Before you rush out to the pet store to buy a dog, there are many things to consider before buying a Beagle puppy. Not everyone is cut out to own a Beagle pup, mainly due to their lifestyle and unless you have the time to devote to raising one, a Beagle puppy may not be the right companion for you.
If you are a road warrior and seldom at home, a Beagle pup is not the kind of animal you can leave behind for extended periods of time. Regardless of how cute and adorable they may seem, they need attention from their master as well as frequent care and exercise. Even more than mature animals, Beagle puppies will need a lot of attention and training to become happy, loyal companions.
Their grooming needs require being brushed two or three times each week to keep them free of loose hair, which also reduces the possibility of developing an odor and their long, droopy ears need to be wiped clean often to reduce any chance of smell or ear infections from developing. While trips to a groomer for haircuts or bathing are not usually a requirement for a Beagle pup, your performance of these duties can help maintain a clean and health Beagle puppy and also help develop a personal interaction with your pet.
Top Mistakes Beagle Owners Make:
Not understanding role of diet and nutrition in Beagle care
The diet of Beagle puppies is also important to guard against the development of many diseases associated with the breed, and frequent feeding, a cup or two of dry food daily, is healthier than leaving food out for them to eat at their leisure. They should also not be fed table scraps, so if you are looking to own a dog to double as a garbage disposal or sweeper, a Beagle puppy is not the right choice.
Training a Beagle pup is also going to take time as Beagle puppies have a stubborn streak in them. Training requires patience and consistency and, even if you send the animal to an obedience school, you will be attending classes with it or else he will not listen to you once you get back home.
However, if you have the patience and the time to devote to a new Beagle puppy, you can expect a very loving and loyal companion who will do anything it can think of to please you. You should also look into how to choose the right Beagle puppy.
Choosing a dog because it is cute
This is a very common mistake that a lot of dog owners seem to make. They see a dog at the local puppy store, fall in love with how cute it looks and then buy it and bring home. Also some people, they know of a particular breed that they have always wanted because of how they look, and then buy the first one they see. Failing to properly research the breed of dog is one of the most common mistakes people seem to make. Every dog breed has a particular set of activity requirements and personalities. It is essential that the breed of dog you choose marries closely with the lifestyle in which you live. There is no point buying a border collie puppy if you live a very busy lifestyle with very limited time available to exercising your dog. Of course the border Collie is a working dog and will need a lot of exercise. On the other side of the coin, if you do live a life filled with activity then there is no point expecting a little Chihuahua to keep up with a demanding physical workload. Before choosing a dog, think about your lifestyle first and select a dog breed that will fit in well.
Getting a dog for the kids!
This is another very common mistake a lot of dog owners make. All children have a tendency to want a little puppy as their little plaything. I am sure you’ve heard kids beg their parents to get a little puppy. And so a lot of parents will do just that. Off they go to the local pet store, they choose a nice cute little puppy and say to their kids here is your new puppy. Somewhere along the line the kids may have promised to look after the dog as a means of bargaining with their parents to get a new puppy. But the big mistake here, is that kids no matter how many times they promise, are not at this stage to take full responsibility for the care that dog requires. So therefore the parents end up taking over the responsibility. Because the dog was bought for the kids, often there was very little preparation in terms of the breed of dog chosen as well as plans for the training and socialisation of the new puppy. This is where we tend to see dogs that misbehave to the point where it causes frustration in the parents and possibly even their abandonment of the dog.
Buying a dog from the pet store
Obviously good research involves choosing the right breed of dog for your home. By your research mustn’t stop there. One of the worst places to buy your dog from is at your local puppy store. Puppies sold from local puppy stores are usually puppies that have been bred in “puppy mills”. Although convenient to go shopping in these sort of puppy stores, there really isn’t a lot of control in the type of dog that you are actually getting and there is certainly no control where there are not the puppy you are buying is the product of inbreeding. The last thing you want with your new puppy is further them to fall ill. When you are choosing a puppy for your home, you are choosing a new family member. The best place to buy your new puppy from is from a reputable professional dog breeder. Although usually more expensive, you can generally ensure the puppy you bring home is in great health, has been well bred, and well cared for within their first few weeks of life.
Try not to confuse your new puppy with mixed and inconsistent commands. Make sure that the commands you use are consistent throughout the household. There is no point you giving a command to your puppy and then other members of your household given different command the same action. Decide on a list of obedience commands that you wish to train your dog and make sure all members of your household use the same commands, and provide the same rewards to your puppy after the command is completed successfully.
One of the reasons why so many behavioral problems occur in dogs is due to their lack of socialization when they were a puppy. There is a critical period in a puppy is life where socialization should occur. Most important period in which you should socialize your puppy is within their first 16 weeks of life. This is the time when your dog can get used to other dogs, other people and also other environments. Properly socializing within this period can ensure a happy well adjusted dog in later life. The complicating fact about this period, is that most puppies will not have had their full compliment of vaccinations before 16 weeks. This may mean that they will be more susceptible to catching diseases such as parvovirus. Although parvovirus can be quite devastating, choosing not to socialize your dog due to fear of your puppy contracting this disease, may mean your dog will grow to become fearful, anxious and demonstrate resultant behavioral problems as a result of the lack of socialization. Despite this obvious risk, it is very important to actively socialize your puppy within their first 16 weeks of life.
What To Expect With A Beagle
Since Beagles were trained to be hunters, they are filled with curiosity, always ready to run and explore, and like to keep busy. A few people think that they aren’t very smart but the truth is that they often choose not to let their intelligence show. They are both fun and funny, loving to make those watching them react by laughing at them. Since they have those incredible hound noses, they love to sniff at everything. Most dogs share this trait but Beagles can outdo them all. According to many accounts they eat more than many other dogs, acting more like little piggies.
Most will agree that Beagles are super family pets. They are like little kids themselves so usually enjoy playing with the kids. They love playing fetch and general interacting with humans. You must take into consideration their breeding and of course training. Any dog can have difficulty with humans so you need to be responsible for choosing a well-bred one and following up with good training. One caution: don’t try to interact with them while they are eating. They love their food and don’t take kindly to anyone disturbing them during breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
If you are a person living alone and looking for a four-legged companion, Beagle pets are not necessarily the best choice, as lovable as they are. Since they were bred to be pack animals, they are more likely to thrive in a family environment. They are, however, “people dogs” and tend to see themselves as just another family member.
Most Beagles are outgoing and friendly, although when you first bring him or her home, the dog may be expected to be shy. Once he settles in though, he’ll be one of the most lovable “kids” in your family. If you adopt a Beagle who is nervous and jumpy, check into his history. This dog was probably not treated well at some point and displays these traits out of fear. For his sake and yours, take the time to make him feel safe and loved.
When you bring a new Beagle into your home, be prepared for a fun and loving experience. The odds are in favor of him or her fitting right into your family, children and adults alike, as well as with your other pets. Because they are hunters by nature they may want to do a lot of exploring. Be careful to take him for walks only while leashed or harnessed. If he spends a lot of time in your yard, make sure that your fencing is adequate to keep him contained. This means burying the posts and all parts normally touching the ground deeply, as the crafty escape artist will most likely try to dig his way out.
Unless you are planning to show your dog, please spay or neuter your pet. There are already millions of unwanted pets in the world. The other advantage is that your Beagle will enjoy better health once altered.
Accounts vary as to barking and odor issues. Some owners complain about constant yapping, while others claim that they are quiet little beasts. This certainly may indicate training rather than genetic disposition. Beagle Breeders don’t consider them an especially noisy dog. Like most others, they will bark when:
Someone comes to the door