Category Archives: Beagle Problems

Making the Bathroom Pet Safe

Making your bathroom pet safe sounds like overkill.  But if you’ve ever had a puppy or cat in the bathroom overnight and they have chewed through the supply line on the toilet,this will save you a lot of money as oposed to paying an extreme water bill.

Yes, it can happen, and has happened to me.  Besides the mess of a flooded bathroom and having to replaced the vinyl tile that came up, the bill from the water department was slightly more than $180 more than normal.  And if I had thought about it, it only takes a few moments to make the bathroom pet safe.

  • Turn the supply line valve off to the toilet so if it does get chewed, you don’t have an extreme bill.
  • For puppies especially, that soft, pliable line is a perfect size for a puppy to chew.  Wrap the line in a towel so he doesn’t find it.
  • Close the lid on the toilet so it doesn’t create a problem if your puppy exploring.
  • Make sure the tub doesn’t have any water in and is drained.
  • Make sure that the shampoo and medicines are off the floor so your puppy doesn’t accidently poison himself.

The bathroom is a small room that often is perfect to house a puppy/cat at night with his water and food dish.  It just takes a thoughtful moment to insure his safety.

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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Beagle Problems


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Is There Such A Thing As A Stupid Dog?

I have answered this question on three occassions just this week from people who say their dog is “stupid”.  Dogs are like horses in that respect.  A horse won’t know what to do unless you hold tight the reigns and lead him.

Dogs can be confused by the way you train them.  If you don’t remember the correct command words you originally used to train your dog, your dog will be confused and do nothing.  If you don’t remember the correct hand signals, how do you expect him to follow your commands.  If you say “Here Boy” when you call him instead of using his name, he’s not going to come when he’s called.

Dog’s are very smart, that’s why they’re called “man’s best friend.”  They’ll do anything for you.  But don’t try to trip him up by changing the original rules you taught him.  If you trained him to “come” when you clap your hands twice, don’t stand at the back of the house clapping your hands repeatedly.  He’ll only be confused.  That’s not what he learned.

If you need to reinforce the commands, carry little treats in your pocket so you can reinforce his completion of the command.  You need to reinforce those commands at least until he obeys without hesitation.

Either write down the special words for commands you use, or use a training program that will guide you well.  Actually, a good training program is a great way to train on the fast track.  A blue print to follow will help you to train your dog quickly and you can easily track the command signals you use so you don’t forget.

Get into a habit of using all of the commands and training your dog every day.  This will help both you and your dog to remember the signals.

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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in Beagle Problems


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It’s Illegal to Kill a Neighbor’s Pet

Patches & Jack
Cats & Dogs playing together

I grew up with cats and dogs and never knew there was a problem. But when I moved, I realized a lot of people believe they can never get along. That’s sad when people train their dogs to chase or worse, kill cats.

Granted some dogs seem to be bred that way.  I guess of just never owned one.  We’ve had shepherds, collies, lots of mix breeds, cattle dogs, chows, beagles, blue heelers.  And they all got along fine.

If you have a dog that chases or kills cats, realize that it is illegal to kill a neighbor’s pet.  You need to retrain that dog, and quickly.

A few years ago our tiger cat, “Tiger” was sunning himself in the front yard.  Two large dogs were running up the street and spotted her.  I ran for a baseball bat and was outside in a moment.

“Tiger” was use to dogs and stood up, arching her back.  I ran at the dogs trying to scare them away, flailing the bat.  In an instant, one of the dogs grabbed our cat and flung it a few feet away, while the other dog was trying to fetch the small piece of fur.  I wailed at the wind, missing the dogs with the bat, but they finally ran away.

“Tiger” was still alive, and I went back into the house to get a cookie sheet so I could brace her limp body without further trauma and take her to the veterinarian.  I tried gently to move her unto the sheet, but I heard her spine snap.  All I could do was pet her and cry as she slowly passed away.

I was furious with these dogs, and their owner.  “Tiger” was the sweetest cat and belonged to my kids. Killing a neighbor’s pet, small dog or cat is illegal.

If you have a dog that chases or kills other small dogs or cats, fair warning.  It’s is illegal to kill a neighbor’s pet. Get your dogs trained BETTER!  Don’t say it’s the breed of dog because that is not an excuse.

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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Beagle Problems


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Are You Feeding Your Beagle Too Much….Or Too Little?

Feeding tips

Feeding too much?

When you have more than one dog, it is sometimes difficult to control the weight of both.  As you can see the black dog, the Blue Heeler is overweight, stocky without a waist, and her belly is rounded when you look at her from the side.

The Beagle is trim, you can feel his ribs without them protruding, and he has a good waist when he stands.

How much do you feed your dog? 

Purina has done a 14 year study and has written guidelines to help. You still need to depend on a dog food (I prefer dry kibble) that has all the vitamins and antioxidants and at least 18% protein.  Simply, feed according to the current weight of your dog.

13-20 pound Beagle, 1 – 1 1/3 cups of dry food per day with plenty of water

21-35 pounds will consume 1 1/3 – 2 cups dry dog food

36-50 pounds should be fed 2 – 2 2/3 cups dry food per day (That would be a mixed breed beagle like mine)

So What Do You Do When You Need To Put One Dog On A Diet?

Alabama, the Blue Heeler definately needs to be on a diet.  I know she is older, so actually I need to take better care of her health.  I never had a dog that ate too much, so this was new to me.  My Dad always told me an animal won’t overeat.

I mentally noted the amount of food she ate, and realized she would go to the bag of dog bones on the floor, duck her head in the bag, and pull one out — any time she wanted.   The treats she ate were based in wheat as the main ingredient.

I moved the bag of dog treats off the floor and into the back pantry where I would have more control over the distribution.  “Bama” has since learned to beg.  But within another few weeks she should be able to show a waist again.  This would be a simple solution.

I also feed “Bama” outside with her allotted food, and the Beagle inside the house.  Somehow I have to keep the two seperate until I can get the weight under control for overweight dog.

If you have suggestions, would appreciate it.

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Posted by on December 20, 2011 in Beagle Problems


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Give Your Newly Adopted Dog A Chance

Introduce New Dog To Pack Slowly

Introducing New Dog To Family

Make sure there is no one in the house, not pet or family.  Just you and the dog.  If he’s going to be a house dog, guide him in through the front door of the house and take him out of the crate or off the leash.

Hopefully, the family is in another room as well as any other pets. You need to keep the dog calm. Let him sniff and explore.

Let The New Dog Meet The Family One At A Time So He Isn’t Overwhelmed.
Don’t have three kids rushing at him and wanting to pick him up. Let the dog explore and sniff his way through these first meetings, one child at a time.

If you have a back yard that is fenced in, it may be a great time to open the back door and let him explore. By then he’ll want to pee and pooh, excited as he is. Give him a little time to explore.

If a house dog, and you already have another dog, make sure you bring the new dog to the older dog already in the house. You’re not uprooting the original dog’s territory. You’re inviting the new dog into the territory, and being the master of the house, your older dog should respect your wishes.

Make it easier on yourself. Have the rest of the family go for a walk for about twenty minutes. You need time for the pets to get to know each other.

After a while, depending on how well the two dogs are doing, introduce in the same manner, any other pets, dogs or cats, one at a time.

By the time the family returns from their walk things should be calm. The dogs and cats may be ignoring each other, but they’ll soon realize they are meant to live together under one roof.

You’ll need to escort the new dog outside every 2 hours at first to pee. Get him use to the idea that is what is expected. Dogs brought home from a shelter may not have had the opportunity to pee outside. You’ll need to correct that behavior.  Just need to bring the housebreaking rules back into perspective.

Above all, be patient. Your new dog will take a few days to truly fit in.

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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Beagle Problems



Toilet tissue rolls……nerves unraveling

As short as a beagle is, you wouldn’t think they could even reach the toilet paper roll hanging on the wall.  I don’t know what it is about that paper, but once a beagle finds it, unraveling it seems to become his purpose in life to unravel it!  I swear I’ve gone through more toilet paper!

I know what you’re saying.  Why not just close the door to the bathroom?  But it’s hard to train everyone in the family to turn off the lights when they’re not in the room, let alone close the bathroom door!

But there is a way.  Loud sounds stop and startle the puppy a bit.  Putting about 5 marbles in the tissue roll … Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on August 31, 2011 in Beagle Problems


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