Groom a Longhair Dachshund
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Your longhair dachshund is spoiled rotten and knows it. She gets the finest foods, accessories, etc. But did you know her coat also needs special pampering? This page will tell you how to keep her coat in top condition, whether she is at the show, or home!
- Place your longhair dachshund on a comfortable spot on the floor or on a grooming table. If you choose to be on the floor, lay out a soft, large towel. Remove any accessories she may be wearing, such as a harness or collar.
- Spray your dachshund with a waterless shampoo or water/conditioner mix. You can make your water/conditioner spray at home by mixing 3/4 water and 1/4 conditioner into a spray container. Make sure to spray the coat evenly. All you need to do is mist the coat- not saturate it. This will help to prevent breakage and spilt ends.
- Use your pin brush and comb her ears gently. Then turn her over on her back and brush her chest, under her armpits, and on her "under" legs. Brush the featherings on her legs, her tail, thighs, neck, and back.
- Use the comb to repeat the same steps as you used with the pin brush.
- Use the slicker brush and repeat the same steps as the comb.
- Use the bristle brush and and repeat the same steps as the comb. Also, brush her face and muzzle very gently.
- Once a week, use an undercoat rake and de-shedding tool. Do the same steps as the comb.
- Take out your tweezers and gently pluck the hair inside the ear. Be careful so that you do not hurt your dog. Leaving hair inside the ear can cause infections and can be uncomfortable. Use either ear wipes, or ear cleanser and wipe the ear where wax is evident and through the different crevasses in the ear. The wax is usually a brown or black color. Be careful not to stick your finger through the ear canal. For the cleanser, use something like Nova Cleanse or Doctor's Foster and Smith Ear Cleanse. Squirt the solution in the dog's ear and rub the ear in a circular motion. Take a cotton ball, place it right under the flap, and tip your dog's head toward it. The solution will be caught in the cotton ball. Next, take a clean cotton ball and wipe were the solution stayed. Your dog's ears should be very clean.
- Take your dog's toothbrush and dog toothpaste. There is also a tiny finger brush with plastic bristles you can buy. You can buy these at any pet store, in pet catalogs (such as Doctor's Foster and Smith), or from your veterinarian. Brushing your dog's teeth is very important and can prevent painful and costly dental surgeries.
- Use the toothbrushes and toothpastes formulated for dogs and rinse under hot water for about three seconds. Then, put under cool water so it doesn't hurt your dog. This will clean the toothbrush.
- Take the toothpaste and squirt a pea-sized amount on the toothbrush. Gently, move your dog's lip upward so you can see it's teeth. Brush all the teeth inside the mouth for about one minute. You should brush your dog's teeth at least twice a week.
- Wipe the eyes boogers away and around the eye rim with the eye wipes. Be careful! Do not get the wipe into the eye, this can really sting!
- Time to clip those nails! Use a small dog nail clipper, not a human nail clipper. Ask your veterinarian to show you how to clip the nails, don't try it by yourself first! Clip only the tip of the nail, not any further or you will hit the quik. The quik is very hard to see in black nails, so don't get any farther than the tip. If you hit the quik, it will be a very painful experience for your dog. Check the warning section to learn what to do when you hit a quik. Don't let the quik part of the nail stop you from clipping your dog's nails, clipping the nails is essential in the grooming process!
- Time to have a bath! If you would like to learn how to do a quick "fast bath" go to the Tips part of the page. Otherwise, stay here.
- Get the right Shampoo and Conditioner
- Buy some creamy dog shampoo and conditioner that will make your longhair dachshund's coat "silky and soft". Try not to buy harsh shampoos, these will make the coat brittle and poofy. A good brand of shampoo is Isle of Dogs grooming products. Another is John Paul Pet. I also like to use Oster or Docter's Foster and Smith's Vitasheen shampoos or their Premier System.
- Directions for Bathing your Longhair Dachshund
- Wet your dog completely starting from the top of the head to the end of the tail.
- Take the shampoo and squirt some in your hands. Start to lather from the top of the neck to the end of the tail. Shampoo the outside of the ears, the legs, the chest, belly, featherings, and the rest of the body. (Don't get in eyes!)
- Rinse the shampoo out of the coat. Make sure you get every single bit of soap out, or your dog will get dry skin and itch and scratch. Next, shampoo the head. Unless you are VERY experienced, you MUST use a tearless shampoo (most puppy shampoos are tearless) on the head. To shampoo the head start at the top, and work your way down to the muzzle. Even though the shampoo is tearless, try to NOT get it in the eyes please! Even though the manufacturers may say it is tearless, sometimes they DO lie!
- Now, Take out the conditioner. Squirt some in your hands, and smooth over the top of the neck, to the end of the tail. Also, get the outside of the ears, the legs, the chest, featherings and the rest of the body. Keep the conditioner on for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse for until the conditioner is out. If there is still soap in the coat, make sure you keep rinsing well. Let your dog shake the water off once. Half the drying is done right there. Take the towel and for about and stroke your longhair's body until it isn't dripping. DO NOT RUB! Rubbing makes the coat poofy! Dachshund's coats are supposed to lie flat to the body! After, your dog will still be damp, but not wet. This is perfect. Take the pin brush and repeat the brush routine as previously. Take the comb and do the same steps as before, except pay special attention to the featherings, ears, and tail. Comb these so the are straight. Comb until dry, and your dog's coat will be straight and pretty! You can also comb while blow-drying, as longhair dachshunds coats take a while to dry. But, make sure you only use a dog blow dryer. These are specifically made for dog's hair, and will not damage it.
- Take out the grooming scissors after the bath. Let your dog stand or if a show dog "stack". Hold its tail up as if you were in a show. Cut the ends off the tail in a position where the half circle of a D is toward the ground. Only cut the ends off in this way. The standard states that a dachshund's tail hair should be grown to its "fullest length, but kept neat". You should also always trim the hair on your dogs feet. So that your dog is more comfortable, only use the grooming scissors. Using other scissors will also cause thinner hair, and the dreaded split ends, they will also pull and tug!
- Now take out your thinning scissors. You will need to thin the hair not on the outside, but on the inside of the ears. Thin other areas that need thinning, but only cut vertically, horizontal cutting makes choppy cuts.
- Hand-strip woolly areas of the coat to make a cleaner line. You can also do this in addition to the undercoat rake during molting.
- If while brushing your dog you should find a "mat" (tangle) remove it as quickly as possible. Use a mat detangler such as Unicoat (also a waterless shampoo and antistatic). Saturate the mat with the detangler and comb out. If this doesn't work, use a mat breaker. Comb through, and this should break the mat. If this still doesn't work, you may have to cut the mat with grooming scissors to avoid hurting your dog.
- While trimming your dog, only use grooming scissors! Other scissors may cause split ends or uneven hair.
- If your longhair has a fluffy, too- poofy, or coat that doesn't show the clean body-line, use thinning scissors. Cut vertically instead of horizontally to prevent choppy cuts.
- Use thinning scissors to thin the hair behind the ear.
- How to do a fast bath.
- Fast baths are not really considered baths, and should not be substitutes for baths.
- Take out your waterless shampoo. I like to use Miracle Coat: Waterless Shampoo for Dogs.
- Spray all over dog's coat (avoiding the face, except the ears) and saturate the coat. Rub in, and then towel dry. A longhair dachshund's coat is supposed to lie flat on the body, so stroke the towel against the dog's body, DO NOT RUB! After, brush the coat out and your dog's coat will be lustrous and silky.
- Try to do this at least once a week (not counting the week you give your dog a real bath.)
- If your dog's coat is static, spray an antistatic (most waterless shampoos work as anti-statics)lightly over the coat. Then, comb out.
- Dachshunds are usually very shy with people handling their feet, so you should start clipping their nails during puppy-hood.
- Must dogs will be stubborn and not let you use ear cleanser (as opposed to the wipes) in their ear. To avoid this terrible conflict, start doing this the FIRST WEEK YOU GET YOUR PUPPY!
- Remember to bathe at least once a month, no more than every other week.
- Remember to brush teeth three times a week or more.
- Remember to brush either every other day, or if an outdoor dachshie, daily.
- Clean his eyes DAILY.
- Clean his ears twice a week.
- Clip toe-nails once a month
- While you are clipping your dog's nails, look for the quik. The quik is a blood vessel in the nails. Only clip the tip of the nail. If you go any farther, you will hit the quik. When you hit the quik, the dog will squeal. Usually, you will only hit the tip, and it will be fine. Put the nail in styptic powder or pads. If it is too far, blood will squirt everywhere and your dog will be in tremendous pain. If you hit the quik, make sure have have some nail powder. You can buy it in little tubes at pet supply stores. Stick your dog's nail inside the powder, and eventually the bleeding will stop. Keep the nail in the powder, and get your dog's vet on the phone. Your vet will give you special instructions. of KwikStop, you can run a bar of soap over the nail. This usually is a great substitute, but is not recommend if you have the powder on hand.
- If you accidentally use ear wipes as eye wipes you can blind your dog.
- Don't use human toothpaste on your pooch, the result can be fatal.
- Don't wipe inside your dog's ear canal; you can break the eardrum.
Things You'll Need
- A pin brush
- A dog comb
- A bristle brush.
- Two Towels (one may not be needed if using a grooming table)
- Ear wipes or Ear Cleanser (Ear cleanser preferred Doctors Foster and Smith Ear Cleanse)
- Cotton Balls
- Dog Toothbrush, Finger brush, and Dog Toothpaste
- Eye wipes
- Dog nail clipper (*!!! New Product QuickFinder!!! go to www.miraclecorp.com!)
- Creamy dog Shampoo
- Creamy dog Conditioner
- Grooming Scissors
- Dog Waterless Shampoo
- Powder formulated to stop the quik from bleeding.
- Mat breaker
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