Beagles are an extraordinary breed—no bones about it. They’re cute, compact, fun-loving, and great with kids. (Not to mention those soulful eyes!) But their sense of humor, independence, and stubborn nature isn’t for everyone. So whether you’re thinking about getting your very own Snoopy-dog, or if you’ve already opened your heart and home to one, Beagles for Dummies answers important questions like: What are Beagles supposed to look like and how should they behave? Should I choose a puppy or an adult dog? Male or female? How do I correct my Beagle’s behavior problems? What do I need to do to survive my Beagle’s puppyhood? How can I Beagle-proof my house to keep him (and my stuff) safe? What should I teach my Beagle to do? How do I teach him? What health problems is my Beagle likely to have when he’s young? How about when he grows up—or gets old? Life with these little hounds can lead to years of merriment, entertainment, and love—but if you think Beagles are just another hound dog, think again! Whether you want to know everything there is to living with a Beagle, or just want to skip to a relevant subject (like how to keep him out of the hamper), Beagles for Dummies gives you everything you need to choose and raise your Snoopy soul mate.
Introduction 1 Part I: Getting to Know Beagles 7 Chapter 1: Beagles and You: Made for Each Other? 9 Chapter 2: The Incredible, Lovable Beagle 21 Chapter 3: Gonna Find Me a Beagle 33 Chapter 4: Choosing Your Beagle Soul Mate 47 Part II: Starting Life with Your Beagle 59 Chapter 5: Preparing for Your Beagle’s Arrival 61 Chapter 6: Welcoming Your Beagle Home 79 Chapter 7: Beginning a Beautiful Friendship 91 Part III: Caring for Your Beagle 105 Chapter 8: Feeding Your Beagle 107 Chapter 9: Getting Physical: Exercising Your Beagle 121 Chapter 10: Sprucing Up Your Beagle 131 Chapter 11: Managing Your Beagle’s Day-to-Day Health 147 Chapter 12: Dealing with Health Issues 163 Chapter 13: Traveling (or Not) with Your Beagle 179 Part IV: Training Your Beagle 191 Chapter 14: Housetraining Your Beagle 193 Chapter 15: Schooling Your Beagle 207 Chapter 16: Rehabbing the Delinquent Beagle 223 Part V: The Part of Tens 235 Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Keep Your Beagle Healthy and Happy 237 Chapter 18: Ten Mistakes You Don’t Need to Make with Your Beagle 243 Chapter 19: Ten Unique Beagle Occupations and Activities 249 Appendix: Wanna Know More? Additional Resources 253 Index 257
Susan McCullough writes about all things dog for media outlets all over the United States. She is the family life columnist for Dog Fancy, the nation’s most widely read dog magazine, and also has published articles in Family Circle, The Washington Post, AKC Gazette, AKC Family Dog, Your Dog, and Popular Dogs. She also is the author of several dog-care books, including Housetraining For Dummies (Wiley, 2002) and Senior Dogs For Dummies (Wiley, 2004). Susan belongs to the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She is a threetime winner of the DWAA Maxwell Award for excellence in writing about dogs, and won the 2001 Eukanuba Canine Health Award for outstanding writing about canine health.
Covers housetraining, socializing, and exercising your Beagle Get the scoop on bringing a Beagle home and raising him right Beagles are fun-loving, cute, and great with kids. Is a Beagle right for you? This essential guide helps you decide, giving you all the basics on the breed. From feeding and grooming to healthcare and training, you get expert advice on making your Beagle's homecoming a success and raising a happy, well-adjusted dog. Discover how to Adopt or rescue the right Beagle for you Beagle-proof your home Bond with your new friend Teach basic commands Address behavior issues Plan travel with your Beagle in mind