Care for your dachshund by feeding and grooming it properly. Daily care takes about 30 minutes, with monthly bathing adding to that time. You need high-quality dog food, a dog brush, dog nail trimmers and dog ear wipes to care for your dachshund.Continue Reading
Dachshunds have a tendency to get fat, so ration their food carefully. Puppies up to 12 weeks old require four meals per day. Puppies between 3 and 6 months old need three meals a day. After 6 months, cut back to two meals a day until the puppy reaches 1 year old. After one year, dachshunds needs just one meal a day. Choose a high-quality dog food with high protein and few if any fillers.
Providing too many treats leads to overweight dachshunds. Likewise, limit how much human food you give your dog because it may lead to nutritional imbalances.
Dachshunds need bathing only once a month unless they get dirty. Choose a shampoo and conditioner suitable for dogs. Wet the dog all over with warm water, rub in the shampoo and rinse until the water is clear. For long-haired dachshunds, follow with a conditioner. Dry a dachshund off completely after a bath.
Brush your dachshund daily. Start at the head, and brush in the direction in which the hair grows. Use a bristle brush for short-haired dogs and a pin brush for dogs with long hair.
Choose a set of dog nail clippers with a guard to avoid over-cutting the dog's nails. Trim your dachshund's nails once a month or whenever you hear them clicking on the floor, which is a sign they are too long.
Dachshunds have floppy ears, so moisture and dirt can get trapped inside. Check the dog's ears at least once a week. Use dog ear wipes or a soft cloth to swab out the ears.