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Firstly 'Hi everyone ' I'm new to this and just muddling along. I'm after advice with dealing with a very tiring 9 month old Beagle called Denzel. Denzel has been to socialisation classes, he gets walked twice a day and gets bought new toys every week (they don't last 5 minutes) but he is constantly up to no good. He literally walks into the room and looks for the first thing he can do to annoy whoever is in the house- this includes running off with an item of clothing, the remote or generally throwing himself around the room. He literally NEVER calms down. If we shut him away (utility room where his bed is) for 5 minutes he scratches the back door like he wants to go out (so we let him out and he doesn't go toilet just refuses to come back in) or he barks - this I have tried the ignoring but he gets louder and louder until my neighbours complain. I have had a melt down for the first time tonight and burst out crying when my partner got home - everybody tells me what I nightmare my dog is and it's getting too much, I can't keep defending him :(
 

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You will have a wonderful, loving cuddly dog before you know it. BUT...Beagles are a bit different and I think are a bit harder out of the gate. When our BG was a puppy, I broke my ankle and was unable to exercise him properly. Talk about torture!! My advice to you is to keep him tired; do training classes with him, and keep things that he shouldn't get to kept out of the way. It will all work out...I promise!
 

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Thank you- today was a particularly bad day and even just a few words of encouragement help. I love the little devil dearly so could never part with him.

I've been told by several Beagle owners that apparently things get better when they reach 2 years old...here's hoping! :)
 

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Only 15 minutes in the morning then 30-40 minutes in the late afternoon/early evening.

At the weekend he was taken for a walk that was an hour and a half long- he then came home and ripped a water pipe from the floor :/
 

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Your dog is not a nightmare. He is a puppy. He needs boundaries, exercise and training. He is not getting nearly enough exercise. Is there any place he can run and chase a ball, or play with other dogs? A few walks are not enough to tire him. You can also make a flirt pole, which will help to wear him out. You can do a search here for how to make one.

You should be doing several short training sessions every day. Mental stimulation is just as important as physical stimulation. Work on his basic commands. Add new ones. Teach him tricks. Working his brain will also tire him out. You can buy/make puzzle toys for him to work his brain. Put a few treats in an empty plastic bottle and let figure out how to get them out. Put a treat under his bowl and let him figure out how to flip the bowl over.

If he isn't crate trained, start crating him. The crate can be kept in an active area of the home, so he isn't isolated. He isn't doing these things to annoy you. He is a baby with too much energy and no outlet. I seldom buy toys, because they don't last. You can buy a Kong, fill it with peanut butter or cream cheese and freeze it. Give him the Kong in his crate. That will keep him busy for a while.

Shutting your dog in the utility room teaches him nothing. Dogs do not want to be alone. They want to be with their people. Likewise, I never leave my dog outside alone. Unattended dogs are too likely to get into trouble and bother the neighbors. Take him out on the leash to potty and bring him right back in. He grabs your stuff and runs, because he wants to play. Trade him for something he is allowed to have and let him have a game of chase.

Leash your boy in the house. Sit at your table, or counter to work on the computer, or read the paper. Your pup should be leashed next to you. Allow him enough leash to lie down comfortably. Sit on the rest of his leash. Ignore your pup. He will learn to settle down and get comfortable. Do this for 30 minutes every day.

Everything you have described is normal. Your pup can become the best dog ever. That is entirely up to you. You must be willing to put in the time and energy to help him become the great dog he can be.
 

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Hi, I can totally relate to your frustration. I've had Cassie since she was 8 weeks and she is currently 2yrs7mo. Other beagle owners have said 3 yrs is the age they finally settle down. I'm seeing an improvement now but I've had a few melt downs early on too. Your dog is a puppy and will be going through adolescence when they forget all the training (lol). Hang in there, it will get better with time, patience, training, and "forum advice."

My dog is only allowed house freedom under supervision and always wearing her slip leash which she drags around. The behavior is so different with the leash on vs. off. You can also try leashing the dog to your belt.

Do you have a fenced yard where your dog can run around and use some energy? Also consider doggie camp once and awhile to give yourself a break and let your dog get tired playing with other dogs.
 

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I had melt downs too! No fun! Wondered what the heck did I get my family into with this cute little puppy I wanted. I agree, here, more exercise, and really would have him crate trained. He might fight you but you need to be able to put him somewhere so everyone can have a chill moment. Does he like raw-hides? I know mine loved to chew them and they were worth the 1/2 of peace they provided when she was younger. Dogs release stress through chewing so find something he likes to chew on. Lots of advice on so many topics here so good luck and hang in there. You really will have a great dog before you know it.
 

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I agree with Autumn's Mom. Find something he can chew on. Some dogs never have a problem with rawhide. For others, it causes problems. I prefer antlers. Whatever I allow Boh to chew, I do like to monitor him with it.
 

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Thanks for all the advice guys- when I say he's shut in the utility room, I meant to mention that it doesn't have a door- it has an extra tall stair gate so he is still able to see the family. I didn't like the idea of the crate because he had less room for movement. I already give him Kongs with peanut butter or soft cheese. Tried giving him bones from the butchers but he was getting extremely protective of them. We have an enclosed back garden.
He's learnt, sit, lay, paw, roll over- and will do anything for treats.

Will definitely get him antlers!
And will try leaching him for 30 mins in the day whilst sat with me plus extra exercise
Any ideas on strong puzzles I can get for him?
 

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Here is a link to some puzzle toys. Just to give you an idea. The 6 Best Toys to Keep Your Dog Really Busy

Please rethink using a crate. I understand your reservations. We did not grow up using crates and I was resistant to the idea, when we got our first family dog. Crates can be an awesome tool. Natty Boh loves his crate. It is wire 36" X 24". He has plenty of room. It is a safe place for him, when I need to contain him. It also keeps my things safe. Ultimately, it is less stressful for him and the me.

I also used a baby gate to restrict Boh to the kitchen. Dogs need to earn freedom. If your pup is doing damage, he has too much freedom. Boh has earned his freedom to be loose in the the house, when we go out. He still sleeps in his crate at night, but that is where he likes to sleep.
 

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I'll tell you a secret. In 2000, I adopted a 2 year old German Shepherd from the shelter. She was so good in the house. She never had accidents and never destroyed anything. Then, my father got sick. He was in the hospital. I was coming and going different times. My dog apparently had a problem with my change in routine. She chewed the coffee table, ate my watch and destroyed a cell phone. I was freaking out. My neighbor said, "Why don't you put her in a crate?" My mind was just not functioning well at that time. I had a crate. I had never used it for the shepherd. I hadn't even thought to use it. So, I put her in the crate. When I left home, I gave her something to chew and turned the radio on. She was perfect. When things got back to normal, she didn't have to be crated any more. I had that girl until she was 14.5 years old.

I'm really glad the crate is working for you. Even, if your pup complains, stick with it. They adjust really well. I promise this will make your life so much easier.
 

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I agree with what everyone has said. Remember, as so many have said in previous posts, a tired beagle is a good beagle.

Keeping him leashed to you will help build a bond, and give him security. I've noticed that Sophie really does need the physical contact - just seeing or hearing someone is not enough. Recently, when I was radioactive due to medical treatments, she was miserable - she could see me, hear me and smell me, and got loads of attention from the rest of the family, but was desperate to be touched. When I could finally pet her, all it took was 5 minutes and she settled down.

I have always crated my dogs - at least for starters. They seem to like them - they become dens. My 200 pound Newfoundland mix removed the front bars, but liked to sleep in his crate for his entire life - we had him for 17 years.
 

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ljas, I just want to say how good it is to see you posting again. If you had a large breed dog for 17 years, you were doing something very, very right. Kudos to you.
 

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Just this morning I slammed a door with anger after Harry was barking like a mad man while I was trying to sleep in past 7am.

Maybe a friend for Denzel might help? Ella use to be absolutely NUTS! She just wasn't getting the attention she deserved from James and I. We played, we walked, we trained but during the day she needed someone there for her. We got Harry and she has become an absolute angel. Now onto Harry :p We have only had him for 2 months but using some of the techniques that Natty suggested have helped. The leashing for a half hour a day is really helpful.

Most nights we also do self control training which could help with the destroying of things he shouldn't. We put some food in our hand, hold it close, let them lick your hand, sniff, don't open your hand. Then when he stops, open your hand - if he stays still and doesn't try to eat the food, wait for 10-15 seconds and feed him the food with your fingers and praise him. If he goes back to eat the food, shut your hand into a fist again (palm up this whole time) and do it till he learns. It has helped us heaps! Especially when I'm cooking :p

Just be patient - sometimes I squint and pretend to smoosh Harry's head and it makes me feel better, you could try that :p
 

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i have Bosco since 9 weeks old, i used a crate for him and took him out to potty as soon as i took him out of it. which helped a lot and he potty trained quickly. Beagles are smart I was lucky enough to be home with him all the time, that said his energy level was off the wall, I hired a trainer to come to the house a few times for just the basics and took him to a dog park to socialize, ( don't like dog parks but i timed it as best i could, then i sent him to a puppy daycare which helped a lot also, I then took him to obedience class at the local shelter, Yes it was work but so so worth it. he is 4 now when he was 3 he settled down into the most amazing smart lovable dog ever. so don't despair time goes fast even though when you are going through it it feels like forever Good Luck
 
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