Owning a Beagle may seem like a piece of cake, but it’s easy to make mistakes if you haven’t done your research. Here are the top 5 mistakes to be aware of when it comes to owning a Beagle.
Choosing the wrong puppy or breeder
Either of these mistakes can lead to a whole lot of hassle, financial strain and heartache if your chosen pup turns out to have health or behavioural issues. Too many people make the mistake of going to amateur breeders and even puppy farms and pets shops, where breeding practices aren’t as ethical as they should be. Choose a knowledgeable and responsible breeder and you are much more likely to take home a healthy, happy puppy. And, once you’ve found a reputable breeder, be careful to choose the healthiest, most energetic pup from the litter rather than the smallest cutest one that’s cowering in the corner.
Thinking that Beagles are “low maintenance”
Whilst Beagles have a coat that is relatively low maintenance, and a small, compact size that makes them easier to have around the house, it doesn’t mean that they are low maintenance as pets. In fact, all dogs are “high maintenance” when compared to other pets. They need companionship, devotion, consistency and plenty of exercise in order to stay calm and happy. They need training in the first few months, regular vet check-ups, the right nutrients in their diet, not to mention toys, games and chews to keep them occupied. That’s just for starters! Having a Beagle takes just as much care and attention as any other breed, so be prepared to dedicate as much time and attention to them as any other member of your family. Finally, because of his hunting heritage, he is going to need lots of exercise and opportunities to indulge in his passion for sniffing out scent trails. Thus, he needs an owner who is willing to put in the effort in order to have a happy dog.
Failing to be consistent
Believe it or not, the cute little Beagle is a free-spirited creature with a mind of his own. He isn’t one to follow you obediently around the house. He’ll be too busy sniffing out scents and finding his own fun! This means that some Beagles can develop stubborn streaks, which are born out of the desire to do things their own way rather than your way. The only way to deal with this is to be firm, fair and consistent. If your Beagle isn’t allowed treats from the table, there should be absolutely no exceptions. If he isn’t usually allowed up on the couch, then letting him up on special occasions is only going to confuse him, and give him the idea that he can have his own way.