How To Take Care of a Dachshund

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Congratulations, you’ve just made the best decision – to welcome a Dachshund into your family!

You can expect a world of fun with your new puppy, or older adopted dog, but first things first; you need to get ready for their arrival!

Dog Proofing

Before you even bring your dog home, it’s crucial that your house is dog proofed.

This means making sure that there are no cables that he can chew, slippers he can pee on, or food that he can get to.

As well as putting away things that you don’t want him to have access to, you can get ready the things that are all about making his new home more comfortable – and that means his safe zone!

So, what is a safe zone?

Simply put, a safe zone is a quiet area that is just for Mr. Poochykins.

He’ll have his crate, bed, food, water, and perhaps a few toys there – and it’s strictly a fuss-free zone.

When your pooch comes into your home, it will take him some time to settle, so it’s essential that he has his own space that he can go and be by himself while he deals with the stress of settling in.

Welcome Home

Now that your home is ready, it’s time to bring your Dachshund home!

But what’s the best way to introduce them into the house, to other family members, and to your other pets?

Slowly, and on neutral ground, that’s how!

When you show your Sausage Dog around his new home, it’s important that the house isn’t filled with friends and family.

Ideally, it will be you, and him, taking it slow and walking around the house.

Keeping the rules the same from the get-go will make it much easier for your Dachshund to learn what is OK, and what is not OK.

For example, if he’s not allowed in the bedrooms, then you shouldn’t take him into the bedrooms on the first-day tour – this will only confuse him.

When you’re introducing your pooch to other pets, make sure to do this outside of the home or yard.

He will see this as your current pet’s territory, and so will they, meaning that fights are more likely to occur.

Introducing them on a walk down the street, or at the dog park will put them both an an even footing.

And you should intro them by walking past at a distance first, and then gradually walk together – making sure that they are both utterly calm in one another’s company before ever letting them off of the lead.

Feeding

Choosing a high-quality diet from the get-go will help to ensure that your Dachs has a long, and healthy life.

A common allergy among the Dachshund community is grain, so if your dog food does contain and grain, do keep an eye out for any allergy symptoms such as dry, itchy skin, and a dull coat.

Because of his anatomy, the Dachshund is far more sensitive to problems associated with weight gain, and experts agree that it is far better for this breed to be kept on the lean side, rather than being even slightly overweight.

Mobility

Because of their body length, and incredibly short legs – the Dachshund can injure his back very easily, most commonly when he attempts to jump onto furniture or twists his spine.

You can help to avoid these types of rambunctious outburst injuries by making your home more accessible to your dog’s mobility needs, for example; adding a ramp up to the couch, or placing baby gates in front of stairs!

Socialization

This breed is an incredibly sociable chap, he loves people, and if introduced as a puppy – loves other animals too.

He’s a very intelligent pooch, and thrives in an ever-changing environment, as when bored – he can become very yappy, and at worst – destructive.

Training

While incredibly smart, this breed is fiercely independent and much more success will be achieved in obedience if training begins very early.

If you’re about to bring your Dachshund puppy home, it’s a good idea to find a local puppy training course, and get him enrolled asap!

Not only will this help you to have a sweet obedient little pup, but it will also count towards his socialization too.

Exercise

Contrary to popular belief, the Dachs is not the kind of breed that will enjoy a sedate, lap dog lifestyle.

This breed was bred to be a working dog, and for that reason, his energy will likely outlast your own time and time again!

This medium energy breed requires plenty of exercise to keep him content.

For the active family, the Dachshund fits very comfortably into a lifestyle filled with hiking and adventures!

Grooming

Quite an easy pooch to keep looking dapper, the short-haired version is, of course, the easiest and requires very little maintenance; other than a quick brush over and check for fleas or ticks!

The long-haired Dachshund and Wire-haired varieties can benefit from professional or at home clipping to make sure that their hair doesn’t drag along the ground and get caught in the undergrowth.

Nail Clipping

It’s crucial to ensure that your Dachshund’s nails are kept at a reasonable length, as if they’re too long, they can cause him to slip regularly and potentially injure his spine.

Depending on the level of activity that you partake in with him, and the terrain that you walk on will make a difference to how often you have to have his nails trimmed.

For best results, it’s worth asking your veterinarian or groomer to recommend a timeframe!

Tooth Care

Many dog owners forget about the importance of brushing their dog’s teeth, with many assuming that as this doesn’t happen in the wild – there is no reason for it.

But, the same argument could be said for cave people – yet, we know that our overall health is significantly affected by our dental hygiene.

So with this knowledge that has led us to brush our teeth daily, we should do our four-legged friends the same favor and help them to stay healthy for longer!

Vaccinations

Keeping your pooch vaccinated is incredibly important, and can protect him from several life-threatening conditions.

Depending on where you live, the government required vaccinations may vary, but in general – will include:

  • DHPP
  • Canine Influenza
  • Bordetella
  • Leptospira
  • Rabies

It’s best to speak with your veterinarian to determine which vaccinations will be most appropriate for your dog and be sure to mention to them if you ever plan on traveling out of state, or internationally; as this may affect the vaccination requirements.

Parasite Free

Dachshunds tend to have very sensitive skin, and for that reason – parasite infestations can affect them more than other breeds.

If you notice balding areas, excessive scratching, biting at certain areas, or dullness to their coat; it’s worth nipping to the local veterinarian and having them checked over!

Spinal Health

One of the most important areas to learn about for a new Dachshund owner is spinal health.

This breed, being somewhat unique in build, and more susceptible to injury – and genetic conditions of the spine.

Learning about these conditions, and knowing the correct course of action in the case of partial paralysis, or loss of use in limbs is vital.

With many of these problems, spotting, and treating the problem quickly can make a massive difference to your dog’s ongoing quality of life.

Final Thoughts

An incredible little dog breed, with a great outlook on life, but even though he’s small – he’s not the most low maintenance dog breed out there.

If you’re looking for a great partner in crime, and you’re prepared to put in the additional work that it takes to keep a Dachshund healthy for the long-haul – then go for it!

But, if you’re not sure whether you’re ready to take on the responsibility, perhaps talk with a local Dachshund rescue and see whether you can try out Dachs ownership by temporarily fostering one of their homeless pooches!

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