As alternative, you can also install a trunk divider to keep the dog in the trunk but be warned, they are often not as secure and also usually too much place for the dog in the whole trunk. Also don't keep the dogs away from chewable materials in the car itself which can have bad consequences.
You can also use a special seat belt/harness and let your dog travel on the hind seat. Think about that the car can became very dirty if the dog is directly transported on the seat and there are also many items which can be chewed off by an especially young dog. Better use a rear seat protection at least if choosing this option.
Pets are must be secured properly by law during a car ride. There are specially designed and proven aluminium car boxes - they are often heavy, not quite cheap but worth the money. Otherwise you can also put a plastic box or a foldable metal box into your trunk. Do not use too big crates as they can be dangerous by an accident.
When choosing the bowls, you should pay attention to quality. Plastic bowls are not always very durable. Bowls with rubber coating are also not very durable because the rubber coating, which is supposed to prevent slipping on the floor, comes off over time. Best idea are ceramic or melamine bowls. You need at least one water bowl and one food bowl.
If feeding a kibble, you shall preferably keep the food in a closed bin or storage box to prevent it from going bad. When you plan to feed wet food can lids can be useful.
During their development, dogs need food that is precisely tailored to their needs and their development. You should make sure that the food does not contain any sugar and that you understand all the ingredients on the package. The addition "complete feed" is also very important, so that your dog is sufficiently supplied with nutrients. We will advice you the kibble and wet food brands we are feeding.
Even if a good dog food contains everything to cover your dog's feeding requirements, there are some supplements you can support your dog's immune system or digestion or coat f.ex. But some also might be a help to prevent plaque & tartar on your dog's teeth. You will get a short list of supplements we use with your dog's documents and of course you can ask us anytime.
Puppies actually need their box as a sleeping place at the beginning. If you cant to offer him right from the beginning several baskets or beds, don't be surprised if they will have some damages after a while. Use in the beginning rather plastic beds with removable and washable cushions. We use Vetbeds in the crates, in the car in some beds - Vetbeds are very durable, easy to wash pads which remain always dry on their surface also if misfits happen. Once your dog is over the teething phase and is a bit older we can recommend faux leather beds like Kudde or Ridgi-Pad, or soft sleeping places as the "Wolke" (cloud). You can use raised outdoor beds in the summer for your dog, these are also very durable.
Dogs love toys! Please never leave your puppy unattended with a toy. He can swallow parts of it or injure himself on it.
Puppies love play ropes - they're great to chew on, fling them around, drag them around, or just pull each strand out individually of them. Play attention, that your dog don't swallows too much of the strands!
Your best choice for young dog toys are hard rubber toys which they can chew on or you can play fetch games with them. Especially Kong toys are very creative, well made and bring a lot of joy to your dogs life. Food dispensing toys like snack balls or wobble are great for your puppy too. You can fill the Kongs with special fillings, freeze or heat them. Sniffing activities like a snuffle mat are not just fun but while your dog uses his nose he will be very satisfied doing it. Any intelligence toys can be great for a beagle, they love to learn especially with the best food motivation. Stuffed toys are ripped out very fast, however the Ikea stuffed animals have a longer life-range with our pack.
Although beagles are short haired low maintenance dogs this doesn't mean they can go without any care.
From time to time you should check your dog's nails and trim them if necessary. You can use either an electric grinder or a nail clipper. You should keep at home a dog-shampoo. You won't use it very often, so don't need to be a big branded one, just an average one. Sometimes if your dog founds a fabulous smelling spot it can be very handy.
As beagles shed a lot, we can recommend the Furminator. You can get your puppy used also to teeth brushing - it's a great way to prevent tartar and plaque. To take care of your home, we recommend a vacuum cleaner or a robot specially made for pet hair. The average vacuum cleaners do not have a long life. We also recommend for cleaning the misfits with an enzyme cleaner called Biodor. This works very well on urine or fecal spots and neutralizes also the odors.