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Dachshund Tips & Tricks

Updated: May 26, 2023

Dachshunds are a popular breed of dogs known for their long bodies and short legs. They come in three coat types - smooth, wirehaired, and longhaired - and various colors. They are intelligent, affectionate, and make great pets for families or individuals. Dachshunds are energetic dogs that need regular exercise and playtime but are also known to be good couch potatoes. They are often good with children and other pets, but they can be wary of strangers and other dogs.

Like all dogs, Dachshunds require proper training, socialization, and care to ensure they stay healthy and happy. Regular visits to the vet, grooming, and a balanced diet are also crucial for maintaining their overall health.

Here are some tips for owning and caring for a Dachshund:

  1. Provide regular exercise and monitor their weight: Dachshunds are energetic and need regular exercise to stay healthy. Take them for daily walks, runs, and playtime. Dachshunds are prone to obesity, so monitor their food intake and provide a balanced diet.

  2. Avoid spinal issues: Dachshunds have long backs and short legs, which can put a strain on their spinal column. Avoid carrying them for extended periods and provide supportive bedding.

  3. Regular grooming: Dachshunds come in three coat types - smooth, wirehaired, and longhaired - so it's important to know how to groom each type. Brush their coat regularly to remove dead hair and promote healthy skin. Regularly combing will help notice concerns such as ticks or fungal infections like ringworm.

  4. Regular vet visits: Take your Dachshund to the vet regularly for check-ups and preventative care, including vaccinations and flea treatment. Frequent trips to the vet can help track weight and provide guidance and advice to reassure your dachshund pup is in its best shape.

  5. Socialization: Socialize your Dachshund early and often to prevent behavioral issues like separation anxiety and aggression. Socialization Tip: Introduce them to new people, places, and experiences to help them become confident and well-adjusted.

  6. Training: Start training your Dachshund at an early age and be consistent and positive. Reward-based training works well with this breed.

Top Training Tips Include…

  • Use positive reinforcement: Dachshunds respond well to positive reinforcement techniques like treats, praise, and affection. Reward good behavior consistently to encourage more of it.

  • Start early: Begin training your Dachshund as early as possible to ensure they learn good habits from a young age.

  • Basic commands: Teach your Dachshund basic commands like "come", "stay", "sit", "down", and "heel". Consistency is key, so practice these commands regularly.

  • Potty training: Potty training can take some time, but with patience and persistence, you can help your Dachshund learn where and when to relieve themselves.

  • Leash training: Dachshunds can be strong-willed and pull on the leash, so it's important to train them to walk nicely on a leash. Use a front-clip harness to help control pulling.

  • Avoid punishment: Avoid using physical punishment or punishment-based training methods. This can cause fear and aggression in Dachshunds and damage the trust and bond you have with them.

At Doodles & Doxies, we love to see families grow and bond, thanks to adding a furry friend! We specialize in purebred doodles and dachshunds. Doodles & Doxies put ethics first, genetically testing for health issues while staying true to the breed features. With health screenings for the best purebred options to offering Puppy Preschool, puppies from Doodles & Doxies can help ease any worries about health conditions and behavior. Our referral program is a perfect way to spread unconditional puppy love into other homes. We offer our community members a $50 Amazon gift card when they refer new "puppy pawrents" to Doodles & Doxies. Not only is this our way of saying "thank you" to those who help spread our brand name, but it will also help our upcoming liters find a forever home.

Visit our website for more information about our puppy availability, upcoming litters, and referral program details.

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