Other beagle breeders in our area dont have pups during the cold months due to the fact that their dogs are out in cages up off the ground and its nearly impossible to heat those open cages for newborns to survive outside the way they raise pups in wire boxes vs indoors, like we raise our baby beagles on heated whelping areas with heat lamps in the ceiling above for warmth.
our moms get a whelping area with a doggie door that allows them to go out when they like. They have automatic water so its always fresh, and as the puppies get old enough we move them away from mom for short periods onto paper in a low box with a bed and toys on one side..
Some families have gone home and made their own box from wood, to be able to have their pup in the main room with them at first when they bring it home... this is a great idea ! Especially if your family is waiting to take one home .. there is time to locate everything and make it.. one family said it was a nice family project to make while they waited on their choice to be old enough to come stay in it !!
ok, I know , I know...
My favorite "Grace" likes to be in all the pictures she can... LOL !! especially since she and I are constantly doing things together.. she is such a great companion ... going everywhere i go from room to room !
as you can see this pup is sitting in a bathtub with a cuddler bed on one end and paper on the other side.. this is the easy way to housebreak a new pup. when you have time take them outdoors too, and soon they are going to the door to go out..
I met with a couple recently who said they wanted one of our puppies because of the previous beagle they got from a hunter... they told us it was so hard to housebreak it took a year and then wasnt trustworthy , they too felt it was the wire floors when they are learning to go that made it not see the reprecusions of going where you sleep... it just drops through.. no labor involved for the hunter/breeder who raised it that way , but alot more work for the new family teaching it manners and cleanliness in the home !