If you’re thinking about getting a Dachshund puppy or have just brought one home, in this article we are going to provide you with information every dog owner needs to know to give the puppy the best possible start in life.
Make sure that the puppy you are getting is healthy. Find a quality breeder.
Quality breeders will provide you with all necessary information on the puppy you are getting. Remember, that the puppy should be at least 8 weeks old. Ask the breeder about vaccination and general health issues. The puppy should be healthy, lively and well-nourished.
Correct nourishment is an essential part of a Dachshund puppy care. Till your puppy is 6 months old, feed it 4 times a day with small portions of food.
60% of a daily diet should contain proteins – the building material for body cells. Another 20% of a daily diet – complex carbohydrates in the form of whole-grain cereals, that will give your puppy energy for a solid day. Vegetables and dairy products form another 20% of your puppy nourishment. Make sure, that your puppy has an access to a fresh water.
Vaccination, Flea & Ticks control, Deworming
The first immunization should be made at the age of 8 weeks. It is not recommended to bathe, overfeed and take a puppy for a walk during 12 days after the first vaccination, since these weeks are the most dangerous for a puppy (its immune system is not strong enough).
In 3 weeks, a vet makes a revaccination with the same vaccine. When your Dachshund puppy is 6 or 12 months old, it should be immunized against rabies and a number of serious diseases (with a complex vaccine).
When you are not prohibited to take your puppy for a walk, you should keep your small Dachshund safe from such dangerous insects as fleas, ticks and louses. There is a great choice of various topical liquids (Advantix, Hartz), anti-flea collars (Kiltix, Foresto), sprays (Bolfo) – just select right one to protect your dog.
Dachshund Puppy is at Home
You must create a safe environment in the house so your puppy can’t get hurt or poisoned:
- Remove breakable and sharp items from the area where you plan to keep your puppy.
- Keep all electrical cords raised or covered, take away all toxic substances (as well as poisonous plants).
- Make sure that your puppy is safe when you air the room.
Walking and Training
When your Dachshund is still a puppy it doesn’t need long walks or some special training – it will weary a puppy very fast. Just make sure the puppy releases its energy in the form of unwearying games.
Correct nourishment, health control and safe home environment are the best care during your Dachshund puppyhood. Remember these simple rules to make your dog sound and healthy.