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Each Smart Owner’s Guide offers a description of the breed’s character and physical conformation, historical overview, and its attributes as a companion dog. The reader will find informative chapters on everything he or she needs to know about acquiring, raising, and training this remarkable purebred dog, including: finding a breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy; preparing for the puppy’s homecoming, shopping for supplies, and puppy-proofing the home; house-training; veterinary and home health maintenance; feeding and nutrition; and grooming. Obedience training for basic cues (sit, stay, heel, come, etc.) and solving potential problem behaviors (barking, chewing, aggression, jumping up, etc.) are addressed in separate chapters, as are activities to enjoy with the dog, including showing, agility, therapy work, and more.
Entertaining tidbits and smart advice fill up colorful sidebars in every chapter, which the editors call “It’s a Fact,” “Smart Tip,” “Notable & Quotable,” and “Did You Know?” Real-life heroes and rescue stories are retold in full-page features called “Pop Pups” and “True Tails.” Recipes, training, and care tips are highlighted in the “Try This” feature pages.
The Smart Owner’s Guide series is the only series that offers readers an online component in which dog owners can join a breed-specific online club hosted by dogchannel.com. At Club Beagle, owners of the breed can find forums, blogs, and profiles to connect with other breed owners, as well as charts and checklists that can be downloaded. More than just 20,000 pages of solid information, there’s a host of fun to be had at the club in the form of downloadable breed-specific e-cards, screensavers, games, and quizzes.
The Resources section of the book includes contact information for breed-related organizations and rescues, as well as practical guidance on traveling with dogs, identification, and locating qualified professionals to assist the dog owner, such as pet sitters, trainers, and boarding facilities. This information-packed Smart Owner’s Guide is fully indexed.
K9 Expert Education 4
By Allan Reznik, Editor-at-Large, Dog Fancy magazine
The Regal Beagle 6
The Beagle makes a high-energy, bursting-with-love and all-around family dog.
The Beagle Bulletin 20
Our simple two-page guide gives you all the necessary information about the Beagle — in 300 words or less!
One Hound’s History 22
From King Arthur’s round table to kings and queens of Europe, the Beagle has a long and fascinating history.
Beagles and Breeders 34
Find out how to choose a reputable breeder and pick a healthy puppy,
or maybe you’d like to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue organization.
Either way, there are plenty of Beagles out there waiting for homes.
Home Essentials 48
You can’t bring home a dog and hope everything will take care of itself. You need to puppy-proof — or hound-proof — your house.
Plus, you need to make sure that you have all the things he requires to be comfortable, such as bedding, toys and lots more.
Successful Housetraining 64
Your first job is getting your Beagle to do the doo where you want him to. Using a crate
— aka a modern-day den — will expedite the process.
Vet Visits and Everyday Care 76
Selecting a vet means doing some research and planning your Beagle’s first vet visit.
Also, learn what to do when everyday bumps and bruises occur.
On the Topic of Health 88
Learn how to deal with external and internal parasites, skin problems, and common medical and behavioral conditions.
Chowhound Food Guide 100
With proper knowledge and know-how, you can feed your Beagle a sound diet so he won’t end up a pudgy pooch.
Grooming Basics 112
From nail clipping instructions to brushing and bathing basics, we’ll have your hound dog looking like a “hot” dog.
Time to Train 126
Every Beagle needs to learn the basics of sit, down, stay and come, and additional training advice will make him well behaved without hassle.
Changing Bad Behavior 140
A well-behaved Beagle isn’t born that way. When behavioral problems arise, prompt training will turn bad habits into appropriate behavior. If you teach your dog that there are better ways to get attention, you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches.
For the Fun of It 154
The high energy of the Beagle demands exercise and attention, and his athletic and strong body makes him perfect for dog sports, from agility to field trials.