Your Beagle Puppy: Everything You Need To Know
If a beagle puppy is at the top of your wish list when it comes to getting a dog you are in good company. The Beagle is one of America’s most popular dog breeds and the reputation of this playful, inquisitive, friendly, hound is untarnished.
From Snoopy to Shiloh the lovable, long eared Beagle has been immortalised on page and screen. And the tracking and hunting abilities of this fun family dog are legend!
Beagle puppies grow up into great companions for energetic kids and active pet parents. A Beagle puppy can be noisy, and a bit messy, but we’ll give you some great tips for potty training and keeping your puppy out of mischief. And your efforts will be rewarded in buckets full of love and affection.
Where to get a Beagle puppy
It’s important to buy a puppy from a responsible and experienced breeder. Getting the right breeder removes a great deal of risk from the puppy buying process. And increases your chances of ending up with a healthy, good tempered dog.
A dog breeder does not have to mean a commercial kennels. In fact it is crucial that you avoid puppy mills, where puppies are churned out for money alone. Home bred puppies responsibly bred and raised can make wonderful pets.
What does a Beagle Puppy Need?
A new Beagle puppy needs a safe, secure place to sleep, and rest. A crate or small puppy-safe room with a washable floor. Some washable tough bedding, puppy food appropriate for their age, and your time and attention.
Your top priorities for the first few weeks with your new Beagle puppy are socializing and vaccinating your pup, and that all important potty training. Followed by puppy obedience training.
Socializing your Beagle Puppy
You’ve probably heard that puppy socialization is very important. We’ll set you off on the right track.
Socialization is all about exposing a young puppy to new experiences. This needs to be done before your puppy starts to become shy of stranger people, and places.
Shyness kicks in at an early age and pups should be well socialized before they are 13 weeks old.
This means new Beagle pups need to be getting out and about from the very first days at home!
A properly socialized puppy will meet a great variety of people, male and female, of different ages. And will meet those people in a variety of locations.
Your pup will need to be carried in your arms at first to avoid infection.
Puppy socialization takes place before your pup has reached the grand old age of 4 months! And is vital to prevent dogs from becoming aggressive.
It’s also a great way to ensure that puppies remain with their families and are not relinquished to animal shelters before they are fully grown.