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.
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.
If you opt for a collar, choose one made of nylon; these repel water, do not lose their shape, will not become stained or smelly, and are highly durable. Martingale collars are great, because they do not choke a dog, but are designed so that a pup cannot slip out. You will also want one with a quick-snap buckle for easy on-off and to be able to quickly release it if the pup is in trouble.
For a harness, these are great because it allows you much better control over your puppy, while keeping pressure and tension off of the neck. Choose a sturdy but lightweight design with easy on-off clips and, preferably, a padded chest, since puppies can be rather rambunctious.
For the leash
, you will want to a retractable leash, because when you are housebreaking your puppy
, you will want it to extend 6 to 7 feet. When you are walking your pup, you'll want to be able to adjust it perfectly, so that your Beagle is by your side (to your left, for proper heeling), and when you want your Beagle to be able to go out further, doing so will be easy.