TEACH YOUR CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY.
- Do pick up your puppy or adult dachshund up with both hands.
Put one under hind quarters, one under chest. This supports
their low back and spine. Picking up your puppy or adult under
the armpits and leaving the hind quarters dangling like you
would a baby is bad for their long torso and back.
- Do monitor small children while playing or holding so they do
not jump out of their arms to the floor or pick them up wrong.
Puppies are wiggly and full of energy.
Teach them to use ramps or dog steps. A good rule of thumb
- Don't allow them to jump off your bed, couch or chair.
is "if they can't get on it...then they shouldn't jump off it."
- Don't allow them to do flights of stairs. This is bad for their
back. One or two steps is ok. Use baby gaits to close off a
stair case. If you live in a 2nd story home or upper level
apartment, carry your dachshund up or down the flight of stairs.
- Don't pour water over their heads when bathing so that it gets
down in their ears. Try a wash cloth on their face, nose & ears.
- Don't stick a Q-tip down in the ear canal. Use a cotton wipe or
cotton ball for excess ear wax on the inside of the ear. You can
flush their ears out with a rinse that has a drying agent in it
found at your local vet or pet store if they get a waxy build up.
- Don't take your new puppy to highly public areas where other
dogs are like your store's that allow pets on leash or a public
dog park until they have completed ALL their puppy vaccines
& rabies. The puppy distemper vaccines helps prevents parvo
and you need to protect your new baby till it is fully immunized.
- Do remember to get a dog license at the age of 3 months.
- Do remember the rabies vaccine at the age of 3 months.
- Do make time for daily play. This is a good time to bond with
your puppy. Leash train early and take for short walks.
Do socialize your puppy to new people, places & things from 3
months to 6 months. This will really help with disposition as an adult.
- Do keep Childrens Liquid Benadryl on hand as a puppy and
an adult. Puppies & adults can have allergic reactions to shots
or bee stings. Always have a syringe handy with it and check
with your vet as to "how much" to give should this happen.
- Do keep emergency numbers for your vet and emergency
clinic's nearby or saved on your cell phone in case of an
emergency. Ask for a magnet you can put on your refrigerator.
One tends to panic in an emergency.
They are very affectionate and needs this to survive!
- Do remember to kiss and hug your puppy/dog a lot!
These are just some of my own thoughts that might be helpful.