Puppy Prep

Your puppy will come home with an assortment of Life’s Abundance treats, food, and samples as well as a small toy, a small bit of blanket or cloth toy that smells familiar, and a potty pad in case they need to potty or puke on the way home all in a fun insulated dachshund themed bag. Supplies vary according to availability.

We will also provide you with a copy of your health guarentee and an in-depth health record including the first week’s weights, nail trims, vaccinations, and de-wormings that have been given as well as any recommended future due dates.

AKC paperwork if ordered will be mailed to you as soon as we receive it from AKC.

The following is a list of what you MAY want to purchase in preparation for your pup’s arrival: All of these are items we have personally used and feel are good quality and price.

Food: Your puppy will be used to being free-fed a mixture of Life’s Abundance All Life Stages and Small breed puppy. It is best to continue free feeding if possible for the first month at the least. Like human children puppies also go on growth spurts one week they might only eat a handful of kibble a day whereas the next they eat everything in sight. If you are unable to free feed then a good rule of thumb is to give them what they can eat in one sitting (around 5 minutes) and remove the remainder until the next feeding however you will see less food obsession and aggression tendencies if you can continue free feeding.

To read more about why we choose Life’s Abundance brand click here

Water should also be kept free choice even if food is not.

Treats: our dog’s favorites are the freeze-dried turkey hearts, turkey berry chewies, buffalo strips, and cow hooves. Please do not give your puppy rawhide! A word of advice open the cow hooves outside and let them air for a day they can be strong smelling.

Wire Crate: (we use the wire foldable double door kind) size will depend on your preferred potty method there are also plenty of other styles

Crate mat, tunnel, soft cave bed, and firm cave bed

Play yard: (depending on the potty method you choose and if you have a fenced yard)

If you have the space we highly recommend having a crate/bed with a play yard (with a potty and food/water area) attached to it for the first little while to keep the puppy safe from chewing cords or getting lost under furniture when not being directly supervised as well as allow them free access to pottying where they cannot yet hold it for long periods of time. You can still absolutely take them out for potty time (every time they eat or wake up) if desired and use it as more of a backup to your chosen training method.

5-8 weeks

No matter the potty method you use you will likely want a few Potty pads to protect your floor:

disposable or reusable potty pads

crate floor method

grass with tray or grass with catch drawer

litter box and litter or if you prefer the pellet method we strongly recommend alfalfa pellets in case of ingestion.

bells

Doggy door this is the door we use it fits our adult dachshunds but the bigger dogs can not get in. It does not, however, work for prego bellies to fit thru. It is better draft sealed than the petsafe brand one that costs more and has locks so you can lock them in or out or both.

No tip Food/water bowl, or splash proof water/food set or fully auto set

Toys This bunch has a nice variety of rubber and rope here are our favorite teethers, puppy proof chewers, and dachshund size balls and we can’t forget the favorite crinkly toy.

Of all the toys we have tried over the years the longest lasting is still the cow hoof. However they are not very washable so our vet recommends we switch out every 30 days and freeze the ones that have been in use. 30 days in the freezer will kill about any germs you need to worry about.

Several of our past buyers have raved about this puppy snuggler for helping the pups adjust and be quiet at night

You will need a collar and leash or harness

You might also want some puppy nail clippers. We actually prefer good old fashioned human fingernail clippers because I go by feel when I am trimming my dog’s nails. However, on my big dogs, I prefer using human fingernail clippers and a hooded/guided grinder until my pups get around 10 weeks then I use this style nail clippers so it is just a matter of preference and comfort.

Almost all of these items can also be purchased at Walmart, petsmart, petco, or your local pet supply store as well it is just easy to show you images this way.

However a word of warning! We always strongly suggest avoiding any place which allows pets inside for grooming or to browse until your puppy is 16 weeks or older as these places generally also have a lot of germs you don’t want to bring home to your puppy. If you must at least be sure to remove your shoes before entering the house and sanitize them.

The same goes for public dog parks, rest areas, anywhere people regularly potty dogs, and vets offices. If you need to visit one of these places do not put your puppy on the ground…..

Maybe you think we are just paranoid but after 40 years of being around puppies of many breeds, I have seen enough to know the risk is plausible.

I have learned many important lessons from watching some of my breeder friends and acquaintances that have had tragedy strike their operations.

A word on Dachshund backs and Stairs

First, let me say our dogs are all health tested, however, this is never a guarantee they will not have any illness in their lifetime. There are still many unknown genetic anomalies we are not able to be tested for. That is where careful record keeping over generations and making hard decisions often come in, to ensure we do not knowingly breed any dogs with known faults.

The Dachshund breed as a whole because of the genetic factor (chondrodystrophic) that causes the shorter legs are more prone to spinal issues. A direct link between IVDD and back problems has not yet been established, but it is known breeds with this gene are more prone to it. you can read more about IVDD here.

We have never personally had a dog that became paralyzed due to a back injury (knocking on wood). Maybe it is our exceptional genetics, or maybe it is the precautions we take. Dachshunds think they are invincible! Some dogs no matter how many precautions you take or ramps you provide will still jump up and down. Several we have had over the years for instance refused to gently jump off couches and instead launching themselves catching as much air as possible. It is nerve-wracking but there is only so much you can do.

Our dachshunds do go up and down the stairs, but it is not multiple times a day. They do however use a ramp to go out of our basement window to the play yard MANY times a day. If you have stairs your puppy will be using frequently may we suggest considering a ramp? I prefer this ramp because I was able to take it apart in the middle and use it as a shorter ramp on the couch as well. Ramps are pretty easy to build as well if you’re handy. A 4-6′ length of 1×6 shelving with a bit of carpet or grip tape glued onto it works just fine too.

If you are going to allow your pup on the couch (good luck stopping them) you may want to consider a ramp or a set of stairs. My dogs (and kids) use these stairs more for stadium seating than stairs. The reason I like them over normal staircase-looking sets is that the landing on each stair is longer so they are not forced to absorb as much shock and stop for repositioning. You can use some old couch cushions just as easily. Anything firm but soft to absorb the shock without causing their back to bend even more.