Beagles are notorious for their large appetites, which will be evident even as young puppies. Because of their huge appetites, beagles are prone to becoming obese, according to the National Beagle Club of America. Beagles can also have heart problems, so excess weight puts added strain on the heart, according to "The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Dog's Symptoms." A beagle puppy's food needs change as it gets older. By the time they are a year old, they can be fed as often as an adult beagle.
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Things you need
- Food bowl
- High-quality dry puppy food with 24 per cent protein and 18 per cent fat
- High quality canned puppy or dog food (optional)
- Dog treats
Select the highest quality dry and canned puppy food that you can afford. Canned food is up to 75 per cent water and so should only be used as a topping to help enhance the taste of dry food. Beagle puppy food should contain at least 24 per cent protein and a maximum of 18 per cent fat, according to "Beagles: your Happy, Healthy Pet." Beagle puppies are usually not weaned until they are at least eight weeks old. Any beagle puppy younger than seven weeks may have difficulty chewing dry food and may try to swallow it whole, so use canned food predominately.
Feed the beagle puppy meals only out of a food bowl for dogs. Beagle puppies will soon become a major nuisance if they are allowed to beg at tables while people are eating. It is easier to not let them get into the habit of begging in the first place. Treats can be given by hand during training sessions or play sessions.
Stick to a schedule for feeding. This not only gives puppies the nutrition they need, but helps to regulate their bowels. Puppies under eight weeks old need to eat four times a day. Feed two or three times a day until the puppy is 12 weeks old, depending on your veterinarian's advice for that particular puppy. By 12 weeks, the puppy should have two meals a day. Since beagles are so food-loving, it is best to feed them twice a day instead of just once a day so they do not go searching or begging for food.
Give treats when the beagle puppy earns them though good behaviour. Chop up any long treats into bite-sized pieces. Food is a good motivational tool to use while teaching your beagle new commands. Only bring out these treats when training. Ask your veterinarian what treats are suitable for your particular beagle.
Tips and warnings
- Beagles are prone to a potentially deadly exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, according to "The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Dog's Symptoms." The puppy will become very thin, have diarrhoea and have extreme hunger. This needs prompt medical attention.
- Never leave a bowl of food all day for a beagle puppy because the puppy will usually keep on emptying it.
- Never leave garbage within reach of a puppy. Beagles have been known how to tip over garbage pails for food. Keep garbage cans outside and locked.
- Never leave food unattended on a counter or table because the beagle will figure out how to get it.
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