Beagle Puppy Care
What do I feed? We start with canned Iams and Eukanuba Puppy and transition them to Dry Eukanuba Small Breed (which is the smallest kibble) and dry Iams Puppy.
Puppies eat twice a day- when you eat breakfast and dinner. Young puppies will generally be eating 1/4 a cup twice a day, sometimes less than that if they are a nano size. You can order a bag of Iams Puppy through our Petsmart link here and quite often shipping is free on orders depending on how much you spend on other things! Click here to order Eukanuba Small Breed Puppy Click here to order a bag of Iams Puppy! Over Feeding?
Beagles are known to eat all you give them, so be careful to restrict how much you allow them while they are young, especially for a mini or nano to stay that way. Overfeeding can lead to a stretched stomach, before the body starts adjusting to the amount of food intake, and later a larger beagle than you had hoped for. Sometimes we get frantic calls from customers who fed more than we reccommended, saying "my puppy's tummy looks bloated" We say "cut back on the amount of food you feed tomorrow in order to feed appropriately to your little baby's size". Remember the food also expands when the puppy drinks water, so don't be surprised if their tummy looks large. A stretched tummy simply means their body was not meant to require that amount of food, and you simply need to cut back next time until their tummy is back to an appropriate size. Usually 1/4 a cup twice a day is the right amount for a new puppy, sometimes less for the smaller sized babies which again, you can always cut back its you see that it was too much. Its been shown that overfeeding a smaller size dog can lead to a larger one , just feed twice daily and carefully to keep a mini mini !!
Beagle Puppy Training
Where should my new puppy sleep?
The first step to housetraining, is setting up a confined area your bathtub for the new puppy to stay in when you aren't able to take him outside. Puppies can sleep in your bath tub at night , with paper on one end and a doggie bed, and toys, on the other so they can use the paper when you are busy and aren't right with them in their new house, or cant take them outside. Crate training can come later at around 14 -15 weeks old, and you can follow our advice on doing this easily from our tips page! By starting them from the time they can walk our puppies are way ahead of the game on housetraining and using paper !
Clarice has graduated to a bigger playpen setup area! She has learned to keep her bed clean, and uses the paper for hurry ups. This setup helps you avoid accidents in your home, and allows you take your puppy outside to begin forming that routine with your schedule. Click here to Purchase the Top Paw Pet Yard Containment PlayPen for just $79.99 through our affiliate Petsmart.com
Beagle Puppy Training
HouseTraining? Begin taking your puppy outside to a preferred spot in the yard starting their first day home. With any new dog, you will need to take them out often to begin forming a routine in your home of what door to go to and where to go in the yard. When you get a puppy they can start out in a confined safe-area with newspaper and bedding and toys for them to go in whenever you are not supervising them in the new house. This can be a pet playpen, a kitchen, or a laundry area. When you are with your puppy he or she can play on the carpet and you can take them out as needed, but when you are not right there to supervise, they can be in their safe area and still have the option to go on paper until household routines are learned. Take them out as often as possible, and begin developing a routine recording how many times they went, and around what time. Keep in mind that they will need to "HurryUp" as we call it everytime they eat, drink, wake up from a nap, or play. Avoiding accidents that first week learning about the new home is very helpful in housetraining. In order to help avoid accidents, only have your puppy out on the floor when supervised, and if he or she seems to start losing interest in you and begin searching/ sniffing around, they are probably looking for a spot to go, usually by finding the scent of a spot that has already been marked as a hurry up spot (which is why avoiding accidents in the first place is good!) If accidents happen, be sure to use a good product that is meant for cleaning up pet accidents, so that the scent is completely removed from their mind! Click here to order Simple Solution- formulated to discourage remarking, which is a natural scent triggered behavior for animals When you aren't able to supervise your puppy in their new household put them back in their contained safe-area so that they will be able to confidently choose paper rather than bed if they need to go. With your supervision and leadership your beagle can earn house priveleges for safe and more harmonious years to come. Crate Training is good for everyone involved, whether you plan to use one regularly in the future or just when needed. Getting your pet comfortable with his or her own crate there in your home ahead of time helps give them a good option in the future when you need to go out, have someone new over, or need to travel.
You can start crate training after your pup can start being expected to hold their bladder through the night. b>After around 14 - 15 weeks or so, older puppies can usually start sleeping in a crate at noght, and you can plan to get up early the next morning those first few days to let them go outside, as they learn your schedule and form working lifelong routines in your home.
You can see older puppies like Cinder who have already started learning about sleeping the crate on our Older pups page here or have been using a doggie door to go out and are past the paper training stage,
Crate from Petsmart
Whenever you see your puppy walk into the open crate on their own, reinforce that decision with a "good in your bed" in a good job tone. We gave Cinder a treat in the crate, and she liked the experience of being in there! Teaching your dog a key command is good- our Grace knows "Get in your bed" and will happily go get in her crate whenever we need her to. She was taught this with a positive reinforcement as a growing pup- everytime she came in from outside we would toss a treat into the crate or have one waiting for her and tell her get in your bed, she would get in and be rewarded with a treat, as well as a Good get in your bed! to reinforce she did good by going into the crate, and would close the door and let her spend a little time in there to dry her feet after coming in the house.
Its helpful to start out in a designated area, with the option of paper down, and then put an open crate in their area. They can begin going into the crate to lay down and relax, and if they still need to use the paper they can go out onto it in case you aren't able to take them out when they need to go- this can help your adjusting puppy learn to gradually sleep in their own crate, but still use the paper outside of the crate if needed. When the paper is dry a few mornings in a row, then you know your puppy can hold his or her bladder through the night and can begin closing the door, and getting up early the next morning to take them out.
Always take them out the same door, so they associate that door with going outside to hurry up, and to the same spot in the yard so they can pick up the scent of where they've gone before, and know what their outside to do! Dogs like to re-mark where they have gone before, so starting a routine of where to go from the beginning is always helpful in building those associations for them to remember for the years to come! When your new dog goes outside to 'hurry up', let them know they did a good hurry up so they will want to repeat that behavior, even on command, in the future- making for a much easier housebreaking and walk-taking experience!
New Puppy Training Tip: All puppies go through learning stages as they develop. Your new sunshine acres beagle puppy will be joining your home attentive to you, his or her human caregiver, and will be ready to begin learning the best way to fit in with your pack for the most fulfilling future. Take advantage of this special adapting time by helping them understand what habits & behaviors within this pack will be most beneficial so that everyone can be happy. As a pack animal, puppies are seeking out that crucial pack order and strong pack leaders to follow, which will keep them safe throughout whatever comes in the future. Dogs thrive within a pack when the proper protocol is established upfront, by confident, calm and assertive leaders to follow for the years to come. Demonstrate your leadership skills to your new baby Beagle by establishing the ground rules from day one, and being consistent so that he can fully learn from each experience and move forward. That assertive communication will bond you and your new k9 addition closer together as they will develop a deep respect for you. Communicate to your new puppy what behaviors are good and beneficial, and what behaviors are bad and will not be acceptable as a lifelong habit. By understanding the pack boundaries, they can more easily begin adapting to your household in order live the most harmonious & happy life to their wonderful full potential as your own perfect companion pet for the many years to enjoy together ! After the ground rules are established, your beagle will have the pridlege of enjoying fewer restrictions in the future and be given the opportunity to live an ultimately much happier life in harmony with your pack. Be sure to Review our New Puppy Advice Pages (Ask for the link if you've been approved) When deciding to get a puppy for the family- go over all the responsibilities that will be involved, ie, feeding, water, exercise, responsible play & consistent training. Discuss how each of these responsibilities will lead to a well-mannered dog. Also talk to each other about how as they get older you all will be taking the pup outside often, they usually need to go any time they eat, drink or wake up from a nap. While still small enough to use paper, a young puppy goes in his confined safe area, and you don't have to worry about peeing and pooping in the house because they don't have free-reign until they have learned from you and shown they are responsible in your home. Being up front about the responsibilities will let everyone in the family see that you are each serious about adoption, and have already considered all that is involved and are willing to commit as a family effort to responsibly raise a puppy as a family member!
No Biting allowed. Our Number One Rule in training, Is NEVER ALLOW YOUR NEW PUPPY TO NIBBLE OR BITE ANY FLESH, even what appears to be innocent teething on your finger! It may not hurt now, but it will later if that experimental behavior is allowed to develop into habit! When new families come to meet our pups, We ask that No one scrath or tickle the puppies since boundaries are still being established and Do not allow the puppies they hold to nibble or bite their fingers and hands. Roughousing at a young age encourages biting as an automatic response to the roughhands, and that type of energy can cause the wrong state of mind to develop during such a crucial learning & bonding time. Once your puppy is an established, responsible member of the pack, playing is fine because he already knows the boundaries- its simply important to first guide your young one through puppyhood maintaing a calm state of mind so that they can feel comfortable in being calm whenever appropriate in the future, and you will have a much easier time training, and developing obediance & trust, before the time comes to begin exploring life's adventures with your very own sidekick! Establishing Respect from day one is important while the new addition is observing the pack order, figuring out the boundaries and how to begin adapting to the new household pack. Help your puppy understand and learn the rules, so that they can move forward in the right direction towards a healthy relationship with your pack and bonding with lifelong masters, so that down the road your canine addition will be a responsible member of the family. By allowing a puppy to teeth on you and bite your fingers- that acceptance of his potential dominance will result in a loss of respect for you by the new k-9 addition to your home. Respecting you as the top dog in the family pack is important, so that they will be more confident in your ability to be a stonger leader for the good of the pack and they can trust your wise discernment therefore minding whatever you -their calm Assertive leader- has to say ! Read about Puppy Guidance, for more about this Puppy Rule on our tips page. If you are a Sunshine Acres Beagle family or on the waiting list, ask for this page for our personal advice!
Be the Pack Leader
so your puppy can follow your dependable leadership.
As puppies develop, they seek strong masters who are responsible and will show them the best way to live a long healthy & happy lifestyle within the pack. They follow those masters who make the best decisions for the pack as a whole, by being upfront, firm, and consistent on establishing the boundaries and ground rule that will make for a stronger pack down the road. From their first day home they will begin learning what behaviors seem the most beneficial to their future with your pack, and can adapt to any lifestyle that they begin learning from. This is the time to guide their adaptation so that they can learn the best way to begin fitting in with your unique pack; Be a responsible master for your learning and growing puppy by being in tune with your puppy's state of mind, understanding each situation, responding correctly so that your puppy understands the pack lesson, and can move forward in the right state of mind. The whole family must commit to a responsible instruction plan so that everyone sends the same message and is consistent in the learning process.
It is important for forever families to guide their puppy's adaptation to their unique home & lifestyle, so the puppy can more easily understand that what boundaries this human pack has and that they are firm in those rules for the good of the pack, so now its time for puppy to learn what they need to do to fit in with this strong pack & start living in harmony! We start them off right, and now its up to you to continue raising your new baby beagle into your lifelong sidekick. You can lead the way with the benefit of our years of experience raising companion beagle pets. As an approved pet home who has made that sincere commitment to becoming a sunshine acres family for the years to come, you will have access to our years of experience and accumulated advice, and follow our Guidance in taking over the wonderful responsibility of raising your new hand raised family-oriented sunshine beagle baby, and helping them blossom into your very own unique Companion Pet for years of enjoyable harmony! Upon making the family commitment, prepare for the momentous process by
Reviewing our experienced
Advice throughout our Guidance pages
As a pack, everyone is the new puppy's pack leaders. By incorporating the wisdom of dog psychology and in-tune commuinication, you can start things off on the right foot from the beginning, when it’s the easiest to establish lifelong habits in your forever pack