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Quote:Originally posted by Zookeeper:
Funny story:

A few weeks after bringing Duke home, Dave and I were discussing the fact that beagles are rabbit hunters. So I go into my best Elmer Fudd voice and say, "Be vewy, vewy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits." We laughed and then joked that Elmer would have been a great name. Dave asks if it's too late to change his name to Elmer and I said, "We can't change it, he already knows his name is Dammit Duke!"

Anyhow, we all get frustrated and yell sometimes and there are times you have to for the pup to know you're not playing around. I know with the labs, a loud voice is more punishment than anything and works like a charm. With Duke, not so much, a squirt bottle seems to be a better weapon. So each animal has it's own way of training, but it's up to you-his parents-to find and use the best method for all of you. Grams has no right interferring and your hubby was perfectly within his rights to tell her so.

Good luck!
With Shiloh the squirt bottle worked great on different things that I did not want him to do ! :thumbup: Beagle puppies as they grow up will "try" you just to see if you can be the strong leader of his pack and I have found a good firm "NO--BADDOG" carries a lot of weight with a puppy. Puppies only want to please you as leader so a "BADDOG" makes a BIG impression on him and helps him at the time to relate to what is "ok" & what is a "not ok" to do. But at the same time that squirt bottle reinforces your "NO"and eventually you will just have to make a move towards a bottle or even just look at one and he will get the message. So IMO,don't yell but do speak with a firm voice to let him know "that is not axceptable".
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