Hi, my name is Mini and welcome to my about page. My birthday is June 28th, a perfect time of the year for a birthday. I have very short legs and have two
half sisters; one is Barbarella my best doggie friend and the other is Penny, I am the oldest yet the smallest. You may notice in some pictures that on my chin and around my mouth it is white, I just want to say I am not that old, I am a piebald dachshund and I got a touch of my white coloring on my chin and around my mouth.
Here is what Jess (my human) has to say about me, and I agree with all of it.
Mini is a red piebald miniature dachshund. Mini is very sweet, cute, smart and always wants to be petted before the others. She didn’t get much training till age 2 ½ but was still easy to train to do anything, even not to chase chickens. Can you believe that some of her tricks she learned in 1 day! She does agility on a homemade course and she loves tracking rabbits. She listens very well (most of the time) so she is hardly ever on a leash. She also loves going for trips in the car and being with her best friend Barbarella.
Below is a List of the tricks, commands and words Jess has taught me.
Learned in 2014
Leave it – And leave it on my nose.
Pick it up – Pick an object up. Originally I learned this as to take an object out of Jess’ hand, but in 2016 Jess really worked on it with me and now I can pick up something off the floor.
Keep it – Hold something in my mouth
Shake – I can shake with either paw
Wash your face – Wipe my face with my paw.
Aannnt – This isn’t really a word, it is more of a sound. It is used when I am about to do something I am not supposed to do. Whenever Jess makes this sound, I stop dead in my tracks.
Stop it – Stop whatever I’m doing
Time to eat
Get in the cage – Get in my crate
Go – Go forward
Go Go Go – Start to run
Go get it
Outside – When someone mentions this word, it means we are going to go outside. It’s one of our favorite words to hear.
Look – Look around
Look at me – Look at Jess
What is it? – Become alert
Here – Sniff where Jess is pointing
Find it – Follow a scent
Learned in 2015
Go to the bedroom
Inside – When outside, go to the front or back door of the house
Dizzy – Pick one front paw up, lean and shake my head. This varies every time I do it.
Touch – Touch my nose to Jess’ hand
Leg weave – I can do it while Jess is standing still or while she’s walking
Learned in 2016
Tongue click – When Jess clicks her tongue, it means to come to her or to start running or get excited. I like to describe it as meaning “Happiness”
Head down – Place my head on the floor while laying down
Paws – Put only my front paws up on a box
Lick – Lick a treat instead of biting it
Are you hungry? – If I am, I will get excited when it’s said.
Get in bed
This way – When walking off leash and I start taking the wrong path, Jess says “this way” and I switch paths over to her.
Learned in 2017
Rabbits – This means to start looking around for cottontail rabbits and that we are going to be released to go find them in the woods. We LOVE going after rabbits!
Nibble – Nibble on something with my front teeth instead of tryng to chew it with my back teeth.
Jump over arms – With Jess sitting on the floor I jump over her arms when she extends them out to the sides.
Balance board – Workout on a balance board.
Learned in 2018
Pivot – Front paws up on something while my back feet pivot around it.
Around – Go out to and around an object.