There’s a lot to think about when you’re an expecting doxie parent. You’ve chosen a breeder, landed on the perfect name, and spent endless hours daydreaming about finally bringing your pup home. When it comes to stocking up on all the right supplies, though, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There seem to be an infinite number of toys, after all, and an abundance of adorable clothing options that feel like necessities.
Before you go down rabbit holes of adorable tricks to teach your pup or homemade treat recipes, though, there are a few essential items you’ll want to ensure you have on hand. Consider these five items your dachshund starter pack.
1. Nutritious food
If your dachshund could talk, they might tell you that their day revolves around food. And in order to grow big (or, relatively so) and strong, they’ll need regular healthy meals! We’re big fans of dog food made specifically for dachshunds, which keeps the needs of their unique physiology in mind. You’ll likely want to stock up on food, if you have the space for it, since mealtime is a staple!
2. A harness & leash
It’s no secret that doxies are bundles of energy, so you’ll want to have the right gear on hand to support lots of walks and exercise! Because dachshunds are more at risk for back problems than many other breeds, ensuring that you’re not putting unnecessary strain on their spine when on leash is important. A harness will protect your pup’s neck, and since it’s more secure than a collar, they won’t be able to wriggle away, either! And when you head out for walks around the neighborhood, a bungee leash is a great option, since it absorbs the shock if your pup pulls on the leash and is designed to be extra secure.
3. A comfortable bed
Doxies are natural burrowers, and they like to get snuggled in their bed each night. Having a space to call their own also helps dachshunds feel secure as they get used to new sounds, humans, and objects in the house. When choosing a bed, you’ll want to find one with a machine-washable cover and a non-slip bottom. Being able to throw the cover in the wash will make your life easier in the case of any messes or accidents, while the non-slip bottom serves as a layer of protection for your pup’s back, preventing the bed from sliding around while they’re getting in and out. Some doxie parents also like to look for burrow or cave beds, which really allow your pup to feel tucked in. And if you want to make housetraining a bit easier or give your pup even more of a sense of their own space, putting their bed in a crate can help them carve out their territory at home.
4. Treats, treats, treats!
Though all dogs love treats, dachshunds are particularly food-motivated. So whether you’re trying to teach your pup to sit, convince them that car rides aren’t so bad, or simply reward them for being the goodest boy or girl, you’ll probably want to have a well-stocked supply of treats.
5. Something to chew on
It’s easy to go a little crazy when picking out toys for your pup to play with — there are just so many adorable options! And while you don’t need hundreds of toys for your doxie, keeping a few toys around that are meant to be chewed on can help prevent them from chewing on your shoes or the legs of the sofa. Dachshunds have strong jaws, so you’ll want to lean towards more durable toys and avoid toys filled with synthetic materials that they could end up ingesting.
There’ll always be more treats, toys, apparel, and accessories to buy for your doxie, but this “starter pack” will help you cover all the necessary bases when you’re preparing your home for your pup.