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I eventually decided to get the foldable fencing in a large quantity and created a large area within my yard so I could better control the trouble she gets in to.
This is where I started (see attached) but I moved away from it. I had to carry him out to it which was a hassle and will become more so as he grows. My garden is not that big so I went with using the fencing to enclose the shrubs I was not sure of instead
Plant Fence Mesh Grass Wire fencing
, of course I did not realise the lead was there at that point!
 

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Oh yes thats pretty much what I had in mind..good job. I thought after years of that set up I could take down part of the fencing which blocked a planter.. well you can see that didnt work out..so the fencing went back up...lol

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Looks like they do not get any less destructive as they mature then :)

I think I might have to go back to the run TBH, not just the lead but just discovered he is eating stones too that I have around the border of my house like a shingle that cannot be good for him! The run is probably for the best, just the carrying him out to it will get annoying the bigger he gets!

It is just one thing after another with my garden :(
 

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It is a wierd and aggravating phase..my dog as a puppy dug pieces of concrete out of the patio and chewed on it. You can try Bitter Apple to put on items..it helps to stop the behavior.. now the damage to the plant in my picture was because she was after a lizard she sniffed out or saw in the bush. ..
ALL that said..beagles are sweet dogs..
 

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I don’t know if people will agree with me on this one, but concerning the toxic plants in your yard, I didn’t find out that I had toxic nightshade growing in my yard until years later. My beagle doesn’t mess with the stuff, so now I don’t really stress out about getting rid of the stuff except for aesthetic reasons. My point is that maybe you can relax a little about the toxic plants in the yard? Of course stop your dog if you notice him eating one of the toxic plants, but otherwise I think maybe you can take it easy on that front. Just trying to give you one less thing to worry about.
 

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Thanks, unsure if he is eating them but he sure is ripping them up and chewing them!

I am back to the run for now, it is a bit of a hassle taking him out to it but it is a reasonable space and he is safe in there.
 

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Oh, Lordy! I have had my boy for 7 months and it's been very challenging to say the least. I'm a 67 year old and just recently started doing some office work for a friend of mine. His separation anxiety is over the top!! It's very intense as he must always think I am not coming back. I don't know what to do about that expect console him and take him out immediately. He spends several minutes. Following my scent from the gate to the front door than back to me. I spend a good 15 minutes trying to calm him down. There were several times, when he was a little puppy, I thought about giving him up. I have 2 other dogs - 1 is 15 yrs old and the other one (who has become a good big brother and playing companion) 8 yrs old. Unfortunately, if the oldest one pays any attention to me, my beagle gets very aggressive with him. Because he's too close to me!!!! I spend time talking to Marley about who is the boss in this family. I tell him I am the boss, not him. And, he seems to listen to what I am saying while looking me in my eyes. It's just me and the 3 dogs. But I cannot tell you how many times I just cried to my best friend about me having made a mistake getting him. (And, I paid quite a bit for him!!) So, I bought a large crate for him.....

The crate has, almost, been torn apart by him. He's very strong, and a little overweight. (He weights about 30 pounds). So, I have reinforced the sides and top & bottom of it with small pieces of thin wire to keep him from getting out. I am not able to let him out with the other dogs when I am gone. He has eaten 2 remotes for my TVs, the extension cord on my vacuum cleaner, and even the frame of the front door trying to get out to find me!!! Unfortunately, he tears up his rug, that I place in his crate for comfort. Knocks over his water bowl - every time! So, he is so thirsty by the time I get home (4-5 hrs) that he spends 5 minutes drinking water!! I bought a small animal bottle and placed it on the outside of the crate so he can lick it to gets some water. However, when I try to show him how to use it, I'm not sure his getting it. He, actually, inspects his crate, from the outside, for ways to get out! (He's very smart and very stubborn) So, the adventures have gone on since he was 8 weeks old.

There's just one problem when it comes to giving him up. I have fallen in love with him & he with me. One more thing. My arms are all scratched up, most of the time, and because of my thin skin, they are now covered with scars, from the times he has scratched. He does not do it on purpose. It's just that he, absolutely, will not let me clip and file his nails. But I continue to try. Sorry this is so long, but boy, have I had an experience as he has gotten older. He was difficult to potty train. However, he seems much better about that. So, hang in there as you will fall in love with your beagle like I have mine.....

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Oh, Lordy! I have had my boy for 7 months and it's been very challenging to say the least. I'm a 67 year old and just recently started doing some office work for a friend of mine. His separation anxiety is over the top!! It's very intense as he must always think I am not coming back. I don't know what to do about that expect console him and take him out immediately. He spends several minutes. Following my scent from the gate to the front door than back to me. I spend a good 15 minutes trying to calm him down. There were several times, when he was a little puppy, I thought about giving him up. I have 2 other dogs - 1 is 15 yrs old and the other one (who has become a good big brother and playing companion) 8 yrs old. Unfortunately, if the oldest one pays any attention to me, my beagle gets very aggressive with him. Because he's too close to me!!!! I spend time talking to Marley about who is the boss in this family. I tell him I am the boss, not him. And, he seems to listen to what I am saying while looking me in my eyes. It's just me and the 3 dogs. But I cannot tell you how many times I just cried to my best friend about me having made a mistake getting him. (And, I paid quite a bit for him!!) So, I bought a large crate for him.....

The crate has, almost, been torn apart by him. He's very strong, and a little overweight. (He weights about 30 pounds). So, I have reinforced the sides and top & bottom of it with small pieces of thin wire to keep him from getting out. I am not able to let him out with the other dogs when I am gone. He has eaten 2 remotes for my TVs, the extension cord on my vacuum cleaner, and even the frame of the front door trying to get out to find me!!! Unfortunately, he tears up his rug, that I place in his crate for comfort. Knocks over his water bowl - every time! So, he is so thirsty by the time I get home (4-5 hrs) that he spends 5 minutes drinking water!! I bought a small animal bottle and placed it on the outside of the crate so he can lick it to gets some water. However, when I try to show him how to use it, I'm not sure his getting it. He, actually, inspects his crate, from the outside, for ways to get out! (He's very smart and very stubborn) So, the adventures have gone on since he was 8 weeks old.

There's just one problem when it comes to giving him up. I have fallen in love with him & he with me. One more thing. My arms are all scratched up, most of the time, and because of my thin skin, they are now covered with scars, from the times he has scratched. He does not do it on purpose. It's just that he, absolutely, will not let me clip and file his nails. But I continue to try. Sorry this is so long, but boy, have I had an experience as he has gotten older. He was difficult to potty train. However, he seems much better about that. So, hang in there as you will fall in love with your beagle like I have mine.....

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About 10 weeks old

I totally hear you, I won't lie I thought about taking him back almost every day for a good week or so as quite frankly I was so stressed by him and thinking that I am not up to the task and have chosen the wrong breed. We were on fence between Beagle and Labrador and I often I think I chose poorly. The kids (who do not live with me full time) wanted the Lab it was me who really wanted a Beagle. I think if it would not have broken the kids hearts I would have taken him back. I feel bad saying that but that is how I felt, was angry with myself for not doing enough research, for not checking my garden etc all my fault not the dogs of course. Beagles will beagle it seems!

I have come to the conclusion that proper training is the key and have accepted that I am probably not up to it so am trying to get some 121 booked and have not ruled out residential. Honestly if I could just teach him 'No' or 'Leave' things would feel massively different. There is lots of advice online about jumping or biting but not much about jumping and biting! His trick is he will jump up at me and hang off my t-shirt and no amount of attempts to redirect him seems to work, I have settled on keeping completely still no eye contact or verbal when this happens, not saying it works but it seems the best method so far. As I say I need professional help!

Booking something anytime soon is not proving easy so in the interim I am trying to take baby steps and focus on the pinch points i.e. where I get especially stressed with him. For me it has been 2 key points in the day which is first thing in the morning after our walk and early evening, the evenings especially as just as I want to settle down for an evening, cook my dinner watch some TV etc he would get the hyper zoomies and anxiety even if I left the room for 2 minutes. I have started crating him at these points, we get home from a walk he has his dinner, put him out for potty and then in the crate. He is only crated for 20 minutes each time but it has made a huge difference in that he is more chilled when I open the door and actually stays in sometimes, probably helps that he does love his crate.
 

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Thanks, unsure if he is eating them but he sure is ripping them up and chewing them!

I am back to the run for now, it is a bit of a hassle taking him out to it but it is a reasonable space and he is safe in there.
Maybe he saw you doing that and is just trying to help you out 😂 Whenever I am pulling weeds, my dog seems to want to help out and starts digging and eating random tuffs of grass haha. Has he had any health issues after doing that? Any tummy issues?
 

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Not really sure, but it sounds like maybe both of your puppies could really use more exercise? Maybe hire a dog walker? They say a tired dog is a happy dog.
The guide is 5 minutes per month right? I'd say I am probably slightly exceeding that already
 

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The guide is 5 minutes per month right? I'd say I am probably slightly exceeding that already
You're joking. You have to be joking.

If you don't run that lil fella out of energy twice a day, he is going to drive you insane. Insaner.

According to my phone, we walk 3.5 miles each day. That keeps Popcorn's mind interested with all the smells and her body burning calories.

She had me guessing my decision to get a dog when she was a puppy but with a lot of education on my part and a lot of training for both of us, we are doing great and I only contemplate killing her two or three times a day.

You need to learn a lot. Watch a video a night. Purchase the Big Beagle Book. Work with the little monster so he learns what you want him to do. He will eventually come around.

It's not the dog's fault. It is yours. He only knows what you tell him. You need to become a competent teacher so he can understand what he is supposed to do.

I rarely opine here and let Popcorn tell her stories.

She showed me this one and I felt I had to chime in.
 

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I find your reply a little harsh on him. He seems already exhausted and trying his best. Give the man a break. I think for now you just need to walk him more.
 

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I am sorry you are going through this. Separation anxiety is a very trying thing. I agree with not consoling him and getting your pup tired. Physical exercise it just one part. You said your pup is very smart. Work on obedience and tricks. Is he food motivated? If so, use a portion of his kibble as treats. By taking a portion from his regular meal, you aren't adding additional calories. Work on commands - sit, down, come, stay, etc. Natty Boh and I went on to - high five, high 10, touch (nose to my hand), what did you say? (He gives a little grunt or growl), Walk, on hind legs, Roll over, and combat crawl. It tires them out mentally. Also, a very good calming technique is to leash your pup, put the leash under your butt and sit on it. Read the paper, a book, work on the computer, but ignore your pup. Don't look at him, or talk to him. Allow him just enough leash to lie down. It teaches the dog to relax and calm itself. It really worked for Natty Boh. You can also make him use his nose. It's a fun activity for beagles. I carried a bag of pretzel fish into the yard last night. I threw one into the grass for my shepherd to find. Of course, the beagle nose found it first. LOL! Best of luck and hang in there. We all get overwhelmed sometimes.
 

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Oh my goodness did this ever bring back memories. I think we have all been in your shoes and even at times still are. I agree with the leashing. Maybe while you're working that could work having your pup at your feet and in close proximity to keep an eye on. Yes they eat everything! I remember picking up all the small rocks in my yard so mine could be out there, and sticks she ate sticks too and would throw them up. Ugh! I'm sorry you are going though this. I too researched dogs and got a Beagle. She was more work than any other dog I have ever had. They are very hard headed and want to be in charge. Thankfully they are so cute though you stick with them. Mine just turned 9 and after we made it through our first year I have to say she's been a good little dog. Sturdy little hounds they call them. She certainly is. Hang in there you seem to be really trying. Always lots of good advice on here. I do remember going on lots of long walks when she was younger. A tired Beagle is a good Beagle.
 
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