Health and general care
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Long and Wire Dachshunds will need regular grooming (at least weekly) using a bristle brush and wide-toothed metal comb. Pay particular attention to the longer hairs on the legs (and a Wire’s beard) to ensure there are no tangles.
Wire Dachshunds have a double coat and do not moult like other dogs. There is a longer, harsh top coat with a dense undercoat. 2-3 times a year the long, dead, top coat will need to be stripped out to allow a new top coat to grow in. Do not clipper a Wire coat otherwise it will become soft and fluffy.
Check her eyes are clear and her ears are clean; check whether her nails need cutting. Walking on concrete or a hard surface will help to wear her nails down but they may need cutting occasionally. Ask your vet how to do that home.
Brush her teeth with a very soft toothbrush at least once a week, using “doggy toothpaste”.
Even the most particular home can pick up the occasional flea. Regular grooming will help keep an eye on the problem. If you do experience a problem with fleas buy treatment from your vets. If your dog carries on scratching after being treated for parasites, this may indicate an allergy; discuss any problems with your vet.
Vaccination and Worming
Your puppy will require vaccination by your veterinary surgeon before she can be taken out and be allowed to mix with other dogs. However she will benefit from being taken out and about in your arms and experiencing the outside world.
She should have been wormed several times and her worming record card should accompany her. All dogs should be wormed regularly throughout their life, between three and four times a year. Take advice from your vet.
If you put the time in when the puppy is very young, then Dachshunds are quite easy to house-train, although the Miniatures can be more “challenging” than the Standards. You must be patient and consistent; never chastise, but show the puppy the area to be used outside and praise when she is good.
The secret of easy house training is to prevent accidents – not waiting for them to happen. A young puppy like a baby has no bladder or bowel control. Take her out first thing in the morning, last thing at night and every couple of hours in between, especially after a meal.
Take her to the area of the garden you want her to use, and stay with her until she has relieved herself. Don’t distract her by playing with her; always praise her lavishly when she performs. Keep her out long enough and don’t just put her outside alone.
Until she is fully trained put a light moveable barrier around her corner of the room with newspapers spread on the floor.
Successful training is based on praise not punishment. If you have left her alone longer than usual, pick her up quickly and carry her outside. An excitable puppy cannot control a full bladder. Shouting at her for an accident will only create a nervous animal, which will probably relieve herself with anxiety every time she sees you coming. NEVER smack your puppy for any accidents. The most successful way is to ignore accidents and praise correct behaviour. If an accident occurs wash the spot well with a biological soap based cleaner.
Always be a responsible dog owner and clear up after your dog. Keep a plastic bag with you at all times in case of an accident away from home.