Beagle grooming is too easy! They are clean dogs with a double coat – a course outer layer and soft undercoat. For pet owners that don’t want to spend too much time grooming, the Beagle is the perfect ‘low maintenance’ dog.
When their coat is wet Beagles do not have the typical ‘doggy’ smell.
Beagles like to roll around in mud, horse manure and other foul-smelling stuff. This is instinctive behavior whereby they try to hide their scent so as not to become prey while out hunting. That said, the Beagle, because of their short coat and easygoing temperament, will find bath-time an enjoyable activity – as will their owner. Beagle grooming is a great way to bond with your pet.
“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.”
How to Groom a Beagle
- Brush your Beagle at least once a week, or more often if you can spare the time. This improves bonding between you and your dog and makes him feel good. Brush along his body gently with a medium-bristle brush. This stimulates oil production in his coat, and keeps him nice and glossy.
- Bathing a Beagle weekly is recommended, use a rubber mat in your bathtub. During this part of Beagle grooming, check their skin and body for any lumps, bumps and discharges. Keep your Beagle warm until he is dry and do not brush his wet fur. A towel dry can also assist with cleaning their fur. Use a gentle good quality dog shampoo, checking in case skin reactions occur. There are many different product to choose from on the market if a reaction does occur but make sure you are rinsing off the shampoo carefully. Your dog will also require rinsing after swimming in salt water or swimming pools to avoid skin irritations.
- Beagles are soft-eared dogs and their ear canals can become dirty. During grooming use a special cleaning solution for this recommended by your vet. They can be prone to mites and will try to excessively scratch at their ears if they have them.
- Nails need regular attention. They should be clipped weekly using canine clippers and avoiding making them bleed. Check to make sure you are cutting well away from the root (the quick) of the nail. Ask your vet if you are unsure how to do this.
- When grooming a Beagle include dental care; regularly inspect your Beagle’s teeth and brush-clean with canine toothpaste if necessary. Visit your vet twice yearly for canine dental cleaning to prevent periodontal problems.
A good Beagle grooming routine should also include eye care.
Eyes should be inspected for abrasions and discharge. Beagles hunt with their noses close to the ground and their eyes wide open. This allows for debris to enter and for scratches or abrasions to occur. Consult with your vet if you notice any abnormalities.
Rewarding your Beagle after any of these grooming procedures will help forge a good relationship between dog and owner. With good Beagle grooming your dog will be happy, healthy and love the time you spend together.