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Dachshund Owners Answer: 50 Tips to Make Life with Your New Puppy Easier

There is no better way to learn about raising a Dachshund puppy than to ask other Dachshund owners for advice.

A few months ago, I asked our Facebook fans for their best tips and advice for getting through the crazy puppy stage.

Facebook post asking Dachshund owners for their best puppy-raising tips

Over 100 people commented with their best puppy-raising advice. I compiled this answers into this article.

I tried my best to arrange the comments by topic but many of them cover offer multiple different tips so definitely read them all.

Also, these are largely unedited, except for a few instances where I needed to add clarification, so please excuse any spelling and grammar errors.

On Potty Training a Dachshund Puppy

“Be prepared for lots of time outside. The only real way to potty train a doxie is to out stubborn them. Put on your jacket (with treats in pocket), attach the leash. Puppy does not get to play or go back inside until they potty. If it’s really awful outside, go inside to warm up, but hold your pup. No playing, no praise, then go back outside and try again. Do this every time in all weather conditions and in a few weeks life will be peachy.”

“Patience ! Patience ! Patience!”

“After 40 years of rescue weiners; we ended up with a 4 month old…… I had forgotten how much work and patience is required with a new puppy. The glorious part? Our new one was already housebroken (a true miracle with this breed). However; the trials of retraining this old brain with new puppy ways were aggravating at the very least. Chewed up books; remotes; clothes; furniture, you name it, he chewed it. Puppy proof anything within reach. And train….. train….. Train…..”

“A bell was so helpful! He learned great on the main floor where he could indicate at the door in a week or two, but not being able to do stairs as a pup he had lots of accidents on other floors. Added a bell by the stairs, helped him ring it before we went out, problem solved in 2-3 days.
Except then we eventually had to confiscate the bell because he would ring it incessantly to just go play outside.”

“Try a bell. I think it naturally appeals to their bossy personalities and is especially helpful if you live in an apartment or somewhere that they can’t connect this door =going potty.”

“[My puppy] took longer to potty train than my other Dachshunds. When I got home I let her out immediately but she wanted to play instead of potty and would come back in to do her jobs. So, I started putting her out for 15 min and if she did not potty back into the crate she went. I left her there for 10 min then back out. I kept doing this routine until she went potty. It took 2 different days of doing this when she realized she needed to potty before play. I also taught my Dachshunds to ring a potty bell.”

“This method was so key for training ours to go in the rain: He actually was housetrained within a few weeks, but magically forgot his manners when it was raining…no house play time until you pee outside in the rain and then crazy puppy party when you do it right.”

On the Importance of Training and Consistency for a Dachshund Puppy

“My baby wiener learned so much from the other dog… She was his trainer and my savior.”

“Enroll in a positive training program in a group situation teaches the dog how to function among others and it trains the master! I definitely needed the training…it’s easy to cave to Dachshund ways.”

“Train as much as possible, I have not found anything more effective than 2 min time outs.”

“Consistency, love, exercise and positive reinforcement.”

“Consistency, you have to make them listen to you, follow thru on everything you say to them.”

“For nipping problems, I found the technique where you scream and then ignore them for a few minutes to be super effective. But you really have to sell the scream to startle them or they don’t believe you. Awkward but effective.”

“Just generally beware of how spongey and fast learning they are. Ours learned all sorts of unintended thing like how he keeps a mental list of things the cat is not allowed to do because Mom and Dad yell at her (drink water from glasses, scratch furniture, etc). Now he feels the need to police her directly when she “steps out of line” or frantic alert bark so we come intervene. She does not appreciate it. Ha, ha.”

“I think somebody already said it…Consistency!! They are too smart & stubborn to allow us to be lackadaisical with the training. Those big soulful eyes can make you do things you wouldn’t normally allow (yes guilty!).”

“Take your pup to dog training classes. It socializes them and is good for both you and the dog. Also, take any opportunity to keep up the training at home. Since my dog always follows me into the bathroom, I keep dog treats there and when I am sitting, we do sit, down, etc. Finding time to work with them really is good.”

“Consistency. In the Dachshund world, if you do something twice, it becomes the rule of law. It’s great for training but if you let something slide one time, they’ll try it 1,000 more. This goes hand in hand with establishing routines. Dachshunds love routines. It’s so much easier to get them to do something they think is their idea. Routines will help you with things that would otherwise be challenges like leaving the house, bathing, getting nails done, etc.”

“TRAIN DAILY. This includes grooming, especially nails! My wire Dachshund puppy just lays there while I trim his feet and nails, but I had to be consistent an do it multiple times a week (with lots of rewards!) to keep him comfortable with it, even though my breeder was amazing and started him very young. Short nails are super important for Dachshunds especially.
We also work on behaviors he knows or learn new things every day. It is also very important to get them out in the world and socialize with all sorts of people and other dogs, especially larger breeds.”

Check Out How to Choose the Best Training Treats for Dachshunds

On Exercising and Tiring a Dachshund Puppy Out

“A tired dog is a good dog. Don’t be lazy with your pet. I take my puppies outside to go potty after they wake up from night or naps, after eating or drinking, and every 20m in between. I always joke that if you potty train puppies this way and keep them exercised at the same time a person should lose 20lbs. It’s a rough first 6-8 months but it sets the pup up for life.”

“I would say two things….one give them exercise and walks and two use food for training and I always train ‘down’ right away…because they really don’t like to do down and the sooner you make it fun and they do it, (all training should be fun and positive) or you will get ‘tude. “I did agilty with one on mine and they enjoyed that too….I think pleasing me and the treats!”

“Activity every day. Ball, chew toys. Keep them active.”

“My biggest lifesaver was that I have a dog daycare/training/etc place nearby that has a great service: puppy playtime. A couple of days a week they offer a 45 minute session of supervised play, with the humans present. They have it divided into two age groups: under 12 weeks, and 12 weeks to 8-10 months (or older, they loved my puppy so much that he got to go up until a year old.) They learn so much there playing with other puppies their age, it’s safer than a dog park, and the dogs are just limp balls of fur for the rest of the day!”

“Walks walks walks. Focused activity such as playing ball.”

“Puzzle toys! Hiking when they are over 6 months! My wire hair Pepper was/is the craziest dachshund puppy I have had! She’s over a year and still acts like she did when we adopted her at 4 months haha.”

Important: Read How to Know When Your Puppy is Old Enough for Regular, Sustained Exercise

Photo of Dachshund Hiking on a Rock panned out to give perspective

On Dachshund Puppy Teething

“They will find items that you haven’t seen in years….then tear it up.

“A strong chew toy that aids teething.”

“A chew toy the puppy cannot destroy and occupy their time. It took two months, but we have found this bone stands up to the assault given out by “our bundle of joy”. He has destroyed at least 10 tennis balls and multiple stuffed toys.”

“During the early weeks, those little teeth are soooooo sharp even chew proof toys are not safe. I used a frozen piece of cloth knotted, the cool helps sooth pain and the knots help loosen baby teeth. As with any baby, only use when supervised, take away if they start shredding it so they don’t swallow strings.”

“Lots of appropriate chew toys, and hide any wires/cords that may look tasty. Come up with a good way for them to let you know they need to potty. And of course, socialization and training!!”

“All the chew toys and constant redirecting to them. It took a while to find the types of textures that appeal to him but definitely a lifesaver for stuff. Ours still chews a rawhide for 20-30 minutes before falling asleep each night. It seems to be some sort of meditative sleep hygiene thing for him.”

“Keep an eye on your woodwork!”

On the Joy of Raising a Dachshund Puppy and Patience

“Patience, patience, patience, and lots of treats to re-enforce good behavior, hopefully the puppy has an older, wiser, seasoned doxie to mimic, I believe they learn a lot by just watching and doing what the other one does.”.

“Learn to ignore them when they want your attention. It’s harder than anything but works wonders!!”

“Mine is annoyingly clever and smart. Like, understands how to trick me in my ignoring-game. Adorably stubborn – can only love them more haha!”

“Enjoy the antics no matter how frustrating. Take videos too. I miss the days of my unmentionables shimming across the living room.”

Dachshund puppy sitting in the grass with an orange collar on

General Dachshund Puppy Tips

“It was challenging having two who were siblings from same litter 10 wks old – different personalities and needs but here we are 11 yrs later! at 11 1/2 they are still coming up with fun personality quirks – as of late brother voice his displeasure at not getting treats from the dinner table with these funny groan type noises. Consistency and Dental care!!”

“Patience and consistency and portable fencing in the house. Our puppy is a poop eater and the only way to prevent it, we’ve found is to pick it up immediately, not always possible though.”

“Their goal in life is to unstuff everything, take squeakers out of the toys then they don’t want it anymore. They are very spiteful too. If you say NO wait a few minutes they will try it again! They get very protective of their family!”

“My tip: Our 7 month old doxie has a weakness for shoes. She doesn’t chew anything else (besides her own toys). She would sneak into my closet and come flying out with a shoe as if she thought we won’t see her if she runs fast enough. Then I set mouse traps. The cheap wooden ones. I placed them in a couple of shoes upside down so she wouldn’t get hurt. The SNAP scared her and now she stays out of my closet. Instant fix.”

“Don’t leave the toilet tissue out where they can reach it, my doxie thought it was a treat.”

“It’s tempting to let it go (because watching them launch is sooooo cute!) but train them not to jump off furniture, couches, beds, etc. Their spines will thank you in the long run.”

On the Lighter Side of Raising a Dachshund Puppy

“God help you.(but it’s worth it!)”

“Look under all blankets before you sit.”

“Drink adult beverages after she falls asleep , rest and get prepared for another fun filled day. Repeat for about 18 months. Enjoy every single day with her. It is such a joy to see their personalities bloom.”

“Let them be crazy and enjoy the high energy they have as babies. It won’t last forever.”

“Have patience and take lots of puppy pictures.”

To Learn More About a Dachshund’s Funny Quirks, Read My Article 11 Funny Things About Dachshunds Only Owners Will Understand

Dachshund Owners Answer: Tips to Make Life with Your New Puppy Easier

In Summary

I think this list of tips is a must-read for anyone who is thinking of getting a Dachshund puppy or has just brought one home.

Some of the common themes here, and ones I would agree with based on experience, are:

Consistency and patience are THE two skills you need to raise a Dachshund puppy.

Dachshunds can be difficult to potty train.

Yes, generally, Dachshunds are more difficult to potty train than some other dog breeds.

However, it’s totally achievable with consistency and routine. With Dachshunds, you may need to give them an annual refresher when the wet and cold season begins.

A lot of people chimed in saying potty bells helped prevent accidents in the house. I know with 2 of my 3 Dachshunds, the signs they needed to go potty were VERY subtle. Bells are one way your puppy can clearly let you know they need to go out.

Dachshunds can be trained.

Dachshunds are whip-smart. They are capable of quickly picking up tricks and commands.

Their intelligence can also mean they think they know better than you.

This can come across as stubborn but they are easy to train with a little consistent effort every day.

With Dachshunds though, I always joke that they are so smart that they can quickly learn when they can pull one over on you too. Let something slide once and they will never forget that they didn’t always have to do it “the right way.”

Dachshunds need, and are capable of, regular exercise (but it should be short bursts of gentle exercise until they are old enough).

Raising a Dachshund puppy can be a challenge but the joys are worth it.

Do you have any tips for raising a Dachshund puppy? Or any questions?

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Dachshunds are determined and intelligent dogswith vivacious personalities. They are small but can be fierce in protecting their domain and enjoy a quest for hunting. They can be standard or miniature.

Are you wondering whether your dachshund is still growing or is overweight? Or have they reached their optimum weight and height?

This article is going to answer your questions and give you more information about the Dachshund growth chart.

When Do Dachshunds Stop Growing?

Dachshund Weight Chart

Dogs like humans have growth plates that close when they are fully grown at a certain age. For some owners, it can be difficult to know exactly when do dachshunds stop growing?

The growth plates for dachshunds occur between the ages of 6 and 8 months and at this point, by following a dachshund weight chart you can know how large your puppy will be.

Dachshunds can still look like a puppy, with features such as a round face, soft fur on the coat, and a narrow chest even when they are fully grown.However, they will stop growing at the age of 2 years.

Another way to know whether your puppy is fully grown is to have a look at their siblings and parents if you can.

You will get a great view of your puppy’s future physique by looking at the previous litter from the same parents.

Dachshund Size Chart

To know the ideal weight for your dachshund, you first need to determine what type you have. Miniature dachshunds are smaller with a height of between 5 to 6 inches and their optimal weight should not be more than 11 pounds.

Standard dachshunds have a height of between 8 and 9 inches weighing around 16 and 32 pounds.

Since standard and miniature dachshunds are of the same breed, it can be hard to know what your puppy will look like when they grow.

However, a 5 or 6-month-old standard dachshund should weigh between 22 and 25 pounds while the miniature dachshund of the same age should weigh between 11.5 and 12.8 pounds.

You can relax if your Dachshund’s weight is a bit more or less than any of the numbers in the chart. If he has a few extra pounds over the stated range it is perfectly acceptable, not all Dachshunds may fall within the established range.

It is advised that you always check with your veterinarian if you ever have doubts.

Dachshund Weight Chart

Age Standard Dachshund
Weight (lbs)
Standard Dachshund
Weight (kg)
3 Months13 lbs
5.9 kg
4 Months 18 lbs
8.2 kg
5 Months22 lbs
10 kg
6 Months25 lbs11.3 kg
7 months27 lbs12.2 kg
8 months29 lbs13.2 kg
9 months30 lbs13.6 kg
10 months31 lbs14.1 kg
11 months32 lbs14.5 kg
12 months32 lbs14.5 kg

Dachshund Growth Chart – What to Expect

When Do Dachshunds Stop Growing

Birth – 2 Weeks 

From when they are born to 2 weeks, dachshunds are at their most vulnerable stage. In their first two weeks of life, they depend on their mother to feed them, keep them warm and help them urinate.

It is recommended that at this stage, you avoid human interference and let the mother do her job. At this stage, the puppies learn to crawl and walk as well as develop their hearing abilities and open their eyes.

3 Weeks – 12 Weeks 

This is also known as the socialization stage.During this period, your puppy will start interacting with other dogs as well as humans around them. It is important to allow your puppy to learn about human interactions.

At this stage of life, your puppy should still be with their mother so that they can develop playing skills and become more coordinated. You will notice that their ears stand up and they develop their ability to bark. Consult a dachshund growth chart to monitor progress.

4 Months – 6 Months 

At this stage, your dachshund will start increasing their confidence and independence. They will have increased interest in the world and start venturing further into other things apart from you.

They will not be fully independent hence they are easily distracted. Their progress can be easily monitored against a dachshund puppy weight chart.

Dachshund Puppy Growth Chart

They will still have most of their confidence in you and still listen to you, even though they do not fully understand you. Also, in this stage, their size and appetite will be growing almost every day,therefore, make note of all the changes until it reaches the peak.

7 Months – 12 Months 

Your puppy enters their adolescent phase,and they will experience changes in temperament. Their need for activity and companionship increases and they will have a low tolerance for boredom.

You should exercise your dachshund at this stage. Exercise ensures that joints and muscles have healthy growth by reducing the growing pains.

Adult

From the age of 12 months and above, your puppy should be fully grownand close to their emotional level of maturity, reaching their ultimate size.

Their final features of the face should start solidifying and if they have been neutered or spayed, their temperament begins to calm down.

Dachshund Development

Certain parts of your puppy may still grow such as the face,chest, and legs but the changes will be small. Their size should not fluctuate much.

How Big Do Dachshunds Get?

How Big Do Dachshunds Get

You likely already know that Dachshunds are not very big dogs, but how big do Dachshunds get? The first place to consult and get your information is a Dachshund size chart. These are an excellent reference tool.

If you have seen the puppy’s parents,you probably already have a good idea how big your dog will wind up.

Paw size is another clue, but it is less likely to be obvious with a Dachshund since they have smaller paws and do not grow into them. Finally, you can use a DNA test to look at the pup’s genes for size clues.

Will Neutering/Spaying Affect My Dachshund’s Growth? 

If you have ever owned a puppy before, you might be remembering having the pup spayed or neutered around the 6-month mark.

This used to be the standard practice, but in recent years, it was shown that there is a growth risk if a dog is sterilized too young.

In large breeds, research has shown that they have joint growth issues when spayed or neutered too young.

As a Dachshund is not a large breed, it might not affect them at all. It is still a good idea to get them fixed as soon as possible to prevent bad behaviors and accidental pregnancy.

Dachshund Height Chart 

While growth charts often help you out with weight, you also might want to consult with a Dachshund height chart to know where your dog is on the height spectrum. 

To use a height chart, match up your puppy’s age with the average height and see where his height is at when compared to the averages.

Since the breed is not very large, you should not be surprised to know that they only stand between 8 and 9 inches tall on average, as adults.

Puppies will be even shorter. They stop growing in height between 6 and 9 months normally as well.

How To Properly Weigh And Measure A Dachshund? 

It is really easy to properly weigh and measure your Dachshund. When you take your dog in for vet visits, you will definitely get to have your dog weighed and measured. At home, there are other ways you can do it.

Since the dog is small, you can use your bathroom scale to weigh your dog. You can do this by weighing yourself first and jotting that down.

Then, pick up your pup and stand back on the scale. The difference in weight is your puppy’s weight.

To measure your dog’s height, measure the distance from his shoulder to the floor using a tape measure.

What Is A Dachshund’s Neck Size? 

You might not have thought about measuring your dog’s neck before, but it is helpful to know. If you know your dog’s neck size, you can buy an appropriate harness or collar.

You can do this with a tape measure, measuring around the point above the shoulder where the collar will rest.

A Dachshund’s neck usually measures between 16 and 20 inches, but naturally, a puppy’s neck will be smaller.

If you are getting a collar for your puppy, make sure the collar will fit, but that it will adjust as he grows, so you do not have to continually buy new, bigger ones.

Factors That Affect Dachshund Puppy Growth

Dachshund Growth Factors

Genetics 

Genetics plays an important role in the health of dachshunds. They have a unique body type that sits incredibly low on the ground and is quite long with short legs.

This body structure increases the risk of genetic health issues associated with dogs with long bodies.

The common health issues include back disease, obesity, dental disease, cardiac disorders, and cancer. It is important to visit the vet for a regular check-up to avoid these health conditions.

The dachshund puppy growth chart should always be used as an easy guide to check the expected weight of your pup.

Nutrition

Since dachshunds are prone to obesity, nutrition plays an important role in their overall health. Feeding your Dachshund puppy an unhealthy and imbalanced diet can make them gain weight and become obese.

Dachshund Puppy Development

Therefore, ensure that the food that you feed your dachshund is of high quality and balanced to avoid weight-related health conditions.

Physical Activity & Health 

Due to their body type, dachshunds can easily gain weight hence a need for regular physical activity to keep them fit, healthy and happy. Apart from being fit, playing and exercising also encourages mental stimulation.

This prevents your puppy from being destructive, barking excessively, and getting bored.

The minimum requirement for an adult miniature dachshund is 30 minutes of exercise and for an adult, standard miniature is 60 minutes of exercise. However, if you are worried about your puppy’s weight you can increase the exercise time.

Miniature Dachshund vs Standard Dachshund

Are you wondering whether your dachshund is a miniature or standard? The main difference between the two is size: standards are bigger than miniatures.

Standards are 8 to 9 inches to their withers while miniatures are 5 to 6 inches to their withers.

To check the size of your dachshund, use a measuring tape and measure from the floor to the highest point between their shoulder blades (withers).

Put your miniature on the scale too, if they are 5 kg or less, they are a miniature, and if between 7 kg and 14 kg,then they are a standard dachshund.

Both standard and miniature dachshunds have similar coat types, either wire-haired, smooth, or long-haired. The colors of the coat can be black and tan, chocolate and tan, chocolate and cream, cream and red.

How Much Should A Dachshund Weigh?

It is important to know the healthy weight of your dachshund. An overweight or underweight puppy has a higher risk of health issues. So how much should a Dachshund weigh then?

At full size, a standard dachshund should weigh between 16 and 32 pounds while a miniature dachshund should weigh less than 11 pounds, depending on body length and height. You should be able to feel the ribs of a healthy dachshund with your hand and their waistline should also be visible.

Regularly weighing your dachshund is a great way to track whether they are losing or gaining weight.

The following are the signs that your dachshund is overweight:

  • You cannot see much definition throughout their body.
  • You cannot feel their ribs.
  • They are tired and slow.
  • Their withers have fat rolls.
  • They are in their older years.
  • They are not eager to play.

If your dachshund needs to lose weight, do the following:

  • Your puppy may be gaining weight because they have a medical condition, therefore, visit the vet for them to be checked out.
  • Cut back on the treats. However, if you are training them, replace treats bought from the stores with healthy snacks such as cauliflower or raw carrots.
  • Avoid feeding them human food as it increases the risk of diabetes.
  • Increase their daily exercise.

How Long Are Dachshunds Pregnant?

On average, the gestation period of dachshunds is around 63 to 65 days.During this period, nutrition and exercise are especially important to maintain the health of the puppies growing and the mother.

A balanced and high-quality diet, as well as regular walks, are necessary during this stage. You should not feed mineral supplements or vitamins to your pregnant dachshund to avoid hormonal imbalance.

Dachshund Right Weight

Early signs of pregnancy include enlarged nipples and eating more than usual. During the final days of their pregnancy, your puppy will experience rapid weight gain and swollen belly. Once you notice these signs, take your puppy to the vet for diagnosis.

How Many Puppies Do Dachshunds Have?

Dachshunds can also be called badger dogs or sausage dogsand they are not particularly a bigger breed of dogs.

Miniature dachshunds have a lower number of litters of up to four while their standard counterparts have an average litter size of between four and eight.

The litter size can be affected by size and age. Larger dogs have more space for gestation and delivering more puppies compared to smaller dogs.

Younger dogs produce more puppies than older dogs. Dogs should be at least 3 years old and not more than 5 years, to make sure they are fully developed to produce puppies.

What is the Life Expectancy Of Dachshunds?

Is your dachshund beginning to age or getting older? Or do you just want to know their life expectancy? Generally, dachshunds are known to live longer compared to other dog breeds, and many owners have reported that their dachshunds have lived for over 18 years.

Dachshunds and other small dogs like Chihuahuas and Shih Tzu live longer because of their small size.

Larger dogs tend to age quickly because they grow faster which can lead to abnormal growth of tissues causing health problems such as cancer and tumors.

On average, standard dachshunds live between 12 and 14 years while miniature dachshunds live between 12 and 16 years.

How Much Does It Cost To Own A Dachshund?

Before deciding to get a dachshund, you should know the cost involved in owning one. The average cost of owning a dachshund puppy can range from $950 to $1600.

You will need to vaccinate your puppy against diseases such as hepatitis, parvovirus, canine distemper, and leptospirosis.These costs vary between $50 and $80.

You will also need to buy the following items for your puppy which can cost around $550:

  • Water and feeding bowls.
  • Bedding, for example, vet-bed or bean bag.
  • Collar and lead with name tag and contact details.
  • Grooming equipment such as comb, brush, nail clippers, dog toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Indoor crate.
  • Third-party insurance.
  • Poo bags.

The main regular expense is food and treats, and this varies depending on the brand but ranges between $55 and $70 per month. Healthcare insurance is another cost that you need to consider for your dachshund which is around $500 annually.

Dachshund Genetics And Common Health Problems

Dachshund Health Problems

The common health problems that dachshunds are genetically predisposed to include:

  • Intervertebral Disk Disease – This condition happens when the vertebral disks herniate because of too much stress due to their short rib cages, long bodies, and short legs. This disease can be avoided by ensuring that your puppy does not jump up and down and supports its whole body when carrying them.
  • Unitary Tract Infection – It is important to monitor your dog’s bathroom behavior and urine. If your puppy does not produce much or finds it difficult to urinate, they may have contracted this infection. It is recommended that you visit your vet for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Weight Issues – dachshunds are prone to obesity and excessive weight gain, which can lead to other diseases including heart disease and diabetes. If exercise and diet do not help with your dog’s weight, they may have thyroid disease that manifests as lethargy and infection.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, the above article has given you information to better understand the dachshund weight chart, as your dachshund pup grows and develops. This will help you maintain their optimum weight throughout their stages of life.

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Dachshund Growth & Weight Chart: Everything You Need To Know

The Dachshund breed has a long history dating back over 300 years. The breed was originally developed in Germany to chase badgers out of their dens, so Dachshunds evolved to be exceptionally courageous, persistent dogs that wouldn’t back down - even when their foe was significantly larger. The Dachshund’s famously low, long body aided efficient tracking and digging effectively while they were on the hunt.

To this day, Dachshunds are tireless athletes, despite their lapdog reputation. If you’re the loving pet parent to one of these spunky dogs, you may be asking yourself how big will my Dachshund get and when will they stop growing?

Here’s everything you need to know about Dachshund growth:

Dachshund Weight Chart

AgeWeight
1 month old3 - 5 lb
2 months old5 - 11 lb
3 months old6 - 13 lb
4 months old8 - 17 lb
5 months old10 - 20 lb
6 months old12 - 25 lb
7 months old14 - 27 lb
8 months old15 - 29 lb
9 months old15 - 30 lb
10 months old15 - 31 lb
11 months old16 - 32 lb
12 months old16 - 32 lb
2 years old16 - 32 lb

The above Dachshund weight chart provides estimates for the growth and weight of a standard-sized Dachshund. Miniature Dachshunds will be significantly smaller. At a healthy adult size, according to the AKC, Miniature Dachshunds should weigh less than eleven pounds, while standard Dachshunds can weigh up to 32 pounds.

If your Dachshund puppy is a little ahead or behind these numbers, don’t worry! They’re meant to provide an _estimated _weight range of Dachshund dogs, but every puppy will grow at its own rate. If you have concerns about your pet’s growth, consult with your veterinarian.

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At what age is a Dachshund fully grown?

Dachshunds will be fully grown before their first birthday. Most Dachshunds pups will reach their adult weight and height around eight months old. They may continue to fill out slightly, but their growth rate will slow down significantly around this time.

Dachshund puppy with collar on

How big should a 6-month-old Dachshund be?

A six-month-old Dachshund will be close to their adult size. You can expect your six-month-old standard-sized Dachshund to weigh around 12 to 25 pounds and be at their adult height of eight to nine inches tall. According to the American Kennel Club, there is no significant difference in size between males and females.

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How much bigger will my Dachshund get?

There are a couple of ways to estimate how much bigger your Dachshund may grow.

First, start with your Dachshund’s age. If your puppy is less than eight months old, they are likely still growing. Many Dachshunds will need a whole year to fill out completely, but there will be a noticeable decrease in growth around the eight-month mark. If your Dachshund is past their first birthday, then your puppy is probably at their adult height and weight. You should consult with your veterinarian to determine if your dog is a healthy weight for its size.

You can also examine your puppy’s paws. If they look oversized next to their legs and body, or your pup still looks a little gangly, they may still be filling out.

If you purchased your Dachshund through a breeder, you could also reach out to them about your puppy’s expected adult size. They should be able to give you a more precise estimate of their mature size based on your Dachshund’s parents and previous litters. A puppy will rarely grow to be larger than its parents, so their weight can give you an idea of the size your puppy could grow to be.

How big is a full-grown Dachshund?

According to the American Kennel Club Official Dachshund Breed Standards, an adult standard Dachshund should weigh between 16 and 32 pounds and stand between eight to nine inches tall. Miniature Dachshunds should weigh less than 11 pounds and stand around five to six inches tall. Both standard and miniature Dachshunds should appear low to the ground and have well-defined muscles.

How do I make sure my Dachshund is healthy?

Prevention is always better than treatment. Regular veterinary appointments that include a complete physical examination, vaccinations, disease screening, and routine parasite prevention (including flea, tick, and heartworm medications) play a crucial role in keeping your pup healthy. Many diseases can be prevented or treated by your pup’s veterinarian, but the earlier they are detected, the better off your pet will be.

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Like any purebred dog, Dachshunds are at higher risk for some health issues, which can compromise their quality of life and reduce their lifespan. When veterinary professionals think of Dachshunds, back problems, most commonly intervertebral disc disease, come to mind. Dachshunds are also more prone to Cushing’s disease and certain types of liver problems when compared to other breeds.

Dachshund Veterinary Costs

The clinical signs of Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) can occur suddenly, prompting the need for an emergency veterinary visit. While IVDD can sometimes be managed medically, in severe cases, it can progress to paralysis and require surgery to restore mobility in the affected dog.

According to Memphis Veterinary Specialists, intervertebral disc surgery can cost between $1,500 to $4,000, but this can vary greatly depending on where you are located. Without surgery, your dog may lose their ability to walk and require significant nursing care and a wheelchair for the remainder of his or her life. We never know when the worst could happen to our beloved pet, which is why having a financial safety net in place is critically important to help unexpected vet costs.

Pet insurance can reimburse you for the cost of covered veterinary expenses, including treatment for illnesses and injuries. Wellness plans are also available to help with the cost of routine care, including dental cleanings, grooming, flea/tick medication, and more.


Key Takeaways

  • The official Dachshund weight range is 16-32 pounds for the standard-sized breed, while Miniature Dachshunds weigh less than 11 pounds.
  • This breed of dog has a short, low-to-the-ground profile, with AKC guidelines stating the Daschund height should be no more than nine inches tall.
  • Initially bred to hunt small game, the size of Dachshunds has made the breed predisposed to certain hereditary disorders, including intervertebral disc disease and Cushing’s disease.
  • Pet insurance can help cover the cost of ongoing veterinary care throughout your puppy’s life.

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Taking care of puppies and raising them is a work of art. To those who are about to have a 4-legged friend in your house, spend your time playing with them and consult ideas of experienced people.

1. Pick a healthy puppy

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Take in mind, you should pick puppies from 2 to 2.5 months old or older, it will guarantee the minimum physical health of puppies. For the best result, you should be picked puppies from the owner house with the mother dog or import directly from the source with a clear background. There will be healthy, active puppies with “Health Certification”, vaccination stamps with a clear date.

2. Preparing a home for puppies

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Puppies place should be dry, warm, filled with sunlight so they can sunbathe from 9-11 AM in the morning. Puppies place should have a bed and toilet. Hiding all the items which can be chewed or swallowed by puppies like plastic, iron, and glass, etc., especially away from electrical wires and appliances, gas stoves, fire appliances, chemicals, and poisonous plants. Avoid putting puppies in high positions: windows, balconies, stairs easy to fall.

If your home already has other animals: other dogs, cats … Be careful of contact, get acquainted slowly so your dog will not be frightened or be attacked, accident and other psychological stress.

Dogs should not stay in air-conditioned or in front of the fan as they can easily get cold …

3. How to bath your dachshunds properly?

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Right after you picked up the dachshund puppies, you should not bath them with water right away, you can use powder to get rid of the smell if they have because if you bathe right away, puppies are very likely to get pneumonia and then develop dangerous infectious diseases.

The first night away from the mother, these puppies can bark. You can cuddle gently to make the puppies sleep and feel the love!

After they get used to it, you can bathe your puppies. Puppies can be bathed with warm water, so using dog soap to prevent ticks, it is sold at every pet supermarket. Remember to dry immediately after bathing. Do not let water in dog ears. Use a clean cotton swab to clean the ear after a shower to prevent ear rot. (Ear infections are hard to treat.)

When you should you not bathe the puppies?

When the weather is too cold, the temperature is lower than 18 degree

Puppies are nursing or have just separated from their mother.

The dachshund puppy is sick or shows signs of being sick.

Newly picked dachshunds.

4. Nutrition for puppies

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Puppies from 2 months to 6 months of age should be fed 3 meals a day, divided equally throughout the day. Meals need to have a certain amount of time for the four-legged friend to fully digest the food.

Diets must be full of nutrients and energy: Protein, fat, starch, minerals and vitamins from natural foods. Do not overuse drugs or synthetic foods. Be careful not to overeat milk, fish, and fat. Specifically, dog food should include rice flour, cornflour, minced meat or cattle organs (buffaloes, cows, horses, limiting pork due to indigestion). Food must be cooked and diluted like porridge, do not give dry food. You should estimate the food amount depends on the size of the sausage dogs.

Feeding the puppies about 3-4 meals a day, stop feeding when they are almost full. Never overfeed your dog. Your puppies should be fed a meal fuller than usual once a week. They can eat additional eggs but it must be cooked then feed gradually until it can eat fully raw. Do not prepare ready-to-eat dog food.

Always prepare clean drinking water. Feeding tools: dishes, plates, etc. must always be clean, dry.

After the meal, the dachshund should be freed and hygienic for 5, 10 minutes and it will help them to digest the food. Dinner should be fuller a little more and dachshund owners should spend more time releasing the dachshunds.

Note when feeding your puppies:

When you see the dachshunds with unusual symptoms: vomiting, anorexia, sadness, diarrhea, sickness, to stop feeding, invite the veterinarian to examine and consult. Forced feeding is now extremely dangerous for the dogs.

Do not give rancid food, cat food, pig bran, or garbage, human and animal waste. “Scary” smells to ordinary people are dangerous for puppies. Be careful!

The dachshund’s meal usually lasts no more than 5 minutes, if the dachshund is completely eaten out and still slightly craving, it is necessary to wash the bowl immediately after eating. If the doxie dog finishes food but still has leftovers, take them away and have to reduce the amount of food the next time (some dachshund owners have a habit of leaving food to eat when the dachshund is hungry, it is harmful dachshunds because leftovers are easily rancid and indigestible will lead to dehydration which is very dangerous).

5. Some activities which are good for your puppies

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After an evening walk, you may give a little milk or diluted sugar water. Taking care of your puppies or walking the dachshund gently, the puppies will be closer to you!

Puppies love to chew, grind their teeth, they will often bite shoes and household items, it not only toxic, but it also causes indigestion. You should keep your dachshund away from chewable items. Items as “fake bones”, “toys” for dachshunds that are researched and manufactured by experts will be a solution. Otherwise, you can use boiled pork leg bone, remove the marrow, soaked in lime water for 10 days, dried, sterile for gnawing, grinding teeth.

6. Health care, disease prevention for puppies

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– Vaccination: You should ask your veterinarian to double-check and give advice on your dog’s vaccination procedure. “Primary Vaccination” is an extremely important concept with puppies. 3-month-old dachshund must be immunized at least twice for diseases: Care, Pavo, Lepto, Parainfluenza, Rabies … Every injection must be labeled with medicine and write the date of injection and sign of veterinarian in “Health Book” of dachshunds or other dogs.

– Removal of helminths: At least 2 times when the dog is 4 months old to treat all kinds of worms: chopsticks, hookworms … Should give medication to prevent “heartworm” from 4 months of age.

Attention to disease prevention for dachshunds.

7. When do puppies grow up?

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After 5 months, it is possible to supplement weekly with some beef, horses but must be very fresh with the amount from a little to a lot later (for big dogs, guarding and professional work). Do not be afraid of dachshunds going out when feeding raw meat, because of the wild instinct, dachshunds still eat raw animals from the jungle animals, after started living with a human, they adapt to human food. For small dogs, some cooked meat is fine.

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Do you know how much to feed a Dachshund puppy? Feeding your puppy, the right amount of food is important in maintaining a healthy weight and supporting their growth and development.

The amount to feed a Dachshund depends on certain factors including age and activity level.

Whether you are feeding a standard Dachshund or a miniature Dachshund, ensure that you give them the correct amounts to avoid overweight or underweight puppies.

This article will explain all the essential information you need to know about how much to feed a Dachshund puppy.

How Much Should A Dachshund Puppy Eat?

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How much to feed a Dachshund puppy depends on several factors including gender, genetics, and the stage of life they are in. You should also consider the types of food you are giving them and their activity level before adjusting the amounts to feed them.

Dachshunds have a higher risk of getting hypoglycemia if they go long without eatingbecause their metabolism is faster.

Therefore when they are young, distribute their daily portions into several mealtimes throughout the day. When they get older, decrease the amount.

Generally, between the ages of two and five months, your puppy needs to be fed three to four times in the day. Between the ages of six and eight months, you can feed them two to three times a day.

Dachshund Puppy Feeding Chart 

Generally, you can calculate the number of calories your Dachshund needs based on their current weight. A growing puppy requires two times their resting energy requirement (RER) in a day.

The RER is calculated by multiplying the body weight of your puppy in kilograms to the power of ¾ by 70.

For example, if your Dachshund weighs 10kg, their RER will be 70(10kg)3/4 = 400. You then multiply this by two making it 800 calories per day.

2-Week-Old Dachshund Puppy 

Dachshund Feeding Chart

At two weeks, a Dachshund is fully reliant on the mother’s milk for its nutritional requirement. Weaning may start when they are around three weeks old.

If the puppy does not have a mother or the mother does not produce enough milk for the puppies, feed them the commercial equivalent of the mother’s milk.

4-Week-Old Dachshund Puppy 

A four-week-old Dachshund is ready to be weaned if they were not weaned at three weeks old. You can now provide food to the puppy and allow the mother to rest.

To start, give them kibble soaked in puppy formula or water. This will make it soft and easy for their delicate stomach. Give them half a cup of soft kibble three times a day.

6-Week-Old Dachshund Puppy 

In theory, a Dachshund that is six weeks old can leave their mother for their new home, but it is recommended to wait until when they turn eight weeks.

8 Weeks Old Dachshund

During this stage, the other will be giving them a small amount of milk because they are spending more time playing together.

Your Dachshund can eat solid foods at this stage and feeding them three to four times a day totaling half a cup of kibble is necessary because their appetite is also increasing.

8-Week-Old Dachshund Puppy 

At eight weeks, Dachshund puppies can go to their new home as they can fully rely on canned or dry food for their nutrition.

The breeder should tell you what type of food the puppy has been eating so that you can continue with the same to avoid stomach issues.

During this stage, feed your Dachshund between six to twelve ounces of food across four meals in a day.

10-Week-Old Dachshund Puppy 

As your puppy grows older, the amount of food increases to support and sustain their growth and development.

However, you should maintain feeding them six to twelve ounces distributed over four mealtimes in a day to avoid overeating and bad eating habits.

Most brands have a feeding guideline that shows the exact amounts of calories your puppy needs at ten weeks old. If you are not sure, confirm with your vet.

12-Week-Old Dachshund Puppy 

At twelve weeks, your puppy is grown, and this is the time to monitor their weight and height to ensure they are correct.

At this age, your Dachshund is ready to be trained on various habits that are useful in the long term. You can introduce treats as a reward for their training.

Give your puppy between seven and 15 ounces of food per day. Feed them four times a day.

Best Puppy Food For Dachshunds

Dachshund Feeding Schedule

Editor’s Choice

#1.  Royal Canin Dachshund Puppy Dry Food

This Royal Canin dry food is specifically designed for Dachshunds who are purebred and are between the ages of 8 weeks to 10 months.

The puppy’s digestive systems and natural defenses are not fully developed during the growth stage. Therefore, this dry food is formulated to meet the needs of a growing Dachshund and support their natural defenses.

Pros

  • Helps support joint and bone health.
  • Helps to maintain the ideal weight of your puppy.
  • The kibble encourages chewing and is easy to pick up.
  • Supports the digestive health of your puppy.

Cons

  • Expensive compared to other dog food.

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#2.  Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Dog Food

Hill’s Science Dry Dog Food gives your Dachshund proper nutrition to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Made with good quality ingredients such as barley and chicken, this dog food will meet your puppy’s nutritional needs. Every ingredient in this dog food meets the requirements for nutrient content and purity.

Pros

  • It is easy to digest.
  • Supports healthy eye and brain development.
  • The blend of vitamin E and C and antioxidants supports the immune system of your puppy.
  • There are no artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.

Cons

  • Not suitable if your puppy is a picky eater.

#3.  Purina Pro Plan Small Breed Chicken & Rice Dog Food

Purina Pro Dry Dog Food has plenty of good taste in each small kibble and has chicken as its first ingredient.

It is formulated with DHA, omega-rich fish oil, probiotics, antioxidants, and lots of calcium to help with the growth and development of your Dachshund.

Pros

  • Helps with vision and brain development.
  • Supports the immune and digestive systems of your puppy.
  • Helps your puppy grow strong bones and teeth.
  • No artificial flavors or colors.

Cons

  • Picky eaters may not like it.

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#4.  Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy Dog Food

The Iams ProActive Health Dry Dog food will give your Dachshund a healthy start to their life.

This dog food has been specifically formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of small breeds including your Dachshund. The first ingredient is farm-raised chicken and features 22 other important ingredients such as omega 3 DHA.

Pros

  • A good source of protein for the healthy growth of muscles.
  • Helps with the cognitive development of your puppy.

Cons

  • Some dogs are vulnerable to diarrhea after consuming the product.

#5.  Blue Buffalo Life Protection Dog Food

Blue Buffalo Dry Food was designed for the well-being and health of dogs. This formula has deboned chicken, garden fruits and veggies, whole grains, and LifeSource Bits, which is a blend of ingredients rich in antioxidants.

Since puppyhood is essential in Dachshunds, this dry food is specifically formulated to support their growth and development.

Pros

  • Has essential vitamins, phosphorus, and calcium for strong teeth and bones.
  • The kibbles are designed for smaller jaws to remove tartar.
  • Encourages healthy growth of muscle.
  • Has omega and fatty acids for healthy coat and skin.

Cons

  • Poor packaging in some batches.

Understanding Dachshund Puppy Nutritional Needs 

Dachshund puppies have different nutritional needs than their adult counterparts.

Because their bodies are still growing, they need more vitamins and minerals such as phosphorus and calcium.Their food should also be at least 22.5% protein that is high in quality.

Best Food For Dachshund

When they are newborns, Dachshunds get the nutrients from their mother’s milk or alternative commercial products if the mother is not present. When they reach the ages of 3 to 4 weeks, you can start weaning them and introducing dry or canned food.

Ensure that the food you feed your Dachshund is specifically designed for puppies and has the ‘complete’ or ‘balanced’ label in them. If you are not sure what to feed your puppy, consult with the vet.

Kibble vs Wet Food For Dachshund Puppies 

Kibble is the most convenient and popularchoice of food dog owners go for. It comes in a variety of flavors, sizes, and shapes. When selecting kibble for your Dachshund, ensure that it is specifically designed for puppies.

Dachshunds are small breeds hence need a smaller-sized kibble because it is easier to chew and swallow. Look for kibble that has a meat source such as chicken as the first ingredient and avoid brands that have fillers such as grains and cereals.

Wet food is tasty for dogs, but you should not feed your Dachshund wet food alone. Mix wet food and dry kibble for your puppy to enjoy their food more.

Wet food is less practical and more expensive than dry kibble. Wet food goes bad easily once opened and there are some concerns that wet food can cause loose stool in dogs.

However, if you choose to feed your puppy wet food only, ensure that you select a brand that says ‘complete’ food on the label and not ‘contemporary’.

2-Month-Old Dachshund Puppy Weight 

At 2 months, a miniature Dachshund weighs around 5 pounds while a standard Dachshund weighs around 11 pounds. If you want to know whether you are feeding your puppy correctly, check their weight.

If your Dachshund weighs a little less or more, it does not mean that they are underweight or overweight.

However, if you are not sure visit your vet for a confirmation that your puppy’s weight is correct. This is also the time to ask your vet about the overall health condition of your Dachshund.

3-Month-Old Dachshund Puppy Weight 

At 3 months, a miniature Dachshund weighs about 6 pounds while a standard Dachshund weighs about 13 pounds.

Genetics play an important role in the weight of your Dachshund, therefore, do not be alarmed when they are smaller or bigger at this age.

Dachshund Puppy Food

Ensure that you feed your puppy the recommended amount of food so that they maintain a healthy weight. Develop a feeding routine of small amounts rather than free feeding them.

4-Month-Old Dachshund Puppy Weight 

A standard Dachshund weighs 17 pounds while a miniature Dachshund weighs around 8 pounds at 4 months. At this age, your puppy more dependent and they need a clear feeding schedule.

If you notice any signs of loss of appetite or change in their body weight, take them to the vet to be assessed for any health condition so that early treatment can be administered in case there is a problem.

The vet can also educate you on how the growth curve of your Dachshund will look like.

How Much Do Dachshunds Grow Each Week? 

Several factors affect the growth of Dachshunds including exercise, diet, genetics, and health. therefore, it may be hard to pinpoint exactly how much they grow every week.

The growth depends on whether your puppy is a standard Dachshund or a miniature Dachshund because miniatures are half the size of standards.

However, for both dogs their growth rapidly increases from when they are 3 months old to 6 months, then a slow increase in weight from 7 months to 11 months after which the growth curve flattens.

Switching From Puppy Food To Adult Food 

When Dachshunds reach the ages of 12 months, they are fully grownin terms of reaching their adult weight and are matured both physiologically and sexually. This is the time to switch from puppy food to adult food.

Dachshund Puppy Feeding

It is crucial to understand that food for adult dogs is different from that of puppies.Dachshund puppies require high amounts of important nutrients and more calories. Feeding an adult Dachshund, the same diet will result in weight gain and obesity.

Gradually switch the foods to avoid stomach issues because they need time to get used to the new food. The process should take up to one week by slowly adding the adult food to the puppy food until the plate is only adult food.

What If My Dachshund Won’t Eat?

There are reasons why your Dachshund is not eating. First, they may not like the taste of the food you are giving them. The food could be a replacement for the original food they are used to eating.

Secondly, they may be having a health condition that is making them lose their appetite.

If you notice that your Dachshund is not eating their food, take them to the vet for a medical examination to see if there is an underlying health condition. However, if they are picky eaters, feed them the regular food that they like and stick to it.

Can You Freefeed A Dachshund Puppy? 

Free feeding is where your Dachshund has constant access to their food,and they can eat whenever they want to.

Free feeding can be convenient to you as a dog owner because it requires less effort, but it can affect the behavioral and physical health of your Dachshund.

How Much To Feed A Dachshund

If you free-feed your Dachshund, they are likely to develop resource guarding habits, meaning they will protect their food at any cost.

This can increase the levels of anxiety and stress in your Dachshund because they feel they should always guard their food.

Free feeding can be dangerous if you are feeding your puppy canned or raw food because if they are left out in the open, they can go bad quickly. Free feeding can also cause weight gain in your puppy because there is no restriction on calories.

Should You Feed A Dachshund Puppy Supplements?

Feeding your Dachshund puppy, a well-balanced, good quality diet will provide them with all the necessary nutrients they need to grow. They will get all the required vitamins from the food they are eating and cannot tolerate extra vitamins.

Therefore, do not feed your Dachshund puppy any supplements unless your vet recommends it.Supplements such as calcium, Glucosamine, and Chondroitin may affect the joints and bones of your puppy affecting their growth in the future.

Consult with your vetbefore introducing any supplements to your puppy’s diet.

How Much Water Should A Dachshund Puppy Drink?

Just like Humans, Dachshunds should stay hydrated. Ensure that your puppy has access to clean and fresh water daily.You can use filtered water bowls as this will keep your puppy’s water healthy and clean.

Typically, a Dachshund puppy requires half a cup of water every two hours. You can increase the amount if your puppy is more active. However, be careful not to feed your puppy excess water or less water.

How Much Exercise Does A Dachshund Puppy Need a Day?

An exercise routine that is well-rounded for your Dachshund is very essential for their health. Dachshunds love to eat and sleep, and if they are not properly exercised, they can easily be overweight.

Regular exercise should include daily walks of about 20 minutes. Dachshunds like exploring hiking trails because of the wonderful smells and sights they can discover. Remember to bring water for them to drink after the hike.

Dachshunds also like playing fetch with their owner.This can be time for the both of you to bond. Whether it is playing fetch, hiking, or walking, ensure that you take enough breaks to avoid overworking your puppy.

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Dachshund Puppy Training Guide

Contents

The following is an overview of the basic steps involved in training your puppy. These are guidelines to help you take the appropriate training steps at the appropriate times.

During the first 12 months of a puppy’s life, you must provide your puppy with a good safe home, nourishing food, much love, and consideration. It is during these first 12 months that the puppy is being conditioned to be a useful and enjoyable part of your family household. It is important that the puppy not experience unpleasant incidents. These can be startling events that could cause fear in the puppy that may last for the rest of his life. There are too many things in our daily lives that we take for granted but could startle a puppy to list here. Just think before doing something that could scare your puppy. Let the puppy get used to them as they mature.

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From 3-4 weeks

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Training begins for the puppy. It is at this time the puppy is starting to walk, respond to noises, eat solid food, and wag his tail. He begins to play with his littermates and explore his world. It is very important that during this period (more so than at any other time in his life) that you do not allow any emotional upsets to happen. These emotional upsets could include sudden noises, being introduced to unfamiliar things, or being left alone. Any of these emotional upsets can have a harmful effect on the puppy for years to come.

From 4-7 weeks

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The puppy will begin to wander further away from its mother. The puppy starts to play with toys and responds to voice. At the end of this period is when weaning begins. Around the 8 week period, strangers can be introduced into his world and handling by others. A puppy should never leave his mother before six weeks of age, 8 weeks is the ideal time.

From 8-12 weeks

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Actual training can begin. During this period the puppy is most receptive to learn simple commands like “come”, site”, “heel.” The puppy will learn these commands naturally, but should not be forced to do them, or scolded or yelled at he doesn’t understand. Make these brief training periods enjoyable for the puppy.

If you do catch your puppy trying to chew or bite on something they shouldn’t be chewing, remove the item and firmly say ‘No!” Never shout or smack your dog for doing this, as you will simply frighten him and make him distrustful. Removing the source of his chewing and being firm but calm should be enough.

When a new puppy is first introduced into a new home, restrict his movement and introduce the new surroundings gradually, over a period of days and weeks. Don’t give him the full run of the house. Take him out for short daily walks on a light lead (leash). Each day introduces him to a new part of the house but never let him run free. Confinement is critical to the training process. A crate is ideal for these confinement periods. Make sure the puppy has adequate bedding to be comfortable as well as a place for urination and defecation inside the crate.

From 12 – 16 weeks

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Puppies begin to assess their leadership role of the pack (you and your family). You being the alpha leader must resist this attempt at domination by your puppy. If you falter at this stage of the training, you’re more likely to have problems that will persist well into adulthood for the dog. Now comes a time when a more serious type of training must be introduced so the puppy will learn that you are indeed the alpha leader and they will submit. If the puppy steps out of line, he will receive corrective actions, but will also receive sincere praise when he pleases the alpha leader.

From the 4th – 7th months

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Take the puppy even further on your daily walks (but don’t overdo) so you both encounter more people, places, other animals, and all the other things that happen on the street. If you don’t do this, you’ll be creating a dog that is fearful of the outside world and will be more likely to bark at everything that goes on outside. Failing to do this type of training at this time will make it almost impossible to correct later. This conditioning should continue throughout his life. These daily outings prevent the boredom and frustration of your pet.

From the 7th – 9th months

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This is a critical time period that is different for the sexes.

  • Males: they will naturally try to assert their dominance in the family. He may develop a protective attitude and show aggression. You must be firm when this happens, otherwise, you’ll have a lot of trouble later as the puppy will grow up thinking they have rule over you.
  • Females: they go through a difficult time as she comes into season for the first time. Make sure that she is not subjected to any form of stress or anxiety during this time, otherwise, it could affect her temperament.

From 9th – 12 months

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Both sexes continue adjusting to their new bodies and environments as they perceive them as they grow into full adulthood. You can expect to see fluctuations in their temperament, training ability, and working performance. Upon reaching adulthood, all dogs will gradually go into the age of maturity. This is when dogs become settled in temperament and can absorb more advanced forms of training.

Times of these critical periods are only approximate and will vary from dog to dog.

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