Spring is here and you may have noticed a lot of extra hair around the house and on the furniture…and in the car, on the kids, and on your clothes. Getting a spunky little Dachshund to sit still for a brushing session isn’t the easiest task of the day!
Taking care of your Dachshund’s hair and skin is very important to their healthy, comfort, and happiness. Ask your vet how often you should bathe your dog, but he or she should be brushed lightly every day. This helps stimulate the natural oils in the dog’s skin which keeps dryness away.
Using a very soft brush is important. They come in styles and can be purchased at any dog supply store. Ask for suggestions from your vet before you purchase. Dog supplies can be expensive and a brush can’t be returned after it has been used, (unless it breaks.) Dachshund’s can be short, long, or wire-haired. Each type should be brushed in the direction of the hair. Going against the hair can rip it out from the roots and hurt the dog.
Making brushing time a pleasant time is important. Use treats, calming locations, and quiet places to brush your Dachshund. Don’t make it a chasing game. Even if you are frustrated, don’t raise your voice as this will make grooming time as unpleasant as a trip to the vet. And NEVER, NEVER hit your dog.
Do it quickly, giving rewards of treats or affection. Play with your dog right after your finish. 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!