Beagles, who are born hunters, do not require special care at first glance. The short-haired and outwardly strong English beagle does not take up much space and has practically no digestive problems. However, like every other breed, Beagles have features that owners need to adapt to.
How to Care for a Beagle
Beagles, like any other dog, need hygienic care, which consists of carrying out certain cosmetic procedures. In addition to the usual washing of paws after a walk, the dog needs:
Brush the coat. To maintain the beagle’s hair in good condition, it is enough to brush it with a brush with stiff bristles 1-2 times a week. Also, it will not be superfluous to use massage mittens, which will improve blood circulation in the skin.
Arrange a “bath day”. This should be done quite rarely – 2-3 times a year. If you bathe the beagle more often, its skin may begin to peel off. An exception is washing before an exhibition and competition. For bath procedures, only dog shampoos are used.
Wash Beagle’s ears. If you do not clean it, parasites can start in the beagle’s ears, and the accumulated dirt and sulfur will become an excellent “passage” for the development of infections.
Wipe Beagle’s eyes. A visual examination of the dog’s eyes should be done every day. Hygienic cleaning is carried out using a cotton swab soaked in chamomile infusion 2-3 times a week. If the discharge from the eyes is pathological in nature, you need to seek help from a veterinarian.
Brush Beagle’s teeth. Examining your dog’s mouth can help prevent the build-up of tartar, which contributes to the destruction of tooth enamel.
Important! Not all dogs react calmly to hygiene procedures. To avoid aggression or fear on the part of a pet while brushing its teeth or ears, it is necessary to teach it to such manipulations from puppyhood.
How to Take Care of Beagles in the Apartments or Houses
Beagles belong to those breeds of dogs that feel great both in a one-room apartment with one person and living in a large house surrounded by a large family. To avoid problems with keeping a beagle in a high-rise building, its owner must:
Train your pet to sleep. Beagle is very cunning and stubborn. While still a puppy, a dog can jump on the owner’s bed and spend the whole night there. Even after one such overnight stay, it will be difficult to wean the dog, so you need to accustom it to a separate sleeping place from the first day. The couch should be in a secluded place, not in a draft or near heating appliances.
Teach your dog to be alone. Beagles react badly to being left alone for a long time. They will notify about their longing for family members with loud barking and even howling, which will certainly become a reason for conflict with neighbors.
Keep your dog safe. Beagles are very playful and curious. In order for their activity not to go out all “sideways”, it is necessary to hide wires, shoes, household chemicals as far as possible. Windows and balcony doors must be closed completely or for “micro” ventilation.
In a private house, a beagle is much more spacious than in an apartment. If the dog will live on the street, you need to build an aviary with a warm booth and a place for the dog that gives shade on a sunny day. It is important that the fence around the house is high – beagles are very good at jumping in height.
How to Train Beagles
Wherever the beagle lives – in a house or apartment, the owner needs to remember that this is a hound dog that needs constant physical exertion. It is necessary to walk with the hound every day for a long time and give it the opportunity to run around and “hunt” to its fullest.
You need to be prepared for the fact that as soon as the beagle goes out for a walk, he will immediately begin to look for and sniff out potential prey. To keep in shape with them, you can even start a game of finding certain objects. It is necessary to ensure that the dog does not pick up food debris from the ground, does not hunt rodents.
Important! Walking on city streets near multi-story buildings with beagles is necessary only on a leash. It is best if it is a strong and durable, non-stretching leash. This breed does not need a muzzle, since it does not show much aggression towards people and other dogs or cats.