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Will a beagle be a good addition???

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Hi all, :wave:

We are looking into getting a beagle to add to our family. We have two children, 8 and 5, and a 2.5 year old golden retreiver, Max. Because beagles do better with other animals around I'm thinking that our well behaved dog will be helpful with training/socializing. I have "Training Your Beagle" and have been reading "The Beagle Handbook"...which has made me even more aprehensive with how much it says beagles are independant and hard to train.

Beagles look like such great dogs, I am just worried about some of the negatives. Such as not being able to let him/her off leash much or ever, distructive behavior, more difficulty in training, etc. I will be a SAHM for at least the first three months after we get it, I successfully crate trained Max, as well as took him to puppy classes.

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Quote:Originally posted by bob:
My beagle always evaluates all his options when called and 95% of the time, the love I dispense when he comes to me is evaluated as the best option BUT if his nose is engaged, the onoly way to get him is to reel him in
Welcome to Beagle World! I have never had another breed of dog so I can't compare our three to anything else - but I do agree with everything Murphy's Dad and Bob have said... and in particular Bob's comment above (which I couldn't have said better myself).

But although that "weighing of the options" is the most frustrating thing about our beagles (and sometimes I want to throttle one or all of them as a result), I have to say that it is also one of the things about them that I absolutely love the most!

We did adopt all of our three as adult or near-adult rescues (ranging in age when we adopted them from 7 months to 3 1/2 years) - so a lot of the hardest and most frustrating parts of their training were already done by the time we got them... so adopting a slightly older rescue rather than a baby puppy might be an option for you to consider.

Good luck with your decision!
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