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Puppy Care

Beagle Puppy Care

5 month old Beagle puppy
Beagle Puppy Information

Bringing home a Beagle puppy will be a very exciting time. This will also be a time of great change for the pup. 

For everything to run smoothly, a new owner should be well prepared to help make a smooth transition and to offer the best of Beagle puppy care.

Proper Beagle puppy care will lead to a dog both emotionally and physically healthy. The first day, the first week...and the first few months are a crucial time that will be the foundation for the type of dog that you are going to have as your canine family member.
First Things First

There is so much to know about Beagle puppy care. However, let's begin with the essentials. There are items that you should have in place before your bring a pup home.


Puppy Food - It is important to the health of your puppy that any food changes are done very slowly. Therefore, you will want to find out exactly which brand of dog food the puppy has been eating. Many Beagle breeders offer samples of puppy food to new owners.

However, most samples last for 1 or 2 days. You will want to have 1 months worth of puppy food in your home that your Beagle is already used to eating. This will ensure that you have enough as you slowly change over to a new food.

Honey - The Beagle puppy can quickly develop hypoglycemia. This is a fast and dangerous drop in blood sugar. Without quick treatment, this can be fatal.  Any owner of a puppy up to 4 months old should have honey on hand. Upon seeing signs of this, the honey is rubbed into the gums which is one of the fastest methods of delivering high sugar levels into the bloodstream.

This is only to stable a pup as he or she is being brought to the closest animal hospital or veterinarian. Moderate to severe cases often calls for IV solution to stabilize sugar levels.

2 Dog collars, 2 leashes and perhaps a harness - You would be surprised how easy it is for new owners to misplace the leash or for the collar to slip off of a puppy. Always have a backup.

In addition, many owners find that walking a Beagle is far easier when you use a harness. You'll have better control over your puppy. It's also a safe choice since it distributes pressure over the chest, shoulders and back as opposed to just the neck.
Grooming supplies -You'll find things to be much easier if you put together a kit for all your Beagle's grooming needs. This includes:
  • A quality bristle brush and/or a horse hair finishing brush
  • A grooming mitt or de-shedding tool
  • A good bath brush
  • Quality bath products
  • * Optional - A light spritz to make the coat smell nice
  • Canine eye wipes
  • Clipper or grinder for nails
  • Nose balm
  • Paw wax
  • Dental care items
For detailed info on this, please see: Beagle grooming
Beagle puppy on a hill
Baxter, 4 months old
Photo courtesy of owner: Di - Malealea Lodge, Lesotho / Lesotophotographs
Sleeping Supplies - You may wish to have your new puppy sleep in your bed; however the puppy may fall off of the bed or be accidentally rolled on. Also, until a Beagle is house trained, things will work out better is he is in his own spot. Additionally, you'll want to consider that once a dog is told where his bed is - and if that is with his owner - he rarely gives it up without a fight. So, if you make the decision for your Beagle to sleep with you, it will be hard to reverse that.

Finally, a good reason to have him in his own spot is that you'll want him to become accustomed to his own, personal area. Where you keep your pup when you are not home is also where he should be placed if you can't keep an eye on him and also at night.

This should be in a centrally located room; most owners find the kitchen or living room works best. Have an indoor canine playpen or a gated off area. Within that area, have a quality dog bed for your Beagle puppy to retreat to when he tires and for nighttime sleeping. 
young boy with Beagle toy
Matthew Zaldaña, a BeaglePro Member, with his Beagle 'Mike n'Mikey'; when Matthew grows up, he's planning on adopting another Beagle.
Toys - Toys are a very important part of a puppy’s life. They are the puppy’s prized possessions. Most puppies enjoy having objects that are “just theirs”. Your Beagle will need toys that actually are helpful for their needs. Puppies begin teething right around the 4 month old mark, so you will want some good, quality teething toys and also some toys that encourage independent play. 

A Good Veterinarian - Most breeders, as stated in the sales contract, will ask that you bring your new puppy to a veterinarian within a certain amount of time from the day you bring your Beagle home. This is generally within 24 to 72 hours. This protects the breeder, you and the puppy. The best veterinarian may not be the closest one to your home. It is suggested to interview with at least 3 veterinarians within reasonable driving distance. You can ask to set up an appointment specifically to meet the veterinarian and spend time getting to know about him/ her and their practice.

You'll also want to locate a trusted vet as soon as possible so that you can continue with vaccinations on schedule to complete all rounds of puppy shots. Once done, you will only need to schedule booster inoculations as needed or as required per local laws in the areas in which you live.

Puppy Proofing Your Home

When one thinks about Beagle puppy information, it is surprising how many people forget that setting up the house is such an important part of bringing their puppy home and keeping him or her safe...especially during the first year. 
It is amazing how quickly a puppy can get into a dangerous situation. It is very important to puppy proof your home; never think that a puppy "will know better". They are incredibly curious! You will want to proof your home for:
Medications, trash, sinks, bathtubs, toilets, cleaning supplies, electrical cords, small objects (we almost lost a puppy due to an ingested penny that had fallen on the floor), stairs, cat litter boxes, tobacco products, house plants (many can be toxic) water hazards and sharp objects.
Expect Your Beagle Puppy to be a Bit Hyper

 A lot of owners worry that their young puppy is out of control. Pups may run around the house, slide around on slippery floors, bound down hallways, run and tumble into you, etc. This is normal behavior and while it may seem as if your pup is too hyper, this is a phase. Most Beagles calm down by the 12 month to 18 month mark.

Not allowing your puppy to run and have this freedom can create behavioral issues. Energy that is not released with become pent up, and this could led to destructive behavior. Therefore, just for the time being put away any breakables (such as standing lamps, expensive vases, etc) and allow your Beagle puppy to be a puppy. 

Spend a good amount of time outside with your puppy. Aside from bringing your Beagle outside to go to the bathroom, playtime is not only a great way to release energy but also a time in which owner and dog can bond.  Go for the daily walks; but also just spending 30 minutes per day teaching fetch or chase can be rewarding for both of you. This is also a great opportunity to do command training. When playing fetch, you have the chance to teach "Stay" "Get" and "Give" while having fun.

Puppy care involves knowing as much about the Beagle breed as possible. We strive to provide you with all you need to know throughout a Beagle's life. Your new family member not only needs your love, but your devotion to proper canine care for every stage of his or her life.

Knowing all you can ahead of time will help greatly. Read through our sections. We also have plenty of links to extra information. You may wish to become part of the Beagle Pro family. This will allow you to:
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