Beagle Puppy Guide
Preparing for your first Beagle puppy
Everyone in the family will surely be excitedly waiting for the arrival of the newest addition to the pack. To ensure that your Beagle puppy will be comfortable and you don’t have to run to the pet store for last-minute needs, you will have to prepare ahead of time the things that your puppy will need. Below is a checklist that can serve as your guide:
- Puppy pen
- Puppy chew toys
- Collar with identification tags and a bell
- Towels or blankets
- Puppy litter box and shavings
- Food and water bowls
- Grooming supplies
- Odor neutralizer
Puppy proofing your home
- Tape any loose electrical cords and keep them out of reach
- Chemicals and other toxic substances must be stored on locked cabinets or high shelves
- Remove plants
- Transfer breakables to high shelves
- Set up the crate and install gates
- Place garbage containers in an inaccessible area such as under the sink
- Keep the bathroom door closed
- Install an escape-proof enclosure or fence in an area of your yard where your Beagle is allowed to stay and play
- Staircases should be blocked with baby gates
Meeting the breeder
Before purchasing a puppy, make sure that you are dealing with a reputable dog breeder. When you meet the breeder, have a list of important questions that you should ask. When you deal with unscrupulous dog breeders, you may end up with an expensive puppy with health problems including eye and hip problems. Most “fly-by-night” dog breeders won’t make the effort to have their dogs tested and evaluated for congenital problems because they view this process as an added expense. Here are some questions that a reputable breeder should be able to answer satisfactorily.
1. Are the parents certified to be free from genetic conditions?
Congenital problems are common in dogs and a reputable breeder makes it a point to have his dogs tested and certified by a veterinary specialist before breeding.
2. Can I meet the puppies’ parents?
A reputable dog breeder will welcome you to his kennel and is not afraid to show you around. This is also a time to meet the parents of the puppies. Be sure to observe the parents’ temperament and their sizes to have a grasp of how big your puppy will possibly be.
3. How are puppies socialized and handled?
Socialization is a very important factor in the development of puppy behaviour. It is very vital that puppies should receive socialization between 6-16 weeks old. A well-socialized puppy is able to adjust well with other dogs, pets, and people.
4. What vaccinations has the puppy received?
Puppies need to be vaccinated against important diseases while still very young. Ask about what vaccines have been given and what are still needed to be given including schedule of booster shots. To be sure, you can ask for the vaccination record of the puppy which is duly signed by a licensed veterinarian.
5. Have the puppies received routine deworming?
Puppies already have worms when born. They get these parasites from their mother via the trans-placental route or via the milk. It is for this reason that routine deworming should be done at regular schedules.
6. Do you give a guarantee?
Ask about what guarantee the dog breeder gives when you purchase a puppy. This is important for you might bring home a puppy which will be diagnosed later on with a serious health problem.
7. Will the dog breeder issue a certificate of sale?
A certificate of sale can serve as your proof of purchase; one that you can use to support any claim when problems may arise later.
8. Can I have a tour of the kennel and the facilities?
The conditions and facilities inside the kennel will reflect the living conditions of the dogs and their puppies as well as how important the business is to the breeder.
9. May I see the pedigree papers?
Pedigree records are important for you will be able to see the different dogs that make up several generations and titles, if there are. Usually, titles within the first two generations are signs of soundness and reliability.
10. Will the puppy be fitted with a microchip?
Some dog breeders choose to have their puppies fitted with a microchip before handing them over to buyers. This is a fool-proof way to provide identification of the puppy and the breeding stock.