Nothing is cuter than an itty-bitty weenie dog with a freshly groomed coat. Whether you have the smooth or wire-haired variety, grooming is the same as for the larger type and requires only a few minutes a week to keep her coat silky and shiny.
Wash your baby with an approved pet shampoo that is gentle on his skin. Make sure you rinse him well so he doesn’t itch later, making you think he has fleas. Towel-dry him by patting his coat. Don’t rub, as this causes his hair to mat, just like a human’s.
Spritz a coat conditioner on her hair. Brush it through gently using a slicker brush. Follow up with a comb, working any mats out from the end of the hair first. This keeps you from pulling your baby’s skin.
Strip or thin the long hair on his back with a stripping knife. With the smooth side facing you, pull his skin taut with your free hand and gently wipe the blade over the hair in the direction in which the coat grows.
Thin your dachshund’s coat around the throat and chest with thinning shears. Hold her chin up and cut down toward her feet. Take off about an inch at a time until you get it the length you like for your mini. Also use the thinning shears on her legs and feet. They are safe and effective in creating an even cut.
Clean the hairs around your pup’s ears with the stripping knife. Start at the top of the ear and work downward, smoothing the hair as you go.
- Never use thinning shears close to your pup’s skin.
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