hard situation to explain. i’ll keep the back ground short. My bf’s family bought a 3 month old beagle. this puppy has had a few different homes, none of which gave this dog any direction or training or discipline.
O.k, extreme disappointment from his family (they expected this puppy to be as well behaved as my 2 year old staffy – which was heavly trained by myself and my bf). They are giving up on this dog. This dog is supposed to be my bf’s little brother’s, therefore his responsibility. After 4 hours he was regretting buying the dog, and after 4 days "get rid of that dog, sell it".
I feel really sorry for this animal. It has gone home to home, and everyone wants to get rid of him.
He is currently in mine and my bf’s possession at my house (i live with my mother even though im 22). My bf would really like to keep this dog (he is adorable) but this dog is.. difficult.. biting is a huge problem – i know he’s young and teething, but he has bitten my on the eye, and wont stop biting my dog. it’s gotten to the point where my dog has snapped at him, and she is very very gentle. (and i know they are play fighting, and she has put him in his place several times, but he is being too rough, biting her neck and stomach)
Chewing things isn’t an issue, along with house training – those are easy.
I need helpful and constructive suggestions to wheen him off of biting people, and excessive barking, or this dog will probably never have a good home – it will be a long line of people ditching him, And maybe, if i can change his behaviour, my mum might agree to let me keep him.
He has no problems listening to me, i have so far taught him his name and sit, and he now sits without me tapping his back (this is after 1 day of training) so he is smart, and very food motivated.
I have tried:
yelping – he bites even harder
Stopping play – he bites my legs
Note: i don’t want to hit him. That will probably contribute to his problems.
Barking – I have never had to deal with this issue. even when he’s playing he barks, if he’s not sleeping or eating he’s barking. Non stop.
First off, I would take him to the vet for a check over- make sure there is no medical reason for his consistent barking; if not, then let the training begin!
Ok, so he is clearly a nuisance for you dog. So get her (your dog) a crate of allocated room, that only she is aloud in. Time out space away from the puppy. My oldest dog goes upstairs to my room for his quiet time.
So lets work on the barking to begin with. This can be a very difficult thing to train out, however there are several approaches to take. One idea, is to teach your dog ‘speak’/to bark on command, and teach him to be quiet. This is often an idea put in place for ‘barky’ dogs, however might not be the best idea for you.
The other option is; when he barks, calmly call him towards you, if he stops then treat and praise him. If he doesn’t, then wait for him to be quiet. If you show him a treat, and wait for 5 seconds of silence, then praise and treat him. But make sure to always praise him when he is quiet, and completely ignore him when he barks.
You also have to remember that a Beagle is a noisy dog. They bark to alert the pack that they have found something. So think about what it is that is causing the barking, and work with and around that.
Biting! Right, so begin a game and praise when the game is going well. As soon as he starts to bite, you get up and walk away. If he goes for your ankles, quickly turn around and bend to his level with a firm, authoritative ‘NO’.
If that does not work, then focus his attention onto something else, for example a different toy. But remember to always praise the good behaviour.
If you don’t already, then get him a crate. He should have time out time for at least an hour a day.
So he sounds like an active dog, in which case I would create some fun games for him. Have you tried ‘find the toy’? Get his favourite toy, and then have someone hold him, while you hide the toy in the room. Make sure he can see where you put it. Then tell him to ‘go find’. You might have to help him out to start with. While he’s having to use his mind/brain, it should keep him quiet. So give him lots of praise.
Once he gets the hang of it, make the game more challenging and hide the toy, when he is not looking. He should be good at this game, because it is in his breed to ‘search/hunt’ for things, and you’ve said he is intelligent.
Is he fully inoculated and ready to go out?
If so, then sign up for training classes.
Also start to socialise him. Take him out to the park, shops, on buses etc any where you can.
I’d suggest you give him a 15 minute walk in the morning and a 15 minute walk in the evening.
If he remains a live wire in the future, then get him into a sport. Rabbit coursing, tracking, agility etc.. to keep a clever dog active and happy.
Keep going, and you’ll get there. Best of luck.