In the American Kennel Club, dachshunds remain among the top breed choices. That’s no wonder because this breed surely is adorable so that bringing it home will be the first thing in mind. However, just like taking care of other pets, raising and training a dachshund puppy should be done properly.
Your responsibility to a dachshund puppy starts the moment you have decided to bring it home. So, just before you take the pup home, better do your thing. Here is the checklist of what you should do to prepare for the puppy’s arrival:
- Prepare supplies. List down the things that the puppy will need in your house. This includes water bowls, food, leash, collar, and a place to sleep. It’s recommended that you place the pup’s sleeping area near yours to better develop loyalty. Make sure everything is clean and ready to use.
- Notes from the breeder. Are there things you need to know about the puppy? Maybe it has a different temperament or special needs. The breeder will guide you on what to do in case of unexpected scenarios.
- Consult a vet. You puppy needs to be on its top-toe condition. Better consult a veterinarian before you bring the puppy home. It will help especially if you are a first-time pet owner. You need to know how to treat and take care of the puppy properly.
- Inform everyone. The dachshund will soon be a part of your family. Tell your family and friends that you’ll be bringing a puppy soon.
- Schedule. Dachshunds are energetic puppy breeds. As an owner, you should satisfy what your puppy needs in terms of physical challenges. So be prepared to take the puppy to a walk or play chasing games. Schedule all these activities so you won’t get caught up in an I-have-no-time situation.
Now, you are surely ready to take the puppy home.
Like other dogs, a dachshund has its own temperament and unique characteristics. Knowing all these will help you to raise and train your pet effectively. Here are some tips to follow when the puppy is already at home:
- Be firm. Dachshunds are lovable pet but they can be stubborn most of the times. So when communicating with your pet, you should be firm but remain your gentleness. It may require a longer patience to own this puppy but your sacrifices will surely pay-off.
- Be consistent. Don’t give in no matter how irresistible the dachshund puppy is. When you say he can’t do his potty in the living room, you should always say “no.”
- Have a routine. Training your puppy on a routine will help him understand you better. If not, the puppy might forget your cue for “yes” and “no.”
- More positive. Dachshund puppies love compliment. The more the puppy gets positive remarks from you, the more it’ll be closer to you.
- Feed. Since a dachshund is an energetic puppy, it is advisable that you feed your pet well. Ask the breeder if in case the pup needs special feeding.
These are only basic things a dachshund owner should know. At least, you’ll get started the right way with these tips. Don’t worry, though, because the longer you are with the puppy, the better your relationship will be.