Owning a Beagle
In the Home
Make sure there are no electric cables or trailing leads in the area in which your Beagle will be sometimes left unattended.
Your Beagle will need its own water and feeding bowls. Metal ones are safest for a puppy as they enjoy chewing the plastic variety. Your Beagle will also need a lead and collar. A small soft collar (as worn by cats) and a lightweight nylon lead are suitable for a puppy.
Allocate an area and bed which are the Beagle’s own. Most owners find an area in the kitchen or utility room which can be adapted, and with a puppy, making a ‘pen’ using mesh panels (available at DIY stores for making compost bins) or a baby’s play pen, is ideal.
Beagle owners often find a ‘baby-gate’ to be useful to bar Beagles from a specific room, or from going upstairs. Your hound will still be able to see you and not feel left out.
A hard moulded dog bed is easy to clean and more resistant to chewing than the wicker type. If you have a puppy, it is best to start off with a cardboard box with one side cut down as an entrance - this can be replaced as the puppy grows and chews, but avoid boxes with metal staples which can be dangerous.
You might consider buying a collapsible metal pen which have a wide variety of uses. They make ideal dog beds at home and on holiday, a place to go away from visitors and their children, a safe place if doors are left open or if potentially dangerous activities are taking place. The pens are ideal to use in the car, protecting the interior from damage and preventing your Beagle from jumping out. The pen should be at least 24"x18’x21’ to allow your Beagle to sit, stand and stretch in comfort.
Whichever type of bed you decide on, your Beagle will require clean bedding at least once a week. Something old and warm can be used for a puppy to snuggle up in but do check there are no buttons or fasteners that can be chewed and swallowed. A special type of warm, non allergenic bedding called ‘Vet-bed’ is available from good pet stores. It is tough, hardwearing and machine washable.
In the Garden
Beagles are master escapologists and you should ensure that your garden is completely escape proof. Be aware that a Beagle can get caught in wrought iron gates and some types of paling fence. Extra care should be taken if you have a puppy and a garden pond.