Hi there my fur baby is settling in a little, today is his one week mark with us. He is 9mths old and intact, I know not what to do regarding discipline e.g. not locking him in his crate, never hitting etc... What i don't know is what to do he is jumping on the kitchen table for food. I am feeding him often according to the directions from my vet,and he has done this with his food dish half full. We have not gave him table scraps as the vet cautioned us against this as beagles can struggle with their weight. Any suggestions would be valuable.
When you are eating, before you start, put him in his crate or tehther him in sight but out of reach of the dinner table. Ignore him while you eat and never give him scraps from the table. As he matures he will be better able to contain his energy and excitement while watching you eat, and learn it is expected that he his to stay away from the table at dinnertime.
I have noticed, pretty much all of the Beagles that board with us always seem like they are starving. The sense of smell is so much greater then ours, it tends to be a problem with the breed (as far as I know). I agree with the above poster, either put him in another room, or tie him away from the table. When he learns he cant get to the table, he may get better. Their are also matts you can put down that train animals to stay away when they touch it. If you see him, use a spray bottle with water. Spray him and tell him no. good luck
You can train the dog without using discpline for this, Discpline causes conflict. And there does not need to be conflict here. This will take a little paitenence consistency and some thought. Teach the dog down. Then take the dog and put them in the room and down them...reward with a treat. If the dog gets up simply and quietly just tell them no, and down the dog again. Now start treating the dog for downing for 1 minute, and slowly make more time inbetween rewards. Now when the dog knows the command, and what is expected. And be sure of this, many people only think there dog knows it going on but the dog does not really. Now you can correct him.
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I would guess somewhere along the way something good came of the counter surfing, its not unnatural for a dog to be a scavenger and constantly look for food, and imagine if your nose is very sensitive. Makeing the kitchen off limits is an option, use a gate or put a small leash on the dog, and every time he goes in the kitchen just take the leash and lead him out (don't talk to him or scold him or make eye contact) Once hes out drop the leash and go on with your day. Be sure he has nice comfy bed with a kong, maybe some chews to keep him busy. This is what discipline really is, constantly shapeing his behaviors. When hes on his bed tell him what a good dog he is, but if hes in the kitchen lead him out and take him to his bed, say nothing to him.(This technique will take 6-8 weeks) There is another technique where you can put a bobby trap in the kitchen counter, and when the dog comes along they fall on the dog makeing lots of noise (cans with pennies/tied with string) The point is to scare him, but i bet he wouldn't be fazed, but give it a go, just use the cans and put them all along the edges of the coounter.The real point is to not associate it with you.So he doesn't wait till your not around.
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