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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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Thanks for all your responces! I guess all dogs/breeds are different just like all kids are different! I'm sure after I read more and freshen up on my other past readings I'll be ready for our new addition. Our retreiver couldnt have treats as rewards becuase he has allergies, so maybe training will be easier in a way!!!

--I talked with my husband about getting a rescue, but he really doesnt want to bring a possibly abused dog into the house with two small kids.

Thanks again, I'm sure I'll be back on these bords in the near future!!!
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