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I just got a 9 month old beagle from a breeder. At the breeder she was lively, jumping around, happy, etc etc. When we got her home she seemed to shy up a lot. She doesn't seem interested in playing, she completely ignores doggy treats, hasn't made a single sound, she just seems to lie around in the same spot, on the plus side she hasn't hasn't had any accidents in the house she'll go to the bathroom outside. Trying to teach her to come hasn't been working at all, even when i have her attention, she'll look at me inch a slight bit closer than lie back down. She does enjoy it when I do give her attention though, she's not uninterested completely. She's basically acting the exact opposite way I was told a beagle would act. Now I'm wondering is this something I should be worried about? Is she just going to need some time to warm up to us and her new house, or is she acting like a stubborn, submissive beagle and I'm going to have to work extra hard to train her?
 

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she's prolly just adjusting to her new surroundings. in a week or so, with love and patience, she'll come out of her shell, and be a happy friendly beagle. i have to admit, i never heard anyone here talk about a beagle they <span style="font-weight: bold">DIDN'T</span> have to work extra hard to train
 

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haha ya bad choice of wording on my part. I know its going to take a lot of extra hard work to train her. I wasn't sure if she is just being more stubborn than usual.
 

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IMHO beagles are not stubborn but they are independent thinkers so your job is to figure out what your little girl is thinking. My Bagel likes treats and praise but both are trumped by his urge to sniff and hunt hence no 100% recall without a lead. Sounds like she likes the attention but, as <span style="font-weight: bold">cheezyridr</span> says, is still adjusting and isn't settled in to a point where she can associate action (<span style="font-style: italic">doing what you want her to do</span>) with reward (<span style="font-style: italic">In this case the attention she apparently enjoys</span>). Remember, she is a beagle not a mindless herd dog who blindly responds to their masters commands, trained beagles respond to the <span style="text-decoration: underline">requests</span> of the alpha member of the pack (not to commands).
 

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She might still be getting used to her surroundings. Is it just you around now? She might miss the other dogs, not to mention the people she was around for her life to date. But with continued patience and kindness from you, I believe she will warm up to you quickly and come to think of you as her new pack.
 

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Remember that she is 9 months old and completely uprooted from the only life/surroundings she has known her entire life.

I bet within a couple weeks she will be fine. Just keep giving her lovings and praise.
 

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I wouldn't be too overly concerned about the withdrawn behavior. You don't know what sort of home she's come from and how she was treated. So it going to take time for both of you to adjust and get comfortable with one another.

I do have a suggestion though to help with this process. I would enroll her into a training class. This will provide a few benefits. First, you'll learn quickly what she does and does not know. You will learn some techniques to address the coming when call command and other missing fundamentals. But most importantly, it will require the two of you to start working together and building that trust and respect. I doubt she'll need a beginner class, but an intermediate or advance class would probably be sufficient. You can find such classes at your local Petsmart or Petco.
 

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Give Bailey a little time to get used to you and her new environment - this should help a lot.

Also what Brien said in his response, about the training classes - excellent advice. We have both a Petsmart and a Petco here but I took both of the Beaglebratz to classes at Petsmart because the store is much larger and there is more activity as well as the classes were a bit bigger. A class would help in many ways - not just teaching her what the boundaries are-who the alpha is (YOU) but will help in the bonding between you and her and will help her learn socialization skills.

I was wondering - could you let me know a little about where she came from, like her background (ok, I'm nosey). But by this time in her life, like it has been said before Bailey is coming from a situation that she has known her entire life so some adjusting time is needed. But she is a cutie and does look happy. I hope we get to see more pics of her.
 

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Thanks for the advice everyone. I'm thinking that it is probably most likely just adjusting. As far as the training classes go, it's something I've definitely been looking into, I have a petco near me, I want to see how things play out as she grows adjusted and if I think I'm still going to have trouble its something I'll definitely do.



Originally Posted By: EveShe might still be getting used to her surroundings. Is it just you around now? She might miss the other dogs, not to mention the people she was around for her life to date.
It's me and my parents. she was around a lot of other beagles at the breeder, so I did think that might have something to do with it.

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I was wondering - could you let me know a little about where she came from, like her background (ok, I'm nosey). But by this time in her life, like it has been said before Bailey is coming from a situation that she has known her entire life so some adjusting time is needed. But she is a cutie and does look happy. I hope we get to see more pics of her.
The breeder I got her from said he had bought her from a breeder down in Tennessee, so shes been living in that kind of environment for all 9 months of her life. its probably a big shock for her. People have been telling me so much about how beagles are all over the place and always bark and have tons of energy, that I was expecting her to be like that straight off the bat. I didn't really think about the whole shock factor. And I will definitely have some more pics when she starts to perk up a little.
 

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she came from tennessee you say? well, if she is a sullivan county dog, then she prolly has a higher I.Q. than most humans.
cause everybody knows sullivan county rocks ;-)
 

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Originally Posted By: BrianS
The breeder I got her from said he had bought her from a breeder down in Tennessee, so shes been living in that kind of environment for all 9 months of her life. its probably a big shock for her. <span style="font-weight: bold">People have been telling me so much about how beagles are all over the place and always bark and have tons of energy, that I was expecting her to be like that straight off the bat.</span> I didn't really think about the whole shock factor. And I will definitely have some more pics when she starts to perk up a little.
Hi Brian - and welcome to BeagleWorld! I definitely sounds like she is adjusting to her new environment and I think you are doing the right thing giving her some time to get used to her surroundings and her new family. But I also wanted to say that I don't necessarily agree with the people who were telling you about how wild and crazy beagles are... I think that beagles get somewhat of a bad rap for being hyper, when in my opinion (and we have four of them) they definitely do have their wild and crazy moments, but I would argue that their resting state is to just be hanging out and rather relaxed - and then when there is something to go wild about or bark at they definitely do, but more in reaction to things, or because they are excited to be going on a walk, or are playing - and not just because they are wild and crazy all the time. I actually thought there was something wrong at first with our first beagle Booker for that same reason, until I realized that is just the way she is (and perhaps her down time is a bit more than our others - but they are all pretty laid back until there is a reason not to be).

Good luck!
 

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I tend to agree with BookerMoose - yes, the Beaglebratz do have their wild/crazy moments but they have more laid back times. Plus, Shiloh B, my oldest at 6 yrs, is a visiting therapy dog - we visit at a nursing home and at a hospice. Shasta B. is in training for the same thing so a wild and crazy behavior is definitely not acceptable when in this setting. And yes, I do believe that Beagles do get a bad rap sometimes by some people - one just has to really understand them. There are some things that we humans don't like BUT the Beagle is just being true to his/her breed. I have come to understand that we humans like to label certain things - in the case of a Beagle we may say that Beagle is being stubborn, strong-willed and bull-headed HOWEVER, if that Beagle could speak to us, it would say that it is just being a Beagle.
(and that is a brief intro into Beagle-eze 101)
and I wouldn't trade the Beaglebratz for ANY dog on earth.
 

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I'd say, without seeing her, that if she's been moved around that much in a short nine months, she's feeling a little scared, lonely and confused. Keep trying, next to food, beagles love attention and love. Don't give up on her, she sounds like a very wonderful little girl. Just getting her bearings. And when she does, tell us, so that we can remind you of quieter times like this. Good luck, if you can post her pic....
 

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haha ya, I definitely don't mind her being quite, just wanted to make sure there wasn't anything wrong with her. She started to pick up a lot towards the end of the day today. I got her to come up and down stairs, and she started showing interest in treats so I can use them as rewards now. She gets a lot more excited to see me too. She's also getting better on her leash, following me instead trying to drag me where her nose goes.
 

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When we got Kali (through completely different circumstances) she was quiet, shy, and timid. 9 months later, if you would see her, you would call me crazy for describing her that way.

Give her time, she will come out of her shell.
 

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She needs to get used to her surroundings. Bet you will be dreaming of these quiet moments later!!!
 

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Totti just sat around for the first few days when we took him home. He was only 13 weeks so he was still really young, and I think his shots made him lethargic as well. Then one night he just came to life and was pulling throw rugs across the floor!

In agreeance with everyone else, give her time. And yes, beagles do have their hyper moments but they are laid back more times than not. One day, you're going to wake up and she is going to be her normal and energetic self- until then give her lots of praise and love! Good luck!!
 

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Beagles are pack dogs, so she was removed from her pack. My 11 month old (tomorrow) beagle can be pretty shy if we leave him somewhere he isn't used to. We're his pack, and he doesn't want to leave us. He even follows us around the house.
Give her some time. She will get used to you.
 
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