How To Care For A Beagle
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The Beagle is a member of the Hound Group and it's a breed of medium-sized dog. Beagles are scent hounds, developed primarily for tracking hare, rabbit, and other game. They have a keen sense of smell and tracking instinct. You may often notice them employed as detection dogs in the airport around the world for helping to detect prohibited agricultural imports and foodstuffs in quarantine.
Here are some tips on how to take care of your beagle:
- Beagles have a strong hunting instinct, they should be kept in a secured yard with locked gates or on a leash. This is to prevent them from running after a real or imaginary quarry.
- Feed your beagle high-quality dry dog food, do NOT feed your beagle with people leftover food or table scraps.
- Keep your beagle's weight down. Overweight dogs will have more health problems, including heart disease, back pains and arthritis.
- Give your beagle plenty of fresh water to drink.
- Do NOT give your beagle stuffed toys, as beagles can tear them apart and might swallow and choke on the small parts.
- Beagles are a very social animal, they like to play around with people. Make sure you take your beagle for a walk or run outside at least for 30 minutes a day. It's a good exercise for yourself and your dog.
- Beagle sheds moderately. Brush your beagle several times a week, use a hound glove to keep the coat shiny, and a fine-tooth flea comb to remove dirt and excess hair. Wipe out your beagle's ears whenever you brush him to prevent odors and infections.
- A beagle doesn't require special grooming and can be washed at home. Bathe the dog infrequently though.