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.
About the Author
Susan McCullough is the author of the bestselling Housetraining For Dummies and the award-winning Senior Dogs For Dummies.
Table of Contents
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