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    Holy Moly! Are they all this stubborn?

    I bought my girl a couple of weeks ago. She was housed in a "kennel" with a bunch of other older pups (she's 7 months). The females were in a larger pen than the unfortunate males. She had only seen the outside of that pen on maybe 3 occasions, and that was to go hunting.

    I bought her as soon as I saw her. I figured if she did not work out as a hunting buddy, I could at least re-home her to a family where she'd be well cared for. For a dog that had very little interaction with people, she turned out to be a real sweetheart. She's excellent with myself and my kids. I have her as an inside dog right now, and well.... lets just say its been a challenge.

    Most of her behavior is just puppy stuff. She's goofy, and loves to get into things. But boy is she ever stubborn! The word "no" just does not sink in! If she is doing something she shouldn't, I remove her, give a firm NO! and leave her. She'll go back, and I'll do it again. With other pups I've had (not beagles), they get the message after a few corrections. But she is relentless! I could literally correct her 100 times, and if its something she wants, she will not back down.

    If this is her parsonality, then I'll have to deal with it. But I'm hoping her being so intent on getting that she wants is something that will make her a good hunter! Lol!

    And off I got to take a magazine from her that she has found, and is happily tearing to shreds :P

    Oh, and she does have toys, but I don't think she finds them as entertaining as ripping paper to shreds, or checking out what's on the kitchen counter for supper!

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    My beagle loves to destroy magazine, loo rolls, papers, packaging - anything that she can rip to shreds! I think perhaps its a beagle thing. Mine is 11 months and is also very strong willed, but is generally good. They are such fantastic characters you just cant stay mad at them for too long. :-)

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    Hahaha... YES! They are all stubborn! I thought the same thing when I got mine. Eventually they mellow out a bit.

    Badger chews everything too ... when he is bored .... The worst is on cleaning day and I look under the bed and see all the damage hes done that I wasn't aware of cause its all stashed under the bed!!!

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    Yup! Niko is 4.5 yrs old and OH! BOY! is he stubborn. We had a real go around for the 1st year of his life with potty training, getting him into the car after walks, and learning what NO! means. But sucks to be him cause I have more patience then most and in the end it was him that went mental (lost and gave up). But all in all beagles are stubborn and one just has to be patient and keep at the training with them. Beagles are smart but have a short attention span....if they are bored then they turn off the hearing. Try making the training fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaglersonthego View Post
    ....if they are bored then they turn off the hearing.......
    Man is that ever true!!!!!!! LOL

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    My baby is only four months and he does like to get into things and he can be very self absorbed. But I have found that he wants me to be pleased with his behavor so when it is just the two of us we will spend the day learning something new. It only takes about 20 minutes to an hour for him to learn it if there are no distractions. My problem is that we are living with some friends that we got him from and they still have one of his sisters and his mother. We can get his sister to train but for some reason his mother does not want to coperate. Both puppies are pretty much potty trained meaning that they for the most part go outside and if they can't make use a puppy pad. There mother refuses, we keep her out most of the day and the moment that she comes in she makes a mess on the floor. We don't even have time to get her into the kennel. Does anyone have any ideas on how to train her. We think that who ever had her before my friends never trained her for anything and left her outside all the time.

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    I have 3 beagles, 2 girls and a boy. Tina is the mom, 5 years old, and Casey and Happy are the daughter and son, both 3 years old.
    I thought I would go crazy with the shredding and chewing about 2 years ago. My home has many little alterations that were made by my dogs. Window sills, moldings, my piano. . . but it did get much, much better. I can even leave my slippers by my bed and they are there when I come home from work untouched!! So better times are ahead.
    This might sound crazy, but it is a tip that I found worked with my three. I work with disabled children, so when I am making a point, I tend to use some sign language with my verbal language. I noticed my dogs responded to the sign language "stop" and "no" quicker than they did my verbal words! It kind of makes sense if you think about it. Try using a visual sign as well as a verbal one and see if it works for you. I don't even have to speak to them anymore, if I sign a "no" to them, the ears go down and they walk away! Love it!

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    Stubborn would be an understatement for this breed!!
    Clayton James
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    Yes, Beagles are known for their independence, or determination, or when not doing something positive, their stubbornness. However, you do have a puppy and things will get better. I have an 8 yr. old Beagle named Ben that I obedience trained for a full year. We went to weekly classes and I worked him 5 days a week for about 15 min. a day. He is now a therapy dog, and my service dog. My vet says he's never seen a Beagle like him. He still has that independent streak that I adore, being a bit stubborn myself. I have two others that I rescued at ages 3 and 4. They are great pups, but I didn't take them to classes, just worked with them. They are not anything like Ben, though they have learned a lot from him. Your puppy will grow up, and the amount of time you put into his training will determine how obedient he will be. Beagles are a very old natural breed that hunts independently, then call the hunter to the prey. They don't much like to be told what to do, but they are very loving dogs and do want to please as well. Enjoy your independent little charmer, and decide how much time you can invest in training.

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    I have a 2 and a half year old...Baxter. When I first brought him home...someone in myt neighborhood who has a 13 year old beagle warned me " they are 'stupid' for the first two year,,,then things start sinking in" ...I can say this is true...Baxter sort of ...kind of...has learned 'come here'....

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