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. Resources 166 Index 174
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