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A Life Long Love Of Beagles

Hello, when I was a boy, the nearest to came to owning a dog of my own was to visit the beagles my grandfather raised.

My sister and I were always pestering grandpa. we wanted to take the dogs for a stroll along trial close to the river. Every now and then the dogs would make a run for freedom.

I have long-lasting memories of four beagles taking off into the sunset. Their ears were flapping with mouths turned up in grins at the thrill of the chase. Grandpa would be hollering at them to come back and those beagles simply took no notice.

Grandpa’s beagles were the worst trained dogs you could possibly imagine.They would come home on their own a few hours later.They would be filthy, tired, and exhilarated.They were the happiest creatures on the planet.


Dixie my first beagle has sadly has gone to that great kennel in the sky. She received a large amount of attention and training. My little girl was obedient to a fault. I know it may seem impossible but I was able to break his habit of putting his nose to the ground and wandering off.

From those early days I developed a lifelong love of dogs.

“Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one.”


This Blog is for people who may be thinking of getting a Beagle. Or for those who already own one of these wonderful dogs.

So, Who Is Richie S.


Richie SprawsonI am  69 years of age and recently retired from my own business.Now I am in a position to pursue my other love, Beagles.

I have been involved with Beagles and dog behavior since 1971. Since I sold my business I have had the time to write.

I have learned so much from these dogs over the years. I count myself something of an expert when it comes to Beagles. 

These dogs and their owners deserve to have a voice. Their affable qualities have resulted in them being used in animal testing. I don’t like the idea of animal testing.It proves that we are selfish and willing to sacrifice others for our own well-being.

I love Beagles and the thought of any being used for testing makes me sick.The thought that any one would agree with animal testing is even more wrong.

Contact Me!

If you ever need any feedback or support raising your Beagle, I would love to connect. Simply leave your comment below. Make sure you visit this site regularly as I am always adding new techniques and advice that I come across. I know you will find interesting.

Anyways, I wish you everything of the best.Thank you for dropping by. Hope you enjoy the blog. If you’re a Beagle lover like me I’m sure you will enjoy what I have to share.







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  1. janet crouse says :

    I have a 7-8 month old beagle, how do I stop him from lunging at the fence when people go by? He literally runs at it, jumps at it and barking the whole time. I am scared he is gonna go over it.

    Please help,
    Thank you

    1. I work with a lot of dogs who are exhibiting barrier frustration. Over time, this behavior can escalate to more intense reactions on leash, and even off leash. For this reason, as soon as your dog shows even the first signs of barrier frustration, it’s important to get professional help, starting with your veterinarian.

      Barrier frustration can occur at any age, but usually begins in early adulthood. Since barrier frustration rarely goes away on its own without training, but can intensify over time, it is essential to get professional help.

      Start by talking to your veterinarian or asking about a referral to a qualified trainer in your area, ideally one who uses positive-reinforcement methods for training.

      If you leave your dog outside unsupervised then there is no one to teach him that fence fighting is not a desired behavior. You should always supervise your dog’s activity when he’s in your yard.

      Take some tasty chicken or another high value treat your dog loves outside with you so that the next time your neighbor’s dog comes outside you can reward your dog for staying close to you instead of charging the fence.

      In addition to supervising your dog in the yard I strongly recommend that you get a comfortable fitting harness for your dog to wear when he’s in your backyard. By attaching a 25 foot training line to the harness you can quickly step on the line should your dog decide to tear off towards the fence line. You can literally put your foot down on unwanted behavior!

      A 25 foot line could potentially injure your dog. Always use a body harness for this strategy. It’s important that if your dog does decide to charge the fence you can quickly interrupt the behavior and prevent the rehearsal of your dog’s aggressive display.

      Provide some cognitive and environmental enrichment in the yard. It’s worth every penny you’ll spend in buying some easy to solve dog food puzzles that can be provided to your dog when he’s out in the yard. Puzzles filled with dog treats will keep your dog busy and focused on more productive activities than fence fighting. If your dog likes to dig, you can even build him a sandbox to encourage alternative natural and fun behaviors your dog likes to do. Anything to keep him happy so he doesn’t feel bored or tempted to fence fight.

      Hire a professional dog trainer to help you learn how to properly counter condition and desensitize your dog away from fence fighting.

      If you find that you need a little extra help, you can find certified dog trainers through the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (www.apdt.com). It’s important you work with a trainer that is using positive dog training methods to modify your dog’s behavior. You dog isn’t dominant, he just doesn’t know better. It’s your job to teach him what’s better!

      Richard s.

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