Bringing home a new dog is an exciting time for you and your new furry family member. It can also be overwhelming as you scramble to collect all the food, toys, and gear that your new pup will need. And if you are welcoming a new Dachshund into your life, you’ll need to keep their own unique physical needs in mind as you buy. To simplify your life, we’ve crafted a list of 20 Dachshund supplies you’ll need to get you started with your new dog.
The 20 Essential Dachshund Supplies
A sturdy dog crate for your new Dachshund is a vital supply whether you’re adding a puppy or a senior dog to your home. A crate gives your Dachshund a safe, secure place to get away from it all as they adjust to their new home. Keep it cozy with a soft bed, and you may find that your new pup retreats to the crate on their own with no prompting from you. Crates can also be a key part of house training your new dog, as most dogs will try to avoid making a mess in their sleeping location. Choose a crate that’s big enough for your dog to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around comfortably, but not one that’s so big they have space to poop or pee away from their bedding.
When it comes to crates, we recommend the Fold And Carry Collapsible Crate by Frisco. We like that it’s easy to clean and assemble, while also being convenient for travel and storage if necessary.
A doggie playpen allows you to give your new Dachshund a little more room to explore than a crate while still keeping them contained. If you’re training your puppy to use potty pads, the playpen gives you enough space to create a toilet area separate from the dog’s bed and water bowl. If you don’t have a fenced yard, you can use a playpen to give your Dachshund of any age some safe outdoor playtime.
When it comes to doggy playpens, we recommend this Wire Exercise Pen by Midwest. We like that it can be used indoors or outside, anchored into the ground for safety, and set up in multiple shapes.
3. Baby Gate
Because of their long, low bodies, Dachshunds are at an enhanced risk of developing back problems. These concerns mean you’ll need to take some safety precautions for your new dog. One way to do that is to limit the amount of jumping and climbing stairs the Dachshund has to do. A baby gate can help you keep your Dachshund safely away from the stairs. Even if you don’t have stairs, a baby gate is helpful if you need to keep your pup confined to one room without shutting the door or preventing access to a cat litter box, for example.
For safety gates, we recommend this Auto-Lock Pet Gate from Cardinal Gates. We like that it’s lightweight, chew-resistant, and easy to open and shut one-handed by humans.
4. Pee Pads
Pee pads can be a useful tool for housetraining your new Dachshund, although some owners prefer not to use them. Depending on your living situation, it may not be practical to take your dog outside frequently and pee pads might be your easiest solution. If you adopt an older Dachshund, they may have or develop bladder control issues. You may need to use pee pads on their bed as they sleep or place a few around the house to make accident cleanup easier.
When it comes to pee pads, our recommendation is these Dog Training And Potty Pads by Frisco. We like that they are extra absorbent and contain a built-in attractant to help your Dachshund know where to go.
5. Cleaning Supplies
Dogs make messes: there’s no getting away from that fact. Pee, poop, vomit, drool, and muddy paws can all wreak havoc on your home. Besides general surface cleaners and paper towels, you’ll likely need products specifically designed to deal with pet messes. Enzymatic cleaners work by breaking down both stains and odors, eliminating them rather than just covering them up. Part of successful housetraining is completely removing any accidents to prevent your Dachshund from returning to the scene of the crime to try again. You may want to purchase laundry detergent or additives formulated for pet stains and odor as well.
For cleaning products, we recommend the Advanced Dog Stain And Odor Remover from Nature’s Miracle. We like that it is an enzymatic cleaner and is available in bulk sizes. Nature’s Miracle also makes a laundry additive, as well as other cleaning products.
Providing your Dachshund with pet ramps is another way to help prevent back and neck injuries. If you plan to allow your dog onto your bed or other furniture, place a ramp to allow them to climb on and off without needing to jump. Ramps can be used next to short flights of stairs, such as off a porch. If you’re handy with tools, you may be able to build your ramp, but they can also be purchased ready-made.
When it comes to pet ramps, we recommend the CozyUp Wooden Ramp from PetSafe. We like the stylish design, durability, and sturdiness of this product.
7. Harness And Leash
For safety, your Dachshund should always be kept on a leash if not in a fenced space. Even well-trained dogs are not immune to chasing smaller animals into harm’s way or following their nose far from home. Typically, harnesses are recommended over collars for walking a Dachshund to help prevent neck injuries. You can still get your dog a collar to hold their ID tags but try to stick to a harness for walks. Many owners like retractable leashes because they give their dog’s a bit more freedom. However, they don’t provide as much control over your dog and can become tangled easily. A regular 4 or 6-foot leash is a better option, although you could still use a retractable leash to let your dog play in less crowded open spaces.
When it comes to a harness and leash for your Dachshund, we recommend the Outdoor Adventure Reflective Harness And Leash from Chai’s Choice. We like that they are reflective for safety, available in multiple colors, and the harness keeps pressure off your Dachshund’s neck with the padded chest strap.
Your new dog will need at least one set of food and water bowls. Bowls are available in a variety of sizes, colors, and materials, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. You may want to purchase crate-sized bowls for your Dachshund as well. Elevated food and water dishes are a good idea for your Dachshund because they are easier on their neck and back. If you have a new Dachshund puppy, start with smaller dishes so they can eat and drink safely without having to climb into the bowl!
For your Dachshund’s food and water bowls, we recommend the Neater Feeder Deluxe from Neater Pets. We like that it is elevated and enclosed on three sides to help contain any messes your dog makes while eating and drinking.
With a dizzying array of dog food options now available to pet owners, choosing a diet for your Dachshund can be overwhelming. Start by making sure you pick a food formulated for the life stage of your new dog: puppy, adult, or senior. Your vet can offer some suggestions tailored toward any specific health needs of your dog. All dog food in the U.S. must adhere to the same basic nutritional standards so don’t feel the need to splurge on foods that claim to be “all-natural” or use “real ingredients,” as these are not regulated terms, primarily useful for advertising.
When it comes to pet food, you should rely on your vet’s recommendation first but if they don’t name anything specific, we suggest Purina ProPlan Small Breed Puppy or Adult diets. We like that this diet is high in protein, contains probiotics for digestive health, and the kibble is appropriately sized for small jaws.
Provide your new Dachshund with a cozy bed to nap in, inside the crate, and out! You have many options available as you buy your new dog a bed. Many Dachshunds enjoy burrowing and hiding, so they may like a bed with raised sides or a cover. Be aware that a new Dachshund puppy may chew up their crate bed, so you’ll need to monitor them carefully. You may also want to place dog beds or blankets on your own furniture or bed to help contain the dog hair to one spot!
When it comes to dog beds, we recommend this Orthopedic Sofa Bed from FurHaven. We like that it works for any age Dachshund and offers raised edges for pillowing or burrowing.
11. Chew Items
Your new dog will need safe things to chew on, especially if you get a puppy who’s in the teething stage. Without chew toys, your possessions could fall victim to your Dachshund’s teeth. Many different chew items are available, and you may need to do some experimenting to determine how intense your Dachshund’s chewing becomes. Make sure to choose toys that don’t break into large pieces and pose a choking or intestinal blockage hazard.
When it comes to chew toys, we recommend the Wishbone Power Chew from Nylabone. We like the unique, easy to hold design and teeth-cleaning bristles of this product.
Provide your new dog with an assortment of toys when you bring them home. Playing with toys can help your dog stay fit, healthy, and entertained. Puzzle or interactive toys can keep your dog busy when they have to stay home alone. Playing with your new Dachshund can also help you form a strong bond with them. Again, look for toys that don’t contain small parts or that are easily destroyed. Every dog’s playstyle is different and you will soon learn which toys your Dachshund prefers. Avoid tug toys, as playing tug-of-war can trigger back problems in a Dachshund.
When it comes to toys for your Dachshund, we recommend the Burrow Hide And Seek Plush Toy from ZippyPaws. We like that this toy is versatile and can be used as a puzzle, fetch, or snuggling toy.
Your Dachshund’s individual grooming needs will vary depending on whether they have short, long, or wiry hair. Unless you choose to have your dog professionally groomed regularly, you’ll need a dog brush at home. Regular brushing helps keep your Dachshund’s shedding under control, as well as keep long-haired dogs tangle-free. The type of brush you need will depend on your dog’s coat style. Ideally, you should start getting your new puppy used to a grooming routine early, when their behavior is more easily shaped.
For your Dachshund’s grooming needs, we recommend the Combo Dog Brush from Hartz. We like that it works for any type of Dachshund coat: short, long, or wire-haired.
14. Nail Trimmers
Regular nail trimming is an important part of a Dachshund’s grooming routine. Many owners opt to have their pup’s nails trimmed at a groomer or their vet’s office. If you choose to clip the claws yourself, you will need nail trimmers. Dachshunds have a bit of a reputation among veterinary professionals for misbehaving during nail trims. To help combat this, begin teaching your dog to accept nail trims as early as possible. Make the experience as enjoyable as you can by working slowly and offering plenty of treats or other rewards.
When it comes to nail trimmers, we recommend the Professional Nail Trimmer from Safari. We like the non-slip grip and sharp cutting blade of this product.
15. Other Grooming Supplies
You may also need some other grooming supplies for your new dog. These include ear cleaners, for dogs who are prone to dirty ears. For quick clean-ups or outdoor adventures, you may want to purchase dog cleaning wipes. Finally, like many small dogs, Dachshunds can have dental issues. Regular home dental care can help keep their breath fresh and their teeth healthy. A toothbrush and doggy toothpaste are just one option. Dental chews or dental water additives are other possible choices.
For your Dachshund’s other grooming needs, we recommend the C.E.T Toothpaste and Ear Cleaner bundle from Virbac. We like that these products are vet-recommended, with a pleasant scent to the ear cleaner and a tasty flavor to the toothpaste.
16. ID Tags
For safety, your new dog should wear a collar and ID tags at all times. The ID tag should list your dog’s name and your contact information. Some collars can be personalized with this information as well. No one wants to think about losing their new dog but knowing they’re properly identified can offer a measure of comfort. However, because collars and tags can be broken or lost, also consider having your new Dachshund microchipped for additional security.
For your Dachshund’s ID tags, we recommend the Bone-shaped Personalized ID tags from GoTags. We like that up to four lines of text fit on each side of this tag and the multiple colors available.
17. Car Seat Or Seat Belt
Car safety is important for dogs as well as for humans. To keep your new Dachshund safe while riding in the car, you’ll need a dog car seat or seat belt attachment. Some dog seat belts double as a walking harness for convenience. Make sure you choose a belt or seat that is properly fitted to your dog. Keeping your dog restrained in the car is safer for them and eliminates potential distractions for the driver.
When it comes to car safety, we recommend the Lookout II Car Seat from Snoozer Pet Products. We like that this car seat allows your Dachshund to see out the car windows while the attached seat belt strap keeps your pup safe.
18. Training Supplies
Training your new Dachshund helps them learn to be a good canine citizen and makes them more enjoyable to live with. Dachshunds can be a bit stubborn, and positive reinforcement training methods are your best bet for success. For training sessions, you may want to purchase training treats, which are small and easy to carry in a pocket or purse. If you decide to clicker train your dog you’ll need to buy a clicker.
For training your Dachshund, we recommend the Dog Training Clickers from Downtown Pet Supply. We like that this clicker fits comfortably in the hand with a handy wristband to keep it from getting lost and is available in multiple colors.
Dog accessories and outfits are a booming pet product niche globally. Dachshunds are already adorable and dressing them in a hoodie or dress just makes them cuter. Instagram potential aside, short-haired Dachshunds will appreciate the warmth of a coat or sweater if you live in a cold climate. If your Dachshund is resistant to playing dress-up, don’t force the issue, but if you choose to buy your pup clothing, you’ll find plenty to choose from!
When it comes to keeping your Dachshund warm and cozy, we recommend the Reversible Insulated Quilted Coat from Kurgo. We like that this coat is both warm and waterproof and allows access to attach a leash to your pup’s harness.
Before committing to buy or adopt a Dachshund, be sure to do your research about the personality, health, and special needs of this breed. Not every dog is well-suited to every home, and it’s important to pick a dog that is compatible with your family and lifestyle. After you finish shopping for your new Dachshund using our list of 20 essential supplies, consider purchasing pet insurance for your new pup and get them to the vet for a check-up.
See Also: How to Potty Train a Dachshund
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