Proper Bathing Of Dachshund
If you were small, had legs that were hard-pressed to jump high,and had a breed related fear of water, would you you like a deep bath and running, splashing water headed right for you? Probably not! Dachshunds do not like deep water nor running water. A bath should not be a tower of terror for your dog. Showers are not at the top of the list, but if it is your only way, make sure not to turn the water on to human tolerant blast.
Dachshunds are also very susceptible to injury on any slippery surface, but this is more the case in a wet tub or on a wet floor. They can twist their backs or injure a foot or leg. In addition to the physical harm, they can develop an extreme fear of water and become aggressive when you attempt to bathe them next time. Try a non-skid mat for doggy bathes. Here are some ways to prepare, bathe, and reward your Dachshund:
1-Most importantly, watch your water level. Just below belly level is the only acceptable depth for this breed.
2-Keep the water temperature WARM, NOT HOT. A hot bath is as dangerous to a dog as it is to a human.
3-Always be prepared, having all the things you need on hand and at the ready; shampoo, towels, and a container to pour water. Dachshunds are reward-hungry, so have treats on hand, as well.
4-Have something safe to bathe them in, the tub being the best option. Sinks high off the ground are extremely dangerous for these squirmy little love-bugs.
5-Use a very mild and Dachshund-friendly shampoo. They have sometimes troublesome skin conditions.
6-Keep the room warm.
7-Be very calm and casual, easy-breezy, when it is time to get your dog for the bath. Do not make it a chase game.
8-When lowering your dog into the tub be very careful. Make sure your footing is grounded and be very reassuring to your Dachshunds. That trip down is pretty scary.
9-Pour the warm, NOT HOT, water over your Dachshund very slowly, making sure to avoid his or her face. Rub a small amount of shampoo in your hands before you put it on your dog. Massage very gently. NEVER put soap in or near eyes and ears. Use the same container to rinse slowly.
10-When filling the container to rinse your dog, make sure to pull the plug first so the water level does not rise. Run the water very slowly and temperature safe while you are rinsing your dog.
11-After you have thoroughly rinsed your Dachshund, regardless of hair length, run your hand along his or her back to get rid of all the excess water.
12-Do this until the shampoo is completely gone. Make sure to check his or her belly as any soap left on sensitive Dachshund skin can be irritating.
12-Place the towel on your dog while still in the tub. Rest assured, your Dachshund is going to want to get away from you as non-humanly possible. Pick them up carefully and gently so they do not get injured. One wrong twist of their delicate spines could spell trouble.
13-Stay calm and when, (note that we do write “IF,”) when they start to wiggle too much, let them loose. It is best to keep them happy and safe once they are clean.
14-Make sure the room is warm and DO NOT let them outside. They will run and rub themselves all over the ground and get filthy.
15-On another day, use a warm cloth to wipe your dogs face and outside of his or her ears. Wipe in the direction of the dog’s hair. NEVER go prying nor picking nor digging into your dog’s ear. Wipe only the outside and seek a professional cleaning if you notice an excess of dirt and/or sign of infection in your dog’s ear.
All this glamour grooming will make your baby shiny and smelling delightful! Unfortunately, this will not help with Dachshund breath! (See our next blog for Dachshund dental hygiene.)