Help I have a 15 week old beagle that is going crazy. Its hard to play with him because he is all over the place and jumps up in our faces and uses our hands as chew toys. I have a lot of different bones and chew toys but our fingers are his choice. We do our best to say NO and then give him one of the toys and when he bites it say GOOD BOY. But nothing is working. We got this puppy because beagles are supposed to be so good with children but my little boy can't even play in the back yard with out him chewing on his legs, biting his clothes, or *ahem* showing inappropriate affection to his leg (which is embarrassing).
I also have a problem with his peeing. I guess its an overactive bladder. Every time I bring him back inside I'm left cleaning the carpet cause he dribbles everywhere almost every time. And when I pick him up to pet him or hold him, I end up having to change shirts cause he pees on it. Is there anything I can do?
Any help on either of these issues would be appreciated.
Sounds like you have quite a wild child on your hands. You need to keep him on a leash at all times, so you can correct him when he shows inappropriate behavior. Did you get your pup at 6 weeks or 8 weeks? Some breeders start homing their pups at 6 weeks, and unfortunately for their new owners, it's between the age of 6-8 weeks that pups learn bite inhibition from their littermates and mom.
The bladder thing is less easy to fix, because it sounds like he pees when he's excited. LEave off of picking him up to hold him, since it seems to make him even more excited. Carry treats with you at all times, and make him sit before petting him. Using the leash will help with that as well, so you have an easier time keeping control over him.
When he acts inappropriately give an immediate and sharp tug on the leash, say "No!". Never touch him when he's jumping or acting wild, instead turn your hip to him or your back, keep your arms at your side or up away from him, and make sure everyone in the family does the same.
Regarding his biting your fingers, if redirection isn't working, it sounds harsh but try putting white vinegar (not cider) or lemon juice on your fingers and letting him bite. The instant he bites down and tastes it, say "No biting!" so he associates the words with the bad taste. If the vinegar or lemon juice don't work, try tabasco sauce.
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Like Minn said,,, 6 weeks was too early. While bealges are great with children...this is AFTER they go through their terrble puppy stage. Beagles are good with kids in the fact they dont normally have an aggressive bone in their bodies, kids can m with them and they dont care. But Beagles are high strung high energy pups, they will go through a destructive stage too that is exhausting. Persistent training, be consistent with punishment and reward. Once they are matured a bit they will be the best buddies for your children.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
OK, thank you all so much. I do plan on taking him to some sort of puppy school for some training. So hopefully between that, getting fixed when the time is right, and just time, everything will work itself out. I just love Cooper and I see what a great dog he will be.....just gotta get thru this little "hump" oops, I mean bump in the road.
good luck to you. I have an 11 week old beagle and am completely exhausted with the training as somedays he's fine then others he is completely destructive and doesn't listen to a word I say. I never want to hurt Baxtor but the positive re-enforcement doesn't always work with him as he started to learn he can be bad then as long as he stopped he would get a treat. Sometimes he would even bite and then immediately sit and start begging. I was told to try grabbing his bottom jaw with your thumb and fore finger when he bites and put a little pressure on his bottom jaw. Since dogs can't bite up he can't bite you. He'll let a little whimper go then I let go and he immediately stops. I was told that this does not hurt him. It has worked really well with Baxtor. Sometimes he still bites but its a lot less frequent and when he starts to and I say no he stops immediately. Another thing I was told to try was to pin him on his back. THis is uncomfortable for them and again, let a whimper go then I let go. I do this when he gets over excited. It really calms him down.
Baxtor is my first pet so I'm going through hell trying to train and be consistant with him. I was told that these methods are safe and they seem to work. Hopefully I'm not being cruel with him
"Another thing I was told to try was to pin him on his back. THis is uncomfortable for them "
That is REALLY bad advise, ESPECIALLY with a puppy. I don't think there are very many professional trainers who even recommend alpha rolls anymore. Counterproductive, and does more harm than good. Anyway, why teach your pup to be afraid of you?
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
Even back in the day when the Alpha roll WAS reccomended...it was not used to calm a hyper puppy.
Puppies are naturally active, beagles more-so. A puppy needs alot of play, activity and mental stimulation to cure the extra energy. Along with gentle yet firm ad consistent training. The methods you decribe are not methods I would suggest using. Fear doesnt make them obey you, respect and love does.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
Yeah, I had heard to be very dominant with them and tried it. But I noticed he seemed more afraid than learning that an action was wrong. So I stopped I'll just try wearing him out with tons of play and hope that this is just puppy actions and not normal behavior.
Positive training works on most dogs.I've been running puppy classes for at least 3 years. Not once have I come across a puppy I couldn't work with. The age of the puppy is very important in your success as well. All the basic training should be done before 16 weeks, you needed to start yesterday. On one hand a reactive puppy is a trainers dream, on the other hand for an inexperienced owner, it can be a nightmare if they don't have the first clue how to handle a puppy. Get yourself into a puppy class ASAP.
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thanks for the advice. The reason I was told for the "alpha roll" was that thats what the mother would do to the pup when it got over excited and we replace the rank of mom and it also shows dominance over the pup which, again, I was told is very important because if the pup doesn't see you as dominant from an early age it will never obey you when it gets older. It made sense but i'm guessing thats not true. I'm always open to new training tips.
The alpha roll originates from really bad research on wolves. The researchers misread what they were seeing. A low ranking wolf will roll over for a high ranking one, but the gesture is done by choice by the low ranking wolf. The dominant wolf doesn't force it. A wolf will only flip another wolf if it intends to kill. So, when you flip a puppy, you are literally saying, "I am going to end your life,"--not a message you want to send to a puppy you're trying to bond with.
sounds like a 4 month old puppy to me! i remember when my Cooper was that young- he was nuts too! i think what worked *best* for us was trying to exhaust him so he'd take good, long naps. you need walks and walks and more walks! (i say *best* because even a tired puppy is still a wild baby!)
for the biting, try to ignore it. stand up with your arms crossed in front of you and completely ignore the puppy so that they make the connection "oh when i bite my family can't tell i'm here! this isn't a good way to get their attention!"
keep up with praising with toys and also praise calm behavior. it will pass! try to enjoy it! they are just so excited to be in the world with you they can't control themselves! be consistent and you will see results. My Cooper is now 2 and he's much chiller than before! thank god! good luck!
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Luvthembeagles. Your on the right path. this is not a domination issue. And if the pup is becoming afraid and is still behaving in the same manner that's pretty good evidence it's not a domination problem.
I would caution on the "waiting till he grows up" program. Hope is not good training.
I look for dogs whom have the qualties you have in your dog. I do a sport that requires the dog have these qualties in thier temperment. Though I do not want the behaviors themselves,like biting and jumping.
These dogs are the hardest as pups but in my experience can make the most well trained dogs in the end. These typically want thier toys. So I control them. I do not allow my dogs to have toys by themeselves. I control them. The toys are between me and the dog. So I carry a toy in me at all times. So I can reward good behaviors, and redirect the biting at any time. I teach the dog that I have the power to start and stop games. I do this by first always directing the biting to a toy. I tell them to knock it off when they bite me in an unemotional direct manner. But when they bite the toy....I come alive with emotion of excitement and joy. If I do not want to play (because I am the one whome decides when play time is) I simply put them in the crate when they try to get me to play. I do this calmly without reprimand...it's not a punishment. I may even give them a kong with peanut butter in the crate. I never play exciting games in the house. I give them a chew or a bone and have them go lay down. if they cannot do this, off to the crate. the crate allows me to control the enivorment and the scenrio without having conflict with the dog. I want the dog to work with me, i do not want to fight with them. We are a team...not a bickering couple. I always try to set them up for success. I get to know when the like to play, and I try to start games outside that are exciting before they decide to start them. This kind of training program is postive, and is not a quick one, but in the end it's much more effective. And I have been through a gammit of training programs. I have tried them all.
In regards to your child...remember the dog may not be mature enough right now to handle this kind of responsability. The play between your son and the dog may have to be put on hold till you get some more control...or at best supervised.
And exercise,exercise, exercise.
I encourage you to read up on clicker or marker training (there the same thing) This is a wonderful, quick, effective method to teach the dog it's commands.
keep trying, keep asking questions. These types of dogs force owners to become dog trainers in some degree.
but I can gurantee you this, the dog can be a good one.
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