Inactivity for any house pet could be quite a bore and even worse, detrimental to health, this is even more so for a beagle dog. Naturally, the beagle dog is a very active breed with a lot of energy jostling inside of it. If you want to train your beagle dog to be at its best, then you need to make out time from your busy schedule, and give your beagle dog appropriate daily exercise.
Your beagle dog basically requires two kinds of exercise; walking and cardio, while the walks are required to be modestly brisk and last for 20 – 40 minutes every day, the cardio is expected to be more intense activities for instance chasing after a ball and this should be done at least once or twice per week.
There are also numerous other exercising activities that you can do with your beagle to have a great time and even bond better such as obstacle course, small jumps, Frisbee throw, hide and seek etc.
It is also important to take safety precautions, you must not exercise in extremely hot temperatures to avoid a heat stroke on your beagle dog, you must have some water with you to prevent dehydration and remember water intake helps it to cool down its body after a day’s exercise.
How much energy has the beagle?
Since the beagle, by nature is a hunting and tracking dog, it has been naturally bestowed with a great level of energy, it will do more good than harm to allow your beagle dog to express some of its dynamism and release some of its energy in the form of exercise, dog games and other outdoor activities. They are robust and athletic and often have the urge to run around – this is something to be aware and very cautious of.
Why it is important to run with your beagle
Exercise for your beagle dog cannot be over-emphasized since your beagle needs a burst of activity to release pent-up energy and failure to do so might result in irritability, moodiness, anxiety and even destructiveness (You don’t want to steal away that ever sweet, friendly nature of the beagle dog), not to mention that it will also impact on its health as inactive beagles tend to become overweight.
Long distance runs
Do not go for too long distance runs with your beagle puppy otherwise you might be at risk of disturbing the normal growth of its bones and overstretching its ability and straining its tender system, a mile at a very moderate pace is just fine. At the age of 18 months, you can rest assured that your beagle dog has fully matured bones and can handle it. Your mature beagle will most likely enjoy long distance runs but caution must be taken while you do this. Do not go for too long distances that will get your beagle exhausted, the aim is to keep fit and not to drain your pet completely.
Remember the beagle dog and its innate hunting instincts that make it obey its sense of smell more than anything else, so while on a distant run, make sure it doesn’t stray away following a scent, always make sure it is safe to have it without its leash on.
Walking your beagle dog
Yes, daily walking does make a huge difference from running when it comes to exercising your beagle dog, this is because when you walk, a number of this take place in the body; the muscles stretch, the muscle mass is sustained and energy is released. It is important to walk because if all you do is train your beagle dog to run once it gets outdoors, you wouldn’t be able to keep up the pace with your own dog, worse still, your dog will grow an intolerance to traffic.
When walking a puppy, you shouldn’t walk to fast as it would make it have to run to catch up with you, so brisk walks for puppies should be moderated.
Treadmill for your beagle dog
The treadmill can be a lifesaver for bad weather it presents another option for giving your beagle a great workout without having to go outdoors. Perhaps the problem might be your busy schedule and you do not have the luxury of scheduling your workout sessions in the daytime, your treadmill will go a long way in solving that problem. The first and only thing you probably need to worry about is training your beagle to use a treadmill, it may require some patience and effort to bring dog and machine together but with time, you and your beagle will get it just right.
Firstly, make sure you get the right treadmill for your beagle dog, let the treadmill seller know what that you are not the only one who’s going to be on the treadmill and they are sure to give you the most suitable for your beagle.
Set up your treadmill in the right position, it should never face the wall; you don’t want your beagle to think it’s going to hit the wall while moving. Allow your beagle to get on the treadmill while it’s off just to make it ease onto the machine. It would be difficult for your beagle to ease onto the treadmill immediately it’s on as even the noise might frighten it off. Go ahead and place its food or treats around the treadmill for a further acquaintance.
It is also advisable to allow your beagle dog near the treadmill while you use it, let it climb on at the lowest speed first before you gradually increase speed and duration of its work out. Remember not to feed your beagle just before a treadmill exercise as this could lead to abdominal pains, discomfort and vomiting.
Average weight of the beagle dog
The male beagle dog weighs about 22 – 25lb (10.0 – 11.3kg) while the female weighs 20 – 23lb (9.1 – 10.4kg). Your beagle dog is likely to weigh more when there are excess unburned fats in its body that are caused by lack of exercise – this is considered abnormal and unhealthy.
Eating too much or eating things they shouldn’t also contribute to obesity on some beagles since this breed is known to have a very large appetite and a taste bud that doesn’t discriminate, this is the reason why people refer to the breed as “garbage guts” as some of them will watch you eat your own food with their wishful, pleading eyes and you might be tempted to feed it spontaneously, I advise you dear beagle owner to resist the urge. Be strict with your beagle’s amount of food intake and feeding hours – set the boundaries yourself since they have no limits. Asides all these, your beagle dog should weigh the healthy average weight as earlier stated.
What you should know about beagle puppies
Beagle dogs are as exciting and energetic as they are fragile; it is up to you its caretaker to follow the dos and don’ts in order to train a healthier beagle. Always make sure your beagle puppy only engages in gentle exercises and each day give it a warm-up walk for at least five minutes before you engage it in a race or chase, just like an athlete warms up before the main game.
Never get your beagle puppy exhausted while exercising, make sure it still has its springy steps even after exercising so the trick is just to know when to stop before it gets too tired.
Do not leave your puppy all alone, it may wander off. Ensure that you begin to train your puppy to obey commands as early as possible, to root out its stubborn temperament at an early stage.
At 6-8 weeks of age make sure your puppy begins vaccination especially before it fully begins to socialize in order to avoid contacting diseases at an early stage, also ensure it goes to the vet every six months.
What you should know about adult beagles
As your beagle dog grows older, it’s robust activities start to decline, between 8 – 12 years, you beagle do already fall in this category, and at this stage you are very conscious of its health activities and it probably gets more visits to the vet. It is absolutely normal and expected, just as in humans.
Some changes expected as your adult beagle ages further include hearing loss, clumsiness and soiling, tooth and gum problem resulting to loss of appetite, bluish clouding over its eyes, weight gain and padded paws due to reduced exercising, under-skin lumps, more naps due to increased fatigue and brittle nails.
It is advisable that a geriatric examination of your dog’s vital organs (eyes, ears, heart, lungs, kidney, liver, muscles, bones, skin, nervous system, abdominal organs, teeth and gums) is carried out. Additionally, blood count, fecal flotation, urinalysis, chemistry profile and x-rays will give a complete evaluation of the health of your dog and also, advice on its nutritional needs and weight management will be given to give it a healthier, more robust life and extend its life span.