. However, as I watched him move, some subtle red flags presented - the way he sat, the way he walked, the fact he didn’t try and jump on the sofa and tripped slightly when going in his crate. Thankfully due to my knowledge of conformation and movement and experience of showing my dogs plus years of observations of dogs in general I am very comfortable in knowing the way a dachshund should move, stand and sit and he wasn’t comfortable… a big red flag for me – he didn’t like being cuddled. This really upset the owners as part of the reason they wanted a dachshund was because they are notorious for being affectionate cuddle-monsters which often outweighs their other ‘quirks.’

After going for a walk, it was evident something wasn’t comfortable, we videoed me doing a pain check and every time I went near his hind end, especially his right rear leg he would gently hold my hand in his teeth and move it away. There was no malice, but a noticeably clear “please don’t