Beagles For Dummies
When you decide to buy a Beagle puppy from a breeder, do your research to make sure the breeder is established and reputable. Look for signs of a healthy puppy when you choose your Beagle. Ease your dog into a new home by having the right supplies on hand, including pet care contact numbers.
What to Look For in a Reputable Beagle Breeder
As you research options for finding a healthy Beagle to bring into your home as a new pet, consider well-respected, dependable breeders. These guidelines can help you determine whether a breeder has a dog's — and your — best interests in mind:
Belongs to the National Beagle Club of America and exhibits her dogs in conformation, obedience, or other events
Screens the dogs she breeds for hip problems and eye diseases, and can show you the results of such screenings
Owns the mother dog (the dam) but not the father dog (the sire)
Doesn’t breed any female dog under 2 years of age and never breeds any female more than once a year
Raises the puppies inside her home
Begins socializing the puppies as soon as possible after birth
Takes the puppies to her veterinarian for checkups and their initial shots
Refuses to sell a puppy who’s less than 7 weeks of age
Investigates prospective buyers
Guarantees the puppy’s health and temperament in writing
Stays in touch after the sale
Characteristics of a Healthy Beagle Puppy
When choosing a Beagle puppy, use these tips to help you select a happy, healthy new pet to welcome into your family and your household.
A clean, healthy, friendly mother
Easy movement without limping or apparent pain
Bright, clear eyes
Dry, odor-free ears
Clean skin and full coat with no bald spots
A friendly but not hyperactive personality
How to Prepare Your Home for a Beagle
Your Beagle needs a house and yard that’s safe and comfortable. Take the following steps to Beagle-proof your home before your new dog joins your family:
Install an escape-proof fence around your yard.
Put away all loose and hazardous items inside and outside.
Fasten electrical cords to the floor or wall with duct tape.
Block staircases with baby gates.
Install door guards for kitchen cabinets.
Move houseplants out of reach.
Move wastebaskets out of reach.
Put the toilet seat down!
Buying Basic Beagle Supplies
Equip your home for your Beagle’s arrival by picking up the right puppy gear. These pet supplies will help the homecoming go more smoothly for both you and your dog.
Baby gates and/or exercise pen
Collar and leash
Grooming gear including a brush, nail clippers, doggy toothbrush and toothpaste, doggy shampoo
Plastic bags to pick up poop
Pet stain cleaner
A doggy first aid kit
Pet Care Phone Numbers to Keep Handy
Fill in and keep these phone numbers close at hand, in case your Beagle needs emergency medical care, or you need someone to take care of your pet when you're away. Don’t forget to put these numbers in your cell phone!
Vet’s Office ____________
Emergency Care Clinic ____________
Pet Sitter/Dog Walker ____________
Animal Poison Control: 888-426-4435 ($50 consultation fee)