You've just arrived home with your new Beagle puppy. Now what? Read this guide and learn how to do proper Mission Viejo dog care for your new pet.
Nutrition and Feeding
According to the American Kennel Club, feed your Beagle puppy four times a day until he's six months old. After six months, your Beagle can handle two to three meals per day. Choose a dog food made for puppies and rich in calories and essential nutrients. Kibble (dry dog food) helps keep your Beagle's teeth clean and strengthens his jaw. Between meals, give your puppy nutritious treats or even fruits and vegetables. Never give your puppy the following:
- Part of your meal
- Chocolate, which is toxic to dogs
- Bones that can splinter or have sharp edges
Use a separate bowl for water. Clean it daily and always keep it full of fresh water.
Clean your Beagle's teeth regularly. Use special toothbrushes and toothpaste made for dogs. If your puppy resists your attempts to brush his teeth, rub his teeth and gums with your finger. This gets him used to the sensation, so you can transition to a toothbrush.
Check for plaque and tartar and brush it away. If you don't, your Beagle may develop a mouth infection that can lead to serious health problems.
Beagles have a lot of energy and exercise is a great way to burn off the excess. So, walk and play with your Beagle puppy often. Beagles can take short or long walks. If you take your puppy for a short walk, then follow it with play time. Beagles love to track odors and scents, so walk your puppy on a leash. Otherwise, he'll run off and you'll spend a lot of time chasing him.
House training a Beagle puppy is a challenge. Here are some tips from beaglepro.com.
- Take your Beagle out:
- Immediately after confinement.
- When he wakes up in the morning and before he goes to bed at night.
- 10 - 15 minutes after he eats.
- As needed for the puppy's age in months - he can hold his needs for one hour for every one month of his age.
- Choose one area where you want your Beagle to go to the bathroom. Don't take him to the front yard one day and the back yard the next. Also, take him to that area before going for a walk. Otherwise, your puppy thinks the sidewalk is a good place to go to the bathroom.
- Use the umbilical cord method of training. Fasten one end of 6 to 10 foot leash to your puppy and the other end to you. Your Beagle will be able to roam around but will be close enough for you to pick up and take outside when he shows signs of going to the bathroom in the house.
As soon as you bring your Beagle home, schedule a vet appointment. The vet completes a physical and gives him his vaccinations. Take your puppy to the vet annually or as often as your vet recommends. Contact your vet if your Beagle appears sick or unhealthy.