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  1. Dog biscuits: who needs them?

    We reckon that anyone who lives with a dachshund (or two) relies on dog treats of some kind or another to achieve any sort of control and training.  Our famously untrainable dachshunds can be trained with food incentives, and we think there’s a place for treats in dachshund diets, within reason. But what about dog biscuits, especially the kind of human-grade, beautifully-wrapped dog biscuits now available in delicatessens and at every farmers market in town?  Dogs will eat almost anything, so what’s the point of artisanal baked products for dogs? Read on to find out more.

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  2. Introducing our newest dachshund dog coat

    We’ve just launched a new dog coat in our range of coats for dachshunds.  We thought we’d share with you what inspires us in our work to design and make Barkmatic coats, and why we always keep innovating. All our dog coats are designed to make it easier for humans and their dachshunds to spend time together outdoors, doing the things they love.  Read on to find out what’s great about our newest dachshund coat.

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  3. Help! My dachshund puppy is on heat

    If you've never had a female dog before (technically a bitch, but I’m not going there) then you may be in for a bit of a surprise when she goes on heat for the first time. Being on heat (or being in oestrus) is the stage in a female dog's reproductive cycle during which she becomes receptive to mating with male dogs. Read on to hear about our recent experience with Pixel, our young dapple mini dachshund.

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  4. Choosing a dog coat for your dachshund: custom-fit vs. standard sizing

    At Barkmatic we don’t believe in standard sizes for dachshund coats, because in real life dachshunds don't come in standard sizes either.  Dachshunds are not simply mini or standard. One look at the participants in any sausage dog walk will tell you that! They come in all sizes and proportions.  What started as a shopping quest for our own dachshund is now the Barkmatic brand, and our commitment to custom-fit coats as the solution for dachshund outdoor clothing.  Why not try a custom-fit Barkmatic coat for the same price as an off-the-peg dachshund coat from other brands? Read on to find out more...

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  5. Not as green as you think: dog poo bags and the environment

    Have you ever stopped to think about what happens to all the dog poo that you pick up after your dachshund?  We’ve always used poo bags that are labelled as biodegradable, and just assumed we’ve done right by the environment as a result. But a recent check on how biodegradable dog poo bags really are stopped us in our tracks.  Did you know that where you dispose of your used biodegradable dog poo bag makes all the difference? Read on to find out what we discovered about getting rid of dog poo.

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  6. How to travel to mainland Europe with your dog

    If you live in a mainland European country, it’s relatively easy to travel to another European nation with your dog.  If you live in the UK and want to holiday in Europe taking your dachshund with you, it’s not impossible, but there are some hurdles.  We faced up to the practicalities of doggy travel last year when went with Sunny to visit friends in Barcelona. Read on for some of our top tips.

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  7. What is the collective noun for a group of dachshunds?

    On every sausage walk we’ve been on in London we ask ourselves what the collective noun is for a group of dachshunds. Faced with hundreds of dachshunds racing around Greenwich Park that’s a reasonable question. Now that we have two dachshunds at home, we’re thinking about this question again but in a more domestic way. We decided to do some digging (no pun intended). Read on to find out what collective nouns dachshund lovers have dreamt up for our favourite breed.

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  8. Double dogs: we have a second dachshund!

    And then there were two! We took the leap a month ago and welcomed a second dachshund into our life and our home. Needless to say, although we had a plan of sorts, nothing happened quite as we had planned originally. Read on to find out about our double trouble, especially if you’re also thinking of getting a second dachshund.

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  9. Muzzles and dachshunds: is this a good idea?

    Visiting friends in Barcelona recently, we jumped on the metro with Sunny, and were told by a helpful passenger that dogs on the metro were required to wear a muzzle. In London it’s not something we are required to consider, although we are always careful not to let anyone get too close to Sunny without warning, whether that’s on public transport or on the street. Read on to see what we found out about dachshunds and the use of muzzles. 

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  10. We love you anyway: breed character traits and your dachshund

    When we discovered that according to a Dachshund Breed Council UK survey of dachshund temperament, standard smooth haired dachshunds like ours have the fewest number of positive behaviour and temperament traits of all the types of dachshund, we weren’t really that surprised.  Our reaction? To rush and give him a lot of cuddles.  We love him just the way he is. Read on to find out more about the survey and this respected organisation.

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