Introduction

With short legs and a long, low body, there's no mistaking a Dachshund when you see one strutting down the street. Originally bred to hunt badgers (dachs means badger and hund means dog), Dachshunds are now more likely to be seen strolling beside their humans or playing with other canines at the dog park. One of the most pawpular dog breeds in America since the 1950s, Doxies are the prefurred companion of many apartment dwellers due to their small size and ease of care. That doesn't mean they can be left indoors all day, though. These spunky little wiener dogs are always up for walkies; twice a day is ideal to help them stay fit and build strong muscles to support their long backs!

Home Preparation

It's impawtant to be ready for your new Dachshund puppy before their homecoming. Doxies have a furrific sense of smell and strong prey drive, so your curious pup will be putting their nose into whatever they can, which can sometimes get them into trouble! Make sure all potential hazards, valuables, and breakables are out of reach. You may also want to install baby gates to prevent access to certain areas of the house. Dachshunds are susceptible to slipped discs in their backs, so never let them run up and down stairs, or jump from high places. Don't forget to go shopping for your pup's things, too! Your shopping list should include a high-quality dog food, a collar or harness, a leash, food and water dishes, bedding, chew toys, a crate, and grooming tools.

Create a Schedule

Bringing home a puppy will throw off the family's daily routine, so have a schedule ready to make the adjustment period easier for everyone! If there are multiple people in the household, assign tasks prior to the big day. Who will be in charge of making vet appointments, feeding the puppy three to four times a day, walking them, and taking them for potty breaks? Dogs do well on a schedule, and consistency is key to successful housetraining. Young Doxies will need a bathroom break first thing in the morning, after meals, after naps, and before going to bed. If everyone at home works or goes to school full-time, hire a Wag! walker so that your puppy has a chance to go outside during the day and housetraining won't be interrupted.

What to Expect the First Week

Doxies are independent and intelligent dogs who also love being around their people. Your pup may feel stressed during the first few days. Reassure them by keeping their surroundings calm, and spending as much time with them as pawssible. It's also a good idea to place their bed or crate next to your bed to make them feel safe at night. Be sure to provide chew toys as they will be teething for the next few months. With proper care, training, and socialization, your Dachshund puppy's confident and playful nature will shine through in no time!
Food
Food

Don't Overfeed

Excess weight puts strain on the back, which can lead to slipped discs.
Training
Training

Moderate

Doxies can be stubborn, but patience and consistency yield pawsitive results.
Toys
Toys

Stuffable

Toys that can be stuffed with treats will light up your Doxie's hunting instincts!
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