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Cedar Ridge Beagles
c/o Toni Perdew
crbeagles@gmail.com
(the best method to reach me is via e-mail)
Bedford, Iowa
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Once you pick your perfect puppy, you can begin to shop for the supplies you'll need to care for him. If you take the time to prepare, you can avoid rushed trips to the pet store, and you'll have more relaxed time to spend with your puppy.

Safety

Remember that not only supplies are important. Similar to child-proofing a home, you must puppy-proof your home and yard.

  • Move plants (some are poisonous) out of areas puppies can reach.
  • Also, check for electric cords that are on the floor or within puppy reach.
  • If your yard is fenced and you plan to turn puppy loose to potty, check for holes large enough for a soup can to slide through. If you find them, it's possible a young puppy could shimmy through!
  • Read through a list of poisonous foods and household items that can sicken or kill dogs, such as Xylitol-sweetened chewing gum, plants, etc. This isn't a comprehensive list, but here are some ideas: Poisons in the home/yard/garage.

Once that is done, you're ready to think about supplies. Keep in mind the following tidbits as you plan:

  1. Our parent beagles are generally 10 to 14" tall, and 14 to 30 lbs (most are 18 to 25 lbs). Look at your puppy's parents' sizes to see where your puppy might end up on that scale.
  2. Puppies will reach most of their mature size by the time they are 8 months old. Remember that for those first months you have your puppy, he will rapidly outgrow collars, winter clothing (if you use that...beagles are hardy, and don't "need" it...but it's fun!), etc.
  3. Puppies are in need of food specifically designed for a puppy's growing body. Buy only "for puppy" foods. Click here to learn what kinds of foods we recommend.

Made in America

As you look through the ideas below, also keep in mind that you can find products that are Made in the USA.   :-)

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  6. Pet Supplies: http://www.buyamerican.com/petsupplies.html

Collar and Leash

You will need a small collar at first, and then will have to buy another one or two to fit your puppy as he grows. So, don't break the bank buying that first collar, as it will not be in use for a long time.  We generally find that 8" to 12" collars work to start (as your puppy will weigh about 5 lbs when you get him/her from us, though the range can be from about 3.5 to 7 lbs at 8 weeks).  Find recommendations for choosing a dog collar and dog leash for your puppy.

Dishes

Pick bowls that are easy to clean, the right height for your puppy's mature height down the road (beagles will generally be between 10 and 13" tall), and that are not easily broken or turned upside down. Check out this dog dish buying guide. Purchase with his adult size in mind.

Food and Vitamins/Antioxidant Supplements

Click here to learn what kinds of foods we recommend. We also recommend NuVet Plus Immune Support antioxidant supplements for puppies (actually, for their whole lives), as these can help puppies develop a better immune response with their vaccinations than puppies not given immune support vitamins. Learn more about ordering NuVet Vitamins on the food page.

Indestructible Chew Toys

Puppies like to chew on things, so have a few chew-approved items around. Talk to your vet about this when you have your first appointment, too. For example, some vets do NOT recommend rawhide chews, because pieces that are swallowed can cause bowel irritation, injury, obstruction, and bloody stools. Visit this guide to dog chew toys. Some favorites we hear about are Nylabones and Kongs. You don't need a lot of toys. Just a few good ones will be quite sufficient.

Also, some people keep their dog's toys in a basket. We even have friends that have trained their dog to put toys away in the basket on command. A "place" for the toys when not being played with is a good idea. Like with children, you can also rotate toys. When puppy becomes bored with a toy, put it away for a few weeks. When you get it out again, it will be like it's a new toy.

Most people don't buy this, but I'll toss it out just FYI. You can buy Puppy Anti-Chew spray to put on items puppy wants to chew on...but that you don't want him to chew on.

Comfort Products

Just to consider...some people consider these helpful in the first couple weeks puppies come home!

Your new puppy will cry off and on for several days most likely after leaving his littermates. A new home, new family, and new schedule creates stress, and puppies are confused until they begin to forget their previous environment. To help reduce your puppy's stress, and also your own distress, you might look into these:

Yard Fence or Tie-Out Line

If you plan to turn your puppy loose in the yard to potty, be aware that it should be fenced! Any dog...not just beagles...can SO quickly dart into the street that an un-fenced yard is truly not a safe place for any puppy to be turned loose in.

Yard Fence: Lots of options for yard fences will work. Make sure there are no holes small enough for a soup can or regular can of vegetables to fit through, and your puppy should be contained. If the holes are larger (such as in some privacy fences), just keep the puppy on a leash until he/she has outgrown those gaps. Even a temporary roll of fencing 50' long and 3' tall (with 2" wide rectangles) held up with step-in fiberglass fence posts will work to contain the puppy until he/she is 4 months old, and possibly longer. Pop up the posts and move it around to mow!

Invisible Fence: If you don't have a fenced-in yard, consider an underground invisible fence. You'll see references online about beagles not staying inside the constraints of an invisible fence, but we have several puppies in homes that have them...and they have been successful! Read instructions online before buying, and only commit if you promise yourself and your puppy that you'll do the training correctly. Invisible fences are also inexpensive and don't present a problem for mowing/trimming grass. Nice! They don't always need to be buried. If carefully tucked down into the grass, they can be beneath the mower and will soon bury themselves into the grass roots and even end up under soil eventually.

Chain Link Kennels: Many people opt to fence in a 10 x 10 or 10 x 20 foot area for their potty turnout time. Most farm-and-home stores and lumber yards sell 10' long, 6' high panels that easily connect together to make an enclosure. You will need a truck or trailer to haul the panels home, but it's sure easy. I can set one of these up myself, without help. That says a lot, because I'm not handy with tools!

Tie-Out Lines: There are many available, in lengths up to 30'. Consider whether you will want to take the stake out of the ground to mow...if you don't want that hassle, get one that is designed to hug the ground below mower blades. Just remember to detach the cable/line before you mow! These are just for short times, as I feel dogs should NOT live staked out on a line.

Dog Crate

Crate training is the easiest way to foster good house training habits, according to many trainers. A crate can also serve as a safe, comfortable place to keep your puppy while you're away from home or when you travel with him. View this guide to choosing a dog crate. Our beagles will generally mature to 11 to 14" tall and 15 to 30 lbs. Purchase with his adult size in mind.  Also, determine your size based upon whether you will use the crate in the home (to crate train and to confine the puppy while you're at work) or just for travel to and from the vet or on vacations.

Grooming Tools

These are an enjoyable part of puppy care for both puppy and owner (well, maybe not the nail trimming time). Beagles don't require much in the way of grooming because they have short hair and don't shed a lot. But frequent brushing can reduce what hair they DO shed, plus will be a time to spend with the puppy doing a calm activity, as opposed to play time. A soft-bristled brush and a pair of nail trimmers are a good idea. Also, have a small bottle of puppy shampoo on hand. We actually use and like Suave shampoo-conditioner combinations for children!

 

When your puppy is a few months older, check out a Furminator! This is the most amazing tool to remove hair that is getting ready to fall off onto your carpet, floor, or furniture. Used gently, it will reduce doggie shedding by "supposedly" 90%....and by the looks of it, it's true! You may have to do a search online for Furminator, but we found the best prices at E-bay. There are also off-brand knock-offs that I've heard work just as well as real Furminators.

Name Tag or ID

No puppy or dog should be without an ID tag. Whether you opt for a simple name tag, a tattoo, or an implanted microchip (all of the above), these help ensure that your puppy can be traced back to you if he's ever lost.

***A note regarding microchips:  A microchip is NO GOOD at all if the paperwork isn't filled out and sent in to the microchip company that maintains the database! Don't forget that step!***

Miscellaneous/Optional

  • Pooper scooper
  • Folding gate to confine your puppy to a particular room or protect him from stairs
  • Chemical deodorizers or carpet shampoo spray bottle for accidents. Or, a spray bottle with a mixture of 4 parts water and 1 part vinegar to spray on accidents on the carpets. This takes the smell away so they won't consider it their marked area and return to leave deposits. Also, Arm N Hammer Vacuum Free foam carpet spray deodorizer works well. Spray it, walk away.
  • A dog bed, and Comfort Zone comforting spray
  • Pepto Bismol: You can give puppies Pepto Bismol if needed. If your puppy has a little bit of loose stools, you can give Pepto to him/her to help settle the stomach. The change of leaving littermates can sometimes cause a little diarrhea. If the puppy is still eating and drinking, it's normally not something to be worried about. But if he/she stops drinking, dehydration can become a concern. I have given Pepto Bismol (or generic equivalent) to puppies as needed....1 to 1 1/2 cc's orally, which is probably 1/4th to 3/8ths of a teaspoon. A couple times that first day seems to help a lot.
  • SafeGuard, Panacur, or other fenbendazole-containing dewormer. See our page about Giardia to learn why this dewormer has dual benefit for young puppies.

Places to Buy Supplies

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 In Summary...

  • Collar and leash
  • Food and water dishes (and food!)
  • Chew toys
  • Large travel carrier/crate
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Toenail trimmers for dogs, unless your vet will do it for you
  • Puppy shampoo
  • ID tag (or microchip from vet)
  • Pooper scooper
  • Folding gate, if needed
  • Cleaners for carpet, for accidents during potty training
  • Dog bed
  • Knowledge of how to potty train, if your puppy will be inside. Visit here for some reference for potty training (scroll to bottom).
  • Comfort Zone bedding spray or plug in to help make your puppy comfortable during times of stress. This is not a drug...it mimics a new mother's natural pheromones to give your puppy at heart a sense of well-being.
  • Also remember to have pre-scheduled your first puppy vet appointment for soon after puppy arrives. A health check is an excellent idea, plus puppy may be ready for another vaccination/deworming depending upon his age. You can also talk to your vet about a coccidia-prevention medicine. Visit our page about coccidia for more information.

It's not necessary to spend a lot of money on a puppy product to keep your pet happy. Once you have the essentials, wait a few weeks and see what else he needs. You don't want to buy something that never gets used. Also, your puppy can quickly outgrow collars, crates, and other items so purchase with his adult size in mind.

Other Info for New Puppy Owners

Visit our Table of Contents page for links to information valuable to new puppy owners. This page includes FAQ's, training advice, and much more!

References

http://www.raisingspot.com

http://www.training-dogs.com/puppy-supplies.html

 

 

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c/o Toni Perdew
crbeagles@gmail.com
(the best method to reach me is via e-mail)
Bedford, Iowa
Click here for additional contact information.

Our premises are monitored via video surveillance for your puppy's safety!

 

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