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Family Time

by Vicki Chaney

This time with your puppy is the foundation for all the training that will take place throughout the pup's life. During these times you will establish and develop your ability to communicate with your pup.

Family time should be time that you set aside during the day and evening in which you will be interacting with the puppy in the house. This time should be strictly dedicated to watching and teaching the puppy.

An area should be cordoned off using dog pens, or baby gates, or whatever works for you. The area should be large enough for everyone to be comfortable in and allow the puppy room to play and explore. I have always used my living and dining areas for this purpose as one of the doors to the backyard is directly accessible to this area which is helpful in housebreaking.

A basket or small box should be used to keep the puppy's toys in and should be in this area. Once you have brought the puppy into this area show the puppy the toy box encouraging the puppy to take one. Anytime the pup starts to chew on something you don't want it to, simply take the puppy to the toy box and redirect its chewing activity to an appropriate toy. Remember to praise the puppy's behavior when it is what you want him to do.

At the end of each session the puppy's toys should be returned to the toy box so the next time he wants to chew you will again direct him to the box. This will begin to establish a habit in the pup that when he wants something to put his mouth on he goes to his toy box.

Again, as with any situation in your dogs life, you need to be consistent and strictly adhere to the rules and limits you set. Bending the rules and allowing the dog to play with something that is not his is confusing to the dog and is unfair.

Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).