Beagles are associated with good noses. In fact, Beagles have some of the strongest senses of smell of all dog breeds. The Beagles’ strong sense of smell were put to good use when the Beagles were used as scenthounds for tracking rabbits and hare. Beagles are actually still used as scenthounds today, but even so, many Beagles are kept as pets. Beagles are nicely tricolored, coming in coatings of white with large black areas and light brown shading.
There are also Beagles with two-colored coatings and they are just as nice as the ones with the tricolored coatings. The most common two-colored Beagle coating is that with a white base color with areas of the coating colored tan. If you are looking for help with Beagle grooming, this post is for you.
The Beagle Grooming Process
1. Brush Your Beagle’s Hair
Your Beagle has a dense double coating and so matting is certainly a concern for you and your Beagle. That is because matting can be painful for your Beagle at the skin. So, you don’t want your Beagle’s coating to be saddled with mats.
In order to get rid of the mats, you will need to brush your Beagle’s coating. As far as shedding is concerned, your Beagle sheds hair the heaviest during the spring period. During the rest of the year, your Beagle’s shedding level is moderate. So, it shouldn’t be as noticeable as during the spring period.
Even so, you will still want to get rid of dead hair by brushing your Beagle’s coating because any hair that your Beagle sheds will end up on your floor or furniture if they aren’t brushed away from his/her coating.
You will want to get the Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush as it is a popular brush that is effective at penetrating your Beagle’s dense double coating in order to remove the mats and dead hair without scratching his/her skin in the process.
The brush also comes with a self-cleaning feature designed to make the brush easy to clean out. Once you have the brush, you can proceed to brush your Beagle’s coating.
You will want to brush in the direction of hair growth for best results. As for how often to brush your Beagle’s coating, doing it once per week for most of the year should be enough. But, during the spring when the shedding intensifies, brushing your Beagle’s coating daily is recommended.
2. Brush Your Beagle’s Teeth
Like all dogs, your Beagle needs to have his/her teeth brushed in order to prevent tartar buildup which can lead to tooth decay if left unaddressed. So, be sure to brush your Beagle’s teeth regularly – ideally on a daily basis.
You will want to go with the Virbac toothpaste as that is what veterinarians often recommend to dog owners for their dogs’ teeth. You can use a toothbrush to brush your Beagle’s teeth.
3. Bathe Your Beagle
Beagles can be bathed once every couple months. But, be careful not to bathe your Beagle too often as that can strip him/her of his/her natural oils that helps to nourish his/her skin and coating.
You will also want a quality shampoo that you can use on your Beagle and so I recommend that you get the Buddy Wash Dog Shampoo and Conditioner as that is one of the best shampoos that I can find.
The shampoo is specially formulated with coconut base, aloe vera, and vitamin E – all of which are good for your Beagle’s skin and coating. Also, there are no harsh chemicals like soap and alcohol in the shampoo. That will allow your Beagle to have a smooth experience when being shampooed.
There are three flavors of the shampoo for you to choose from. They are lavender and mint, green tea and bergamot, and rosemary and mint. Once you have the shampoo, you are all set to start bathing your Beagle.
To get started, take your Beagle to your bathtub and fill a cup with warm water and then pour it onto his/her coating in order to get it all wet. Now, apply the shampoo thoroughly onto your Beagle’s coating, taking care not to get it into his/her eyes.
Once the shampoo has been applied, rinse your Beagle’s coating until every trace of the shampoo has been rinsed out. With the bathing over, use a bathing towel to dry off your Beagle’s coating and then re-brush the coating.
4. Clean Your Beagle’s Ears
Your Beagle needs to have his/her ears cleaned out. That is because your Beagle’s ears can become breeding grounds for wax buildup which can lead to ear infection. So, be sure to check on your Beagle’s ears every now and then and clean them out when they look dirty to you.
You will want to use the Virbac ear cleaner with your Beagle’s ears as that is the one that veterinarians often recommend to dog owners for their dogs’ ears. You can apply the ear cleaner on cotton balls and then use them to clean your Beagle’s ears.
5. Clip Your Beagle’s Nails
You will want to clip your Beagle’s nails in order to keep them short. That is because you don’t want your Beagle’s nails to be too long as that can cause paw pain for your Beagle. That can make walking around discomforting for your Beagle.
So, be sure to check on your Beagle’s nails or listen for any clicking sounds when he/she is walking around. That way, you will know for sure when you need to clip your Beagle’s nails.
You can use a nail clipper like Millers Forge Dog Nail Clip to clip your Beagle’s nails. Be careful not to cut the quick part of your Beagle’s nails as that can easily result in bleeding.
Beagle Grooming – Conclusion
There you have it for Beagle grooming. As far as trimming your Beagle’s hair is concerned, your Beagle’s hair is already too short for hair trimming to make sense. Yes, your Beagle does have a thicker coating during the winter, but that is to keep him/her warm during the winter.
Once winter is over, your Beagle sheds heavily in order to lighten his/her coating in preparation for the summer by getting rid of excess hair. So, hair trimming like won’t work with your Beagle.
If you are having problems getting your Beagle to cooperate with you while you are grooming him/her, this post will help you with that. What are your thoughts? Have you groomed a Beagle before? Feel free to leave a comment down below.