Grooming your Dachshund
When you set your sights on a sleek, short-haired Dachshund puppy, you might wonder what possible grooming steps will be involved with a dog like this. Even if you own a smooth-coat Dachshund, part of your Dachshund’s care will be to keep his coat clean and free of odors. With a doxie, this can sometimes be easier said than done! If you own a wire-haired doxie, part of your Dachshund’s care will be to brush his coat and probably take him in for a couple of grooming sessions each year to keep his beard and eyebrows looking their best. Long-haired Dachshunds require the most care of all when it comes to grooming, because they will need frequent brushings to keep their coats soft and free of tangles.
Even with the low maintenance of Dachshund grooming, there are some supplies that you will want to have on hand to help your doxie look his best. These supplies will vary depending on the type of Dachshund that you own, but every type will need a few items for brushing, bathing and nail clipping. All of the necessary supplies for Dachshund grooming can be found at your local pet store, along with books offering instructions on the best methods for grooming your dog. Part of your Dachshund’s care will require keeping a stock of the appropriate grooming supplies and learning how to use them to bring out your pet’s most handsome side. Fortunately, Dachshund grooming is rarely difficult, and for the jobs that require more skill and technique you can always opt to take your dog to a professional groomer.
Other Aspects of Grooming
Besides the typical Dachshund grooming steps like brushing and bathing your dog, grooming can also involve chores like clipping your dog’s nails and brushing his teeth. If you walk your dog every day, there is a good chance that you might not have to clip his nails as often as a part of your Dachshund’s care. If your dog spends most of his outdoor time running across a lawn however, a regular nail clipping may be important. Keeping your dog’s nails on the shorter side will prevent your dog from catching and tearing one, and possible injuring his foot in the process. Some dogs don’t mind having their nails clipped, but some don’t like the process one little bit. Your best bet is to begin clipping the nails of your dog sooner rather than later, so that your dog has a chance to become accustomed to the ritual as a part of his regular Dachshund care.
Brushing your dog’s teeth is also an important part of your Dachshund’s grooming, because keeping your dog’s teeth and gums healthy will help keep the rest of your dog in good health as he ages. This is another chore that is better to begin early, to give your dog a chance to get used to the process. When you brush your dog’s teeth, always use a toothbrush and toothpaste that are specially formulated to be safe for dogs. You may find that your Dachshund actually likes the taste of the doggy toothpaste, and therefore doesn’t mind having his teeth brushed every day.
Grooming your dog regularly is an important part of your Dachshund’s care. Next, you will want to know what you need to groom your Dachshund. After all, if you want to do a job right, make sure that you have the right tools to complete your task!