I got Dexter a week ago, he is anywhere from 2-4 yrs old and is a standard long haired - I am truely in love However Dexter was abused by his last owners and is recovering from surgery after suffering from a shattered femur, it's been 10 days since surgery. He is healing incredibly and everyday puts a bit more pressure on that leg... and as a first time Dachshund owner as well as knowing about his past, I am super protective and don't want him to do anything that may hurt his leg or back for that matter... however Dexter has a very different outlook and doesn't let anything hold him back. So far the sneaky little devil has jumped off my bed (about 3-4 ft high) a few times, each time nearly giving me a heart attack. I have been trying for several days to train him to use his doggy stairs or wait to be picked up but he simply refuses (he is the epitome of a Doxie I guess)... but what do i do??? I am well aware of the dangers of dachshunds jumping, climbing, etc. and of course I don't want to risk an injury, but once he is healed, I won't be watching him every moment of everyday, and I don't want to crate him every time I can't keep my eye on him. I am out of ideas at this point, and need some advice on how to get this daredevil to take it easy!!