Summer is here and you may have noticed a lot of hair around the house. Getting your Dachshund, (you know that little cutie made from perpetual motion and a superiority complex,) to sit still for a brushing session is the hardest task of the day. OK, it may be the hardest task of the week.
Taking care of your Dachshund’s hair and skin is very important to their health, comfort, and happiness. Do not bath them too often, but do brush them each day. A light and relaxing few minutes of brushing is good for the dog, and a bit of soul food for both of you. Brushing stimulates the natural oils in the dog’s skin which helps prevent dry skin.
Use a very soft brush. Ask for suggestions from your vet before you purchase a brush. Dog supplies can be expensive and a brush can not be returned after it has been used. Dachshunds can have short, long, or wire-like hair. Each type should be brushed in the direction of the hair growth. Going against the hair can rip it out from the roots and hurt the dog.
Use treats, calm energy, and quiet places to brush your Dachshund. Do not make it a chasing game. Do it for a brief amount of time, and give rewards of treats or affection. Play with your dog right after your finish grooming. After time, it will become something which your dog looks forward to every day. You will notice softer hair, healthier skin, and less hair all over every single thing you own!
If things are not working out, and you are reaching the end of your rope, DO NOT raise your voice as this will make grooming time terrifying for your dog. And NEVER, NEVER hit your dog. If you can not do it, and things are getting tense, table it for later in the day. Pick your dog’s most chill time. Just keep trying and use the methods suggested. Things will turn around and it will get easier.