Here are a few items you will need for the New Puppy:
1. Food and Water Bowls
2. Collar or Harness and a Leash
4. Brush or Comb
5. Nail Clippers
7. Crate or Kennel
8. High Quality Puppy Food
10. Stain Remover for Accidents
11. Liquid Benadryl ( for vaccine reactions or any other allergic reaction )
12. Dog Bed
13. Puppy Obedience Class
1. FOOD…. We highly recommend a high-quality food just for puppies, preferably grain-free. Your puppy is now eating Orijen Grain-Free Dry Puppy Food. I have done my homework and research. By far, Orijen's products come in first (in all categories) across the board when looking for the best Dog and Puppy foods sold. This food is Pricey but so are Veterinary bills as well as the Time, Energy and the Inconvenience of an ailing Dog or Puppy. Orijen also has a very generous frequent buyers program.For a list of retailers near you, that carry and sell Orijen, go to www.championpetfoods.com/where-to-buy or 1-877-939-0006. I also give everyone a heaping tablespoon of Whole Milk Plain Greek Yogurt with the morning meal, this is great for digestion. With the evening meal, I include a 1/4 scoop of Longevity and 1/4 teaspoon of Skin & Coat, both products sold by Springtime Supplements, www.springtimeinc.com.
Your puppy needs to eat 2 times a day, starting at 1/8 cup per feeding and increases as they grow, keeping in mind an adult Dachshund gets a total 2/3 to 1 cup per day depending on exercise and quality of food. At a year old, your puppy should be transitioned to an adult food and again I recommend Orijen Adult food or another high-quality grain free food.
Water should be available at all times unless you find this to be a problem with potty training and in that case, offer water with meals and 2 hours before bed until training is under control.
If you choose not to feed Orijen puppy food, I recommend Wellness Small Breed Puppy Food as an alternative. I will be sending home a sample of Orijen Puppy food, that your puppy has been eating. Mix with his or her new food 50/50 for a few days, if not he or she may experience diarrhea from the abrupt change.
2. BATHING.... Your puppy can be bathed as often as you feel necessary, keeping
in mind that over bathing can disrupt the natural oils in the skin. I use for the babies a no tears baby shampoo. We recommend talking to your groomer or vet about a good shampoo to use. The brands sold in department stores seem to be drying and harsh. We also recommend finding a reputable Groomer in your area. ***For those of you using a Groomer, puppies should start early, this gives them a chance to adapt to the idea and forge a relationship with the Groomer.
3. TOYS…. Your puppy will need an assortment of toys with which to play and
CHEW! We do not recommend the rag or braided toys that are sold. There have been reports of intestinal distress in some dogs. We do recommend nylabones, squeaky toys
and hard rubber toys. Your puppy will need a “toy box” or a place where he or
she knows where to find them. Toys are used for entertainment, teething and training. Whenever your puppy is chewing or biting something he or she is not supposed to, a sharp NO is given, and you replace the object or person with a toy. A puppy is never allowed to bite or chew on hands or clothing! This will only lead to discipline problems in the future and for those of you with children, a dislike for the puppy. Teach children when the puppy is excited and too rough to seek higher ground (like the couch) and use dog toys to play with the puppy opposed to their hands or clothing.
4. SHOTS…. Your puppy has had its first set of shots. I have included in the take home packet, a suggested schedule of vaccines. I am a strong believer in vaccinations and the use of flea, tick and heartworm control. Here at Daisy-Hill we use Revolution, this is given topically on the skin and protects against, fleas, heartworms and some ticks. We also use Interceptor Plus monthly, protects against heartworms, roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms. Heartworm and Lyme disease can be Prevented!! If not vaccinated and given preventatives, your puppy/dog may suffer lifelong health issues or even death not to mention the cost of an ailing animal. We insure our Homes and Cars as well as other items we care for WHY NOT take every precaution with your new family member, that is dependent on you.
We also STRONGLY recommend in the first 6 months of your puppies life and/or until fully immunized, to avoid public parks and rest areas-anywhere your puppy may come in contact with other dog feces. This is the primary way for your puppy to contract worms, illnesses or even a life threatening virus called Parvo.
5. COLLARS & LEASHES.... We strongly recommend Lupine products from New Hampshire. Not only are they gorgeous but you can also buy matching ID tag! Love it! Every Doxie here wears Lupine proudly with matching tag. ALSO...they lifetime guarantee, even if the collar gets chewed! I can personally say they stand behind their word, my Molly has almost put them out of business...LOL! Can't say enough, AWESOME product!
6. Safety....Included in your take home packet are two handouts; Certain Foods and Household Products that can be Dangerous to Dogs and Household Medications for Pets
We Recommend Crate or Kennel Training
The goal of kennel training is that a dog will willingly go into the crate or any other enclosure (e.g. cage at the veterinary office) for any reasonable period of time. A properly kennel trained dog will perceive the crate as his "den" or "bedroom".
Crate training is an excellent thing to do for any dog. Since dogs are den animals by instinct, it creates a "Safe Place" for the dog. The crate should NEVER used as a punishment, and should be introduced to the dog as young as possible.
I use crate training for assistance in potty training as well as keeping the house from being chewed to pieces when the puppy cannot be supervised. If this is going to be the principal place where the puppy is going to reside because of work schedules, kid schedules or pure laziness, DO NOT GET A PUPPY! There are other dog options if you and your family's lives are so hectic, that a puppy needs to spend the majority of its life in a crate. That is not what crate training is intended for, it is a training tool, not a home.
When purchasing a crate, choose one just large enough for the dog to stand, turn around and lie down, as an Adult. You can modify the crate for the use of the puppy by stuffing an old pillow in the back end and a towel on the bottom, both items should be able to be washed. You want the puppy to only have enough room to turn around and lie down, if not he or she will sleep in one end of the crate and potty in the other end.
Again, I use crate training for night time potty training as well as periodically during the day, to run a few errands or have a much-needed nap! Always potty your puppy before crating. I crate train, by placing the crate on my night stand, pulling it up to the side of the bed so the puppy is as close to me as possible. Just like a baby, puppies want to be reassured of your presence. Once in at bedtime, of course you have given a small treat and NON SQEAKING TOY (learned this the hard way) your puppy is going to fuss. In a soothing voice, tell the puppy night-night. The fussing may go on for a while the first night but eventually the little love bug will drift off. In the first few weeks, your puppy more than likely will need to go out once a night. When you here the whining, take your puppy out to potty, say good job and right back in the crate. DO NOT turn on all the lights and throw a parade as you will now be up for the day! This all ends very quickly, and your puppy will be sleeping through the night in no time. If you get an accident in the crate, it is your fault. Dogs are very clean and do not mess in their living space. Do Not reprimand the puppy, simply clean it up. After a few weeks, I move the crate to the floor in my bedroom. During the day, especially when your puppy is very young, I put the crate in the room where he or she is for the day and leave the door open. Don't panic when you can't find the baby, he or she is in their crate. Once your puppy is potty trained, you then may make the decision to leave the door open at night and Spoon a Dachshund!! Enjoy!