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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by k4r4, May 9, 2010.


  1. k4r4

    k4r4 PetForums VIP

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    Right to start with i have Had bobby for a good while now he has been great a typical beagle.....but......

    We are now having problems with him howling at other dogs all the time when i have him out on walks.... we had problems with him howling at the window at other dogs an that stopped after good advice from you lot.

    I am finding it hard with him as when he howls people stare and if they have a dog they will walk away so his socialization is going under too he is a great dog otherwise its just this howling.

    I have tried getting him to sit and watch me while the dogs go by or while there are other dogs in the park but it desn't work he gets fixated on them and thats it.

    any advice would be great

    thanks
    *Kara*
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  2. Sleeping_Lion

    Sleeping_Lion Banned

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    Bumping this for you, no real advice, it is a breed that will howl, and, unfortunately, reknowned for it's stuborness.

    That said, it's a way to finding their attention, and keeping it. Have you thought about something like tracking training? You don't need to compete, but join a working trials class, learn how to track lay, and you'd be suprised at just how much they LOVE it!!
     
  3. lucysnewmum

    lucysnewmum PetForums Senior

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    as long as he is just howling and showing no signs of aggression towards the other dogs when he sees them it sounds like he is doing what beagles do and telling you "hey mum...i found a dog!"

    you should reward his profusely with treats of smelly cheese, chopped chicken or small bits of liver for letting you know and then carry on with your walk until he finds another dog!

    if he continues to howl, change direction from the source of the excitement.
    eventually, hopefully, he should learn that a little bit of howling is quite sufficient thank you very much! hope this helps.:thumbup:
     
  4. Sleeping_Lion

    Sleeping_Lion Banned

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    Why should you reward them with food if it's something you don't particularly want? Not being critical here, but really, why??

    Beagles are not easy characters, hence why I suggested tracking training. I've come across a few out walking my two, and there is little that will pull them away from what they want to do. So, rather than allow them their walk, why not train them the way you want, set something up, so that you have the opportunity to train them, and watch them do something you've set up. I really can't recommend something like tracking highly enough and would be happy to give you tips on starting out as a learner.
     
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    You can't reward it one minute and then pull the dog away the next. Doesn't make sense to me.

    The dog just wants to meet and greet and is showing how excited he is when he sees another dog.

    How often is the dog allowed free running with other dogs?

    Was he taken to puppie classes as a pup?

    Are there any local classes you can enrole in to allow socialisation and obedience at the same time?

    You may want to really work on a "look at me" command and "sit" but plenty of opportunity to run with other dogs and interact can't hurt.
     
  6. CarolineH

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    He is a Beagle. :001_cool: Beagles are highly sociable as a breed and if he is not allowed to interact with other dogs, he has to show his frustration somehow. He is a hound, so he howls. :) I am afraid that no matter how you try, you are not going to make him sit and look up at you - he is a hound. He has strong instincts to hunt and run with a pack. Don't expect him to obey you 'border collie fashion'!

    Do as the others have suggested and allow him to socialise, to follow his nose and do what Beagles doo, even if you have to keep him on a long line to do it. That's where teaching him to track comes into it's own. A tracking harness, a very long lead and interesting scent and you have a satisified, happier Beagle! He's a hound, you chose to have that breed. ;) Accept him for what he is and work with what you have. You would probably find it fun too! :D
     
  7. k4r4

    k4r4 PetForums VIP

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    He will sit on command but has the problem of getting too excited when he meets a new dog he does listen to me when it suites him.

    I will add to this that i knew what i was getting into before i got him i spent a lot of time reading about the breed but hands on experience information is better than any book out i think......

    I would love to try the tracking thing but i would know where to start looking or for that matter what to do.

    thank you all for replying

    *Kara*
    XxxX
     
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