I just rescued a 9 month old beagle puppy all I know is he was mistreated and then other people who rescued him didn't have time for him... It's honestly the first night, but I don't know if this behavior is normal or not..(Both dogs are neutered males)
-When he plays with my other dog(1 1/2yrs), he bites his back legs and not playing either.?Is that a hunting trait? Does he see him as prey or something?
-When I played fetch with them both, I threw the toy they both went after it but the puppy growled at the other dog so he could get the toy?
- When my other dog eats or chews something, the puppy will like charge him and bark until he gets whatever he has?
---He is just a puppy and very beautiful, I want to give him a fair chance, but I can't if he is going to see my other dog a prey.. Plus he is very stubborn which I have read is normal... But makes it even harder to train and get him to stop biting/charging my other dog..
-Is he still trainable with his instincts already kicking in and his stubbornness out of control? I mean I know he's not going to stop all this in one week, but at least within a month I would like to see improvement? Is that out of question???? Please help me with any advice or links that would be helpful. Thank you!
Also any advice you could give me about training the beagle puppy with my other dog would be helpful, I tell the puppy to do something like sit and the other one thinks I'm talking to him...
First off , at less than one year your Beag is very trainable and many of the issues you describe can be fixed with a simple obedience training routine on a regular basis. I will expand on this in next post...
You did not give enough info on how your dog spends the day and is you dog in a crate at night. A little about yard structure , fence , and are there any dogs next door to you. Need a general picture of what daily life schedule will be for your dogs.
The part about being mistreated , and , perhaps feeling unwanted , resulting in a certain amount of anxiety will fix in time using a bonding and basic obedience schedule that will get your dog to focus on you , and , from that point you will be able to resolve any issue one at a time. One of the biggest things is to stay calm and deliever consistent training and correction. Be firm and loving and you will get a dog that loves you and wants to do what you ask..........
Oh , the part about being stubborn: This will just go away in time , remember , you do not know what life has been like. You new Beag may be a little scared of his new environment (for now) , so , you have the perfect opportunity to set things up for success right from the start.
For now don't feed your dogs together or in sight of each other. Beagles are mostly very food motivated and we will be using this to your advantage. You will need a flat buckle type collar and a 6 foot leash for you new guy.
If you do not have a crate you will need to get one b/c your dogs must be crated at night and other times for training purposes. Your dogs need to like their crate so take the time to make sure this is the case and make sure they never associate the crate with any type of correction. If you need advice on crate let me know and I'll help any way I can.
Please post back with info and I will be able give you more accurate advice that should get you started.
Well today was the first whole day I had him, and we went outside for little bit and walked the yard and tried to work on pulling and jerking.. He was absolutely great today, besides the playing rough, the food situation has calmed down(he didn't bark when the other dog was eating). He has never been crated, I can tell he is very scared of it, not to mention he always thinks i'm going to hit him or hurt him, and he cries when I leave. And when ever I get up or go outside he scratches the door to get out.. I didn't crate him last night to see what he would do, which was nothing, he didn't go potty on the floor or chew anything up. In fact I honestly think he slept in my bed all night. Lol. I have a bigger yard, no fence yet. But I have a tie out cable that is relatively long, he doesn't go out though unless I do-So tips on that would be helpful as well- I take my other dog on a bike ride with me, but beings that the puppy is young and gives into his nose, I'm not doing that quite yet with him. But I will be taking him for walks, probably once or twice a day, and him and my other dog play at least 4 or 5 times a day, and play fetch outside.
Any advice about crating would be helpful.
And any advice about helping him overcome his skittishness. (I originally got him for my fiance, just to find out he is scared of men(big or small, hat or no hat)) He has clung to me just in the first day, I'm okay with that, but I want him to be comfortable and bond with my fiance...
-Any other questions ask, I went the best possible advice. Thank you.
Sounds like you are off to a good start. The point about crate training is to help in areas of training that benefit your Beag for the long term. For example , at some point you will need to leave your dogs at home for some reason , so , plan ahead for success and remove any possible chance of issues that may arise in your absence.
Sleeping in your bed can make it difficult to crate train but not impossible , this will be your choice.
>not to mention he always thinks i'm going to hit him or hurt him<
The past is unknown , could be abuse issues or a current fear period he is going through. Bonding will help here ," Quality time together , and , being well socialized with your other dog".
Bonding will be Key. I would not feed them too close to each other , however you will be the best judge of how they are getting along. Take food bowls up after every meal.
Leave water out as needed.
Your new Beag will benefit from bonding/training walks for now. For example : save back a little of his food ration and take with you on potty walk and hand feed as a reward for good behavior like sit/down/stay training, just go slow and use a lot of praise.
The tie out would be a question if used for two dogs. Care would have to be taken to make sure they could not get tangled up and risk being hurt if unattended.....
EDIT: It's getting hot outside , when on tie out , be mindful of dog location with respect to sun and available shade and make sure they have cool water. ( just my thoughts )
>Sleeping in your bed can make it difficult to crate train but not impossible , this will be your choice.<
I should not have said this , let me redress: If you wish to have your special dog sleep on your bed , please do so as this is a personal choice , I can remember a very special dog of ours years ago that slept at our feet.....
More on next post.
Best , oldhounddog
Last edited by oldhounddog; 06-29-2012 at 10:23 PM.
>And any advice about helping him overcome his skittishness. (I originally got him for my fiance, just to find out he is scared of men(big or small, hat or no hat)) He has clung to me just in the first day, I'm okay with that, but I want him to be comfortable and bond with my fiance...<
The best way ( IMO ) is to set up a walk outside on neutral ground. Have fiance outside walking slowly ahead of you , then you slowly catch up with fiance by your side and dog on other side , use only very soft voice conversation and take a leisurely walk with no eye contact with your dog. Then go back home and all go inside and have fiance to sit and be comfortable , but , make no eye contact , and , do not try to talk to or pet dog at this time.... Just have a normal visit and see how your Beag reacts to your fiance in your home.
It would be my guess that in time your Beag will warm up to fiance and it will get better slowly , just take your time. If all seems to be going well , have your fiance feed your dog , and , if this goes well while on walks have fiance give a few treats along the way. Always remember to use soft tone , no loud talking and no sudden movements. You will get a feel for what is working and just key in on that and go slow , and I think the problem will just go away as bonding occurs with fiance.
A simple daily training walk , learning sit/down/stay and the word "no", using treats and praise will serve you well. Your dog will focus and learn to listen. As your dog matures this work will pay off big.
>-When he plays with my other dog(1 1/2yrs), he bites his back legs and not playing either.?Is that a hunting trait? Does he see him as prey or something?<
This just dog play and not a hunting trait , all my dogs do this. Some of this is the puppy part and wanting to play rough with gusto , you can correct and control as needed to keep things at a playful tone. This gets better with age as puppy matures.
The crate issue at some point will need to be addressed , but don't rush. Your Beage will need to like his crate and feel safe in it , so what ever the amount of time it take to accomplish this it will be well spent.IMO If you need advice on this just post that question.
You have many things to consider and prioritize with respect to your needs and time constraints.
I would listen to all comments/suggestions and then use your own judgement as to what will serve you and your Beag the best.
You will know when something is working as you are the one with your finger on the pulse of what is going on everyday.
Take a deep breath , and make it fun for everyone as it will be a win win situation for all......
I am sending you a PM
OH , Thank You for rescuing a very sweet dog , I salute you with 2 paws up.... I Love the pic...
Best , oldhounddog
Last edited by oldhounddog; 06-29-2012 at 08:22 PM.