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Hi, new here and so glad I found this page. Winston is 11 weeks old. I'll be the one asking the questions, and Winston will reap the rewards of your experienced advice. He and I both appreciate any help/advice or words of wisdom, because were both new at this!! (I'd love to post his picture, but sadly, I don't know how.)
 

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to BW! You will find lots of helpful members in our group, many of whom have experience with puppies. Others, like myself, have an adult rescue so we get our puppy fix from folks like you so you will need to learn how to post pictures (see links below). If you spend some time reading the posts in the discussion section, you will be able to find tons of suggestions on raising a puppy.

Here are a couple of links to posts explaining how to post pictures (both are from the How to section):

Posting Photos Using Image Button

Posting Photos Using File Manager

Main trick is to make certain that photos are small enough -- you need to resize using a program such as Photobucket or a software program such as Paint Shop.
 

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Welcome to Beagle World. You will find lots of support and good advice here.
 

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Welcome to the pack. I know that you will find this site as great as Peanut ansd I have. If you have any questions, just ask. There is a wealth of help here for you. Welcome again.
 

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Howdy - Welcome to Beagle World and a big ole welcome arrroooo to Winston. Look forward to exchanging stories. All my many dogs have been adult rescues so it may be a few months before I can offer good advice but beagles are a hoot.
 

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Welcome WM! A beagle is a breed best chosen by experienced
dog owners But devoted dog owners will learn quickly how to
adapt to one of the most free spirited & stubborn breeds! I
own one that holds the record for longevity in our family as
Goober is the first one to live well beyond 13 yrs & might even
live longer than 17 yrs despite being nearly blind & deaf! He
will be 16 & 1/2 in october & still greets me with the
zoomies when I come home! (Thanks to advances in vet meds, a
medium sized dog like a beag can live a very long life)!
 

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Welcome to BW. You'll find lots of good advice here. I am currently owned by 9 beagles - and MAY have a litter on the way - so I do have a little experience with puppies since 4 of my pack were born here in this house - and 2 others were purchased as puppies. You are in for the ride of a lifetime - after my first beagle pup (purchased for my granddaughter) I said I will NEVER have another beagle - boy have I eaten those words! Beagles are different than any dogs I've ever had in my 69 years - and there have been MANY dogs in my life. Once you learn to accept them the way they are and stop trying to make them into something they're not - you'll have a great companion. I've had people say to me, WHY do you want beagles, they're stupid - beagles are not stupid - they are just DIFFERENT - they are extremely intelligent.
At any rate, Welcome to BW! It's a great place to visit!


This is a document that I give to everyone that is interested in buying a beagle puppy from me. It's a 'work in progress' - but I wish I'd had this information BEFORE I got my first beagle puppy almost 8 years ago!


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So you think you want a beagle?

Before deciding that you just “have to have” one of these adorable puppies, please consider that you are making a “life-time commitment” to this little canine friendBefore making this commitment, please ask yourself a few questions.

The average life-span of a beagle is 12-15 years – assuming that all goes well and it doesn’t develop a serious illness or meet with an unfortunate accident. Are you willing to make a commitment to this little one?
Can you afford vet care? The minimum requirements are for yearly shots and exams, which alone can present you with “healthy bills” from the vet. My bills for the vet usually average $100. We won’t mention those “unforeseen” things, ear infections, accidents, etc., which can add up quickly.
Food is another BIG item. Your puppy has special needs. The pups in my home are weaned to Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Food. It is a very good quality dog food – which means it is not cheap. By the time you get your puppy (at roughly 8-10 weeks of age), he/she will still need to be fed 3-4 times a day. Your puppy will also need fresh clean water available at all times. You CAN buy cheaper puppy food, but in the long run, you and your dog will be better off with good quality food. You will need to feed less than of a cheaper brand, and because it’s more digestible, there is less “waste” – so less “clean up” with good quality food. I do NOT recommend canned foods, as they are not good for their teeth. Dry kibble is much better for them.
Are you willing to spend time training your puppy? All puppies need training – and beagles perhaps more than other breeds. While it’s EASY to fall in love with a beagle puppy, they CAN (and usually are) DIFFICULT dogs to “housetrain”. Hounds in many ways are unlike other dogs you may have had who were completely “potty trained” by the age of 3 months. You will find FEW beagles that are totally “housetrained” by 3 months, perhaps even 6 months. Are you willing to put the time into working with your puppy? If you’re NOT, then stop right now, because it is a time-consuming process.
MY first beagle was a total surprise and very difficult for me. I knew nothing about this wonderful breed – except that they were “cute” and “cuddly”. Beagles, like other hounds, are STUBBORN and more “independent” than many other breeds. They are led by their noses. This is why beagles are NEVER left off-leash unless they’re HUNTING (which is what they were bred to do). If you want a beagle as a pet, then PLEASE make sure you have a safe, secure fenced yard for him/her.
Do you have a place for a puppy where he/she will be safe while you’re away at work? Puppies – all puppies are destructive! You have to accept that and make your home as “puppy proof” (safe for them) as possible. Puppies LOVE shoes – and telephone cords, and electrical cords, so these things need to be out of puppy’s reach – because if it’s “there, they will chew”. If you have a “safe” room where puppy can’t chew things – such as a kitchen or bath that can be closed off, that will work, but I’ve known (and loved) pups who have chewed walls, so I prefer using a “crate” or “kennel” when I’m away. I’m fortunate with my job, I live close enough that I can run home at noon and let pups out for some play/exercise time. Years ago I would have said that was “cruel” – and it would be if you leave them in it all the time. It is their “den” – or safe place for them if you can’t be supervising them every minute. Even my dogs that have the run of the house will often go into an empty crate/kennel for a nap. IF you get a puppy from me, it will be accustomed to a crate from an early age, which makes it MUCH easier for YOU as a new owner.
There are several words that beagles do NOT like, among them “come” if they’re hot on the trail of something good. “No” is also a naughty word for beagles. I don’t want to discourage you – but if you’re considering a beagle puppy, you should be aware that they can be and often are STUBBORN. I suggest a good “Puppy Kindergarten” to get him/her started right. The key to beagle training is consistency (and TREATS) – beagles will do ANYTHING for treats. More about that later.
IF you get a puppy from me, he/she will have been born into a loving home environment with lots of love and socializing. I am not a “big breeder” with dozens of dogs, my pups are born right here in my family room, where I spend most of MY waking hours when not at work. They get a lot of handling and a lot of love. This is very important to making a good dog! He/she will also come with a “puppy kit” to get you started. These puppies are from excellent field champion lines and the litter is AKC registered. You will be furnished with the paperwork to register YOUR puppy. I have registered the litter, but registering your pup is your responsibility. I suggest that you do so as soon as possible, if you have any intentions of using your dog for field trials (their paternal grandparents are both International Field Champs), or for other AKC events they will need the AKC registration.
Beagles are “pack” animals, and do much better if they have other dogs in their pack.
IF you decide on a beagle puppy, and something happens that you cannot keep him, then he is to be returned to me for re-homing. I do NOT want one of these puppies to ever wind up in a shelter or rescue. I know that circumstances can change and you may not be in a position to keep your puppy – in that case, call me, and I will take the pup back. These are very special puppies, from very special lines and deserve a special home.
I will ALWAYS be available to answer questions for you and to help in anyway that I can with your puppy.
 
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