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My name is Lois and 3 weeks ago I adopted Chessie who I'm told is 6+ yrs old beagle by the local shelter. I've read a lot online to get to know about beagles but still have some questions. I am learning all the time as we get to know each other but still don't know how to get her to play. I bought her a few toys but she's not interested in anything other than a good natural bone :)

Today for the first time she got so excited after coming in form the cold she was just jumping around and running in my small apt. It was good to see her so excited but not sure what prompted her :) She's a very happy dog and loves to get brushed and pampered. She does lately get into barking when outside such as when she sees anyone outside she thinks should get here attention and perhaps come pet her. Not sure about what baying is. She does have a mind of her own when out for walks ... that "selective deafness" of beagles I read about. I'm so glad I got educated to the extent I have so I would understand her sniffing everything and everywhere we walk and having that one track mind while doing so.
 

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Welcome. Thanks for rescuing. My dog is pretty much over playing with toys like she did when she was younger. I did buy a few toys not long ago and she has spurts of playing. I say..."where's your buddy?" And she runs to get one and we have a short play.
Beagles are HUGE on sniffing and following a scent. Thats why they're not off-leash dogs. They'll run after a scent and get away.
My dog always has a leash on in the house which she just drags around...she thinks she's under control.LOL. We're here for questions.
 

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Congratulations on adopting Chessie! Any pics I ask hopefully?

Yes, following their noses...they do it well.

It might take her awhile to settle in with the toys...or she might just be a 'calmer' stage of life.
 

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Thank you for rescuing Chessie! Oliver was 6 when we got him from the shelter. In my experience with many rescue dogs, it really takes a good 3-6 months before they really settle in and their full personality comes out. My two love to play with soft squeaky toys, even at 10 and 14 they still play.
 

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Thank you all for your comments :) I've had cats only for many years and this is the first dog since back @ 1979 which was an outside dog. I think it was meant to be to adopt Chessie as she seems to be a great dog. Her personality is showing more and more ... the faces she makes tells me a lot now. I do know when it's time to go for a walk as it's a very funny expression with her ears lifted and tail wagging. She knows I get the message as I get prepared to go outside. I'm glad it been mild weather-wise except for the past couple days.

We do have this issue when walking and she decides to go one way and me wanting to go my way. I now call this the Chessie standoff. I hold my ground until she knows I'm not moving any further so she has no choice but to go my way ... LOL. Of course when she's ready. When inside she listens and comes when I call her to me. I haven't gotten her to lay down yet so I can brush her belly ... so I wait until she lays down by herself and then she will let me roll her over to get both sides. She has great trust in me which is a surprise because there was a few times i thought perhaps she had been abused .... don't know.
 

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I did add her photo as my avatar but it's not showing up yet?? So I created an album and posted the one photo I have at this time. I need to take more she has such a friendly face :)
 

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We trained our beagles to walk by our side by using tasty treats. We keep the leash short and have them walk "by me" and reward them with hot dog pieces when they behave on the walk. If you let them have the whole leash they will pull because they are on the hunt.
 

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Oh I see the pic when I go to your profile page. She's a cutie.
 

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I went to your profile page to see too. Chessie is adorable. My Natty Boh is a mix too. I did the Embark test on him. He is about 65% beagle. The rest is a bit of Pom, Pekingese, and Chow - in that order. LOL!

Fun games for beagles, generally include the nose. They love using their noses. You can make a scent trail or hide things for Chessie to find. I always wanted to do a barn hunt.
 

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She's adorable! Some dogs like toys - at the age of 10, Sophie still plays with hers - every dog is different.
 

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Welcome and thank you for adopting an older dog. She is pretty! I read through your comments and it sounds like you are doing the right things with her.

The walking will be a challenge, unless you let her off leash, and that is not something you want to do with any hound breed without some sort of backup to control them. Trainers say to stop walking when your dog (any breed) pulls and to not start moving again until they back off the pull. This teaches them that they must go your direction if they want to move at all. I use a control collar with Misty as well as a long leash when we go walking in the country. If she doesn't mind me with the control collar, eventually I can a.) catch her up with the lead or b.) wait until she tangles the lead up in the brush.:) That has saved my shoulder many many times on our multi-mile strolls.

I am working ....again...on training her with treats to heel off-leash, or heel at all. :hyper: This is not helping with her weight issues but it keeps her busy for a while each evening during the cold and wet weather.

~Susan
 

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Hello again :)

Well, time has flown by since I adopted Chessie and we are doing very well together. She loves to go for walks although at one point on our routine she wants to go uphill to some bushes which I don't want to deal with so we have what I call the Chessie standoff where she'll stand there for it seems like 5 or more minutes refusing to come my way LOL.

I hate to admit that I've made her sick a few times and feel so guilty. I make her food myself and feed her the recommended amount for her weight. A few times I let her beg me into feeding her more that I should have and the next days (twice) she didn't want to eat in the morning and didn't feel better until early evening. I should have known after the first time but I guess I didn't realize the cause then. She had eaten her regular dinner (cooked roast with vegetables, digestive enzymes, flax seed) and then I was cutting up a turkey breast I cooked and she was begging for some of that. Well, it was too much apparently :(( I did buy some Orijen dry food for times she just really wants to eat more but feed her just a little scoop. She just does seem more hungry after going for a walk and sometimes just giving her a treat of a few strips of the chicken or beef jerky I made for her doesn't seem to have her stop begging for more food. She'll just stand there and look at the empty bowl or stare at the bucket I keep her dry food in.

Also wondering about her drinking as she doesn't seem to drink much water. I have a berkey water filter system so the water is very clean and am wondering if she was used to the city water with a heavy cholorine taste. My neighbor's dog will only drink city water and likes that taste :(

I would love to take her off leash when walking in this huge yard (@ 2 acres) but since she doesn't come when i call her (outside only) I don't know how she would be. There are bushes along the creek and a giant burn pile she always wants to get into and some trees along the top of the yard. That probably won't be good once it's tick season even those getting tangled in those place isn't good anytime :)
 

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I would ditch making food for your dog. While it seems to sound healthy you cant actually provide all the needed nutrients, minerals and vitamins that a dog needs that included in purchased dog food. Plus you are sure to run out of food at the most inconvenient time. Also it turns your dog into a picky eater. As for water, provide clean water and your dog will drink when it's thirsty. My dog drinks filtered water and maybe once or twice a few slurps a day.
Go to www.dogfoodadvisor.com and search for a 4 or 5 star food. I feed my dog Freshpet which comes in the refrigerated section of the dog food area. Its a lot like fresh food. I slice off the amount for each feeding and put the rest back in the refrigerator. I attached a picture of the food I buy. I keep a little of the daily food amount to give as a third feeding to stop the food begging and that works great.
You could create a fenced in area in your yard by using foldable fencing. I made a fenced area within my large yard. Its plenty to keep my dog happy and out of mischief.
 

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