As loving dachshund breeders in Alabama, we know that properly grooming your dachshund will go a long way toward ensuring his or her lasting happiness and health. Some grooming practices should be performed daily, while others can be more intermittent. Further, you’ll want to begin a habit of these grooming techniques early on, that way your dachshund will grow to be comfortable with the routine.
If you’re concerned with shedding, regular brushing will drastically reduce the amount of pet hair left around your home. Longhaired dachshunds require the most frequent brushing, as mats can easily develop behind their ears and where their hair is longest. Daily brushing is recommended to untangle mats and prevent new ones, otherwise they will need to be cut out. When brushing your dachshund, sectioning the hair with clips can help you locate and manage any knots. Wirehaired and Shorthaired dachshunds need less frequent brushing, however; Every few days, Wirehaired dachshunds should be brushed with a wire bristle brush, and Shorthaired dachshunds with a soft bristle brush.
Bathing will also help your dachshund maintain a smooth coat. Baths should be regular but not overly-frequent, as the natural oils in your pet’s hair protect its skin from its outside environment. During a bath, you’ll want to gently clean your dachshund’s ears with a cotton ball or the tip of a moistened towel, taking care to keep soap and water out of its eyes and ears. Remember to exclusively use dog-friendly shampoos and cleaning agents, as products formulated for humans tend to have pH levels unsuitable for dogs. And, while Short and Wirehaired dachshunds may be left to air-dry after a bath, Longhaired dachshunds should be blow-dried with a hair dryer on a low setting.
Making a habit of brushing your dachshund’s teeth at least twice a week is important, too, as doing so can forestall an expensive and painful dental surgery in the future. Using a clean toothbrush, apply a pea-sized amount of dog-toothpaste to the brush, gently pull back your dog’s lips, and spend one to two minutes brushing the teeth.
The final step in grooming your dachshund is nail trimming, which should be done carefully and with prior instruction from your vet or a grooming professional. Without proper attention, you may cut too far and puncture the quick, a blood vessel under the nail. Not only will your dachshund be scared to let you trim its nails again, but it will be painful and the blood loss could be fatal. To avoiding cutting the quick, take special care to trim only the top of your dog’s nails. If trimming is made routine, substantially reducing the nail length should not be necessary.
All of this, in addition to a lifestyle filled with regular exercise, nutritious food, and a loving home, will provide your special dachshund with a long, happy, and healthy life. For more information regarding dachshund care, or if you’re interested in welcoming a dachshund puppy into your home, visit Patti’s Dachshund Farm.