Traveling with your Beagle

November 23rd, 2021 by Carli Podella

Your beagle can be trained to become a good traveling companion, but you need to train him when he is still young. Unfortunately, your puppy’s first ride will most likely be to the veterinarian’s office for his checkup and shots, so he may not be too thrilled with car rides after that point. This can be avoided with some training. Get your puppy used to the car by taking him to a park or open area where he can run around and explore the area. This will help him get used to your car. 

When you place his crate in the back of the car, toss in a small dog biscuit and his favorite toy. He’ll look forward to his crate. Never allow your beagle to ride uncrated as this can be dangerous if your new puppy decides to jump on your lap while driving. Make sure the windows aren’t open too far. Your puppy should keep his head in the car to avoid getting dirt in his eyes and nose. Never leave your puppy unattended. It only takes a few minutes for the heat and cold to become unbearable for your puppy. 

When you prepare for longer trips, make sure you pack a few items for your puppy including a blanket, water, dog food, his food and water dishes, favorite toy, and any medicine he might need. Give your puppy a light meal before your trip and some water. You will need to stop several times for him to take a bathroom break, and a little exercise may help him relax too.  

 


Health Care

November 17th, 2021 by Carli Podella

Your puppy will need periodic checkups by a veterinarian throughout your puppy’s life. Your dog’s breeder should provide you with a list of vaccinations your puppy has received. You must make certain your new puppy has been vaccinated against the following canine diseases: distemper, rabies, parvovirus, canine hepatitis, leptospirosis and parainfluenza. When your puppy is between 12-16 weeks, talk to your veterinarian about starting a heartworm preventative. While there is no vaccine for this condition, it is preventable with medication.

Lymes disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks. Concerned beagle owners living in certain areas of the United States should discuss Lyme disease with their veterinarian. 

Fleas is the single most common cause of skin problems in dogs. Fleas can transmit other disorders like tapeworm and heartworm or carry small parasites onto your puppy. You will also want to discuss flea prevention with your vet. Internal parasites that may infect your puppy include roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. These can be diagnosed with a stool sample. Proper sanitation and a nutritious diet help prevent worms. Make sure you have clean, dry bedding for your new puppy. You will want to wash his bedding on a regular basis to diminish the possibility of fleas. 

It is important to watch for any signs of illness so that your puppy can be treated. Your puppy’s eyes should be bright and alert and clean from matter in the corners. If your beagle puppy scratches at his ears or shakes his head, he may have an ear infection. Good health care and nutrition early in life will have an effect on your puppy as he ages and add to his quality of life.  


Basic Training/Tricks

November 10th, 2021 by Carli Podella

Basic training should begin as soon as your new puppy enters the home. The training session should be short but frequent,10-15 minute periods about three times a day. You want to build a relationship with your puppy. Choose a time of day when your puppy is active and alert. Just before meals is a good time because you can reward your puppy with treats. 

Your puppy should get used to a collar and leash as soon as possible. Allow him to wander with a leash until he gets used to it. Always end a training session with play and praise. One of the most important commands your puppy needs to learn is to come when called. This command is important for his safety. The best way to teach this command is to have your puppy on a long leash. Let him wander and explore. Call him, using the same command every time. If he comes right away, give him a treat and lots of praise. If he doesn’t, do not repeat the command, just pull him towards you. 

To teach your puppy to stay in one place, have him sit at your side. Lower your left hand with your palm up in front of his nose. Say “stay” and step in front of him as you say it. If your puppy stays, praise him and give him a treat. If he breaks the position, place him back and try again. 

When you walk your puppy, you will want to teach him to heel. Hold the leash in your right hand. Have the puppy walk on your left. This will give you greater control. Let your puppy lead at first. Start by walking quickly, saying “heel” in a firm voice. Pull back with a sharp jerk. If he lunges ahead, repeat the command and tug on the leash. These basic training skills will help keep your puppy safe. 


Feeding/Diet

November 3rd, 2021 by Carli Podella

Proper feeding will be essential to your beagle’s overall health. A healthy diet is important to your beagle’s bone and muscle growth. Before you bring your new puppy home, check with the breeder. Ask what kind of food was provided and stay with that diet for a while. Ask your vet for a healthy dog food recommendation. Usually, an animal-based diet is best. Look for ingredients such as beef, lamb, chicken, or fish. You can introduce another brand of dog food beginning with small quantities of the new brand. Slowly add larger portions of the new dog food until your puppy is totally on his new diet. This will help prevent your puppy from getting an upset stomach. 

Once your new puppy has been weaned from his mother until about three months of age, he will need to be fed four times a day. Offer small meals that have been softened with water. After your puppy reaches six months of age, two meals will be plenty. At one year of age, a single meal can be given in the morning with a dog biscuit treat in the evening, or you can give him half the food in the morning and the other half in the evening. A dog that lives in the country and is able to run around and exercise for long periods of time will need more food than a dog living in an apartment or one that has little opportunity to exercise. Always keep a bowl of cool, fresh water on hand for your dog. This will help keep him cool and will help with his digestion. 


Housetraining your Beagle

October 27th, 2021 by Carli Podella

Housetraining will be your first concern when you bring your new puppy home. The best time to take your puppy outside is first thing in the morning, after each meal, after naps, after playtime, and before bedtime at night. You should encourage your puppy to use the same area. Your puppy will probably be attracted to this area after frequent use. 

You should also use the same command when you take your puppy outside so that he’ll associate the act of elimination with a particular word. The shorter the word, the more of an impression it will have on your puppy’s memory. It will be important to familiarize yourself with the signs your puppy uses when he has to go to the bathroom. There is usually a sense of hurry on your puppy’s part. He may start sniffing and circling an area. You will soon recognize this pattern and should take him out to his area whenever you notice this pattern. It will take a lot of patience and persistence to train your puppy. 

A young puppy does not always have full control of his bodily functions. Never punish your puppy for going to the bathroom in your house. If you catch him, say “No,” and take him outside. If you are persistent, he will eventually begin to associate what is expected of him. Your puppy will most likely be eager to please you. Make sure you praise him and encourage him with a small food treat. Beagles love their food. You will have better results than if you scold him.


Selecting your Beagle

October 20th, 2021 by Carli Podella

Selecting  your new beagle puppy should not be a quick decision. Your new dog will be living with you for many years, so it makes sense to put some thought into your decision. If you buy from a breeder, ask to visit the puppy’s kennel to meet the puppy and his parents. This will help you see the dog’s temperament, the positive and negative aspects of the dog, any health problems he or she may have, and whether or not the puppy has been immunized.  

Most breeders want to see their puppies placed with loving and responsible owners, so they are usually careful and should be willing to give you a look around their kennel. If you feel something is lacking in the condition or care of the beagles, you should look elsewhere. You want to be sure to buy a healthy dog with a good disposition, and one that has been socialized and enjoys being around people. 

It may help to see your new puppy away from his littermates to find out a little bit more about his personality and temperament. Take some time to look at a number of puppies to find the right one for you. 

Your new puppy may have a pedigree, which is a statement about your new puppy’s lineage. It records your puppy’s ancestry. Registration from the American Kennel Club attests to the fact that the mother and father of your puppy were purebred and that they were registered with the club. These papers will enable you to register your new puppy if you choose. 


Grooming/Bathing your Beagle

October 14th, 2021 by Carli Podella

Dog grooming keeps your dog healthy, but it also provides time to bond with your beagle. Beagles have short dense hair, which is fairly easy to groom, but also requires some care. Beagles love to play and dig in the dirt, so their coat can become dirty quickly. Regular grooming is necessary to keep their skin healthy. Bathe your dog monthly. You don’t want to bathe him too often so that his skin becomes dry and irritated.

Grooming involves more than just bathing your dog. It also requires taking care of their coat, paws, ears, and nails. An important part of beagle grooming is brushing their coat. Beagles have a double layered coat, which helps keep them warm in the winter. Brushing will help reduce the amount of dust and hair your beagle sheds. Next pick up each foot and inspect the footpad. 

Beagles also require care of their long, floppy ears. Because their ears are long and don’t get a lot of air, they tend to be more prone to bacteria and ear infections. Spray a little ear cleaner into the ears and message the base of the ears. This should be done once a week. Your beagle will love his or her ear message. Clean the visible parts with a soft cloth.

Your beagle’s nails will also need clipping every 5-6 weeks. Take your beagle to the vet for a regular nail trim, or ask your vet how to clip the nails yourself. It’s important not to cut too far down. If you clip the quick, he or she will bleed and become fearful of their nail clippings. 


Beagles stubborn personality

October 7th, 2021 by Carli Podella

If you are bringing a beagle puppy home, be prepared to invest some time and energy into training. Beagles are known to be stubborn and difficult to potty train, so crate training is definitely recommended. You will probably want a small crate as beagles are unlikely to soil where they sleep. For this reason, you don’t want too much room in your crate. 

While beagles are very stubborn, they also tend to get distracted, which makes training a beagle more difficult. On the positive side, beagles are very food motivated and will generally respond for positive reinforcement with a treat as their reward. Beagles are smart dogs, and they love to eat. While they are not necessarily good listeners, they can be trained! 

Beagles have a natural instinct to hunt and chase. Because they were bred to hunt, if they catch the scent of something interesting, they will become focused on following the trail. The beagle’s nose will dictate his behavior! Beagles are hunters and explorers and may not return when you call them. Remember the food reward as they love to eat! Keep treats on hand, and they will come when called. It’s also important to keep your beagle on a leash when going for a walk. If they see a rabbit, their instinct will tell them to hunt down the rabbit!

Consistent training and food rewards can change your beagles’ stubborn behavior, but they will need lots of training to get them to listen and to follow instructions, especially when they find something more interesting to do! Be consistent, have plenty of food treats on hand, and you may find more success in getting your beagle to listen. 


Beagles easy-going nature

October 4th, 2021 by Carli Podella

Thinking about getting a beagle? A beagle is a popular dog, and it’s easy to understand why they make such wonderful pets. They are typically easy-going in nature, which makes them perfectly suitable for children. As a pack animal, a beagle tends to get attached to the family. They are generally very loving and can be a good choice for families with children. Because the beagle was bred to live and work in packs, they usually get along well with other dogs and cats. It’s in their nature to be part of a group. Older kids will become great friends with their beagle playing fetch and chasing each other around for hours. My beagle loved to snatch water bottles during our neighborhood baseball games. It was his way of getting the kids to chase him, and when they gave up on catching him, he would bury the water bottles. 

While beagles tend to be happy and playful, they are also mild mannered and affectionate! Because of this, the beagle’s personality is easy to welcome. Creating and enjoying time together should be fairly easy! The downside to this easy-going personality is that they don’t make great guard dogs. They are more of a watchdog. They will probably bark when they see something unfamiliar, and their bark may protect you from the unexpected, but don’t expect a fight because a beagle’s tail will soon be wagging. 

Owning a dog can be a rewarding relationship! Despite all of their little habits, beagles are a great choice for a family pet!