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I have a 1y old male that has a great nose. The last three months has been driving the neighbors crazy every evening and morning. I have rabbits all over the neighborhood and he knows when they have crossed the yard. He knows what the rabbits are and he has the tracking skills. My question is how can I get him to come when he is called. Even in the back yard he just wont listen. His nose hits the ground and hearing is gone. I have had him out one time and it took three hours to find him. If I can not get him to come I cant hunt him. The good thing he wants to hunt. At a lose as I have never had a dog that just wont listen. Thanks
 

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drock15l ,
Welcome to the forum.
I see you have found that a Beag is a serious hunter as well as a great family companion.
I will be glad to offer advice and see if we can improve with some training.

I need a little more information when you have time.

How long have you had your Beag?
What does your dog do on a daily basis?
Do you have a fenced area for dog?
Have you done any training?
How much time do you have for training and what part of the country are you in?

Best , oldhounddog



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Thanks for the reply oldhounddog. He is our family dog and I do have a three year old that thinks he is his wrestling buddy, so training has been pretty rough. We have had him since 8 weeks and the only traing we have done is potty trainig, sit and stay,and come. When I want him to come he is very inconsistent. Other than that not much. We do have a large fenced yard and if it is not a hot day he spends his time in the back yard and in the house. When we are home on the weekends he is inside with us and usually will go with us on drives and short trips. He sleeps in a kennel and also when we are not home he is in his kennel. If we leave him out he will chew up everything. As for as time for training I work nights so in the morning after I get the kids to school my time is limited because I need to be in bed to get some sleep before having to pick the kids up. Long story short, never enough time in a day. Thanks for your help.
 

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We had that trouble with Vazzle when we first adopted her. Even though our yard is fenced, she would NOT listen at all when we called. I got a dog whistle from Petsmart and in the house I would call her name, blow the whistle and give her a treat. Then we started the training outside and it really helps!
 

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Long story short, never enough time in a day.
drock15l ,

OK , your Beag is potty trained and a great family pet that needs a little basic training and some mental stimulation along with exercise.
Given that your dog is 1yo there is no need to rush the training so lets keep this fun for everyone including your Beag.

First , lets work the basic obedience training into your daily life at home so it is not a job and can be worked easily into your family routine.

Important Helpful Note: Everything that follows should be fun , upbeat and happy with normal tone and facial expression. Dogs do not generalize , so , if you train a sit inside your home , you very well may need to also train the sit outside in back yard and later with added distractions.
Never call your dog to you for correction as this is way counterproductive and confuses the dog. When starting your training make sure to use the same command words , for example: decide if you want to use here or come for recall, and stay with that word.

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Have your dog sit before giving food at every meal. Same with treats. If dog breaks the sit when you start to put food bowl down just stop and have dog sit and repeat. After a couple of tries your dog will get it. Next add this sit before going outside. The reward is the food or going outside.

When you have reliable sit every time, add a down command next and get dog to hold for a few seconds , even if he breaks its ok as long as he completed the down command.

New Term: Release word , for example: after dog completes a command use a word (your choice) like "OK" or "that's all" so your dog understands you are going on to something else. Stay with the release word you choose throughout all training work.

Continue this work and use all 4 basic commands ( sit , down , stay and recall) and praise and reward for correct behavior. Remember to keep things simple and fun and be consistent. (Note: on the down command , it is only important that your dog completes the command , and , the down and hold will be added in little steps later on.)

This obedience work will be the building blocks for all other training that follows and the start of focus work.... More later.....

I know this may seem like a slow start but we need to establish a base framework first. Give this a try and let me know what you think.

I have two questions............... What kind of collar and lead are you using? What do you feed for regular food and treats?

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Thanks again for the help. As far as training he does most of this with exception of down. He does great in the house but oitside is a different story. He will sit and release when playing fetch and feeding. As far as food and treats we are in the process of switching from purina puppy to dog chow. Treats he just gets pieces of milk bone when we do training. I have been working on the come comand with g?ood sucess over tue weekend. Still need work. We went to the farm over the weekend and I let him run and he did great without running off. I use just a standard collar with a shirt 3-4 ft leash.
 

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drock15l ,
>Long story short, never enough time in a day.<
Lets use the time you have to best advantage. What I like to do is introduce motivational play interspersed with training to increase the level of motivation along with traditional praise/reward training.

I would start this off by using time inside your home to practice recall to get your dog motivated. Try using a small treats that your dog does not have to chew. I like really small pieces of hot dog for training treats. Try calling your dog back and forth between family members and sometimes from one room to another and do not be stingy with treats as reward/praise. Adjust meal for treats given.

Keep inside training to less than 10 minutes. In short what you want is to develope a feeling with your dog that coming to you is simply the best and most interesting thing going. Concentrate this effort, for example: never call your dog for giving a pill or nail trim or bath. Get your dog used to you being the very best place on earth , trust me this works...

If you need to trim nails or give a pill or bath just go get your dog without recall word or name called.

Work on this recall inside especially when time is short or weather not good. The main thing is to start training that does not have the feeling of training to your dog. "Keep it fun"...

Helpful note: Get in the habit of only calling once, using name and recall word.

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When you have a chance to work outside ( fenced area ) during a time of low to no distraction , again , you want to concentrate the effect through motivation and resources. For this session do not feed a meal prior to training. Use small treats that dog does not have to chew.

Place dog in sit and back away a few feet and use name and recall word , treat/reward for correct behavior. Increase distance a little at a time and treat/reward. If dog breaks sit just place back in sit do again. Continue training at moderate distance for recall, repeat , repeat , repeat.
Then release and take a short motivational play break such as playing ball or playing tug, for example with rope pull toy. What you are trying to do is raise the motivational drive responce using play and reward interspersed with training. This also is great to exercise dog and helps to focus training. Return to training keeping things upbeat using praise/reward for correct behavior. Keep sessions short , and , end on an upbeat note and don't forget to use release word. Now it is time to feed the balence of meal adjusted for treats given during training. Potty Break when needed...

One thing you want to look for is what treat in highest for motivation and which form of play is most enjoyable for your dog. Use this for play motivation breaks.

Try the above training for a couple of weeks and then add a family member for outside fenced area recall work. Call dog back and forth between family members useing treats/praise. Use the above no meal before training protocol.
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A word on dogfood.
Try to feed a dog food that is not corn/wheat/soy based. You will find that you will be able to buy a better quality food at feed stores for no more money than what you may be purchasing at groc store or wally world. Just a thought.
This is what I feed:http://www.tractorsupply.com/4health-trade-chicken-rice-formula-for-adult-dogs-35-lb-bag-6009468
small bite version:http://www.tractorsupply.com/4health-trade-small-bites-formula-for-adult-dogs-35-lb-bag-5149613

Use this to compare foods : http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

The milkbone treats are fine for just a regular treat as I use these myself. The reason I do not use these to train is because they need to be chewed up, and , I never use this type of treat when my dog's respiration level is up. Just a safety concern for dog.

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>We went to the farm over the weekend and I let him run and he did great without running off.<
Let me know how things go on next trip to farm.

>I use just a standard collar with a shirt 3-4 ft leash.<
This is fine.

I sent you a PM.


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