wikiHow to Groom a Smooth (Short haired) Dachshund

Smooth dachshunds have a specific grooming regimen. Read this article to prepare your dog's coat correctly.


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    Place your smooth dachshund on a comfortable spot on the floor or on a grooming table. If you choose to be on the floor, lay out a soft, large towel. Remove any accessories he is wearing such as a collar or dog clothing.
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    Use your bristle brush and comb his ears gently. Then turn him over on his back and brush her chest, under her armpits, and on her "under" legs. Brush his legs too. Pay SPECIAL attention to his face, brush that very gently. Also, pay special attention when brushing his back, that is what people will pet the most!
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    Use the rubber brush and gently brush his back, neck, and thighs. This rubber brush makes his hair feel a little oily, but that is okay because this makes the coat softer and shinier, and the oily feeling will go away with the next step.
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    If the rubber brush gives your dog an oily feeling, take a bath wipe and wipe over the body. DO NOT do this if you are going to give the dog a bath, the bath will take the oily feeling away.
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    Use either ear wipes, or ear cleanser and wipe the ear where wax is evident and through the different crevasses in the ear. The wax is usually a brown or black color. Be careful not to stick your finger through the ear canal. For the cleanser, use something like Nova Cleanse or Doctor's Foster and Smith Ear Cleanse. Squirt the solution in the dog's ear and rub the ear in a circular motion. Take a cotton ball, place it right under the flap, and tip your dog's head toward it. The solution will be caught in the cotton ball. Next, take a clean cotton ball and wipe were the solution stayed. Your dog's ears should be very clean afterwards!
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    Take your dog's toothbrush and dog toothpaste. There is also a tiny finger brush with plastic bristles you can buy. You can buy these at any pet store, in pet catalogs (such as Doctor's Foster and Smith), or from your veterinarian. Brushing your dog's teeth is very important and can prevent painful and costly dental surgeries.
    • Use the toothbrushes and toothpastes formulated for dogs and rinse under hot water for about three seconds. Then, put under cool water so it doesn't hurt your dog. This will clean the toothbrush.
    • Take the toothpaste and squirt a pea-sized amount on the toothbrush. Gently, move your dog's lip upward so you can see it's teeth. Brush all the teeth inside the mouth for about one minute. You should brush your dog's teeth at least twice a week.

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    Wipe the eyes boogers away and around the eye rim with the eye wipes. Be careful! Do not get the wipe into the eye, this can really sting!
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    Time to clip those nails! Use a small dog nail clipper, not a human nail clipper. Ask your veterinarian to show you how to clip the nails, don't try it by yourself first! Clip only the tip of the nail, not any further or you will hit the quick. The quick is very hard to see in black nails, so don't get any farther than the tip. If you hit the quick, it will be a very painful and even fatal experience for your dog. Check the warning section to learn what to do when you hit a quick. Don't let the quick part of the nail stop you from clipping your dog's nails, clipping the nails is essential in the grooming process!
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    Time to have a bath! If you would like to learn how to do a quick "fast bath" go to the Tips part of the page. Otherwise, stay here.
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    Get the right shampoo and conditioner.
    • Isle of Dogs grooming products are recommended by groomers and breeders nationwide to produce a top-quality, show-finish coat. These are best to use on the coat of the smooth dachshund.
    • Buy some creamy dog shampoo and conditioner that will make your smooth dachshund's coat "silky and soft". If your smooth dachshund is muddy or dirty, use a clear shampoo, they clean better. They also help to get rid of stink and stains in the coat. But if you are giving your dog a normal bath, just use creamy shampoo. Good brands and choices of shampoos are: All Isle of Dogs Shampoos, and Doctors Foster and Smith Premier System Shampoo or different shampoos in their VitaSheen collections. Good Choices of Conditioners are all Isle of Dogs conditioners, and Doctors Foster and Smith Premier System Conditioner or Their VitaSheen Moisturizing Conditioner. Another good brand choice for shampoos and conditioners is Oster grooming products. Lastly, is Miracle Coat.
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    Directions for Bathing your Smooth Dachshund
    • Wet your dog completely starting from the top of the head to the end of the tail.
    • Take the shampoo and squirt some in your hands. Start to lather from the top of the neck to the end of the tail. Shampoo the outside of the ears, the legs, the chest, belly,and the rest of the body. (Don't get in eyes!)
    • Rinse the shampoo out of the coat for at least 3 minutes, making sure you get every single bit of soap out of the coat. Next, shampoo the head. YOU MUST use a tearless shampoo (most puppy shampoos are tearless) on the head. To shampoo the head start at the top, and work your way down to the muzzle. Even though the shampoo is tearless, try to NOT get it in the eyes please! Even though the manufacturers may say it is tearless, sometimes they DO lie! Afterwards, rinse the head, and make sure ALL the shampoo has been rinsed off!

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    Now, Take out the conditioner. Squirt some in your hands, and smooth over the top of the neck, to the end of the tail. Also, get the outside of the ears, the legs, the chest, feathering and the rest of the body. Keep the conditioner on for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse for about 2 minutes to 8 minutes. If there is still soap in the coat, make sure you keep rinsing until the coat is clean or your dog will be very uncomfortable. Let your dog shake the water off once. Half the drying is done right there. Take the towel and for about 20 seconds stroke all over the dog's body. DO NOT RUB! Rubbing makes the coat harsh-looking! Dachshund's coats are supposed to lie flat to the body! After, your dog will still be damp, but not wet. This is perfect. Take the bristle brush and repeat the brush routine as previously. Make sure you are brushing in the direction the hair grows, and brush the coat so that it is flat on the body. If you brush until dry, your dachshund will have a smooth, flat-lying coat!
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    Take out the grooming scissors after the bath. Let your dog stand or if a show dog "stack". Trim the whiskers, this will give your dog a cleaner look. Don't worry, trimming the whiskers won't hurt the dog, and if you would rather not, you don't have to cut the whiskers if your dog isn't a show dog!


  • How to do a fast bath.
    • Fast baths are not really considered baths, and should not be substitutes for baths.
    • Take out your waterless shampoo. I like to use Isle of Dogs Grooming Spray.
    • Spray all over dog's coat (avoiding the face, except the ears) and saturate the coat. Rub in, and then towel dry. A longhair dachshund's coat is supposed to lie flat on the body, so stroke the towel against the dog's body, DO NOT RUB! After, brush the coat out and your dog's coat will be lustrous and silky.
    • Try to do this at least once a week (not counting the week you give your dog a real bath.)
  • Dachshunds are usually very shy with people handling their feet, so you should start clipping their nails when they are puppies.
  • If your dog's coat is static, spray an antistatic (most waterless shampoos work as antistatic) lightly over the coat. Then, comb out.
  • While trimming your dog's whiskers only use grooming scissors. Other scissors may pull and make the experience uncomfortable.


  • Don't wipe inside your dog's ear canal; you can break the eardrum.
  • If you accidentally use ear wipes as eye wipes you can blind your dog.
  • While you are clipping your dog's nails, look for the quick. The quick is a blood vessel in the nails. Only clip the dogs nails once a month or less, and only clip the tip of the nail. If you go any farther, you will hit the quick. When you hit the quick, blood will squirt everywhere and your dog will be in tremendous pain. If you hit the quick, make sure have have some nail powder. You can buy it in little tubes at pet supply stores. Stick your dog's nail inside the powder, and eventually the bleeding will stop. Keep the nail in the powder, and get your dog's vet on the phone. Your vet will give you special instructions. Also, if you would rather not call the vet, rush to the veterinarian's office as quickly as possible! While going to the vet's still keep your dog's nail in the powder.
  • Don't use human toothpaste on your pooch, the result can be fatal.

Things You'll Need

  • A bristle brush.
  • A rubber pin brush
  • Two Towels (one may not be needed if using a grooming table)
  • Ear wipes or Ear Cleanser (Ear cleanser preferred Doctors Foster and Smith Ear Cleanse)
  • Cotton Balls
  • Dog Toothbrush, Finger brush, and Dog Toothpaste
  • Eye wipes
  • Dog nail clipper
  • Dog Shampoo
  • Creamy dog Conditioner
  • Grooming Scissors
  • Dog Waterless Shampoo
  • Powder formulated to stop the quick from bleeding

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