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Hello all!

I'm new to this forums, as evidenced by my 1 post count. My boyfriend and I fell in love with a beagle about 4 months ago, and since then have been taking him to obedience classes and generally doing our best to be good owners.

Our mutual friends are also dog-owners, but as we all know, beagles are very different from other dogs in the one quality that they are astonishingly stubborn. So, what helped to keep their dog in check didn't work for us...

Which is why I came here (thank God there's a forum for people owned by beagles!!).

Dion the Snout has been taking socks, slippers, pieces of clothing left on the floor/chairs, and lately his list has expanded to include my digital camera, wallets and toilet paper (you can imagine how the backyard looks like now...).

We're convinced he <span style="font-style: italic">knows</span> what he's been doing is wrong. Once he sees us coming for him, he drops the item and bolts like a rabbit in danger away. If we make him sit and we bring the item close to him, he tries tries to get as far away from it as possible, twisting his body while still sitting.

It still doesn't stop him from taking those items out though, when we're not looking.

Like any other dog owner, we don't want to have to keep things out of reach and doors closed...

Has anyone had this problem with their beagle? What did you do and to what extent was it effective? Every bit helps!
 

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Checking this before I head off to bed - wow! At least I know I'm not alone


I personally keep everything that I can remember out of Dion's reach. The boyfriend doesn't. He doesn't think he should move stuff off the floor and low tables for Dion because <span style="font-style: italic">Dion</span> should know not to touch them in the first place. Which is all very well when it's a human child... but who knows how beagles think?

I shall plot a course of action to convince the boyfriend. Success seems unlikely... but maybe enough nagging will help.

I've heard of the chewing repellent thing, just never quite knew a brand. I'll certainly be looking at that option. I hope it'd be affordable...

Thanks everyone, it's very heartening to read your own stories as well
I shall keep this thread updated, hopefully we can compile a list of solutions for other owners facing this issue...
 

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@jen-n-jersey: Indeed he already has. Last night, after reading the replies to this thread, he conceded defeat! /cheer! Now on to Step 2: getting him used to keeping stuff high enough. I wonder if Good Boy! will suffice, or there needs be some edible incentive for the man.. :p

I personally think that they just can't help themselves... hence the term kleptomaniac used by some of us hey? One consolation I take from Doghouse's response is that at least Dion doesn't go after things that are out of reach! A whole camenbert cheese... that has to be expensive...
 

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So.

After a day or two's worth of no clothes found outside, tonight I noticed the toilet door was opened, and some rustling outside.

Torch in hand, I strode out into the chilly night breeze to see Dion's towel, many socks, three shirts, four pairs of underwear, and a bloody guilty dog.

Once he saw me, he started running in circles all around the backyard as I picked the clothes up.

We've locked him out for the night, and there's no howling of protests.

I just don't believe we can't teach him that dragging clothes outside is wrong if he <span style="font-style: italic">knows</span> that it is. After all, would he bolt if we walked towards him when he was playing with his Kong? No. Clothes? Toilet paper? Hell yea.

Is there any <span style="font-style: italic"><span style="text-decoration: underline"><span style="font-weight: bold">positive way</span></span></span> we can discipline him with? Locking him out doesn't work as we've been doing that since forever. Nor do we want to hit him, even if gently, to make him realize that we are extremely displeased...


He's 8 months old, but do we really have to wait for him to outgrow it considering that he's a beagle, and we all know beagles are smart..
 
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