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Make sure you have all of the necessary items for your Dachshund. You don’t have to spend a fortune, and you may borrow some of these things from a friend. You can use this list to pick up your pet supply staples:

  • Food. Buy as good a food as you can afford.

  • Leash or lead. Dachshunds must be kept on a leash when near traffic in an unenclosed area. Four-foot lengths are good for new puppies. When your dog is older, a 6-foot length is perfect. Choose leather or nylon, whichever you prefer.

  • Collar or harness. A leash isn’t much good without one. Harnesses are nice for Dachshunds because you won’t risk pulling on their necks.

  • Food and water bowls. Any bowl will do, as long as it is unbreakable and heavy enough so that your Dachshund doesn’t keep knocking it over when he tries to eat.

  • Shampoo. Use shampoo made for pets, not for people. People shampoo is harsh and can irritate your pet’s skin and eyes.

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste. It may seem silly to you, but brushing your dog’s teeth is essential for her good health.

  • Nail clippers. A dog with long nails risks a foot injury. Ask your vet to show you how (or have it done professionally once every four to eight weeks). Buy clippers made for dogs, not for humans.

  • Brush and comb. Your dog’s grooming needs depend on what coat your Dachshund has.

  • ID tags. Nobody thinks they’ll lose their dog, but if you do, your dog can’t tell anyone where he lives.

  • Pet gate. A must-have if you have rooms where your Dachshund isn’t allowed or stairs you want to keep him from descending or climbing.

  • Toys. Dachshunds just want to have fun. A few toys are a must-have, even if they’re homemade.

  • Pet odor remover. Accidents happen, but if your dog smells a previous mistake on your carpet, accidents will happen again and again. Ask your local pet store employee to recommend a brand, like Nature’s Miracle.

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Susan McCullough is the author of the bestselling Housetraining For Dummies and the award-winning Senior Dogs For Dummies.

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