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Rescued Laboratory Beagles

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I have a 6 year old Beagle rescue from a research lab and would like to compare notes with other Beagle caretakers who have retired research dogs. Specifically I'm interested in behaviorial idiosycracies.
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I would contact Cascade Beagle Rescue East as they have a Laboratory Rescue program. They should be able to help you find some people that have a lab rescue. From what I hear, it takes a special person to raise a lab rescue as they have had a totally different experience in life.
Hi. I have a beagle girl lab rescued when she was 1.5 years. I also rescued two pups that we fostered and found homes for. The pups seemed unfazed after a few weeks except one had trouble with stairs. My girl is extremely quiet but super cuddly and sweet. At first we had trouble with housebreaking as she would urinate on her bed or furniture when trying to get comfy to sleep. I think it was trauma of some sort. She slowly stopped but it took a lot of patience. She also eats poop ... I think that's how she kept her cage clean all that time. We have to watch her in the yard to keep her from doing that. Otherwise she is such a great dog. Do you have any similar experiences?
:welcome: I don't have any experience with lab rescues but just wanted to pop in to say hello and thank you!
I had a lab. Rescue before. Housetraining took a little longer but he was the best dog. He never ate poop.My new dog is not a rescue and likes poop, it just depends on the dog. Lab rescues are calm, that's why they are in labs, before use them they take out the agressive ones from the research .
My Elmo was 4 1/2 years in research. He was easy to house train but there is a frailty about him you don't generally see in beagles. Its been 1 1/2 years since the rescue and he still comes with a lot of emotional baggage. Mostly he has never been the complete personification of a beagle. He is my 5th beagle in 42 years so I feel I know the breed.

The biggest change in him I have seen is he trusts myself and my wife completely and more importantly the stress that was in his face when we got him has gone completely. Its like he is a different looking dog who is just mellow and content like a old porch hound. Which is pretty much how he acts.

He is still learning to be a dog. Its like he was a 4 1/2 year old puppy when we got him without the energy of a puppy. Everything was new and scary. It took him a year to even try barking. He still will not take a treat our of my hand. He will not jump on anything although he likes my lap I have to place him there. He loves to sleep at the foot of the bed but I must place him there every night. If I don't he just sits by the side of the bed and lets you know you have forgotten something or someone. When you try and move him he goes completely limp.

He was crate trained but as soon as he realized there was life without cage the crate became a hated fixture in the house. He wouldn't go into the room it was in let alone near it no matter how good the treat looked. I got rid of the thing out of respect for the little guy.

I would like to see some regulation or legislation that limits the time they can be in research. Good luck with your rescued researcher. Mine bonded very quick with me and the wife.
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I hope you all don't mind me asking but what exactly is a lab rescue? I mean by the name alone I can vaguely guess, but what exactly do they use the dogs for in that situation? I have never heard of it before.
Because this breed is very friendly drug companies breed them for medical research , drug trials, cosmetic goods trial, surgeries and so on. Those dogs suffer incredibly. A lot of them don't live long. You have to see their faces when they are in cages trembling, waiting for the torture. I saw it and I never forget it. My first beagle was from a research laboratory, actually was stolen from there.
That is why I never buy anything tested on animals. I think Procter & Gamble still does it.
There are so many people in prison, like child molesters,why don't do the research on them?
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