You want the best for your dog and hope that they will have long, healthy lives.  Having your dog spayed or neutered, providing regular exercise and keeping them at a healthy weight can all increase your pets lifespan, but one choice  can have a dramatic effect on  lifespan – the food that you feed your dog.

There are many brands of dog foods on the market including super premium, raw, and organic. While some provide quality, balanced nutrition, many contain low quality ingredients with preservatives to allow for a long shelf life.  Would you eat food like this?

Homemade food is one of the best options for feeding your dog.  Not only are you in control of the ingredients in food but you can change ingredients, providing your pet with variety that they would not get with a processed kibble.

Before feeding a homemade diet you need to make sure that the recipes you are following are nutritionally complete.  A diet that is not complete and balanced could result in health problems down the road for your dachshund.  Be sure to check with your veterinarian or buy a recipe book from a trusted source such as a veterinary nutritionist.

To get you on your way here is a recipe for some apple treats:


2 cups of whole wheat flour

1 apple, diced finely

1 cup rye flour

1 egg (beaten)

½ cup water

¼ cup vegetable oil

½ cup apple sauce


1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and grease a baking sheet.

2. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well until the mixture forms a cookie-dough consistency.

3. Roll out the dough to a ¼ inch thickness (½ cm) on a floured board. Cut the rolled out dough into squares or create shapes with a cookie cutter.

4. Place cookies onto the greased baking sheet and bake in the oven for 35 minutes.

5. Turn off the heat after 35 minutes, but leave the cookies in the oven for at least an hour to make them hard and crunchy.

6. Allow the cookies to cool completely then store in an air tight container