Jul 23, 2004, 7:33 PM
Hi Terry, I was looking online for advice from beagle owners or dog owners in general and found this site and it really caught my attention, it went straight to my favorite places. Like I said any mag can give you advice but only a beagle owner can give you real trusting advice from experience. That's horrible what they do in your country with puppies and dogs. I don't know much about your countries laws. But also here in the states there are people that live here that will drop off their cat at a park and let them go into the woods because they don't want them anymore, ive seen it many times. Also I have in the past had a puppy stolen right off its chain outside in my yard. People here in the states like to steal puppies and sell them to experimental labs for money to supply their drug habits or such. It takes all kinds. There is no perfect world or place.
Re: [ohmybeagle] Beagle Behaviour & Attitude!!
The grass thing I am trying to stop her from doing. She not only eats the grass but pulls the roots right out of the dirt and will eat that too. For the record my grass isn't nice pretty grass its almost all crab grass, but hey its green and covers, lol. I don't know if I should let her eat it and hope she gets sick and throws up and that will teach her not to eat it, hopefully, or still try to get her out of that habit. I have a vet appointment on Aug. 3rd so I will definitely bring it up. Sometimes she will just play with the grass and fling it around. Her toys will be there but she will still go for the grass.
Today my Mom and I weeded the front yard garden so we put her on a 15ft tie out stake and she did very well, except for the grass eating. She was running and jumping, got a lot of exercise for 2 hours. My mother had the rolled up paper and if we caught her eating the grass or dirt my Mom went over and scolded her with the paper, she doesn't like the paper, she also tries to bite it. Its funny because if my mother or my boyfriend scolds her she will run to me for protection. I think because I spend the most time with her so I'm the one she is attached to. I scold her to and tell her no. But I know I have to shout louder and deeper, I can't shout in a mean way, its not me, lol, heck I was a cheerleader and still coach, lol, I'm spirited and happy all the time when I shout, lol. So I know I need to work on that.
Also today we got her a kiddy wading pool for the summer. I put very little water in it today and put her in, she didn't know what was going on and jumped out. So I then took my shoes and socks off and went in to show her it was OK, placed 2 toys in there also, put her back in and she walked around for a few minutes, I splashed some water on her. I'll try again tomorrow or Saturday depending on how hot it is. I want her to get used to it and enjoy it while she is young and not be afraid. I want her to be comfortable in the summers to come. I also try to introduce her to the hose but she is still afraid of it but everyday is progress. I've learned she is a very timid and nervous puppy, she is curios but also afraid of certain things.
I only give her dry food, no table scraps. I also give her a puppy vitamin that the pet shop recommended once a day. I'm sticking to Purina. I have changed from Purina One to just Purina Puppy but have been mixing the 2 together so her stomach isn't shocked.
Now is it true that when a puppy is spaded she will calm down? I would love to breed her but I know we don't have the time or the knowledge to so we are going to spade her. We are going to have it done before her first heat at 6 months.
When it came to stairs I did pick up her butt and placed her hind legs on the next step up to give her the feel of her body at an angle, she almost fell, so I'm going to give that alittle more time, her legs maybe to short, lol.
With the biting I try to hit her nose or under her chin but I'm hitting air because she is to fast. Like today I was playing ball with her throwing it and she would go get it bring it back toward me drop it then bite my hand and then back to the ball or grass. The little stinker is to quick!! I'm trying to teach her the give it to me command but like I said she drops it a foot away from me while she is pouncing towards my hand to bite then back to the ball or grass. I'm not sure if she knows she is doing wrong and quickly retreats, She does try to get away with things, she's sneaky as soon as you turn your back. But someday I may bite her back if she doesn't stop, lol, see how she likes it. I don't have any friends with dogs or puppies for her to play with so she can understand the biting thing hurts. When I took her to the vet last month I was hoping there was another owner with a puppy that wouldn't mind them playing (socialize) but there wasn't. There was however a well behaved mellow Golden Retreiver the same age 4 months. Very well behaved. I don't have the money for puppy kindergarten or training classes so I'm doing everything I can like I explained before. I think the reason why people here in the states are the way they are because a lot of people are sue happy, if something happens they might slap a lawsuit on you or are afraid you will on them.
Your opinion on can't change an adult dogs habit is true. Before we got her we adopted a 1yr old shelter dog at the pound, we visited him often to observe and we liked him a lot. He was an Aulstrailun Cattle Dog. Well, needless to say after one day he was comfortable and started to get very aggressive and possessive. He growled and snapped at me, and literary pinned my mother, pounced at her in an attack motion every time she went to move. He only listened to my boyfriend, thats what saved her. After a weekend the dog was back at the pound, there was no way, he was set in his way. That's why I want to do everything I can to make her a great pet.
We have been letting her loose in the house longer and she is doing very well. She did start to pee on the rug tonight but a sharp no from my boyfriend and she stopped and outside she went. I hate to use newspaper to train her because I don't need to have a stack of paper on the floor later and she thinks its OK, lol. The shelter dog did that, lol. So hopefully with a close eye on her and that happens again she will sooner or later get the hint, hopefully sooner. Well, got to go take her out one last time for the night. Talk to you later, night, Krystal