As a dog trainer with 40 years of experience, trained homeopath, former veterinary assistant and certified German/English translator I am happy to provide

  • Individual Dog Training
  • Puppy scent imprinting 
  • Canine Whole-Health Consulting
  • Translation Services For Breeders

what are our breeding goals?

  • health & longevity
  • Den-Working Size
  • workability & Versatility
  • mentally sound & Stable dogs

naturally raised

our dogs are raised with the newest scientifically based research on natural rearing. 
we are feeding raw food, test for immunity before vaccinating, foster natural instinct and curiosity, while giving them freedom to explore nature under supervision. 
gentle guidelines for puppies develop into clear hound communication and willingness to work as a team.


a big THANK YOU!
to ahornzwinger dog owners!

Ahornzwinger is
 Canada's No. 1 kennel
 for standard wire-haired dachshund
 certified CKC Earthdogs 
(as of 2023)

  • Dogs from our Kennel are all Trained by their owners
  • we uphold our own high health & Workability standards
  • form stipulates Function - we are breeding for workability, not conformation
  • our main focus are tracking and den work
  • we are the first canadian breeder receiving ivdd x-ray evaluations from finland 

working achievments earthdog 
& Tracking (CKC, UBT, FCI)

Grand Master Earthdog Excellent -

only standard wire-haired dachshund with this title in canada (Feb 2023)

Ahornzwinger's Alice CGC; UTB1, UTB2; NS, S, AS, CA, CAX2, SE, ME, NTD-M, H.I.T., GME  VA; Sfk, WA.T., SCHWHK, BHPG

- owned and trained by Tara N.

Grand Master Earthdog -

With Daughter Alice only standard wire-haired dachshund with this title in canada (Feb 2023)

Springwood's Willi Cinna, CGN, TD, ME, VN, Bhf1, SFK, UBT1


Ahornzwinger's Cayoose ODIN, ntd-M, me, vA, AVE, CAX, S, CGN, H.I.T., UBT1, UBT2

- owned and trained by tara N.

JUNIOR Earthdog -

Ahornzwinger's Don Giovanni, UBT1, NTD, JE

Introduction to Quarry -

Koko von der unteren harzstrasse, bhp1, sfk, cgc

introduction to quarry -

ahornzwinger's cree ma fille, ntd, td, ubt1

Tracking Only (CKC & UBT)

Ahornzwinger's Aaltien, CGC, TD, NS, UBT1

ahornzwinger's bartok hugo, ubt1

- owned and trained by Lew C.

Ahornzwinger's Chiniki - CGN, NS, S,, CAX, UBT1

- owned and trained by antonella C.

Ahornzwinger's Chinook - CGN, UBT1

- owned and trained by Rudy K.

health testing

we are going above and beyond any recommended health testing for Standard wire-haired dachshunds. we are testing our dogs genetically for crd-pra retinal atrophy, osteogenesis imperfecta, degenerative myelopathy. our young dogs are getting x-ray evaluations for intervertebral disc disease from prof. anu lappalainen in finland. eyes and heart checks are performed in regular intervals. our dogs are all health checked, naturally dewormed and vaccinated, 


With my first Standard Wire-Haired Dachshund "Springwood's Willi Cinna" I have found a perfect companion, working dog with strong character and big dog attitude, in a compact, travel-friendly body.
We love our German Working Dogs and put great emphasis on breed specific training.
We train and work our dogs ourselves as we believe that teamwork and  work ethic will build, improve and remain with one handler/dog team only.
If the opportunity arises, Our dogs are only shown for conformation evaluation once according to European (FCI) breeding standards.
we strongly believe function defines form.

Promoting the work-ability of this breed, we strive to inform and educate the public about the necessity of safe training and instinct work With our newly formed Alberta Jagdteckel Association.

We are currently working on promoting ethical, leashed blood-tracking for the purpose of finding wounded animals.
We thank United Blood Trackers,  as well as other experienced blood-trackers from Canada, Europe and the U.S.A. to support us in these efforts.

our dogs are trained on artificial blood-tracks and compete in Tracking, Earthdog and Dachshund field trials.

Puppies from our litters have proven to track (on leash) deer, moose and bear. So Far, Our dogs achieved tracking dog titles in 3 generations.

We have not trained our dogs on wild boar, nor do we train them to hunt large predators like cougar or wolverine and we will not sell our puppies for these purposes.

The dog world is evolving fast and learning never stops. In 2018 I finished my Canine Herbal Specialist certificate, A Pet Nutrition Specialist Certificate, my Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist Certificate. 
to demonstrate our highest commitment to safe breeding and the most advanced practices in raising working puppies, I became an avidog associate breeder in March 2019. and an APET PUPPY EVALUATOR in JUly 2019 and have since evaluated beautifully raised litters of various breeds.

While big steps in research on dog behaviour have improved our training methods, we must not forget that a wealth of information on healthy rearing and feeding was readily available long before commercialization of dog products even existed.
Thus our feeding methods have remained the same since 1978, our training is much more gentle and precise then it was almost 40 years ago. we believe that most training tools can be helpful, when used appropriately, but the best tool is motivation.

Our dogs are part of our family and treated with respect.
As such our breeding program is of quality not of quantity and well considered;
A passion and love for the healthy, smart and versatile Dachshund with great work ethic.
We very much appreciate exchange with working dog enthusiasts and breeders all over the world.

Health Tested

Temperament Tested

Certified Working Dogs


Naturally Reared

Home Raised 

To Honour

Original Breed Standard

and Purpose


We are member of the following organizations:

The Canadian Kennel Club

Alberta Jagdteckel Association

United Blood Trackers

Performance and earthdog association of alberta

We are located in the beautiful province of Alberta

We promote international breeder and dog handler exchange to constantly improve our skills and knowledge.

Springwood's Willi Cinna's Master EArthdog Pin, Provided by PEAA

Further Accomplishments:

  • Schutzhund Training with German Shepherd Dogs for 40 years
  • Private Dog Training Since 1987
  • General Diploma in Homeopathy (British Institute of Homeopathy Canada) 2007
  • Contracted Trainer for the Edmonton Humane Society 2009-2012
  • Certificates in :
  • Advanced Dog Nutrition
  • Acute Canine Herbalism
  • Raw Pet Food Specialist
  • AvIdog Associate Breeder  2019-20
  • Canine Good Neighbour Evaluator STARTED 2012


IF You are a veterinarian looking for participants in genetic or behaviour research, please let us know.

Our dogs participated in

 UC Davis Osteogenesis Imperfecta research. 

We are also participating in the Darwin's Ark 

working dog project.