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Puppy Proofing Your Home
Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy is what we are feeding to our puppies under 1 year of age currently.
Our adults are feed Diamond Naturals Skin & Coat Salmon & Potato All Life Stages & Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice Light Adult food.
Royal Canine Mini Puppy is a great dry food.
Purina Pro Plan Sport 30/20 This food is for all stages of life.
When wet food is needed we feed Purina Pro Plan Focus puppy.
We also like Diamond Naturals Small Breed food. We find their poop less stinky on this food.
Heartworm Monthly Medicine
We use Interceptor Plus prescribed by our veterinarian.
Our Adult dogs are wormed every six months with Drontal Plus prescribed by our Veterinarian.
Our puppies are dewormed every two weeks beginning at four weeks with Drontal Plus Sm Dog 22.7.
Tick & Flea Prevention
We use NexGard from our veterinarian.
We treat our fenced area with Diatomaceous
All of our dogs and their pups are microchipped with AKC Lifetime Reunite. We suggest you have the microchip scanned each year at your annual vet appointment.
We will register the pup with AKC Reunite in your name and our name as secondary.
Things you need on hand:
Puppies needs entertainment. They also need to chew as they begin getting new teeth. A toy gives them approved items to chew on and helps the process of cutting the teeth go quicker and less painful.
The puppy should have two bowls. One for food and one for fresh water. The bowls should be made of material that is easily cleanable. We free feed our dogs during the day. At night, we give them each a handful of food. They always have unlimited access to fresh water.
A harness is needed especially if you don't have a fenced yard. Dachshunds seem to escape collars quite frequently. Harnesses are generally more secure.
Great for cleaning up messes.
These are great for training your puppy. They are also great for bad weather days and traveling.
Puppy or dog nails should be trimmed regularly. At least once a month or more often if they get jagged or "click" on the floor.
Brush Get a brush appropriate for your dog's coat. A smooth or short hair dachshund will need a soft bristle brush. Wirehair will require a short napped wire bristle brush. For long-haired its often best to use a slicker brush to gently remove tangles and mats then finish with a bristle brush to get a smooth shiny finish.
Baby Gates or Puppy Playpen
To confine the puppy to a small monitored area of your home. Puppies are experiencing a lot at this early stage of life and they can often forget what they're learning.
Giving the puppy the run of the house at first can be overwhelming and will hinder the house-training process. I suggest to set up a small area such as a laundry room or kitchen area to house the puppy when unsupervised, nap-time or bedtime. Inside this area have a crate with bedding to utilize the dogs natural "denning" instinct. They can eat and sleep in this area and work towards allowing them more room to "live in" as they begin to not have accidents.
All puppies go through a chewing stage, it's part of their new adult teeth coming in.
Electrical cords are a hazard and could kill your puppy or dog if the shock is severe enough. Block access and keep the cords hidden from view. There are products available to assist with this.
Although, they are beautiful, plants are a temptation for your pet. Not only the plant but the dirt, especially when it has been watered. Be sure to check into whether or not the plants are poisonous. Keep the plants out of the reach of the puppy.
Quite possibly poisonous to your pet and most are kept under the sink. Perfectly, eye level for your curious puppy. Installing a child safety lock is a great way to keep them out of these chemicals.
The smells alone are practically irresistible to a puppy. Place a heavy rock in the bottom of a taller lid-covered trashcan. This will make it harder for the puppy to push it over. Things in the trash can can upset their tummies or even be poisonous.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is often used to sweeten chewing gum, candy, toothpaste and baked good. It is deadly to dogs.
Pay close attention to chocolate, raisins, onions, onion powder, rhubarb, alcohol, apple seeds, avocado, garlic, coffee & caffeine products as they are dangerous to puppy/dogs.t Do not feed your puppy/dog cooked bones.
These are just a few foods that are a danger to a puppy/dog.
Keep toilet lids closed so puppies won't drink out of it or fall in.
Windows and Doors
Keep them closed at all times so the puppy can't escape, get hurt or lost. Secure the cords that raise the window blinds, so they can't get caught around the puppy's neck.
Keep small items like coins, jewelry, paper clips, screws & nuts up out of reach to prevent puppy from choking on them.
Things like scissors, razors, knives, tools should be kept out of reach of the puppy.
You need to take precautions in the backyard (play area) also. It's important to clear the area of all hazards.
Remove toxic plants.
Fence the yard with a fence high enough to prevent puppy from jumping over it.
Fill in any holes to prevent puppy from crawling under fence.
Fence off in ground pools.
Set aside a section of the yard for the potty area.
Clean up feces from the yard to discourage the dog from trying to eat it. Yuck!!
Keep grass trimmed to detour ticks.
Avoid keeping the dog outside when it's hot and always have shade and cool water available.
Young puppies should not be left alone outside. This is a great time to play with and train them.