hey i am new to this site and i was wondering if any one can give me any advice. I live in an apartment and i was told that a beagle is a great apartment dog. I have two kids 7 and 12 and am a single dad. I usually leave areound 7:30 in the morning and am back by 6:30 at night is that to long?? i am ok with walking the dog and i have already lined up a neighboor to come by and walk and play with the dog on the nights i dont make it home.
I guess i am asking if i am being realistic and if a beaglle is the right dog for me and my boys.
Description: The Beagle has soft brown eyes that betray his warm personality but do not reveal his admirable courage and stamina. A truly trustworthy friend can be found in him and he makes a great family pet as he is eager to romp and play. A good watchdog he can be trained to hunt. Known as the "singing Beagle," he has a sweet hunting voice, but it left alone may howl. Training will alleviate this problem. He will adapt well to a home or kennel environment, but new owners should be aware of natural hunting instincts and he should not be left alone for long periods of time.
i have friend that just got one and was told by the store that beagles are great for aprtments since they can be lef alone for as much as 12 hours at a time. Truth is the time away from home is the main reason i have been delaying my dicision. I really have always wanted a dog and i think it would be great for my kids....what to do ....what to do
It's a hard one isn't it. And as you have kids if you get a pup there be no going back or you will hurt them. I always say give it a go you will just have to make sure you lay down rules for him. A dog pen would be good when you are not there so he can't chew things as if somthing got stuck and your not there it would be terrible. And your kids would play with the pupppy so much he/she would be very happy with that. Puppy classes are great your vets can give you info on them.
Well here's what happened when we got a beagle while living in a condo. We moved within 6 months. That is not a joke either!
As puppies they are very vocal and demanding. They are VERY ENERGETIC. It would almost be cruel to keep a beagle puppy in a crate for that many hours a day. I can promise you the beagle WILL HOWL everytime someone opens the door to the building and your neighbors are not going to be pleased with the noise. They are LOUD and it isn't cute when it goes on for hours.
MAYBE an older beagle would be more suitable. Can you check your local shelter? Once beagles mature they tend to be more laid back and will be a bit nicer about being alone for so many hours.
The plus to a beagle is they LOVE kids! But if you do not have a backyard with a fence the young beagle is not going to get its energy out. You can NOT allow a beagle to be without a leash either. They follow their noses (for miles) will probably not respond to you calling it back and you will have some sad children.
WElcome to TP! I'm really surprised Greyhounds aren't on that list.... I would say it might be a good idea to get an adult dog since you are at work so much instead of a puppy... but that's just my $.02....
Just keep in mind that a good rule of thumb is, a puppy can hold it for however many months old he is plus one. So for example, a 3 month old puppy can only hold it for 4 hours. Unless you are able to come home several times during the day, or have someone available to take a pup out a few times while you are at work, you really shouldn't get a puppy. Might want to consider an older, house trained dog.
What ever you decide, remember to go with a good breeder or a shelter. NEVER a pet store. Puppies from ALL pet stores are from puppy mills. Some stores will tell you that they don't get from puppy mills, but they really do.Get a pup whose parents have been health tested, also. Good luck!!
don't believe what a sales person in a pet store tells you about puppies, they are generally trying to sell the dogs and will tell you almost anything . I know one lady that was told a kesshond is just like a llasa apso, WTF. I would talk to a breeder for some real info about any breed you are looking at, and as already pointed out do DO NOT buy from a pet shop.
Do NOT under any circumstances get a beagle puppy if you live in an apartment. Three plus decades ago, former hubby brought home a beagle pup for our son as a surprise (Yeh, thanks). Super cute - and super hyper. Prior to this, we had both had mixes. Even tho I was a home mom, I couldn't take her everywhere. That pup howled whenever we left the apartment. Needless to say, neighbors were not pleased. I fear you will have the same situation. Please seriously consider an adult. Look at the advantages - already house broken, past the chewing stage, temperment tested, no torn clothes or nip marks. And while puppies are super cute, I'm sure you're kids will bond just as well with an adult.
I have 2 beagle-mixes. My oldest, Quincy (he's 11) lived in an apartment most of his life. I knew that it would be important for him to learn not to bark and howl all the time. As a puppy when he barked for no reason I shook a can of pennies and said "No BARK". However, outside the door I posted a sign that said "Please bark upon arrival". When people knocked on the door - they barked through the door at him and when he barked back at them at the door I would say "good bark", then "OK" and give him a treat. He learned that there were acceptable times to bark - and that there were unacceptable times to bark.
As for being energetic... yes, my beagles are both energetic - but not destructive. We keep plenty of toys around. My older dog was crate trained and we're now crate training the little guy as well.
A couple things to keep in mind... puppy proofing is imperative - leave nothing on tables that can be broken, good training is imperative - plan on getting a pup during a time when you can be home for the first week (your neighbors will thank you). Beagles are ok for apartments as long as you can provide them a place to run and play - they need to be in a fenced in environment - otherwise MOST beagles will run... and they will run fast!
Hi and welcome to TP. As a beagle owner myself. My molly is a little over a year old, I can say that because of their energy and the barking, I, Myself, would never try to keep a beagle in an apartment. Also they do not like to be alone, at least mine doesn't. And I have read that they can suffer from severe separation anxiety. Plus with the barking!!! And they will bark at anything real or imaginary....Your neighbors would be forming a lynch mob outside your door, Just joking, LOL.
Mine is an inside dog but thankfully we do not have any close neighbors. Also, what beagle/basset said is true. They can never be out without a leash, a fenced in yard is a must. They are THE most hard headed creatures on the face of this earth ,I do believe. But on the other hand they are such loving dogs and love kids.
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