Puppies, especially the Dachshund puppies are so cute to look at, you might just want to cuddle with them. Initially, Dachshund pups are a little shy, to begin with. To adjust to a new life and a lifestyle is a task for them and they need to be given their space for this. They require a lot of care and patience to be dealt with in the initial of the times. Dog-parents, especially the new ones who’ve adopted is not a cake-walk. Bringing home a new puppy, makes a lot of things change; both for your family and your new pet.
We bring to you some puppy care tips for your Dach so he has the minimalist of the problems.
1. Feeding your puppy
When you bring a new puppy home, a lot changes for him; that includes his diet. Before completely changing the diet of your new pet, give him the food he’s eaten for long and gradually mix the new pet-food so he adjusts to the change well. Make sure he eats well; they need to be fed every 4-6 hours.
2. Eating habits
Dach pups do not like to eat in solitude. They enjoy having their meals with their puppy-friends. Do not let your new family member all alone and eat alone, it’s bound to make him depressed. So eat with him; share your meal-time together. It will make him more comfortable and make him adjust well to everything.
3. Sleeping with your Dachshund
A new puppy is going to get restless and give you a hard time when it’s time to lay and sleep. These are extremely sensitive entities and need to be loved and cuddled to sleep. They have a habit of being held and cuddled to sleep, among their siblings and their like. When you have recently adopted a Dachshund pup, try to sleep with him for a few days till he gets accustomed to the new environment. Make a sleeping schedule for your pet; it will also help him train well.
4. Protective care
It’s the canine nature to be extensively inquisitive about their environments and things around them. Keep harmful, sharp and objects that can be broken, away from immediate surroundings so that your puppy does not end up hurting himself. Also, this will provide him with all the space in the house to play around.
5. Harmful foods
Do your homework before you decide to become a dog-parent. There are a few foods that almost all dogs are allergic to and can even prove to be fatal for them. These include sugar, coffee, tea, alcohol, onions, garlic, raisins, grapes, nuts. Consult your Vet for a full list with all the work-up.
6. Good food
Make sure that the food you give to your new pet dog is of good quality, standard, wholesome and meets the requirements of the growing dog. Make sure the food is nutritious and balanced with all the nutrients in it. Plan a meal schedule consulting with your Vet according to the age and size of your Dach.
7. Light training
Lightly train your dog so that he understands you and your gestures. This might even help you to build a great rapport with him. The classic throw-ball-and-catch is one way. Tell him politely how to refrain from things when you say ‘no’, or what ‘go’ means. This will help him groom much better. Bathroom training is hard and your dog wetting the carpet is doom to happen. Keep some patience and take your dog out frequently so they don’t spoil the tapestry.
Make sure you get your new puppy all the preventive shots so he does not succumb to diseases. Also, keep a calendar handy to mark what day you have to go to the Vet’s place to get the shot for your puppy.
9. Fun times
Make sure your pup gets enough time to be sociable and make new friends. Plan play-dates with your friends’ dogs, go out on picnics on weekends, and take them for long walks that relaxes them. Do something fun with them like play ball, go to the beach, etc.
Keep a close watch on your new pet dog for a couple of days. They can fall sick very easily; diarrhoea, lethargy, start losing or gaining weight drastically, lose appetite, etc. As soon as you witness such symptoms, take your dog to your Vet for a check-up.