Practicing Good Grooming

Keeping your Dachshund well-groomed is an important part of maintaining her overall health, for the following reasons:

i A healthy, mat-free coat makes examination of the skin easier and doesn't harbor pests, dirt, or bacteria.

i Tartar-free and plaque-free teeth aren't susceptible to gum disease. Brushing also prevents more serious conditions like heart disease, which can result from bacteria in your dog's mouth traveling to her heart.

i Short, clipped nails keep your Dachshund's feet healthy and correctly positioned on the ground. They also keep your Dachshund from sliding on slick surfaces, which could possibly injure her back.

i Clean ears are less likely to harbor mites and develop infections. Regular ear examinations help you detect the presence of such conditions if they occur.

i Emptied anal sacs don't become impacted or infected.

Grooming can become part of a daily or weekly routine, and it's a good idea to start grooming your puppy the very first day you bring him home. Your grooming session will differ depending on your dog's age and coat, but a regular grooming routine will usually go something like this:

Puppy Training Basics

Puppy Training Basics

Getting a new puppy is a fun and interesting time. You probably went to a breeder or pet store or maybe just saw an ad on the Internet or the newspaper, for puppies, and decided just to check it out. Before you knew it those little eyes and fluffy puppy fur had your heart melting and you were headed home with him or her in your arms.

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