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I just recently rescued/adopted male/brother beagles
I am unsure as to there exact age but they seem to be at least a year old. I am "attempting" to house train them but sudden movements seem to make them cower. I have learned to be firm in there mishaps but absolutely no physical hitting or yelling,also well timed rewards can help this matter..........i hope to have some pics on here asap to help get a better idea on there age. HOW DO I help Tiny and Sam
be trusting and lively . I want them to be happy. However when im loving on them they are wagging there tails and are happy but seem to have a constant fear of punishment it seems........Last note on this for now ... I AM A NEW BEAGLE OWNER, AND I DONT KNOW WHY I DIDNT GET ONE BEFORE LOL...ANY HELP AND/OR SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED
 

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Congrats on the new addition to your family, and welcome to Beagle World! You are doing the right thing by being firm with training, but not hitting or raging at them. A good shout now and then to get their attention may be warranted, though. Dogs respond to physical gestures as much, if not more, than they do verbal commands. You have to keep a strong presence around them, even if they are timid. They will open up to you once they trust that you will always feed them and take care of them. It just takes time. Have patience! (the best advice one beagle owner can give another)
 

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thank u for the advice.Patience is only as good a the encouragement behind it.I appreciate the encouragement lol..
 

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Congratulations!
How old are the pups? Did you adopt them both at the same time? Wow, that is impressing, thanks for doing that.
Stay tune with us and you will learn a great deal from the most experience beagles owner in the world. I myself have Charlie for only 2 years, lots of fun. I found it helpful putting Charlie through a puppy training. I humanized my Charlie quite a bit which turned him into quite dorminant. :greendevil: Which I have to correct him with another trainer who makes house call. As I said before in another thread, some beagles are angels and some needs more firmer actions. Yes, Charlie is afraid of sudden movements too, so it is not a problem of a abusive pass. I got him as a puppy. A fallen object, a moving vacuum cleaner, a bang of some sort. Maybe he is tiny, 26lb he is more alert.
Welcome to BW!
 

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first of all Thank You for rescuing. As a beagle rescue volunteer I am a firm believer in saving a life.

as for housetraining with a rescue is unfortunately not the same as with a new puppy. Not knowing their lives were before is certainly the hardest part. With dogs that cower positive reinforcement is always the best way. being firm is fine but loud voices can cause them to become even more withdrawn. Housetraining is all about being consistent. Same routine every day, same potty place every time. It takes time to learn their signs and until you do it is best to go out at regular intervals (like every 2 hours) when you are home.

Good luck and I know they will bring you many years of joy !!!
 

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Hi Russ,

I have been through what you are going through and understand completely.

Henry will have been with us for two years this upcoming 2/3/08. He was obviously abused because he cowers easily. I wonder how such a frightened dog survived on the street (he was picked up as a stray).

The three most important words that I have to offer you are: Love, consistency, and patience.
Give them your love, be consistent with routines such as housebreaking, feeding and disciplining and probably most of all, patience.

One thing that I did learn here on BW is that beagles respond best to positive reinforcement rather than physical discipline or yelling and screaming. They are pack oriented and want to please you.

I have a feeling that you are in for quite a ride...two rescued boys at once. Please, please, hang in there. Scream into your pillow when you have to but hang in there. It will be worth it. I promise.

~Denise
 

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Welcome to Beagle World!!

Congrats on your two dogs! well done for adopting them, its a real kind things to do.

have fun!!

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:happyhappy: First of all, THANK YOU for adopting these 2 beagles!!! It is so wonderful that there are 2 more beagles out there finding a forever home...Im curious, what made you decide to adopt a beagle, and the 2 at the same time?

Snoopy is a rescue and terrified of every loud sound, smoke, and people...he shakes like crazy, pants, ect...We have had him a few years now but the estimated he was about 1.5 yrs by tooth age when we got him.

I can only say the advice above is great, I dont have much more to add but that Snoopy had MAJOR seperation anxiety for over a year and we had to use Comfort Zone in the outlet to get him not to freek out with us leaving or jump at everything..but that was when we lived in Chicago, and it was loud, he still jumps, still runs from people, ect. But overall is much better and we do not have to use anything anymore.

*HUGS* to you for providing a home for these 2 beagles..it will get better. It took Snoopy 6 months to even play with a toy...and 1 year to even run around the house happy.

..we dont know the background, but you can be their future!!

Good luck
Manda
 
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