You have researched different dog breeds and have decided on obtaining a Beagle puppy to have as a family pet. Before bringing the puppy home there are some things you should do to prepare for your Beagle puppy.
Preparing for the arrival of a new Beagle pup could be likened to preparing for a new baby. A basic rule of thumb is that if you do not want him to eat it or chew on it, keep it from being available. Watching a Beagle puppy ran around the house, learning its boundaries, will take time and training, so initially, anything you would not want a child to have should be kept out of reach of the puppy.
When deciding on a family dog, Beagle puppies can offer fun and entertainment along with companionship, if you understand the proper care needed to maintain their health and well-being. Additionally, one of the most important aspects of caring for a Beagle pup is taking the time to walk and play with the animal every day.
A Beagle puppy will grow into a loyal and friendly companion and with the proper training can be an inside pet as well, although they will need space to roam, but not freely, as it is their natural instinct to hunt. They can make great pets for apartment dwellers as long as you are willing to spend the time needed to walk him two or three times a day, providing up to an hour throughout the day for your pet to exercise.
Finding a veterinarian who is comfortable around Beagle puppies is important and they can build a trust with your pet. Follow the veterinarian’s advice concerning shots and immunizations and do not be afraid to seek advice about flea and tick control as well as heartworm medication and worming your dog.
A Beagle pup sheds often and should be brushed several times a week using a hound glove to remove excess hair as well as a fine-tooth flea comb to remove any dirt and excess hair. Frequent brushing will also help eliminate odors and maintain a lustrous coat. Bathing is not frequently required unless your Beagle pup finds something smelly in which to roll around. This breed does not require special grooming and can be bathed at home. The ears should be wiped out when the animal is brushed to prevent odors and to keep them clean and healthy.
Stubborn Streak Offers Training Challenge
Usually, every Beagle puppy comes with a stubborn streak, which can offer some challenges in training them. However, repetition and consistency in commands will show results and being patient with the dog will yield better results. With Beagle puppies, praise will achieve far better results than punishment.
For health’s sake, watch your Beagle puppy weight. When using treats as a reward break them into three or four pieces so as not to overfeed the dog. An average animal should only be fed a cup or a cup and a half of quality dog food daily. Keep your Beagle pup in a secured yard during the day, avoiding stuffed animal toys as they can be ripped apart and their pieces swallowed. If desired, the animal should sleep indoors at night, but not have the run of the house. When you think you are ready, before picking up a dog, you should start preparing for your Beagle puppy.
Exercise Area Needed From Day One
You should provide a space for the Beagle puppy, which it will learn to recognize as his own, and then treat it as its own special area. Beagles are not normally noisy animals, but will bark at passing wildlife and may bark at new people in or around the home. They will also howl if left alone for long periods of time, to being prepared to spend time with your new Beagle puppy is extremely important.
If your yard is not fenced in properly to contain the Beagle pup, you should do so before its arrival. A fenced yard is an ideal place to provide a Beagle puppy with the room they need to roam, but you may want to keep in mind that passing animals and people will attract its attention and he will try to alert you to their presence through its barking.
Beagle puppies require a lot of attention and, like an infant, will most likely howl if left alone too long. You should visit the pet store before bringing your new Beagle puppy home to pick up needed items like food, a water dish and some toys before bringing it home. Once it arrives, you will not want to leave it alone to go out and pick things up. Leaving a Beagle puppy home alone on its first day is not a wise idea. Even if it is house trained, a new environment may cause accidents you may not want in your home.
On you way to pick up your new Beagle pup, you may try to acquire some extra patience to go along with its food, as a Beagle pup will most likely attempt to stretch your attention span until it is used to being around you and its news residence. You will also want to check out our information on creating a living space for your new Beagle puppy before bringing one home.