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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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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 being firm is fine but loud voices can cause them to become even more withdrawn.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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