from what i have seen at training the beagles much prefer the scent rather then listening to their owner. a beagles favourite thing in the world is a scent. their owner would not be able to offer anything to match it. having said that im sure there's a lot of owners who wouldnt swap their beagles for anything. Hopefully you can find some to speak to.
Goodluck with your choice.
Like any dog with a strong drive, you can use a beagle's scent drive as your own tool in training.
If you're in the Sydney area Oceandonkey there are two beagles currently in Hawkesbury Pound...
I've heard beagles can be big yard wreckers if boredom strikes.
I agree with Mollinator. And if I were renting I wouldn't dare to get a large breed. It is really hard to find people who would rent to people with pets, let alone if you have a large dog breed. What if you're stuck and you can't get a new place for months? It really is wise to consider very carefully some of these important things before we get a dog. Any dog.
Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.
ok- I am the beagle owner who gave you the info a couple of pages back. Re the scent- its in their nature- they have a huge scent range- thats why they are custom dogs etc at the airport. We do dog class every week, a 3 - 5 km walk every day (for a 6 yr old dog) etc. There is no way I would EVER let him off the leash- I have only done it once and he was gone for hrs. We have a very well fenced 50 meter by 20 meter garden- he has got out 3 times- each time out via the front door as we are bringing in the shopping etc. He does NOT come back and I have had to get in the car and chase him down the street.
I really think you do not have a good setup for a beagle. If you do go for it try a female adult that may have outgrown her puppy ways.
From the beagle site (The Beagle Club of NSW (Australia))
"do you have a JUMP proof, DIG proof, CHEW proof fence which completely encloses your backyard and is at least 5 feet high?
# Will your new dog have company for most of the day? This can be either human or another dog (preferably a beagle of course!)?
# Are you prepared to walk your dog on a lead AT ALL TIMES?
# Are you happy to live with a back lawn which may at times resemble a lunar landscape, covered in craters and pot holes?
# Are you prepared to make sure all your shoes, toys and anything else you don't want chewed are not left within beagle range?
I have seen plenty beagles off leashed in fenced off leash dog park but yet to find one in unfecnced off leash dog park. In the fenced dog park, beagles seem to wander and hardly paying attention to the owners. But the only thing i can say is that their owners absolutely love them . Beagles are very reserved dogs in the dog park. It is good idea to go through what sweetboy posted earlier IMO.
I love cooking but I love eating even more.
Going by looks is what many people do, then they look into the other stuff and decide what things behind those looks suit their lifestyle etc.
I loooove how my dogs look, I can sit and watch them for hours... Of course I love everything else about them too, but it's not necessarily shallow to allow yourself to be attracted to something visually.
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