10 of 366 Emily Sue

Emily | January 2015. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily | January 2015. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily has been doing this new thing as of late. She’ll sit in the kitchen near the treat jar and bark. She won’t bark a lot, but she’ll give a few loud, distinct and authoritative barks to let us know exactly what she wants. She and Lily are trained to bark when they need to go outside at the back door, but she has transferred that fine skill set to expressing her desire for treats – when she thinks it’s time for one. Oh joy, what fun. I think she’s getting a little bossy personally. We’re doing our best to ignore her (when she barks for treats) because we don’t want to reward that behavior, but she’s steadfast in her commitment and will just sit there for a good 15 minutes hoping we’ll give in to her command. It’s a struggle for sure; a challenge of the wills. These photos showcase Emily waiting for her humans to honor her request. To be honest, sometimes I do give in, but she’s so stinking cute that it’s just too hard not to (sometimes). I suspect you all know the feeling (and that face with those big, round, bright, begging eyes) all too well. Enjoy friends.

Emily | January 2015. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily | January 2015. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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8 Responses to 10 of 366 Emily Sue

  1. Stacie says:

    How did you train them to bark when they had to go outside???

    • Practice and patience when they were young, and each time they DID bark at the backdoor they were rewarded with treats and praise. Dachshunds are super smart. 🙂 Rufus does not a bark but he scratches the door. It’s a little harder to hear, but my ears are trained for it now. Good luck!

  2. Heidi says:

    My 16.5 year old Dachshund Cookie does a very similiar plea for biscuits! Lol She’s very persistent and so cute but very calculating!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I have three pairs of those famous big eyes at my (by “my” I mean “their”) house. One is a good boy and doesn’t ask for anything. One (female, go figure!) will yell at me regardless of how long it takes. She gets her way. Her brother reminds me daily when it is 6:30 a.m., and 8:30 p.m. I refer to these times as “cheese:30”. He also gets his way. Yes, I have “dachshunds rule me” tattooed across my forehead. 🙂

  4. Harvetta Graham says:

    Oh how sweet she is, but it is difficult to dismiss her wishes. I have two like that, plus my new Beauseron puppy from France. My boy’s love their new big sister and she loves them. These Dachshunds do know how to beg well.

  5. jbt3618 says:

    She is so cute. My dog does that sometimes and it is hard to ignore.

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