When it comes to a Mini Dachshund's development, feeding is one of the most important keys to a healthy dog. This process starts very early when the puppy is weaned and it continues throughout the dog's life. Muscle and bone development depend on the Mini Dachshund's food. Be sure to ask the previous owner / breeder what type and kind of food they fed the puppy because sudden food changes will most definitely cause digestive problems. When changing your Miniature Dachshund's food, be sure to change it gradually. It is best to mix small portions of the new food with the old food until the switching process is completed. This process should be done over 7-10 days with your Mini Dachshund.
Mini Dachshund Changing Diet Needs:
As the Miniature Dachshund grows, the amount of food and the frequency of feedings changes. At first, the puppy should be fed frequently with small amounts. It is important to feed the puppy frequently because it is usually very active at this age and you want to make sure it is eating enough. It is best to feed your Mini Dachshund about four times a day until the age of 3 months, and then change the feeding to 3 meals a day with slightly larger portions from 3-6 months of age. When the Mini Dachshund reaches 6 months of age, you should feed it two meals and then one meal a day when it reaches 1 year of age. Once the dog reaches 1 year of age and is only eating one meal a day, it is good to feed it dry biscuits in the morning and evening as well.
Keep in mind that when your Miniature Dachshund puppy reaches adulthood it does not need to be fed as much food. You want to make sure that your dog does not become obese, as this can lead to many health problems. You can either divide your Mini Dachshund's meal into two small meals or one normal size meal. For example, one small meal in the morning and then one in the evening, or you can feed your dog in the evening when it's your meal time. Just be sure to never over feed your Miniature Dachshund. It is your responsibility to keep your dog healthy. Always have a fresh bowl of water for your dog as well.
Mini Dachshund Feeding Habits:
It is important to make sure your Miniature Dachshund develops good eating habits. To do this, make sure your dog has its own eating area and that it's fed at the same time in the same place everyday. Never feed your dog table food, especially snack foods like cake, chocolate, and other junk foods and fatty foods. Pork, fish, and chicken bones are very dangerous for your Mini Dachshund. If eaten it can cause severe intestinal damage and even tear the stomach lining. There are many nutritional foods on the market that you can feed your Miniature Dachshund. Make sure to give your dog a balanced diet, so be sure to read the food labels. Your Mini Dachshund should always get the daily requirements of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fat, and water from its diet.
Mini Dachshund puppies require a balanced diet and exercise schedule. Be sure to change the feeding habits for your dog as it grows and matures in age. Following these helpful tips will ensure that your Mini Dachshund has a healthy and happy life.