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Beagles For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-03961-8
300 pages
December 2006
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Beagles are an extraordinary breed—no bones about it. They’re cute, compact, fun-loving, and great with kids. (Not to mention those soulful eyes!) But their sense of humor, independence, and stubborn nature isn’t for everyone. So whether you’re thinking about getting your very own Snoopy-dog, or if you’ve already opened your heart and home to one, Beagles for Dummies answers important questions like:
  • What are Beagles supposed to look like and how should they behave?
  • Should I choose a puppy or an adult dog? Male or female?
  • How do I correct my Beagle’s behavior problems?
  • What do I need to do to survive my Beagle’s puppyhood?
  • How can I Beagle-proof my house to keep him (and my stuff) safe?
  • What should I teach my Beagle to do? How do I teach him?
  • What health problems is my Beagle likely to have when he’s young? How about when he grows up—or gets old?

Life with these little hounds can lead to years of merriment, entertainment, and love—but if you think Beagles are just another hound dog, think again! Whether you want to know everything there is to living with a Beagle, or just want to skip to a relevant subject (like how to keep him out of the hamper), Beagles for Dummies gives you everything you need to choose and raise your Snoopy soul mate.

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Introduction 1

Part I: Getting to Know Beagles 7

Chapter 1: Beagles and You: Made for Each Other? 9

Chapter 2: The Incredible, Lovable Beagle 21

Chapter 3: Gonna Find Me a Beagle 33

Chapter 4: Choosing Your Beagle Soul Mate 47

Part II: Starting Life with Your Beagle 59

Chapter 5: Preparing for Your Beagle’s Arrival 61

Chapter 6: Welcoming Your Beagle Home 79

Chapter 7: Beginning a Beautiful Friendship 91

Part III: Caring for Your Beagle 105

Chapter 8: Feeding Your Beagle 107

Chapter 9: Getting Physical: Exercising Your Beagle 121

Chapter 10: Sprucing Up Your Beagle 131

Chapter 11: Managing Your Beagle’s Day-to-Day Health 147

Chapter 12: Dealing with Health Issues 163

Chapter 13: Traveling (or Not) with Your Beagle 179

Part IV: Training Your Beagle 191

Chapter 14: Housetraining Your Beagle 193

Chapter 15: Schooling Your Beagle 207

Chapter 16: Rehabbing the Delinquent Beagle 223

Part V: The Part of Tens 235

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Keep Your Beagle Healthy and Happy 237

Chapter 18: Ten Mistakes You Don’t Need to Make with Your Beagle 243

Chapter 19: Ten Unique Beagle Occupations and Activities 249

Appendix: Wanna Know More? Additional Resources 253

Index 257

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Susan McCullough writes about all things dog for media outlets all over the United States. She is the family life columnist for Dog Fancy, the nation’s most widely read dog magazine, and also has published articles in Family Circle, The Washington Post, AKC Gazette, AKC Family Dog, Your Dog, and Popular Dogs. She also is the author of several dog-care books, including Housetraining For Dummies (Wiley, 2002) and Senior Dogs For Dummies (Wiley, 2004).
Susan belongs to the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She is a threetime winner of the DWAA Maxwell Award for excellence in writing about dogs, and won the 2001 Eukanuba Canine Health Award for outstanding writing about canine health.
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