Bountiful Dachshunds

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Puppy Training Tips and Products We  Use And Recommend!

The above books are some of our favorites and are for reference/recommendations only. 
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(once on the AKC site, type in Dachshund Breed for more info)

 I just wanted to give a thumbs up to the company who made the Snuggle Puppy. This is a great comfort aide to your pup as he starts out in his new place, especially after leaving his litter mates. The Snuggle Puppy has a heating pad that you put inside of him and a "real feel heartbeat" as well. Coolest invention and highly recommend!! You can find on!

 Puppy Care Essential:

Supplies You Will Need:

1.) Metal Crate or Travel Crate (not too big)
2.) Quality Puppy Food (we use Purina Pro Plan Puppy Lamb and Rice but you can switch doing 1/2-1/2 for a week)
3.)Playpen highly recommended for house training.  Collapsible Wire Play Pens (
4.)Harness collar and leash
5.) ID Tag and Microchip by your vet
6.)Metal dog bowls for food and water.
7.)Pee Pads
8.)Safe Stuffed Toys and chew toys (they love rubber tire type toys)
9.)Pup Treats (make sure they're not manufactured in China)
10.)Nail Clippers
11.)Blankets/Dog Bed
12.)Clicker for Training (Pet Smart for $1.99) and a bell for hanging on door if you like for training.
13.)We use Luxit Waterers for metal crate.
14.)Dog brush
15.)Puppy Shampoo or Olive Oil Shampoo is what we use...very good for their skin/coat.
16.)Bitter Apple is good for spraying on furniture or wherever you don't want puppy chewing.
17.)Dog sweater for winter.

The day has come to take your puppy home and there are a few things you will want to know beforehand.  Take your new puppy to your veterinarian as soon as possible after bringing him/her home. The vet will discuss the necessary vaccination schedule. I recommend asking the vet office if any patients with communicable diseases (especially Parvo cases) were in the clinic that day and see if they'll come to your car.

When bringing your new puppy home, he needs to be given a lot of quiet/rest time and not a lot of stimulation (example...showing him/her off to lots of people is majorly stressful to a pup and can lower his immune system making them more susceptible to illness) because he is like an infant. He also needs sufficient exercise daily and play time.
Puppies like to do a lot of chewing while cutting teeth, so be sure to have a supply of chew toys and praise him when he chews on these toys. When he chews on something he shouldn't, say "NO", remove it and immediately provide him with something he can chew on and praise again. They catch on fast but consistency and patience is needed. 

Before bringing puppy home, we recommend getting on the floor at his eye level and looking for anything he/she can get into, chew, etc. that could harm him or harm your items and remove them. Remove electrical cords, curtain blind cords, any poisons in the house or small objects they could choke on.  Again, exactly what you would do when bringing an infant home. Baby gates are nice to have in doorways of rooms that you don't want them in during this training period.

Feed your puppy the same well-balanced diet at the same or close to the same time every day. Immediately after feeding, take them outside to the spot you've designated for potty training . Don't punish for accidents in the house, just praise when he goes to the proper place. Potty times are different for each dog but for sure first thing on waking, resist talking excitedly and take him/her outside to potty (even if they had an accident in their patient with them in this), praise them when they do it and give a tiny treat. Feed them and again take them outside. They need to go every few hours in the first few weeks. They eat three times per day until 12 weeks old or until your vet advises when to go to two times a day. Watch dachshunds weight very well as each one is different. Resist giving them table food, as you do not want them to get overweight putting strain on their tender backs. 

Have everyone in the home educated on the care of your new puppy as it should be a family effort. Love and respect them, keep them clean and well groomed. Have your puppy spayed or neutered at the time your vet recommends. Personally, we feel they shouldn't be spayed/neutered until they've finished growing and and while their bones are developing, as the hormones assist in this growth. We send their AKC papers to you once proof of spay/neuter. Provide regular veterinary care (at least once per year), keeping their vaccinations/deworming schedules and monthly use flea medication and heart worming meds. Keep your yard clean and pet friendly and make sure to check for any holes or gaping areas along your fence line. 
Socialization with people and other animals is an important part of pet ownership. Train him/her to obey and have good manners. We highly recommend microchipping as it's the best form of identification, as well as a collar and ID tag. We highly recommend crate training! It is essential when leaving to go run errands, traveling or when you're having a crowd over. Our dogs love their crates as it's their haven/den of rest and security. All we have to say to ours is: "Go get into your crate" and they run into it gladly. They also go in on their own when they feel stressed/insecure. We put a dog bed in ours and a blanket to cover over it. We only close it when we're leaving to go somewhere or any worker is coming into our these are those vulnerable moments when your dog can accidentally slip outside unnoticed.
Please check our for more suggestions on crate training or any information you have on the dachshund breed. Understanding them is essential before taking your dachshund puppy home. Thank you!