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I have a 3 year old that I have had for 2 years. I love him but he is a "runner". I live in the mountins of Southern Utah. He has a doggie door and a fenced yard to run and play with our Westie and a cat but he will run the first time he sees an open gate or door. I am tempted to see if I can find him a home on a large farm or ranch but hate to lose him. Any suggestions?
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Once they have a scent to track, most beagles tend to become "deaf" to everything else that's going on around them. It's not that they mean to, it's just instinct. I have tried teaching Dexter (my 2yr old) to always come when called.. and inside the house, he is very obedient! Outside the house is a totally different matter. The other day, I was airing out the house and forgot to close a window. When it came time for his breakfast, Dexter was no where to be found.. then I saw the open window. Have no idea how long Dex had been out there, but thankfully I heard him snuffling around the neighbor's house. The next 20 minutes were spent trying to catch him: no calling or treats could entice him to come to me. Finally, I was able to corner him, grab onto his collar, and hook the leash onto him.

You just have to always be careful not to let him slip past you when you open doors. If you know guests are coming, put a leash on him so you can quickly grab him. That's what we do.
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