How to Take Care of a Dachshund Puppy

Taking Care

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.

Be careful! Make sure you are getting a Dachshund puppy from a quality breeder with a good reputation


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.

Bear in mind! A diet for your puppy should be rich in vitamins and microelements that will provide your dog with strong immune system in the future.
Recommendation: it is preferable to give your puppy extra source of calcium and phosphorus for correct bones and teeth formation. For example, buy vitamin complex designed for puppies.

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.

Advice: if you prefer to feed your Dachshund puppy with dry food (kibbles), choose a high-quality product special for puppies.

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).

Warning! You should bear in mind, that your puppy should be dewormed 10 days before each immunization. Actually, till a puppy is 6 months old, it should be dewormed monthly.

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.

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Author of Silvia Brown
Written by Silvia Brown
Glad to see you, my friends! I started this blog several years ago as a hobby and continue to write articles about dogs.
I'm a dog lover and the proud owner of two wonderful dogs: French Bulldog Maya and Beagle Tom. It's been more than 10 years since I had a dogs and worked closely with them. I've raised four dogs throughout my life and have experience assisting in the births of two dogs. At least once a week, I volunteer with friends at a dog shelter AMA Animal Rescue and Animal Care Centers of NYC in NY.

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