Grooming dachshund dogs is fairly easy and doesn’t take up much time at all. You can easily groom your dachshund at home and save the extra cash you would have spent on a professional dog groomer.
You don’t need any grooming equipment or any other special tools. All you need for a well groomed and clean dachshund pup is:
A Good Brush – Can be purchased at a pet store for cheap. The type of bristles you should get depends on your dachshund’s coat.
Pet safe shampoo – Never use human soaps or shampoos. Your dachshund’s coat can’t handle the chemicals in human shampoos. If you want your dog to have a healthy and shiny coat- always use pet safe products!
Dog nail Clippers – Don’t use regular scissors, they will cause you more hassle than necessary. You can also use a nail file.
Cotton Balls – Can get them at any pharmacy. Q-tips for dog ears are a no-no.
Dachshund Grooming – Shiny and clean coat
Dachshund dogs are good at keeping themselves clean. Giving baths too often to your puppy can actually do more harm than good. You should bathe a dachshund every 3-6 months or when your dog gets exceptionally dirty. Always use pet safe shampoo!
If you just want to get rid of the dog smell you can spray some dog freshener on a cloth and wipe your furry friend down. I don’t like spraying that stuff on my dogs directly because it leaves too strong of a smell and my dogs don’t seem to like it very much. Wiping them down with a cloth does the job though.
Dachshund Excessive Shedding
All dogs shed, no matter the breed or size. You should expect normal shedding, and heavier seasonal shedding. If you’re dachshund is a heavy shedder, then there might be an underlying problem.
I suggest you brush down your dachshund at least once every two weeks. This will eliminate a lot of the loose hairs that are hanging on and also keep them clean. You should also brush them and inspect them for ticks after going to the park depending where you live.
Make sure you feed the dachshund with quality food and give him all the nutrients and vitamins that he needs. You should also give your dachshund more exercise to keep him healthy. If the food and exercise are not the problems (even though 9/10 ten times it most is one of the two), you should get your dachshund checked out by a vet.
Ear infections are a common thing amongst dogs. Since they can’t keep the ears clean themselves, you will have to help them with that as a part of your grooming routine. Every other week or two, get a couple of cotton balls and wipe the inside of your dog’s ears. Don’t push the cotton balls too deep into their ear canals though.
You can also take the opportunity to inspect your dachshund’s ears for any signs of infections. A foul smell is a good indicator that something might be wrong. If you suspect that your dachshund is suffering from an ear infection take him to the vet. They will prescribe to you medication that should clear it right up.
Clipping and Trimming Nails
A broken nail is one of the most common visits to the vet. If you want to prevent these painful incidents from happening to your dachshund, clip or trim their nails on a regular basis. The shorter the nail the less likely it will get caught in something and break.
Don’t cut at the “pink” spot inside the nail. That part is very sensitive and if you cut it, it will bleed and hurt your dog. Instead give it some room and cut just the empty nail part. If you’re too scared to do it yourself, you can use a nail file to file it down instead of cutting.
Also note that dogs that spend more time outdoors will have their nails filed down naturally by running on rough terrain. The dachshunds that stay inside or don’t get much time to run around outside, will need to have their nails trimmed ever couple months.