|Barked: Wed Nov 4, '09 9:55am PST |
|Being a "mature" 3 years old now, my mama thinks she has figured out the secrets of "controlling" me-- ha ha! Here's some advice:
*Trust me about as far as you can throw me!! I'm very well trained, but leave the remote unattended of 5 seconds, and I'll steal it!! Mama's rule is: if it's in Hannah's reach, it's fair game! Yes, that does mean doggie-proofing your house!
*Always, always, always keep me on a leash outside! Whenever Mama feels confident that I won't wander, my nose leads me into trouble! We've remedied this by leaving a leash on me whenever I'm outside, but leaving the leash loose so I can still wander. If I venture too far away, I'm more catchable this way!
*Yes, a beagle's ears just shut off when the nose is busy!! We haven't quite figured out how to fix this one. I'm stubborn; patience is extremely important!
*Training! We did 4 different classes! Even though I'm a big girl now, Mama still practices training with me on a daily basis-- from sit & stay, to leave it, to fun tricks! And yes, food is the way to a beagle's heart... and brain!
*Know your beagle! Personally I have 2 weaknesses-- I crave food & attention! Mama knows what my naughty triggers are, so she keeps a close eye on me when we're in certain situations!
*Exercise!! To control my endless energy, we started taking more frequent walks, playing outside more, & even doggie daycare once a week!
Most importantly, don't give up on your beagle!! Yes, we are a lot of work, and we can be stubborn & mischievous, but we will love you unconditionally & provide you with constant cuddles and kisses!
|my posts | my page | msg me | gift me | become pals|| [notify]|