In this article we are going to look at how to groom your dachshund. We will look at the different ways to groom a smooth coat dachshund, wire hair dachshund and the long hair dachshund.
Keeping your Dachshund well-groomed is an important part of maintaining her overall health. When you regularly groom your Dachshund not only do you improve your bond with your animal, you have the opportunity to spot problems before they get out of hand.
All dogs require regular grooming to keep their coats healthy and their nails in trim. Exactly which technique to use for your Dachshund depends on which of the three main types you have.
How do I groom a Smooth Coat Dachshund?
A Smooth-Coat Dachshund is the classic, short-haired type you have seen in a hundred films and ads. Their coats are easy to care for, requiring little more than a regular bath and brush. ‘Regular’ varies with the dog’s age and environment.
Brushing: Brush your dog’s coat with a soft-bristled dog brush. If you have a longhaired or wirehaired Dachshund, go over it with a steel comb as well. Be sure to check for any sign of parasites as you work out any tangles with the comb.
Younger dogs may require baths as often as once per week, though once a month is fine when they stay out of dirt and bushes. If they live in rougher circumstances, be sure to keep their coats clean and brushed regularly. ‘Regularly’ means at least twice per week, and as needed. Remove any plant material as soon as they are done playing.
A wire slicker is fine for grooming, but exercise care. All dogs are durable, but it’s important not to scrape the skin. That leads to hot spots that the dog will make worse by licking and chewing. Since Dachshunds are a high-energy, assertive breed, extra caution is needed.
How to groom a Wire Hair Dachshund
The wiry hair on the muzzle, chest and legs of this variety gives them the name. It also gives them a need for extra grooming care. More frequent baths will be called for in their case, along with more regular brushing. Brushing will take longer, too.
Bathing: Bath weekly or bi-weekly, depending on how dirty your dog gets. Be sure that you use a shampoo and conditioner designed for dogs. Human shampoo and conditioners have the wrong ph balance is different for dogs. Be sure to clean keep the eyes and ears clean as well.
Like the terriers they resemble, the stiff coat is actually in two layers. Get the undercoat with a slicker and use a regular brush for the upper layer. Remember, too, that they will shed more. That may call for a shed control shampoo in some cases. In every case, be prepared for seasonal changes as they naturally adjust to the change in weather by shedding more.
Trim any excess hair off the muzzle to avoid it dragging on the ground. A trim behind the rear legs will also be necessary once it reaches a length that leads to mats. Otherwise, regular brushing of once or twice a week is good enough.
Grooming a Long Hair Dachshund
As the name suggests, this type has long, wavy hair. Since Doxies are low to the ground, more regular trimming will be needed, along with more frequent bathing. Matting is especially common in this variety, but can be avoided with brushing every other day, especially behind the ears. When mats arise, trim them gradually with a blunt-nose pair of scissors until you have removed enough to work out the tangle with fingers and brush.
A combination shampoo and conditioner works well with this type. Take care not to over-bathe them, though, since that leads to dried, scaly skin. Regular, gentle brushing will help, since it smooths natural oils over the skin under the coat.
Nail Trimming a Dachshund
All types need to have their nails trimmed often, usually weekly. The usual technique is fine. Get a good pair of guillotine scissors and hold each foot firmly, searching for the quick.
Clipping: If your Dachshund’s nails need clipping, clip them. Ask your vet to show you how to clip your Dachshund’s nails. Your puppy will soon realize that it doesn’t hurt—as long as you don’t cut down too far.
Cut well away from the quick to avoid accidents, which are more likely in the Doxie’s case because of their feisty nature.
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