Aside from just being cute and playful; dachshunds love a challenge! There are many events you can try out with your pup and if you and your doxie put in the work, it can earn your dachshund some titles, ribbons, bragging rights, etc.
AKC Scent Work
The dog locates and indicates (by signaling their handler) a specific scent in 4 elements- interior(indoors), exterior (outdoors), buried (in sand or water), and containers (boxes, bags). The scent is one drop of scented oil on a cotton swab head.
Locating and tracking the scent trail of a rat that requires the dog to enter an underground tunnel. The rat is enclosed so the dog doesn't actually "catch" it.
AKC Coursing ability
300 yard chase of a lure at high speeds in an open field with turns
AKC Fast Cat
100 yard chase of a lure, straight course that's fenced in.
AKC Barn Hunt
Finding a live rat in a protective tube hidden in a barn like setting with hay bales. The dog is also required to jump on a bale once and go through a hay bale tunnel.
AKC Dachshund Field Trials
For purebred dachshunds only (no other breeds). This is done in teams of 2, find and track a rabbit scent. They are not expected to hunt or find the rabbit, just follow the scent.
This is not an AKC event yet. It is being introduced here from Europe. The dog is introduced to an item belonging to the human to be found. The dog must then find the human
So far (as of 2023) only one dog bred by me has competed in these events, but has titled in many of them! I feel it is a team effort, but his owner/handler/dog mom swears it's all him and she just "takes him there". If anyone is interested, whether your dog is from us or not, reach out to Kerstin for info/questions. She has a real passion for these events. I'd love to be able to post pics all over my site of these wonderful champs, but for now, just the one!
Q-Tip Midnight Marauder CAA SCN SIN RATN
The letters behind his name are all the titles he's achieved.
Q-Tip is a chocolate and tan dapple wirehair male! He's too cute!
If you and your doxie think you don't have the time to go to these events, but would still like to try something new and maybe win a title or three, AKC now offers several options to do some even from the comfort of your home! Each event will have some regulations that need to be followed, but ultimately you can set up a camera or have someone video it for you, you submit the recording to AKC and wait for the results! Some of these titles are as easy as going for walks with your best bud!
Check them out here: