One of the most popular dog breeds, Dachsunds can be great travel companions especially with training and a strong relationship between pet and owner. For size and health, the Dachsund is a near perfect choice. It’s the attention-seeking behavior and potential for barking that can make it a dicey proposition to take an untested animal traveler on a long flight. This is one dog breed that’s known for training their owners, more than their owners training them. Nevertheless, many owners can soothe their pets during takeoff and then get them to calm down quickly after, especially by exercising and playing with them before the flight. Otherwise, a spooked Dachsund may go on a barking spell that can last a while.
Size and Travel Options: Both standard and miniature Dachsund breeds are small enough to fit under a plane seat. While some Dachsunds can grow to 30 pounds or more, its wiener-style body usually allows the dog to fit comfortably inside an airline-approved carrier. Unlike owners of larger dogs, you won’t have to worry about your pet’s safety and comfort traveling in the plane’s cargo hold. Your pet will fit into similarly small places in cars, on subways, and on trains. You can use hard- or soft-sided carriers, though we recommend soft-sided carriers to give the pet a little more wiggle room. Just be sure you have a durable lining on the bottom of the carrier: Many Dachsunds are burrowers, and you don’t want shredding bedding coming out the side vents of your pet carrier.
Health and Physiology: Dachsunds tend to have fewer health issues than other dogs and can often live to be 12-16 years old, but one risk they do face is overeating. They may incessantly beg for food even when they’re not hungry, and many will just eat and eat if given the chance. Over the long term, this can lead to complications associated with obesity including diabetes, joint pain, back pain, and general fatigue. In the short term, it’s important to manage your dog’s diet and food intake prior to flying. Yes, you want to give the dog a solid meal within 4 hours of your flight time. However, you should avoid letting a Dachsund eat to their heart’s content right before takeoff. This can lead to painful stomach bloat while the dog is in a confined space. A better plan is to keep the dog exercising and busy as long as possible so the dog is ready for a rest while on the plane.
Personality as a Travel Companion: Though stubborn, the Dachsund is also one of the smartest dog breeds. These dogs can be trained to do and respond to all sorts of things, especially if you find their soft spot for a particular treat or toy. A medium-energy dog that’s easily bored, you’ll likely develop a play routine and sensibility about what your pet does and doesn’t like. Follow similar rules at home, or even be a little extra cautious, when it comes to interactions with children or other animals. More than likely, Dachsund puppies can be trained to become travel-friendly pets. If you’re already a proud Dachsund owner, you’ll want to consider whether your animal’s habits and personality are conducive to travel.
Overall, the Dachsund can be the perfect travel companion, but you need to be prepared to make that extra effort to keep them comfortable and occupied. Train your pet and develop coping mechanisms before your travel date. Maintain a healthy diet for the animal. Be prepared to accommodate your Dachsund when creating a vacation itinerary and during your travels. Follow these three steps, and you’ll be able to enjoy a great travel companion for many years.