Thinking About Buying That New Puppy?
likes the thought of owning a new puppy. They are so cute,
and entertaining. They can bring such joy into a home.
Sometimes we forget that bringing home a puppy also requires
an enormous amount of work, patience, and responsibility.
So much of
the success in raising your puppy is driven by matching the
right dog to your lifestyle. There is a wide variety of
beagles, within Beagles. You first need to understand that
there is a difference between hunting and show-bred beagles.
They are very, very, different. Which one fits your
lifestyle? One is not better than the other; they are just
bred for different things. A hunter lives for the chase and a
show-bred beagle lives to be a companion. Make sure what you
get is the right one for you.
conformation, performance events, or field trials, if you wish
to participate in competition with you new dog, then you need
to be sure that you get a puppy that appears to have the best
chance to provide that for you. Make sure the breeder you
select has a history with the type of dog you seek. Any
reputable breeder will be thrilled to mentor you in such
Do you have
children? There is nothing that warms the heart like beagles
with children. Each beagle should be fortunate enough to have
its own kid. However, make sure the child is of an age where
they can understand the dog’s needs, and the behavioral
boundaries involved in interaction with the puppy. Simply
put: puppies are active and under-foot; have sharp little
teeth and nails; and will carry and chew any toy left
unattended. All of these things can be dangerous to any child
not equipped to manage it; and any puppy that is not attended
properly. If you get a puppy, and have a young child, make
sure they are not left unattended. For this, it takes time,
patience, and dedication. As part of any decision-making
process about buying a new puppy, you need to be sure you are
prepared to protect and educate both the puppy and the child.
question you should address might be one of time. Do you have
the time for raising a puppy? When a puppy comes to you, it
is a blank slate. Everything you do, from the moment you
bring it home, will mold it into what it will grow to be.
Behaviors can be intentionally acquired, through training, or
inadvertently acquired, through failure to act on bad
behavior. What any puppy learns from you and your family is
learned through consistency, and positive reinforcement. It
is important that the consistency and positive reinforcement
be for acts of good behavior. The only way to properly
provide the discipline and love needed to mold a puppy’s
behavior is to be able to watch the puppy. When the puppy
cannot be watched, it will get into trouble. Crate training
your puppy is very important. It keeps the puppy and your
home safe when you can’t be there, and it gives you some time
to do other things when you need it.
think about the future when purchasing a puppy, but it is
important to do so. Beagles live long lives. The average
life span of a beagle is about 15 years. Are you prepared to
have this puppy mature and live with you for his, or her,
lifetime? It is extremely traumatic to tear a dog away from
its family. Make sure you are committed to this puppy for his
lifetime, as a member of your family.
Once you have
thought through the responsibility of owning and raising a
puppy, how do you know where to get one? The National Beagle
Club of America has a strong ethical expectation of its
members. There is a
available, of our members, to assist you in finding
reputable breeders. Any reputable breeder will stand by you
for the life of any puppy purchased from them.