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Hi, there. I just adopted a beautiful 2 year old male beagle from a rescue. He's great and gets along with my other dog and everything. He's very quiet in the house and super sweet. I'm having problems walking him though. He pulls and the leash so hard and it's very difficult. I bought a sporn halter. Haven't tried it yet. And my other main issue is that he howls like if he's being attacked if he sees another dog. I don't understand this because he gets along with my dog and he got along with the other dogs at the shelter. Is he being aggressive? Other than that, he's a sweetheart at home. But my neighbors are afraid of him. lol. Any advice?
 

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Welcome!!! Suzy would pull also but since I got her a harness it hasnt been as bad. We also tried a choke collar but that caused her to reverse sneeze ALOT, it was quite embarrassing. I have not tried the sporn halter, looks too painful /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif
On the howling note, suzy howls when shes VERY happy or excited, so he may just be saying "hi, how are you". I can completely agree with you though, my neighbors all know when I get home or when we go for a walk, she is quite vocal at times. Cant wait to see him!
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The sporn harness works well for us. I used a gentle leader for a while and then got worried about too much pressure on Maggie's neck. The sporn harness can be adjusted for comfort and Maggie stands quietly while I fasten and adjust it when we get ready to go for a walk. If it was uncomfortable she would let me know.
 

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Beagle howls, welcome to the pack.
As matter of fact, I just scolded Charlie, he was barking arrrooo so loud in the yard and wouldn't come to my command. It is almost 10pm! Thought of letting him out for final round of business. I'm sure you have a very true beagle, they pull and they howl. :biglaugh:
A harness is great, try shortening the leash when walking so that he is walking just a little ahead of you. I usually have Charlie walk on my right side, hold the leash across over from my left controlling with my right hand. Loop the leash once over my right hand so the leash is shorter and easy control. At the same time telling him to "heal", every time saying heal give him a slight jerk so he knows. It took Charlie a while to understand :hi: it is working! But not when he sees a dog on the street! It is quite embarassing too, howling as he pulls. As I said two kids wanted to call the animal control on us. We torture our beagles!!
 

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It is odd looking and the first time I used it I could not get it adjusted but after practicing a little I figured out how to get the straps adjusted under the leg. It does not control pulling as well as the gentle leader but at least it takes pressure off theneck and gives me a little more control than the more traditional harness. The first few times I used it, I worried that it would rub or make Maggie's skin sore but I haven't seen any evidence of that. We are also working very hard on walking on a leash in obedience class and at home. Usually when we walk I give her time to explore and follow her nose and have fun. Then I give the heel command and we practice walking together without pulling. When we are almost done I tell her Ok and she gets to explore some more. I thought I might be comfusing her but she gets the difference between heel and Ok have fun. When I think about that I am really irritated to see beagles on the list of the l0 least intelligent dogs.
 

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I used the Sporn with Spencer and it worked for a while until he learned to pull with it on. I actually went back to teaching proper leash manners (which we are still working on).

The barking like that on leash sounds like excitement, Spencer does it too. I have talked about this in another thread but Spencer is great with other dogs if he is loose but freaks out if his leash is on, he gets defensive. You really have to read the dog. What does he do if you come close to another dog? Does he attack or just want to play? Spencer used to react like that when he was excited and after getting attacked, it turned to agression.

Welcome to the world of owning a hound, you'll love it!!!.
 

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Welcome to the BW pack!

A howling beagle? Nothing new there. Its normal.

Sporn... disk brakes for dogs. I love it and it works great. Just watch for bare spots under his arm (paw) pits.
 

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Do any of you guys know if a cholk collar will work with training? I know how to use it (without cholking the dog all the time of course) from the time I took lessons with my older dog back home, but he is an Irish Setter Weimaraner mix, and Chloe is a little beagle. Can I use it on her? If you know what you are doing, it's very very easy to get them to heal and everything... :conf12: :conf12: :conf12:
 

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I use a chock collar on Maggie, but she doesn't pull and walks well on a leash. With Jasmine we were using a choke collar on and she pulls way too much. She was to the point of not wanting to take her on a walk. So I bought the sporn harness and she is like walking a show dog. Not one ounce of pulling... Its worth a try..
 

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Quote:Originally posted by pfr:
I use a chock collar on Maggie, but she doesn't pull and walks well on a leash. With Jasmine we were using a choke collar on and she pulls way too much. She was to the point of not wanting to take her on a walk. So I bought the sporn harness and she is like walking a show dog. Not one ounce of pulling... Its worth a try..
REALLY?!?! The Sporn Harness STOPS the pulling? Doesnt just make it easier to control the pulling beast?

OOOH! If that's the case than THAT thing is worth a shot over here that's for sure! my hands have open wounds and sores on them from the amount of pulling Blackjack does... its unbareable... I LOVE him inside the house... I really do not look forward to taking him outside the house however which is unfortuate... ;(

I have already gotten a letter from my townhouse assosatation in regards to his early morning and late evening disturbance and controlling him...

THERE IS NO CONTROLLING A BEAGLE ONCE THEY CATCH A SCENT! I don't know what to do... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif
 

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Be happy with howling, it is music to a Beagle owner. He is just saying hello in a Beagle kind of way.

Beagles are notoriously difficult on a leash. That nose takes over and instinct trumps everything. I will say that current Beagle, Vinny, now almost 3, walks very nicely on a leash. He takes out all 16 feet of lead, but no longer strains while we walk. I think one thing that has helped, is when we took in his best friend, Miles to live with us.

Miles walks very clamly on a leash and as result, I think Vinny has learned how to be like Miles.

If the harness doesn't work, then get a MinPin/Jack Russell mix to teach your Beagle how to walk on a leash. It worked for Vinny. :hi:
 

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Welcome to the wonderful world of some of the most difficult (but SO worth it!!!!) dogs on the planet!

I have personally found that using this harness with my Beagle Twins has been great.



But I have also found that keeping them apart and close to me also does wonders.

Good luck!
 

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I just realized you have an introduction forum. So sorry, I got excited. lol. Well, the sporn harness works GREAT for me. I highly recommend it if you want to try it. I'm small and had a very difficult time walking him and now he barely pulls. I will post more tomorrow in the introduction section with pics and all. :]
 
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