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Old 10-16-2019, 08:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'd get new experts lol...but okay.
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:18 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm sorry, that was unkind. But I know a number of dog trainers and am shocked that is Bark Busters explanation. I'm sure it will work out though
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:22 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I'm going to have to disagree with Bark Busters.

Beagles are interesting creatures - they have some very strong drives - food seeking, pack seeking, and prey seeking. Squirrels are not canines or even close to beagle sized, so will never elicit territorial behaviors. Smaller animals - such as squirrels (and even cats depending on how your dog is trained) do elicit hunting behavior. Not all beagles bay when following a scent - Sophie doesn't, and neither many others that I have met (again, training has a great deal to do with it). What you need to do is break their focus - going in, staying on leash, going into the down position, etc. Beagles are bred to hunt small game - rabbits and squirrels - not to fight them for territory. They are 'food, not friends' - or competitors. Territorial behaviors are aimed towards competitors - not dinner.
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Old 10-19-2019, 02:21 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Here is an excellent resource - by widely acknowledged expert - on how to deal with your problem:

https://www.cesarsway.com/prey-drive-problem/
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Old 10-20-2019, 08:08 AM   #15 (permalink)
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you folks raise an interesting thought about barking/baying.

i'm on my 2nd pair of beagles, and they dont' bark or bay. they'll growl and chuff when racing around the yard playing tag, or when someone comes into the front yard while they're in the house. but otherwise, they're really quiet.
when i tell people i have beagles noise is their first question. if i am training this out of them, i have no idea how i am doing it. the only time mine bark is when other dogs rush the back fence.
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