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My son bought a beagle puppy that is now 8 months old and since its arrival to our home it has torn it apart. We have a big yard with a pool, which she loves to swim in, She will drag the kreepy out of the pool and try kill it as if its a monster. She strips the bark off the palm trees, digs holes in the lawn and garden rips out the sprinklers. The back yard looks like a storm has been through it. Now i have taken a liking to his dog and i let it sleep on my bed at night. She lets me know when she needs to go toilet, shes good that way. How do i stop her from destroyng my yard and now my room all the time.
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Barry, does he do all this while he's alone at home? If so, you may want to consider crating him. Yes, he'll protest and whine at first, but if you make it a nice and safe environment, he'll just fall asleep. I used to think that it was almost cruel to leave him in a "cage", but it's really for his own good in case he gets into something that really hurts him.
If you're at home when he does all of this, I suggest correcting him right away or leashing him to yourself so he cannot wander. My Java is only 7 months and if I let him roam the house, I'd end up with severed HDMI and power cables. Good luck!
 

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I agree that crating would be best when she's alone. Does she get regular walks? That may burn some of her energy so that she's not as destructive when you get home. Has she been to puppy kindergarten? Obedience classes are a good idea. Does she have chew toys? When she chews something that she shouldn't be chewing correct her by giving her one of her toys to chew instead. One way to stop a dog from digging is to put it's poop in the hole that they're working on. I hope this helps. Let us know it goes.

BTW, what is her name? Do you have any pictures?
 

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I believe that she is just about to finish her adult teething right now, that is about the right time - 8 months.
Try giving her cold things to chew on, like a wet frozen towel, chewy toys (nylabone...) stuffed kongs (freeze them with the stuffing, they LOVE it). That should help.

I also found useful the use of a bitter apple spray. I just sprayed everything with it, cable cords, furniture legs, you name it! It worked for us.

How about some pictures of the little girl. Whats her name?
 

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Hi and Welcome to BW!

I've never had the "pleasure" of having an 8 week old beagle puppy.

One thing I've learned on BW that may help is Puppy School (they hold them a PetSmarts). Then back up what they've learned with consistence, family involvement and patience.

Don't discipline with spankings or by hitting. Beagles respond best to positive praise than to negative.

You'll get good advice here. Hang in there.

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Yep, puppy school works wonders! You teach them important basic commands like "leave it". All the other suggestions are wonderful, too.

Is there any way you could block off part of the yard as a dog run? We've often discussed if we had to leave Duke outside during the day, that's what we'd do (and we'd make sure it was very secure, since beagles are escape artists).

Bitter apple spray is great to use, just remember to re-apply it often (I did it about every week), and nylabones help give them constructive chewing.

Puppies are destructo-monsters and we have had quite a bit of collateral damage, even though we tried to control it. Luckily, you will notice a big change in her in the next few months and she will start settling down and stop chewing as much. You're almost past the worst of it!
 

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Hi Barry, Welcome to BW! I agree with all the previous posters! Crate training, obedience training, proper chew toys, etc. Also, as the Dog Whisperer says, "a tired dog is a good dog." I don't think this is anymore true than with a dog under the age of two!! Some good walks, interactive play, dog park, etc. will help her, I think. Sometimes destruction is out of pure boredom, sometimes getting out to sniff new smells or play with other pups is just the thing to cure boredom and tire them out!!

She's not quite old enough yet (she has to be one), but a lot of beagle owners swear by agility classes! Of course, you would want to have to get involved, too! It would be a great way to burn energy, learn obedience, and bond with your pup!

Hang in there and keep us posted! Would love to see pictures, too!!
 

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Is she getting a walk or major play time to tire her out before she is alone? Sometimes just letting them out in the yard isn't enough, they need some stimulation and excitement.

I would definately limit her access until she gets out of the puppy stage.

I have a natural spray similar to bitter apple which works wonders for keeping Molly from chewing.

Also, I agree about the classes, especially for such a young dog.
 

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It sounds like boredom to me, how much exercise does she get? And I mean structured exercise where her tongue is hanging out. I learned this the hard way, beagles NEED exercise to be happy pups.
 

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Thanks for all the advice. I have a cage for her but any bedding i put in there she rips ups. I now just put old towels in there as the first bed i bought was $80.00 AU.
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She is beautiful..../forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/doh00000.gif. I think one of the moderators/administrators should move this thread, or resize the pics though....
 

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Oh, she is so cute!! How coudl a face like that do any damage?

Spencer used to shred any blankets that we left for him as well so I started to buy them at the Salvation Army or Value Village. He used to tear a piece of blanket and hold it with his mouth so when he would paw the crate, it didn't hurt his paw as much.
 

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She is just adorable!!!

O.k., I guess I am a mean mom. Toby has a crate with a floor (not a cage type), so he has never gotten blanket or towels put into it! He seems o.k. with it, as he has never really minded his crate. I guess with the cage type crates/pens, you have to do something on the floor of though!
 

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When Maggie was in the chewing stage she ripped up and ate anything I put in her crate. I was afraid to leave anything in there because she swallowed pieces. I found a bed at http://www.kuranda.com. They do have a guarantee if destroyed in the first year and you can also replace individual parts. These beds are what our local humane society uses in the shelter because they are easy to clean and hard to destroy. They are kind of expensive but the last time I was at a dog show I saw several sold under other names, and some that someone made herself and was selling. They were all less money than the Kuranda brand.
 
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