There is a simple equation for most things - "garbage in garbage out!" - the
same thing applies to Dachshund puppies in that if you feed them rubbish then
they will grow up with all sorts of issues both physical and behavioural so
please don't - always feed the best. This
section is a quick guide to setting you off on the right foot with your new
Dachshund Puppy and a quick view on feeding adults
1. Puppy foods we use that you can buy
We believe you should always feed your puppy the very best food you can
afford at all times, to that end any puppy you get from us always comes with
around a months supply of food of the same food that we use.
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We use have used the following successfully for
EUKANABA - Puppy & Junior
IAMS - Puppy & Junior
Small-Medium Breed Rich in Chicken
- Mini Junior
for adult dogs
- Dachshund 28
LAMB & RICE
adults we normally mix in some of either and or fresh meat, chicken, pasta,
eggs, with the dried food.
There are of course other reputable brands around that you
can try. Initially as we give you a starter pack of the
product we use; we recommend if at all possible that you stick with it
particularly early on as it ensures some commonality for your new edition.
How long should I continue to feed
It is very important that they
have puppy food until at least around 10 months and better still as long
as 12 months. If you donít it could cause growth and development problems.
Lunch and Tea
The best way we find to prepare a puppies food is as
Boil a kettle
Place dry food in bowl Ė just
a small amount to start Ė check the pack for measurements but we find
mini Dachshunds normally eat less than the pack says as they are so
Add hot boiling water to the
dry food until it covers the food - allow to cool - 20 mins or so - as
this happens the food will double it's size and become much softer.
At this stage they will
sometimes eat it as it is and other times not - they get fussier as they
get older - so we normally
Make up one egg into
scrambled egg and add it to the food stirring it all together with some
milk to cool it down to just warm and they love that.
Other food can be added and
mixed in such as chicken, beef, pork etc all cut up very small and that
will work fine too.
This meal should be given lunch
and evening although as they grow (6 months plus) you can reduce to once a
day normally evening.
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They must ALWAYS have some form of fluid
available DAY AND NIGHT.
Puppies aren't all that keen
on water initially so you need to give water and milk mixed - 33% milk
the rest water - then over time (12 months or so) reduce it to just
coloured water and then finally water. In very hot weather dilute it
more than normal.
Milk is best if it's goats
milk as that is more easily digestible by young puppies. Cows milk can
also be used but if you have issues try switching to goats milk.
3. Other foods
Puppies will eat almost anything we will; however we would
recommend sticking to the following and always cut up very small until they
4. What not to feed your puppy
There are rare types of processed foods that can be satisfactory for
your dog, but altogether it should be well avoided. These canned foods
have hardly any nutrition for your dog after all the processing it has
gone through. The chemicals used in this type of food are not good for
your dog's diet and the meat is of an extremely poor quality.
Cooked chicken bones
If you think that feeding your dog cooked chicken bones with left over
meat is fine, you're incorrect and should stop straight away. The cooked
(not raw) bones are a serious choking hazard as they break and splinter
easily, they can also cause mouth damage. Please note that it is only
dangerous to feed your dog cooked bones, raw chicken bones are thought
to be a very healthy addition to your dog's diet and can be recommended
by many. Best bet just don't feed chicken bones full stop.
Chocolate is extremely unhealthy for your dog, even if it's only used as
a treat. It contains caffeine which is lethal for your dog's nervous
system and heart. The sugar and sweeteners in chocolate are also not a
healthy addition to your dog's diet. Buy the special safe dog chocolate
available from pet stores. Dachshunds WILL go to extremes to get
chocolate - DO NOT GIVE IN!
Very very bad and best avoided totally not least because it rots dogs
teeth very badly and quickly.
Other Bad Foods
Other bad foods to watch for consist of, citrus oil extracts, grapes,
raisins, any rotten foods and mushrooms.