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I rescued a beagle about 4 years ago, and she will be 5 in may, I am curious if this is usual,
I take her out in the woods often for walks and the occasional mountian bike ride, we walk about 4 miles, Or I will ride for some 10-12 miles, and over the past two years she hasent been using a leash except when we are near a road or walking through my neighborhood, Way too many cars, Afterall she is a beagle!
ANyway, She will catch a scent and begin to howl and track, A quick NO from me stops her and she leaves it alone till she finds the next one, While biking there is no need, she is way to busi keeping an eye on me to bother running off.
I can point to stairs/logs/boulders and tell her upup, and she will climb anything, She will even go up a ladder to a sliding board and will slide down when i point at the slide, It seems like fun to her,,, And a new thing, When we get to the park she is whining with excitement to get out of the car, But wont get out till i say OK,,, Granted I have been working with her for a couple of years, I do let her chase very often, But will come back when I am bored and whistle for her.
I dont hunt, or havent put any real training effort into her, And basically when I got her, she lived in a cage in someones back yard and had never seen a door/tv/ or anything inside a house or car, I had another beagle for two years with her and she seemed like the most dense lil girl, The first one passed two years ago and she has been getting smarter ever since,,,,
Does she sound like a normal beagle to you?
I also live on 1/3rd of an acre in Philly, and have no fence, I was using a chain saw for about an hour today, and just doing some yard maintenance, She just hangs out without a lead.....
WIll try and post a pic here,,, Not sure how to resize on my MAC,,,,
I appreciate any feedback you may have for me!
Peter.
 

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Sounds like she is really well behaved, and she's very cute! I have a beagle mix who also listens really well, but I don't let him off leash in the great outdoors too often...
 

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I envy you...... Chloe won't listen if it's somewhere she is new to and picks up a scent. She just wants to explore.

Maybe it's because she is a rescue that she doesn't want to leave your side...
 

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Green with envy here too! Maggie is only 3 months old, so I don't expect her to listen too well yet. But my previous beagle Molly always had a mind of her own and I would NEVER have been able to take her off lead like you can with yours!
 

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Eleanor, She used to run like mad, over the hhills and through the woods, ___OUT OF SIGHT____ It wasent till her bud passed that she began to listen.
It seemed as though the mountian bike rides got her to keep an eye on me for a change,
I found myself at a park yeaterday which we had never been to, and in the parking lot was sitting two park rangers chatting, And me without a leash,,, She waited for me to get my coat on with the truck door open, I told her easy, and okay,, She jumped from the truck, and as I was walking torward the woods accross the lot I kept saying easy,easy,easy, We got to the edge of the woods with the rangers still watching us, I told her good,,,, Then OK---- zoom she was off into the woods like a flash!!!
She is all beagle, Has papers and all that jazz that I dont care about.
Overall, I think the rangers were suprised!
Peter.
 

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Oh, how jealous am I????!!!! That certainly isn't like too many beagles I have met!!!

Ya know, sometimes I think a rescue is so happy to be rescued that they become really loyal and sweet to their owner like that. I certainly have nothing to back that up, just my humble opinion. I also think being female adds to it. I have friends who do AKC Field Trials with Labs and even with labs, who are sooooo trainable, they say females are much more obedient (but get their feelings hurt easier!!!). Regardless, you are one lucky beagle owner!!!

That picture is wonderful and she is quite the cutie!!!
 

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I'm green with envy too. I have some that listen better than others, but one thing I learned with my first beagle, there are a few words they just don't LIKE! Miss Princess was quite an education for me, as I've had dogs most of my life - and Princess came along when I was in my 60s! Boy was she an eye opener! I guess the breed "grew on me" since I now have ten of the little darlings - and just pretty much accept the way they are. Actually Chloe and Joe listen better than most of the others, they're such babies they can't get too far from mommy.
 

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All I have to say is...you have a very special little girl there. And she has a very pretty little face! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/sleepy.gif

But to answer your question...my beagle listens for anything that sounds like food. Anything beyond that is strictly at his descretion. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/gaah.gif

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Of our three, I wouldn't say Booker and Popcorn are particularly good listeners, but both of them are very reliable off leash and always have been because I really think that they are concerned about being separated from us. When we go on walks in the woods they will go off after squirrels and such but never too far away from us and they always come back quickly... well, except once when we think Popcorn made a wrong turn and got lost, but she seemed even more worried to be separated from us than we were worried about her, and she came back as soon as she figured out where we were!

Now Moose, that is a TOTALLY different story and I really can't see ever trusting him off leash!!
 

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Hi Peter, she's a lovely looking girl, what's her name?

I think some Beagles are listeners and some are not, some are easier to train than others too.

Just because a doggie happens to be a Beagle doesn't mean he/she will never hear a word you say. Rosa is a good listener when she wants to be and I've trained her to do many different things. I can let her off the lead if I wish and she doesn't run away. My only problem with her being off lead is her habit of eating dog poop which I have never successfully overcome.

Sherry is a rescue and nearly 10 yrs old and although she does listen she seems to forget quickly too. So they are all different.
 

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that sounds great, i am sooo envious. Meg will do the bike's with us but she is on her harness so cant run off. if we tell her we are going on the bikes, i think she does listen, but more so because she sees the bikes. when we start off, she trots or runs along and seems to know that it's not a walk where she can go off sniffing, but basically more for the exercise.

if we go to the park, she sees us getting out the tennis ball and catcher, so i think rather than listening to us telling her about the park, she associates the ball with it. when we let her off, she barks at us to throw the ball and when she brings it back, she gets a treat, however after about 20 times, she is bored and then i get a bit nervous as she starts wandering off further and further and doesn't seem too interested in coming back for the treat. i always get her back on the lead then, rather than push my luck with her. Hubby say's i have lost my confidence with her as she has run away before and so she knows that i am a bit nervous when she is off the lead.

yours sounds like an angel. well done to your training. i know some people never let their beagle off the lead ever, and its sad for them, but then they are so precious no one wants to lose them.
 

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Well, the short answer to that question would be NO. LOL I would love to be able to take the dogs off leash. I know Sydney would be great but Spencer would catch a scent an be gone!!
 

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Gosh, you are very lucky and also must have a very strong smell of dominance for your dog, i.e. he sees you clearly as the pack leader. It is rare that a beagle is safe off leash, our two can never be off leash outside the fenced garden.
 

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She listens when she wants to! but sometimes I swear you can see her weighing up the options... hmmm, follow rabbit scent or go back for treats and fussing? - generally comes back. Steal sausages off table or ... no, actually that's no contest at all!

I walk her off the lead everyday and generally she's fine, but I live in the country so it's a little different, I don't think that I would have the confidence to let her run free in a park in a town or city.

I also find that the bike is great as she doesn't have time to get distracted so she can run off the lead (which makes me feel safer!).
 

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Not only is she beautiful, but a smart girl! I am also jealous as there is no way I could let Duke off leash and expect to see him again. He listens only when he wants something.LOL

You are very lucky (and obviously have a talent for training)!
 

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Originally Posted By: KarebruBeagles listen.
They take a message, and get back to you at their convenience.
….”Beep.” /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/sick.gif
Or if something really yummy is in it for them. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/greendevil.gif

In reality, I'm pretty lucky. Jersey is a very, very good girl about 85% of the time. I'd never trust her off lead though.
 

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Did you just use the word "listen" and "beagle" in the same sentence?!! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/lol2.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/greendevil.gif Princess "I Have My Own Opinion" is not the best listener in the world!! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/yay.gif
 
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