Always ask for help from your breeder or other Club Members if you are having problems with your beagle.
- Do keep watch of their weight (record it, it’s easy to forget).
- Do look for a slight tuck in behind the ribs (a sign of a healthy weight).
- Do keep fresh clean water available all the time.
- Do take food and bones away from an early age. Make sure you give it back.
- Don’t feed chicken bones.
- Don’t feed cooked bones.
- Don’t feed grapes.
- Don’t feed corn on the cob (corn is ok).
- Don’t feed onion.
- Don’t feed garlic
- Don’t feed chocolate.
- Don’t feed cakes.
- Don’t feed macadamia nuts.
- Don’t use a large feed bowl (large bowls tend to result in you over feeding).
- Do get a smaller bowl if you are trying to help your beagle lose weight (this is to help YOU reduce the amount of food YOU are feeding them).
- Don’t over feed, an obese beagle is not a happy beagle.
- Don’t feed snacks in between meals (an obese beagle is overweight because it’s been overfed, it’s not rocket science).
- Don’t administer paracetamol for pain.
- Do keep the bedding clean and in good repair.
- Do clean up faeces daily.
- Do have good fencing (min 1.5 M), and lockable gates.
- Do provide shade in summer.
- Do provide an area free of rain and wind in winter.
- Don’t have to large a kennel, beagles like to snuggle up.
- Don’t chain your beagle up.
- Do have annual vet checks.
- Do have regular vaccinations.
- Do worm regular (dark or reddish coloured faeces may indicate worming is required).
- Do check your beagles faeces when picking up (diarrhoea, constipation, blood are all indicators of health issues).
- Do keep records of weight.
- Do regular check of dental condition.
- Do regular mouth inspections (training). This will make it easier for your vet to check when needed without being bitten.
- Do check colour of gums (when healthy). Very pale coloured gums can indicate your beagle is having health problems
- Do trim claws regularly.
Do check for grass seeds in gums, ears, nose and between toes.
- Do have antihistamine tablets (such as Phenergan) available for bee stings and get to the vet as soon as possible if stung in the mouth.
- Do use sunscreen on nose of light coloured hounds.
Do add kelp or seaweed extract to the diet of beagles with light coloured noses.
- Do add apple cider vinegar to meals after excessive exercise (such as hunts) if your beagle is not used to the activity (helps with muscle soreness and recovery).
- Don’t take short cuts with your beagle’s health.
Behaviour – Training
- Do socialise your puppy.
- Do start training as early as possible.
- Do keep commands simple and brief.
- Do use the same words (use simple/short word’s like wait, come and go).
- Do keep training short (max 5 mins) and frequent (at least once a day).
- Do be consistent with commands.
- Do make sure every member of the family uses the same commands.
- Do keep your voice low, don’t screech/scream when giving commands (high pitched commands are generally ignored by the beagle).
- Do get help if needed.
- Don’t accept bad behaviour.
- Don’t allow your puppy to do things you would not like them to do when older.
- Don’t let a puppy hump, chew shoes or dig holes. It’s not funny when they do it as an adult.
- Don’t let your puppy off lead in public areas.
- Don’t pamper your beagle if it gets scared. Pampering reinforces a negative behaviour and doesn’t help your best friend cope with a negative experience (tough love).
Behaviour – Barking
- Don’t allow barking to become a problem.
- Do use a barking collar to stop bad behaviour.
- Do consider debarking, if a barking collar doesn’t work (it’s better than having to re-home your best friend).
- Do allow them to bark if a stranger arrives.
- Don’t allow them to continue to bark after you’ve told them to stop.
- Don’t reward your puppy to stop it barking.
- Do microchip your puppy
- Don’t use a puppy as a baby sitter.
- Don’t leave your puppy unsupervised around children
- Don’t let young children carry young puppies around, they are not a toy.
- Don’t purchase a beagle if you do not have the time to look after it.
- Do stand in their bedding if there is any sign of dominant behaviour. Remember the beagle is a pack hound and you need to show you are the dominant member of the pack.
- Do be firm, it won’t hate you and you will enjoy a well behaved beagle.
- Do restrain your beagle in the car by crate or seat belt.
- Do pick up faeces daily, otherwise they will do it for you.
- Do exercise your beagle regularly.
- Do have company for your beagle, it is after all a “pack” hound.
Remember if you are having problems
- Do get help, from the breeder, club members, professional trainers or your vet before the problem gets out of hand.
- Do look at what you or your family members are doing. Most problems are created by the owner or the family.
- Don’t feel a failure as you’re not the first nor will you be the last to have a problem.