Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Bone Time

One of my–and Jasmine’s–favorite times of day is “Bone Time.”  After getting through email and various bits of business, I go out and run errands.  When I return, Jasmine usually gets a bone as a treat for not destroying the house.  I also believe that this helps her equate my going out (and eventual return) as a positive experience, making her less inclined to separation anxiety.  But that’s just a guess.

When I get home, she greets me with tail wags.  I bring her outside to do her business, and then we come back in to settle into another few hours of work.  However, she now looks at me expectantly.  “I was good…where’s my bone?”

There’s nothing cuter than a happy dachshund.  And there’s nothing I can resist less than giving Jasmine a well-deserved treat.  She knows the words, “Do you want…” and “Would you like…” which are the lead-ins to her favorite words like “go for rides,” “din-din,” “go outside” and “bone.”  Her ears perk up and she provides me with her undivided attention as she waits for the next words.  “Do you want…a BONE?”

WHOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!  She explodes with joy!  She leaps in the air, tail wagging, body wriggling with pleasure.  She runs into the kitchen and waits for me, all the time her tail showing her happiness.  She sits, tail still wagging, and she gently takes the bone that I extend to her.  She then runs back into the living room to enjoy her prize.

It’s one of my favorite times of the day.  I love seeing that joy in her.  It took her months to just wag her tail.  Now she explodes with joy.  And I had something to do with that.  It makes me so happy that I want to wag my tail and leap as well.  Of course, I’m not as good at it, and it scares Jasmine a bit when I do.  😉

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Bone!

Jasmine has been showing more interest in toys and chewing, so I thought I’d get ahead of the game and get her some things to keep her occupied.  She likes rope-toys and things she can shred 🙂 as well as things to chew.  I brought her to a business meeting one day (the person I was meeting with is a dog-lover) and she got her first taste of rawhide–love at first chew.  So, home came a bag of small rawhide chewies.

I gave her a chewie yesterday, and after a few minutes of destruction, she decided she was done.  However, instead of just leaving it on the floor, Jasmine decided that she had to hide her “bone.”  She was with me in the home office, so she looked for nooks and crannies to conceal the bone.  It was SO cute!  She’d hide the bone, then go and search for it.  She would then move it to a new location and search for it again.  She did this again this morning–such a fun and entertaining exercise!  I’m sure that if I allowed her to take the chewie outside, she’d bury it.

It’s so great to see her acting like a regular dog.  She runs and romps with me on walks, she wags her tail in anticipation of a training session (treats are mandatory, of course), and she refuses to go into the kitchen (her safe enclosure) when she knows I’m getting ready to go out.  Go Jasmine!

She has also learned “Sit,” “Stand” and “Down” thus far.  “Stay,” well that’s going to take a might bit longer.  She also comes (to me) when called.  Good doggie!

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