Dog Adoption Checklist and User Guide

Congratulations on your adoption!  happybeagle


We have developed a Beagle User Guide as well as a checklist to help you assimilate your new family member into your home.


Feeding your dog

  • We recommend Purina One brand dog food.  We have found that it works well for beagles. If you wish to change brands, you can transition the food by feeding a mixture of 75% old, 25% new for a few days, then 50/50, then 25/75 and then 100%.
  • Fish Oil capsules.  One capsule daily will help to keep your dog’s coat and skin healthy and reduce shedding.  This is the same fish oil used by people.   This should be given as a bedtime snack for best results.
  • A bottle of doggie vitamins.  This will help your dog’s immune system healthy while dealing with the stress of a new home.  Once the bottle is done you should not need to continue them.
  • Food and water bowls.  These should be kept clean and fresh water available at all times.

Routine veterinary care

  • Your dog has already been spayed or neutered, and is up to date on all shots, including rabies.  Shot records are on file with our vet. Your vet can contact our vet, Metzger’s Animal Hospital, 814/237-5333, if there are any questions. It is your responsibility to keep your dog up to date on vaccinations.  
  • Schedule an initial vet exam with your vet – OR you can take advantage of our vet’s offer of a free initial examination for any dog adopted through Beagle911.  Thereafter, an annual vet check is highly recommended.
  •  Your new dog is currently on heartworm preventative. It is imperative that you continue to use heartworm preventative. Check with your vet on recommended brands.
  • First aid kit.  Keep a First Aid kit for your dog handy, including Hydrogen Peroxide.

Collars, leashes and identification tags

  • We recommend 2 collars.  Your new dog has come with a martingale collar, which we recommend.  It helps to ensure that the dog will not slip out of its collar and get away.  The second collar provides ID information in the event that the first collar fails.  You should also have a spare collar and leash.
  • ID tags.  If your dog is lost, it will be returned faster if it has physical tags.  A microchip requires the dog to be scanned by a vet or other individual with a scanner.
  •  Dog license – check for your local requirements.  Pennsylvania dog licenses are issued by each county.  
  • Make a Lost Dog Poster – It is recommended that you make a poster with a picture and phone number now so that if your dog does get away, you don’t have to waste time creating a poster.  Include the words “Reward Pending” and “No Questions Asked.”  Keep a copy of this on a thumb drive that you can take with you if your dog goes on vacation or travels with you.

Basic supplies:

  • A dog bed – beagles like to scrunch up their bedding so a simple box frame with towels or a sleeping bag works.  Nylon, child-size sleeping bags work well for beagles.  They can be thrown on a sofa, back seat of a car, or just on the floor.  Your dog can scootch it up into a pile to sleep in it.  And they are easily laundered.
  •  Toys – beagles like balls and squeaky toys.  Make sure toy time is supervised to make sure no small parts (like the squeaker) are ingested.
  •  Poop baggies (biodegradable ones are best) or pooper scooper
  • Grooming: A soft brush or curry brush works well on beagles,  Nail clipper/trimmer (scissor types are best) – unless you will be having a professional do it,  Canine toothbrush and toothpaste,  Doggy shampoo and conditioner
  • Baby gates and/or dog crate
  • Non-toxic cleanser
  •  Enzymatic odor neutralizer

Training is also recommended.  Locally, Beagle911 recommends Mt. Nittany Dog Training Club.