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What to Expect When You're Getting a Dachshund as your new dog! (For instance a harness collar, weekly digging checks)

Updated on September 14, 2011

Congratulations! You're Getting a Dachshund!

Dachshund's are excellent dogs for single people and families! They're adorably cute, and will make a friendly companion for you and your household for years to come! They are a distinctive breed, once bred to be hunters but now considered companion animals and lapdogs. Miniature Dachshunds and Toy Dachshunds are some of the most popular breeds of dogs to adopt, and they are only becoming more popular as people spend time with these playful pups!

Be sure to prepare your home and family for a new dog, and, in particular, a dachshund by making some basic preparations! Ready to begin? Okay!

Dachshunds are Natural Jumpers and Climbers, but it's BAD FOR THEIR BACK!

Dachshunds have particularly long spines, with short legs, and a natural desire to jump up and down stairs, furniture, and you! One common health concern for dachshunds is straining their backs when they jump up and down from furniture and laps. Providing your dachshund pup with easier and safer ways of getting up and down from furniture and laps is a great way to protect the health and well-being of your new pup! Position ramps strategically to allow your pup easy access to any furniture that will be allowed for them to jump up into! A Dachshund is never happier than when it is in your lap, snuggling in close with you, but to get there, it often has to make jumps that are actually quite dangerous for it's spine! Jumping down, in particular, has caused countless injuries when dogs land wrong, or slip and cause themselves serious injury! Protect your adorable pup's health and back with doggy ramps!

Related to this, often dachshund necks face undue strain with collars, due to the particular shape of their bodies. Dachshunds do better when, instead of collars, they wear harnesses that spread out the weight of the dog tags across a wider area. Your dachshund is going to be happier, and more comfortable in a harness designed specifically for their particular body shape!

Dachshunds LOVE Digging!

Dachshunds were bred to dig up ground-dwelling prey, and flush them out of their holes. From rabbits to badgers to voles and even armadillos, a dachshund is ready to pursue the critters of the world into their hiding places! Unfortunately, this means a dachshund is an instinctive digger, that will stop at nothing to find a way out of your yard to find prey, by digging under the fence! When living with a dachshund, it is important to check your fence weekly for signs of digging, and to discourage dachshunds by placing bricks and stones in the way of their adventurist attempts at digging their way out of your yard!

More than almost any other breed, dachshunds are diggers, and could make a mess in your flower beds and vegetable gardens! Be sure to block off your at-risk plants with an ankle-high fence to protect them from the rambunctious, dirt-loving puppy!

Dachshund Puppies May Look Cute, But They Are Natural Athletes!

Every dog is, at heart, an athlete! No matter how cute and adorable your new Dachshund may appear to be, that dog wants to run and jump and play with toys and fetch and chase and do all the things that every other puppy wants to do! You need to prepare for your pup by making sure that you have plenty of toys for them to play with, otherwise you will be surprised to find out that your valuable possessions, like shoes and newspapers and pillows, have become a source of endless amusement for your rambunctious pup! No matter how snuggly your dog may appear to be upon first arrival, it won't be long before the energetic athlete will emerge, and they will seek out opportunities to be the physically-active, playful, and joyful athletes that every dog, especially every puppy, fundamentally is, at heart! Be prepared with plenty of toys for your new pup!

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      daisyjae 5 years ago from Canada

      so cute!

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