Beagle Blog

Beagle Pups, 3 male and 4 female

Seven Beagle pups available for sale, born 1 January 2017.

  • 3 male and 4 female
  • Tri-colour and lemon & white
  • All pups have been vaccinated, microchipped and registered.

Located near Ballarat

Contact: Elisabeth Downey, 0427387776

 

Beagle jumping in an agility course

Obedience Training with your Beagle

Betsy (Ch) Teviot Rose of Allandale CCD
Betsy (Ch) Teviot Rose of Allandale CCD at 13 years can still do a down stay and food refusal. Here she is watching for the command to eat (she can no longer hear my commands, therefore, she now needs hand signals)

Obedience training with your Beagle is very rewarding for many reasons. Even though you may not be interested in doing an actual obedience trial to have your Beagle walk to heal when in company, sit on command and not jump up at every stranger that you meet is a credit to the owner.

Most Obedience Clubs now allow food reward and use positive reinforcement but some still go along the old way of “You will do what I want” end of subject. When new puppy owners ask me about Obedience training and clubs my advice is as follows:

  1. Try to get your Beagle enrolled in a puppy school which is attached to an Obedience Club so that there is continuity for both the owner and the puppy.
  2. Get a list from Dogs Victoria and phone up the secretary of the club and the first thing you should say is, “I have a baby Beagle and would like to bring him to your Obedience Club’. If you get “hysterical laughter” at the other end of the phone with comments like, “You must be joking” or “You’ll never train a Beagle” put the phone down and call another club until you get a positive response.
  3. Ask the secretary of the club if they permit food reward and again if they don’t – go to another club.
  4. Ask if they use positive reinforcement. Again if they do not go to another club.
Beagle jumping in an agility course
Aust CH Merlynvale Soloes Glory CDX

Beagles are easy to train so long as the owner knows what is required and how to get the best out of their dog and do not take it too seriously Laugh when things go wrong and try again. Some say that Beagles are not intelligent but they are very smart. They are not blindly obedient and will not do the same thing day in and day out or repeat commands for 5 or 10 minutes at a time. They need to see a purpose for what is being asked and they get quickly bored, therefore, variety is the key to success.

There is nothing nicer than seeing a Beagle performing well in an Obedience Trial as all eyes will be on him.

Beagle puppy running

Acquiring a Beagle

Beagle puppy running
© Sue Walker

As the Beagle breed is extremely popular, it is important to sort the “wheat” from the “chaff” when it comes to breeders. When buying a Beagle puppy, or for that matter, any pure bred, pedigree puppy, beware of “puppy mills”.

They are breeders who are in the business for a fast buck. They have no interest in the welfare of the puppy once they have your money in their pocket. The bottom line is that there is no substitute for a dedicated, knowledgeable breeder whose dogs are from the highest quality stock, and who give, what I call, “after sales service”.

Always buy direct from a breeder, not from a Pet Shop. It is against the Dog Breeders Code of Ethics to sell pups to Pet Shops, and more importantly, even if you are sold a pedigree with the dog, how do you know that is the dog that belongs to the pedigree. Pedigree dogs sold through a Pet Shop will most likely not be registered by the state Kennel Control, such as the Victorian Canine Association. Therefore, the puppy is not able to be shown, and no progeny from the dog or bitch can be registered in the future as pedigree animals.

Not every puppy in a litter is a show dog. Very few entire litters are suitable for showing, but they are still good stock and well bred and correctly raised. Buying a puppy as a pet from such a litter, and from such a breeder, is a step in the right direction to having a Beagle of correct size, temperament and attributes to make him a lovable family companion.

Do not buy a puppy from a breeder whose kennels are dirty and whose dogs are in poor or unhealthy condition. Be wary of breeders who apply high pressure sales tactics. If you are, for any reason, unsure about buying a puppy from a particular breeder, then don’t! The Beagle Club of Victoria has a referral service for breeders, but this does not mean that they are all guaranteed to be good quality breeders. Please note when you go to see a litter of puppies that they are clean, well fed, wormed, well raised and treated, and that you can see the dam (mother) and if possible, the sire (father). If the sire is not available, the breeder should be able to provide you with details of him, and photos for you to look at. When you get your puppy from the breeder, you should receive a registration certificate, a 3 generation pedigree, produced by the Victorian Canine Association (or other state canine control) computer. The breeder will fill out the details of the purchaser and sign it. You may then send it to the Victorian Canine Association (or other state body) in order to transfer the ownership into your name.

You should also receive an innoculation card from the breeder, showing the vaccinations your puppy has received and the date they received them. The card should be signed by the Vet that administered the vaccine, and should show further dates of when the other innoculations are due.

A worming resume should also be given to you, so that you know when your pup is due to be wormed, and what treatments he has already had. This should show the name of the worming medication used, and the amounts given. It is a good idea, if possible, to ask your breeder for a diet sheet prior to collecting your puppy, so that you can shop before hand, and have a supply of the same foods that your puppy is used to, hopefully eliminating any possibility of upset stomachs due to sudden changes in diet.

After Sales Service – Most breeders are like “mother hens” over the puppies and want to know the progress of the puppy and are only too happy to give advice on any problems that you may be having with your new puppy. Don’t be frightened to ask questions!

Beagle driving a car

Travelling with your Beagle

Beagle driving a car

Taking your Beagle on holidays with you sounds like a good idea, but the hound’s welfare must be your primary concern.

It is important to think about where you are going,and what the conditions will be like, both the journey and when you get there. Think about the accommodation, not just for yourself, but for your hound.

Long journeys can be just as stressful for animals as they are for humans. Before you travel, check on the temperature and humidity at your destination, which may be quite different from that at home and could be unsuitable for your hound.

Don’t forget that sudden changes in environment can cause your hound to become distressed or ill. Caring for your hound when you get to your destination may not be easy. They are not allowed in almost all apartments, hotels and on many beaches, so it is very important to check before leaving that your hound will be welcome.

Your hound is part of the family and it is very tempting to take them on holidays with you, but please think carefully before taking them, they may be much happier left in a good boarding kennel.

Planning Your Journey with your Beagle Dog

Before you get too excited at the prospect of taking your hound on holidays, you should reflect on the how travelling with your hound will affect you, your family and above all your dog.

Holiday Check List to pack for your Beagle

  • Annual Vaccinations up to date
  • Telephone Number of your normal Vet
  • Lead & pooper scooper or waste bags
  • Supply of usual food, feed bowls & treats
  • Water bowl & plastic bottle of water for journey
  • Dog bed & blankets
  • Favourite toys
  • Doggy first aid kit
  • Parasite control
  • Travel sickness pills (if required)
  • Shampoo, towels and grooming kit (in case your hound rolls in something smelly)
  • Adequate supply of any medication your pet may need
  • Kaolin suspension in case of diarrhoea

Remember:

Dogs are not always welcome and you may find that your activities are restricted, limiting your ability to enjoy yourself.

There may not be anywhere for your dog to stay when you arrive at your destination.

Older dogs with impaired vision and hearing may find it the unexpected change in their routine stressful.

Long journeys and hot weather can be uncomfortable, distressing and sometimes dangerous for your dog.

[Image source: Dogster.com]