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Dachshund: Your Happy Healthy Pet, 2nd Edition

Dachshund: Your Happy Healthy Pet, 2nd Edition

Ann Gordon

ISBN: 978-0-764-58386-5

Apr 2005

144 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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The authoritative information and advice you need, illustrated throughout with full-color photographs--now revised and redesigned to be even more reader-friendly!

Originally bred as badger hunters, Dachshunds today are among the world's favorite family pets--clever, inquisitive, fun-loving dogs who are a joy to own. This updated guide gives you all the information you need to understand, select, train, and care for a Dachshund, including:
* An in-depth look at the Dachshund temperament
* The fascinating history of the breed
* Tips for selecting a Dachshund puppy or adult dog
* Pointers on feeding, grooming, and health
* Savvy advice on housebreaking and basic training
* Bonus chapter available on companion web site
Part I: The World of the Dachshund.

Chapter 1: What Is a Dachshund?

Built for Hunting.

That Elegant Head.


Coat Types.

Colors and Patterns.

Chapter 2: The Dachshund’s History.

The Dachshund’s Roots.

Developing the Modern Dachshund.

History of the Smooth Variety.

Longhair Dachshund History.

Wirehair Dachshund History.

The Miniature Emerges.

Chapter 3: Why Choose a Dachshund?

A Hunting Hound.

Quick, Playful, Hungry!

Dachshunds and Families.

A Faithful Companion.

Chapter 4: Choosing Your Dachshund.

Deciding on the Basics.

Gathering Information.

Finding a Good Dachshund Breeder.

Meeting a Responsible Breeder.

Examining the Puppies.

What About an Adult Dachshund?

Rescue Dachshunds.

Your Life with Your Dachshund Begins.

Part II: Caring for Your Dachshund.

Chapter 5: Bringing Your Dachshund Home.

Where to Keep Your Puppy.

Puppy Essentials.

Using a Crate.

Puppy-Proofing Your Home.

Your Dachshund’s First Days.

Leaving Your Puppy Home Alone.

Chapter 6: Feeding Your Dachshund.

Finding the Right Food.

A Sensible Feeding Schedule.

Reading Dog Food Labels.

What About Treats?

Chapter 7: Grooming Your Dachshund.

Caring for the Smooth Coat.

Caring for the Longhair Coat.

Caring for the Wirehair Coat.


Ears, Eyes, and Teeth.

Nail Trimming.

Making Your Environment Flea Free.

Using a Professional Groomer.

Fleas and Ticks.

Chapter 8: Keeping Your Dachshund Healthy.

Choosing Your Dog’s Veterinarian.

Health Concerns for Dachshunds.

Health Concerns for All Dogs.

How to Make a Canine First-Aid Kit.

When to Call the Veterinarian.

Part III: Enjoying Your Dachshund.

Chapter 9: Training Your Dachshund.

Understanding Builds the Bond .

Practical Commands for Family Pets.

Training for Attention.

Teaching Cooperation.

Chapter 10: Housetraining Your Dachshund.

Your Housetraining Shopping List.

The First Day.

Confine Your Pup.

Watch Your Pup.

Accidents Happen.

Scheduling Basics.

Appendix: Learning More About Your Dachshund.

Some Good Books.



Bonus Chapter 1: Getting Active with Your Dachshund
Bonus Chapter 2: Your Dachshund and Your Family
Bonus Chapter 3: Additional Housetraining Schedules
Bonus Chapter 4: Additional Health Information for Your Dachshund