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Hey All,
I am new here and my name is Jenn. I currently don't have my beagle yet, but she will be ready to come home from the breeders around April 18. I have grown up with a dog all my life, but have never owned my own and don't know much about raising a puppy. :freak: I have been doing tons of research reading books and on the internet, so I will be as best prepared as possible. :read: Maybe you guys will be able to help out as far as the basic stuff I will need when Mocha comes home. I have so far bought a wire crate for crate training, some blankets, and a baby teething Kong. Can you guys recommend any other types of toys, treats or gear I may need when the little pup comes home. Thanks! I look forward to spending some time on this board!
 

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Get plenty of chew toys!!!! We have a huge bag of raw hides, some reward treats for when we work on training, the dental bones, and dura-bones. For our two critters, we have to make weekly trips to PetSmart to stock up on chewies. Mine like squeeky toys too (those are good for playing fetch in our house). Also, we just found this rubber brush at Bed Bath and Beyond that is wonderful for getting hair off of your clothes and furniture (also good for brushing the dog!) It's $6 there, but after we bought it we found the same one at Walmart for $4 /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/mad.gif Hrmm, I guess that is all i can really think of. The more toys they have to play with and chew on, the less they bother your stuff.
 

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Hi and Welcome!

Don't forget food and water bowls.

Get the stainless steel, wide based bowls that can't be tipped over or chewed.

Where is Grimsby? :redface:
 

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Hi welcome to BW!!!! Good luck with your new puppy. Once she is vacinated and you start to take her for walks, you will need a harness, also a collar with her ID disc. Microchipping is also a very good idea, so she can be traced easilly, if she runs off.
Is this Grimsby UK or USA? If the former you might be interested in the regulations for entering the UK from abroad. I'll wait until you say before writing all that.
 

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Welcome Jenn and Mocha. You should get a puppy pack from your breeder when you pick up your puppy. This should tell you everything you will need also ask your breeder about requirements.

The best thing you can give your puppy is time and patience, book your puppy into a training class as soon as you get her book in for the first week after your last jab at 10/11 weeks a good home and good socializing will be the best thing your puppy can have.

Grimsby is on the east coast of England.
 

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New beagle puppy = cuteness but tons of hard work and having eyes in the becak of your head!

I crate my dogs when I go out and at night so the house and the hounds are secure, beagle puppies can be terrible chewy and I know folks who have had to replace doors and frames carpets and furniture due to chewing!

A puppy pen is a good idea, keeps the puppy safe when you want to do something. It keeps the puppy from running around too much and getting over exercised and over stimulated and will encourage the pup to take its naps.

There are just a couple of things for now.
 

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Welcome and congratulations. This is a very knowledgeable and passionate group of Beagle owners.

Many here have raised Beag's from pups (2 for me).
Pups require your patience and understanding. It sounds like you are doing all of the right things prior to bringing Mocha home.

They only advice I would give beyond what has been already offered, have an adequate stock of hard chew toys. The cute little stuffed toys will fall victom to the natural, determined chewing ability Beag pups have. Also the hard toys are more cost effective because of the longer life. I believe hard plastic / rubber toys also help keep the pup occupied and may help keep your pup from chewing something valuable like a couch, pillow, shoe, socks, eye glasses, legs of antique furniture, appliance cords, signed vintage hockey stick, guitar case, vinyl floor, towels to name a few. These are all items chewed by Beagle pup #1 because we provided more eatable, soft chew toys than hard toys.

I certainly wish you a long, happy life together. Please share some pics.

Good luck
 

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Thanks everyone for the input. I will definately be sure to post stories and pics once she comes home.

A couple people asked where Grimsby is? It's actually a small town in Ontario Canada, between Niagara Falls and Toronto.
 

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J&M, You are about to enter a field where many brave men fear to tread!!! "Just kidding", but beag pups & even "souphound" pups like Homer the huge can be a "handfull"! Most of my family have owned beags or walker hounds that were adopted. I am the first one in the family that has raised not one, but two dogs from early puppyhood! :thumbup: Since you are new here I will state that Goober is my first one that is nearly 15 yrs old & Homer-the-huge is nearly 5. I doubt that any scenario/incident will surprize me...& I will most likely have a good solution @ hand to help you! :thumbup: Welcome to the club/board! :thumbup:
 

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::waves from the other side of Lake Ontario:: /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

I don't know if you can find it in Canada, but I'd recommend Lupine leashes. They have a lifetime warranty, even if chewed. Definitely get at least one plush toy. My dog liked to curl up with his, when he first got here. Booda plush toys are reasonably strong. Also, stock up on the enzyme cleaner for accidents, and bitter apple to stop her from chewing on your stuff.

Congratulations on your new beagle. You're going to have so much fun.
 

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Speaking of chewing, has anyone ever heard or using vinigar and water on furniture, etc. to stop chewing? Another beagle owner told me that's what she used, and it was safe for furniture too, and it works!
 

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I've heard of that before. Test it by giving a little to the puppy before you put it on everything though. My beagle Gage loves the taste of vineagar.
 

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The Lupine leash mentioned previously is wonderful. The company replaced mine and the new one arrived in a week. I ordered on line so you should be able to get one with no problem.
 

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To prevent chewing on things, a solution of alum mixed with water works good...But the best so far is Grannics bitter apple spray! That is what I had to use to keep "Homer-the-huge" from chewing his own exit near the back door! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif
 

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Welcome Jenn and Mocha :wave:
Raising Charlie from 14 weeks to now 1 year and 2 months old, I've done my research, learned from this board, and learned from Charlie too, so any question, I'll try to help. Puppy is a lot of hard work alright, but it is very rewarding too, Charlie makes me laugh.
Oh someone mention vinegar, tried that on my couch, also bitter apple. Once the smell evaporates, he'll go back to it. Beagles can be stubborn at times. Although, he is getting softier on chewing now, I keep my fingers crossed.

Charlie mom
 
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