15, Dec, 2022
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.
01, Dec, 2022
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.
01, Dec, 2022
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.
15, Nov, 2022
Here at Barkmatic we don’t believe in standardised sizes for dachshund coats, because there aren’t really standardised sizes for dachshunds themselves outside the Kennel Club imagination. We know that there are loads of stylish, well-made coats available online for dachshunds, but we’ve found that none of them would fit the measurements of Sunny, our standard black and tan three year old teckel. What started as a shopping quest for our own dog is now the Barkmatic brand, and our commitment to custom-fit as the solution for dachshund outdoor clothing.
01, Nov, 2022
A few weeks ago we checked the Thames tide tables, got up very early, and jumped on the Overground train to Rotherhithe station. We were there for a photoshoot on the Thames foreshore at low tide, photographing our newest dog coat, the Superstretch, an easy-on easy-off dachshund base layer. Almost as exciting for us was the chance to go mudlarking on the muddy foreshore. Read on to find out more about this historic part of London and our sausage adventure.
15, Oct, 2022
My bad. Our dachshund begs for food from the table, and it looks like it’s our fault. I realise now that we did everything wrong in the early days. Sunny has always lurked around when we’re cooking and eating - both at home and eating out - harassing us for food. The thing is, we’ve never, ever, fed him from the table. We always knew that was officially a Bad Thing. But he begs for food anyway. Read on to find out what can be done to improve dachshund manners around the table.
01, Oct, 2022
One week in 2018 brought the news that not one but two dachshund teams have made it to the finals of the ‘Obreedience’ competition at Crufts 2018 dog show in Birmingham, UK. We can’t have been the only people who did a double take on hearing this. Dachshunds have the reputation of being difficult - if not impossible - to train. Obedience is not the first characteristic that springs to mind for most people when thinking of this breed. Read on to find out what tips we picked up about obedience training your dachshund.
01, Oct, 2022
You’ve probably seen that dachshund - or sausage dog - walks are springing up all over the UK. Or maybe we all just notice them more now that the number of these group walks seems to be reaching critical mass. We always had freezing cold fun at our local - and some would say the original - #sausagewalklondon event in Greenwich Park. Read on for our mini report on the best walk we went on in London, and links to a sausage walk near you.
15, Sep, 2022
Do you know that you don't need to wash our dachshund raincoats if they get dirty? Usually you can just wipe them over with a damp cloth. Less washing means fewer microplastic particles in our waterways and oceans. Read on to find out more…
01, Sep, 2022
Do dogs really need clothing? Surely they’re born with their clothes on? Not all dogs are created equal when it comes to staying warm and dry. Dogs with longer and thicker fur have an insulation advantage. Some large, athletic dogs and dogs with thick dense coats or long legs seem to power through wet and cold weather, entirely oblivious. Dachshunds’ hairless tummies are only inches from the ground. They are famously reluctant to go out in the wet, despite their reputation for boldness. It's clear that a well-fitting dog coat can be extremely beneficial for certain dogs, including dachshunds, to protect them from the elements or perform some other function. Read on to find out more.