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Table of Contents Breed Specifications Introduction Chapter 1: The World of Dachshunds A Dog with a Purpose Badger Dogs of Germany Breed Standards European Standards Three Coats A Dog of Many Colors Two Sizes and a Tweenie The Real Wiener Chapter 2: Before You Buy Are You Dachsie Ready? The Joys and Demands of a Puppy The Fun of Adopting an Adult What Kind of Owner Are You? Your ôCanine Fitnessö: Mental, Physical, and Financial Family Dynamics Are You Ready for Commitment? Chapter 3: The Best Dachshund for You! Dachshund Breeders Pet Shops and Flea Markets Shelters and Pounds Purebred Rescue Adopting an Adult Choosing a Puppy If in Doubt, Wait It Out Chapter 4: Dachsie-Proofing Your Home Your DachshundÆs ôSpaceö Kitchen and Breakfast Areas Bathrooms and Laundry Living Spaces Storage Areas and Garage Outside Dangers All Wieners Are Not Created Equal Chapter 5: Bringing Your Dachshund Home Planning AheadùMake Appointments Sign Up for Training Now Setting the House Rules The Ride Home What YouÆll Need the First Night First-Year Supplies and Expenses Naming Your Puppy Chapter 6: PuppyÆs First Month The First Day at Home The First Night The First Week Socialization Starts Now Shaping Behaviors Handle with Care! Chapter 7: Rescue DogÆs First Few Months The First Day The First Night The First Months Working Through Challenges Behavior Issues A Worthwhile Endeavor Chapter 8: Tips for Successful Housetraining An Easy Principle Crate Training Space Within a Space Crate and Dog Door Canine Litter Pan A Workable Schedule Increasing Space and Time Accidents Happen: Just Clean Them Up Training ôPottyö on Command Chapter 9: Proper Nutrition Commercial, Natural, or Home-Prepared? Reading Labels Feeding Schedules WhatÆs Best for Pup? Feeding the Adult Senior Diets and Special Needs Is My Dachsie Fat? Snacks and Treats Water Chapter 10: Grooming Essentials Brushing Basics Dealing with Tangles and Mats Trimming the Coat Bath-Time Guidelines Trimming Toenails Ear and Eye Care Dental Hygiene Chapter 11: Socialization Strategies Why Bother to Socialize? Places and Faces How to Socialize with People How to Socialize with Dogs How to Socialize with Other Pets Getting Extra Help Chapter 12: Common Puppy Problems Puppies Will Be Puppies Mouthing and Nipping Crying and Whining Constant Barking Digging Holes Chewing and Shredding Jumping Up Separation Anxiety Bolting Outside Chapter 13: Adolescent Troubles Why Adolescents Act Like Teenagers Leadership in Question Changes in Pack Order Dog-Dog Aggression Possessive Aggression Territorial Aggression Chapter 14: Dachshund Training 101 An Independent Thinker Training Collars Basics of Operant Conditioning Shaping Behaviors Small Steps to Success Finding a Good School and Trainer Benefits of a Well-Trained Dachshund Chapter 15: What Every Dachsie Needs to Know How to Teach Good Manners Teaching the Basics Commands for Coming and Going Teaching ôWaitö Teaching ôStayö ôWalk Nicelyö ôTake Itö and ôGiveö Chapter 16: Basic Dog Care Finding a Veterinarian Vaccinating Your Dachshund Flea and Tick Prevention Internal Parasites Handling Emergencies Preparing for Natural Disasters Senior Care Chapter 17: Advanced Dachshund Care Bone and Joint Diseases Heart Problems Skin Disorders Eye Problems Ear Infections Internal Diseases Blood Disorders Miscellaneous Disorders Chapter 18: Competitive Dachshund Activities Conformation Obedience Competitive Hunting and Tracking Agility Flyball Racing Chapter 19: Just Plain Fun Teaching Tricks Canine Good Citizen (CGC) The Great Outdoors Search and Rescue Public Education Animal-Assisted Therapy Active Minds and Bodies Equal Enjoyable Companions Chapter 20: Traveling with Your Dachshund The Importance of Identification Staying in a Hotel Car Travel Leaving on a Jet Plane Traveling Abroad Leaving Your Dachshund Behind Appendix A: Additional Resources Appendix B: Dachshund Rescues
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