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NEW Rescue......need help

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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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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.

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