If you have a beagle, or are thinking about getting one, and want to know what type of items are best suited for this dog breed, then you’re in luck.
We have put together an easy checklist of all the products you need to keep your beagle and your home happy and healthy.
From beagle-proof trash cans and toys, to slow feeders and the best high-value treats, we’ve included every possible item that will make owning a beagle that little bit easier.
And we promise that this comprehensive list is the ONLY one you’ll ever need to refer to!
Why Beagles Needs are Different from other Dogs
Beagles require slightly more attention to detail when thinking about the type of products they need. They have certain characteristics that can test the patience of owners who are not wholly prepared for their shenanigans!
With a little planning and preparation, you can make life far easier to own a beagle, and better manage the traits that some people can find highly undesirable in their pet dog. Examples of these include:
- Difficulty training off-leash
- Running off after a scent
- Can be destructive
- Regular ear infections
- Eating poop
- Heavy drooling
- Naturally smelly coat
- High energy breed
- Stubborn characteristics
- Total food thieves!
For those that already own a beagle, you may be chuckling at the above list. For those that don’t – please do not be put off by it!
When we got our first beagle many years ago, we had to learn from scratch about the type of products that would make our lives so much easier.
Now, we wouldn’t have it any other way – owning a beagle is more rewarding than any other dog breed for us.
49 Essential Items for a Beagle and your Home
The items on this list come from our personal experience and are our recommendations for absolutely everything you need for your beagle and your home.
Every product has a practical explanation as to why they are relevant items for a beagle, and to make life that extra bit easier, we have provided the links to all products and images mentioned in this post – the majority of which can be found on Amazon or Chewy.
1. Dog ID Tag
Apart from being a legal requirement in many countries, an ID Tag provides clear information to anyone that may come across a beagle who has lost or escaped its owner. A quality ID Tag will withstand the test of time and will not wear out to the extent that addresses or telephone numbers become unreadable.
We also have spare ID Tags made up with details of people that regularly look after our beagle.
2. Dog Collar
Every beagle needs a dog collar that an ID Tag and a leash can be attached to. It can also be incredibly useful at times when you need to grab hold of your beagle to stop them from heading towards any danger, or to tether them to an anchor point.
Reflective dog collars are great for beagles, as it makes it that little bit easier to see where they are when you’re walking in dense foresty areas.
Not all beagles are the same size, so you’ll need to measure their neck circumference before ordering one.
3. Short Leash
As beagles are scent hounds, they will walk with their noses to the ground whenever they can get away with it. Whilst this is not a problem when they are running free, it does mean they pull a lot when on the leash.
Having a short (un-retractable) leash makes it easier to control and train a beagle to walk without pulling, and should be used with an appropriate harness.
4. Dog Harness
A harness is a must-have item for a beagle! We learned this the hard way when our first beagle started having muscle spasms in her neck from the use of a traditional collar and leash, subsequently needing a trip to the vet.
A good harness will stop your beagle from pulling towards the ground, which means that they are not straining their neck. A VERY worthwhile investment!
Just be sure to get a sturdy one that isn’t stretchy – as that won’t work for a beagle!
5. Long Retractable Leash
Even if you plan on training your beagle to walk off-leash, make sure you have a long retractable leash available.
There will always be a time when they come in handy. For example, almost all of our beagles will not poop on a short leash, it’s their quirk. They need to pick the right spot before they can go, and it’s normally as far away from us as possible!
When you’re walking in areas outside of places where they can roam free, a long retractable leash becomes a necessity.
Just be sure to pick one based on your beagle’s adult weight. Up to 45 lbs / 20kg should be strong enough to cope with a beagle.
6. Dog Stake Anchor and Cable
If you’re planning on taking your beagle anyplace where you would like to keep them within a certain area, then a dog stake anchor is extremely useful!
Think camping trips, picnics, and big yard parties!
All you need to do is place the anchor into the ground, hook them up, and you can stop worrying about whether your beagle will manage to escape!
7. GPS Dog Tracker
Although this may seem like a luxury item, GPS Trackers are incredibly popular with beagle owners! Beagles do have a reputation for being escape artists, so knowing where your pooch is at all times can be kind of handy.
Whether you use it for practical purposes of finding your dog or are just curious to know how much walking your beagle gets when out with the dog walker, GPS Trackers are becoming more affordable.
8. Travel Crate
Travel crates are a great way of giving your beagle somewhere safe and comfortable to sit whilst also keeping your car clean at the same time.
It’s best to have a separate crate ready in the car that’s collapsible, so you can save space when you need to. If your beagle has been crate trained, this will make car travel so much easier for everyone.
9. Car Seat Cover
Our first beagle was allowed to travel on the back seats of our old car, and when we purchased a new one (a car not the beagle) we promised to never let them wreck it again!
Beagle hairs get into all the nooks and crannies of cars, so using a superior dog car seat cover that contains most of the dirt and fur in one place is ideal.
10. Doggie Weekend Travel Bag
When we were first gifted a dog travel bag we were a little miffed as to why we would need it. Now, couldn’t live without it!
If you’re the type that likes to ensure that you have all of your ducks lined up when taking your beagle traveling or leaving them with friends or family, then a weekend travel bag is your new best friend!
We place items in the pockets that are easily forgotten, like a spare Slow Feeder Bowl, poop bags, or ID Tags with details of the people that regularly look after our beagle.
11. Travel Water Bowl
Getting a beagle to drink from a water bottle is nearly impossible, and the concept can seem almost alien-like to them.
When traveling in the car or taking them on long walks when the weather is warm, a travel water bowl becomes a must-have item for your beagle.
We were gifted a collapsible travel water bowl that folds into a small triangle and fits in our trouser pocket, and we couldn’t be without it now!
12. Heavy-Duty Water Bowl
You would think that buying a water bowl for your beagle is a fairly straightforward task, and we had a traditional ceramic heavy-duty one for years. Recently, we were gifted this No-Spill Dog Water Bowl – and we absolutely love it!
No more wet jowls dripping water everywhere!
If you regularly travel with your beagle, particularly in campervans, then you can leave this bowl out without it spilling any water, a truly fantastic item!
13. Slow Feeder Bowl
Beagles are known for chowing down their meals without an ounce of chewing taking place. Then they turn and look at you like “Where’s the rest of it?!”
With a slow feeder bowl, they can enjoy their meals for longer than a minute or two, plus it helps a little with digestion.
14. Airtight Dog Food Container
You will need a large airtight food container, ideally one that holds around 30lb / 15kg to ensure you get the entire bag of dog kibble in there and it stays fresh.
The other reason you need it to be airtight is to prevent it from driving your beagle crazy!
If they can get a whiff of their food at all times, it’s more likely to make them get up to no good! The best thing to do is store the food container within a cupboard that cannot be accessed by your beagle.
15. Smart Measuring Scoop
We didn’t know these smart measuring scoops existed until recently and they are so useful, particularly when other people are looking after your beagle.
For example, whenever our beagle stays with her grandmother, she has a tendency to overfeed her, and we end up returning to a slightly heavier beagle than when we left!
Of course, grandparents are entitled to overfeed their beagle grandchildren, but the uncertainty over portion sizes is usually to blame!
With a smart measuring scoop, you can take the guesswork out of feed times.
16. Dog First Aid Kit
Just as it does for humans, a dog first aid kit can provide life-saving treatment whilst waiting for professional help.
If you’re particularly keen on traveling with your beagle, having a kit to hand can take the stress out of any surprises for both of you.
A good dog first aid kit will include a tick remover, silicon tourniquet, self-adhesive bandages, sting relief pads, emergency blanket, and tweezers.
17. Tick Remover
We cannot tell you how many times we have used a tick remover for our beagles.
As beagles are natural hunters, they love to get into places most other dogs will not, like thick undergrowths, shrubs, and long grass. When you discover a tick, you don’t want (or need) to visit the vet.
Having a tick remover to hand will mean that you can safely remove the ticks yourself in the quickest way possible from the comfort of your home. A must-have for every beagle owner.
18. Dog Ear Cleaner
Beagles are known for having issues with recurring ear infections. Their long, floppy ears provide a warm and moist environment – perfect for bacteria to thrive in.
Coupled with the fact that they do love to rub their ears along the grass and scoop up everything into it along the way!
Beagles need regular maintenance and cleaning of their ears to keep them healthy, and an advanced vet-recommended ear cleaner is a must. If used weekly, you can potentially save an enormous amount of money on vet bills.
19. Inflatable Collar
Most beagle owners will wait until the need arises for an inflatable collar, however, when you do need one, you may need it urgently!
Our beagles have always suffered from hot spots, causing aggressive chewing of paws and scratching at their jaws – which can lead to bleeding. With an inflatable collar, you can nip this in the bud quickly whilst seeking advice from the vet.
Read the pros and cons of Inflatable Collars vs the Plastic Cone for Beagles.
20. Cooling Mat
If you live anywhere where it gets hot and bothersome for you, then it most definitely does for your beagle too! Dog cooling mats help your beagle reduce their body temperature if they struggle to find anywhere to escape the heat.
This is particularly important for beagles that are taken out by dog walkers and returned to an empty home on a hot day. Cooling mats are filled with gel and provide heat relief when kept in a cool area.
21. Nail Clippers
Keeping your beagle’s nailed trimmed will ensure their pads and paws remain healthy and pain-free. If you don’t keep them trimmed, your beagle will trim them for you – usually by shredding their nails all the way down into a sharp mess!
Most people opt for nail clippers, and we had used them for years. Until one day, we accidentally cut into the quick, causing our poor beagle to yelp so hard it broke our heart! Since then, we’ve always used a nail grinder – and never looked back.
22. Dog Nail Grinder
A nail grinder is such a fantastic tool for trimming a beagle’s nails.
Although they may cost a bit more than traditional nail clippers, they are one of the best products we’ve ever purchased for our beagle.
It’s almost impossible to trim their nails too much, and it provides a safe way to round off their nails to remove sharp edges, which beagles can catch on their ears and on furniture around the home.
Get the best one that you can afford and it will last a lifetime. This low-noise nail grinder from Amazon is fantastic and a must-have item for your beagle grooming kit.
23. Dog Shampoo
Most owners are aware that you shouldn’t use human shampoo on beagles, but there are some dog shampoos that are better than others.
Beagles are prone to skin conditions and need a gentle shampoo that’s good at removing dirt (and fox poo) yet kind to their skin.
Oatmeal dog shampoos are great for this and generally provide very good care for their coat and skin.
24. Dog Cologne
Beagles are a smelly breed by nature, and it doesn’t take them long to start stinking after a bath.
If the beagle smell in your home becomes bothersome, try this amazing natural dog cologne to freshen them up in between baths, it was life-changing for us!
We tried using a traditional dog toothbrush on our beagles and they just didn’t get it. As a result, we do have some spare dog toothbrushes going if anyone needs them?!
Cleaning your dog’s teeth regularly should form part of any good beagle grooming regime, and the Fingerbrush is probably the best way to go.
The difference between the two, is that the toothbrush is a foreign object in the beagle’s mouth, which they will generally resist and push out with their tongue.
The Fingerbrush, however, stays on the tip of your finger, and with beagles being a fairly submissive breed, they will allow their owners to put their fingers in their mouth with much less resistance.
Make sure to use toothpaste designed specifically for dogs.
26. Dog Dental Kit
As dog owners, we often tend to neglect our pooch’s teeth, leading to future problems with poor dental health.
A build-up of tartar and plaque occurs just as it does for us, with many of us opting for a trip to the vets to get it sorted.
Did you know that it’s simple enough to remove the bulk of plaque yourself at home? All you need is a Dog Dental Kit to gently scrape their teeth every month to keep those vet bills at bay!
27. Bristle Brush
Bristle brushes are a must-have for beagles! Unlike other types of brushes, the bristle brush is not only designed to remove loose hair and dirt – but it also stimulates hair growth and spreads essential oils over your beagle’s coat.
It’s also the best type of brush to pick up leftover loose fur after you have de-shedded your beagle.
28. De-Shedding Tool
De-shedding tools are an essential item for beagles. If you don’t have one, you may just go crazy trying to deal with all the beagle fur floating around your home!
Not all de-shedding tools are equal though, and without a doubt, The Furminator trumps them all.
Used just once a week, it pulls loose fur through from the undercoat so that you can dispose of it before it spreads around the home and all over your clothes, making life with a beagle that little bit more enjoyable!
NOTE: A beagle needs a Medium Furminator for Short Hair
29. High-Value Treats:
There’s no denying that beagles are notoriously stubborn when it comes to training. That’s why it’s incredibly important to use high-value treats as rewards in order to keep them engaged.
One of the best recall treats for beagles is liver cake. If made properly, they provide the smelliest and most alluring treats that beagles (and most other dogs) just cannot resist!
30. General Training Treats
How do you train a beagle without treats? Well… you don’t!
Beagles are food-obsessed little critters, which has its disadvantages but can also come in handy when you need to get their attention. The best way to train a beagle is to have a selection of different treats for varying situations.
Only give them the most high-value treats when it matters the most (such as recall), and then have some less calorific options for general rewards throughout the day.
31. Treat Jar
Having a glass or ceramic treat jar by the back door is a very handy way to potty train a beagle. Whenever they have a pee outside, reward them immediately by shaking the jar full of treats so that they know they’ve done the right thing.
This is also a great technique to prevent beagles from eating their own poop in the backyard.
32. Dental Chews
Dental chews help to keep your beagle’s breath fresh and teeth clean by reducing the build-up of plaque and tartar.
They are also the best things to use after your beagle has eaten something fairly gross (like poop) which is bound to happen at some point!
33. Dog Crate
A dog crate has many benefits and gives your beagle a safe space, helping to foster a sense of security. Once they have adapted, crates can keep beagles calm when they are in new or stressful environments and are a must for most beagles.
The destruction some people associate with beagles is normally due to them not being crate trained from a young age, leading to a large proportion of them being rehomed.
A crate also provides a safe place for your beagle when they are being looked after by friends or family, and makes traveling in cars a lot less stressful for them.
Beagles prefer an enclosed space, so it shouldn’t be too big – just enough to allow them to stand up and turn around – usually no more than 30 inches wide. And it needs to be made of metal, anything else is totally chewable! See our Top Crate Training Tips for more details.
34. Crate Pad
When crate training your beagle, the best type of bedding to use is a thick crate pad with a non-slip backing. If it’s the right size for the crate, this will make it a little more beagle-proof and less likely for them to destroy it.
Always have spare bedding for a beagle, as you never know what you’ll wake up to!
35. Dog Bed
If your beagle isn’t using a crate (or has grown out of it), you’ll need a comfy bed for them to curl up on. Again, there’s nothing available out there that’s completely beagle-proof, but some are less appealing for destructive purposes than others!
Flatbeds are generally less likely to be destroyed than those that are more enclosed.
Plus, beagle beds get smelly quite quickly and will need to be washed frequently, making large enclosed beds a little less practical.
36. Blankets (lots of them!)
We can’t tell you how many dog blankets we have around the home! They are great as an addition to usual bedding and beagles love to ‘rough em up’ and create their own little cozy hole.
They are also great for covering soft furnishings to help keep them clean, and can be thrown in the wash easily.
Blankets are so cheap and can be used whilst their usual bedding is being cleaned, a must-have for all beagles! Plus, they are great for helping beagles feel more secure when draped over their dog crate.
37. Training Clicker
Clicker training your beagle is a great way to teach new tricks or commands using positive reinforcement.
The best thing about clickers is that they are extremely cost-effective and do not take up much space at all. You can grab one and place it on your walking leash so that it’s with you whenever you head out.
38. Dog Training Whistle
Whistle training is another great technique for teaching your beagle recall when there are other distractions to contend with.
The whistle is incredibly effective, as it provides a consistent sound and is very easy to operate.
It can also be used by anyone in the household to get the attention of your beagle when out on a walk, and the sound covers a great distance for when your beagle develops a sudden onset of ‘selective hearing!’
39. Chews Toys
In case you haven’t heard, beagles do love to have a chew on things they are generally not supposed to!
Giving your beagle long-lasting chew toys can help exhaust them, which in turn reduces the chances of any excessive barking and howling or general mischievous behavior!
In order to keep them in check, you’ll need a selection of tough chews like this Benebone to keep them entertained.
Most products on the market will not last longer than a few minutes with a beagle – here’s a list of our all-time Top 15 Long-Lasting Beagle Chews.
40. Extreme Kong
We can categorically say, the ONE THING we have left (that is chewable) from when our beagle was a puppy, is an Extreme Kong.
We are still not sure how the Kong has survived, as our beagle is more than capable of destroying it! Especially considering that remnants of peanut butter and banana can still be found in hard-to-reach areas.
Kongs are a great way of keeping your beagle distracted and busy for a while, and tremendously help with reducing separation anxiety when they are left alone, making it one of the best dog training tools available.
41. Dog Toy Box
Whenever we purchased a new toy for our first beagle we knew it would be game over within minutes. The moment we bought a dog toy box and filled it with dog toys, everything changed.
Somehow, having a box full of toys meant that the focus had shifted from this ‘one valuable toy’ to lots of different options. It may not work for you, but it most certainly worked for us!
42. Dog Games
Beagles need plenty of mental stimulation and entertainment to keep destruction at bay, and games can help with this enormously!
Whether you design your own games or purchase some great puzzles online, keeping them busy is the key to keeping your home in ship-shaped condition!
Most of the time, games will include some element of a food-based reward (as that’s what motivates beagles), however, you can choose to use carrots and apple slices for some of these.
43. Suitable Insurance for your Beagle
We cannot stress enough the importance of having adequate insurance for your beagle.
Beagles are notorious for their mischievous nature, which can often lead to damaged property or injury to themselves, particularly in their earlier years. While most insurance policies will cover these kinds of accidents, it’s always a good idea to have suitable insurance in place that covers all eventualities.
It’s especially helpful when it comes to your beagle eating something they shouldn’t have, subsequently leading to a blockage in their stomach that requires emergency medical treatment.
Insurance is an essential part of owning a beagle, and it’s important to make sure that you’re properly covered.
44. Child Gate
Child gates are incredibly effective at keeping beagles within a boundary, and can save everyone a lot of heartache if installed BEFORE you bring them home!
Particularly if your beagle has free reign of the house, a child gate will ensure that you return to your home in one piece (or at least everything upstairs will be intact!)
They are most effective at the top of the stairs but will work just as well at the bottom. Just be sure to lock it in place, as beagles can be smart enough to work out how to pull them open!
45. Beagle-Proof Trash Can
We’re sure you’ve seen endless videos of dog owners returning home to find the place has been wrecked by their beloved pets whilst they were out.
If there’s one thing that beagles will target given the chance, it’s the trash can!
Of all the years we have owned beagles, they have never managed to rummage through garbage. We put this down to the type of trash can we have, which is tall and touchless with a darn good sensor.
And placing it in the corner of the room means that they can’t knock it over.
46. Dog Poop Trash Can
Seeing as you’ll be picking up endless amounts of dog poop, you’ll need a dog poop trash can for your backyard.
Having a dedicated place to put the dog poop means that you won’t need to throw it in with your general household garbage, saving you that lovely waft every time you open the lid!
All you need is one that is made for the outdoors and preferably with a slide-on lid – to avoid any beagle-related mishaps!
47. Home Camera
A dog camera for your home can be a great idea… or the worst!
For us, it relieved an awful lot of anxiety when we were out of the house, as we had previously feared that our beagles were whining all day as pups. To our delight, the dog camera confirmed that we had indeed been worrying for nothing – they just slept for hours!
On the flip side, it can make matters worse (or amusing) – depending on which way you look at it.
I had once been at the gym when I received a load of activity notifications from the home camera. To my horror, our beagle had managed to pull down a tray of 20 freshly planted seedlings and was having a field day in our conservatory.
Knowing that you’re coming home to an absolute mess can increase stress levels somewhat!
We also love the home cameras for letting us know that the dog walkers have been around and are taking care of them, and for us, they have become an essential item.
We use these cameras as they are incredibly reliable and integrate well with both indoor and outdoor options.
48. Dyson Animal Vacuum Cleaner
We’re not going to beat around the bush here.
A Dyson Animal Vacuum Cleaner is hands down the best at picking up stubborn beagle fur from all around the home, including any soft furnishings.
We’ve tried several, and although Dyson Vacuums are fairly pricey, they do outlast many other brands and do the job very well.
We also have the Dyson Cordless Vacuum which is perfect for sprucing up small areas quickly.
49. Robot Vacuum Cleaner
This is a complete luxury, but if you have wooden floors – it is a godsend!
Beagles are a high-shedding breed, which means their fur falls out constantly and gets airborne very easily. Even when we’ve vacuumed the entire home, large amounts of fur pile up under furniture and roll out like tumbleweed when the doors and windows are opened.
A Robot Vacuum Cleaner is a must-have luxury item and would equally make the perfect gift for any beagle owner. The best type for a beagle is one with a docking station that can self-empty.
50. Lint Rollers
Lint rolls offer the best solution for getting beagle fur off your clothing (and guests for that matter!)
We have them everywhere. One by the front door, the back door, the kitchen, the bedroom, and the car – heck we sometimes take them on vacation!
Beagle fur follows you around wherever you go, so lint rollers are absolutely essential for beagle owners. They’re also very cheap and incredibly effective if you choose a good quality one.
BONUS Items for Beagles (Recommended by You!)
We love hearing from our readers about the items that you and your beagles rely on for a happy life. Send us an email or leave a comment below if you’d like it to be added to this list – every item is helpful for all beagle owners!
Our first recommendation has come from our reader Isabel, who says that her beagles absolutely love a pillow!
There’s no surprise here. Beagles love to snuggle up and bury their noses into anything they can find, and a pillow makes the perfect companion when human elbows are in short supply!
2. Online Dog Training Course
Our second recommendation for every beagle owner is a superb one – and that is a great online dog training course as soon as possible.
Our reader Bethany explained how a particular online training class completely transformed her relationship with her beagle, and she’s not sure where she would have been without it.
A really good course can address several common issues with beagles, such as:
- Excessive Barking or Howling
- Stealing Food
- Eating Poop
- Coming Back When Called
- Preventing Separation Anxiety
- Reducing Destruction
- Jumping Up at People
We can completely back Bethany’s recommendation of the K9 Training Institute Masterclass. It covers a broad range of training methods to help develop calm and happy beagles, plus, they have an extremely generous Free Workshop which gives you a great taster of what you can expect.
For more details on online dog training courses see:
Everything You Need for your Beagle
Phew! We finally made it – a comprehensive list of all the items you need if you’re preparing to get a beagle, or looking for ways to beagle-proof your home or yard.
Having spent years raising beagles and testing so many products, these are our personal recommendations of all the must-have items for a beagle and your home to make your lives that little bit easier.
Leave us a comment to let us know what has been the most helpful item, or whether you have an awesome beagle product that needs to be included on this list!
And, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for beagle owners, then be sure to check out our very own Beagle Shop!
2 thoughts on “49 MUST-HAVE Items for a Beagle & Your Home”
I agree with all on the list but would ad one thing that my beagles all LOVE: a pillow!!
Wish you all the best
What a great suggestion! Beagles do love anything soft and squishy, so pillows are of course an essential item! We have now added this to our list. Thank you for your recommendation!