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Anyone you know that keeps hunting dogs has more than one story about their Beagles running away, getting lost, or just in general being missing in action.
Whether it is a pointer bird dog, a Beagle, cur dog, coon or fox hound, most hunting dogs, you see, are not wired like your average pet.
They want to hunt!
The intense desire to hunt makes a dog desirable to us, the dog owners. The problem comes during the off-season, when the dog is left to lay about the pen or yard and hatch evil schemes of escape.
Squirrel Hell and Dog Heaven are the same place
Don’t tell me that dogs don’t do this, OK?
I have kept hunting dogs all my life and I have just about seen it all. I have spent hours, weeks and months driving country roads and byways, looking for a dog.
One of the things that has always amazed me is you can look for days for your dog, always fearing the worst. You are waiting, hoping and praying for the call that someone has found him. You come around a bend in the road and your dog is sitting there seemingly waiting for the 12 o’clock bus. He gives you a look that says, “What’s up?” Like you just saw him at McDonald’s that morning.
I freely admit that my dogs are the worst (or best) when it comes to escaping. I am sure that I am well-known in my town for this. To many I am probably “that guy who is always looking for his dogs.”
Dogs care not a whit about this. They have no concept of how they embarrass you.
I once got a call, and I am not making this up, that my two dogs were in a nearby tavern, a bar. No, not waiting outside the building like polite little doggies.
They were in the bar mingling with the patrons. They’re probably bumming quarters for the juke box. Or buying a round for the house, assuring the bartender that I would take care of it all when I got there.
When Beagles smell something, they will often charge off to explore. They will completely ignore your frantic calls for them to come back. When they follow a scent they won’t watch out for cars or other dangers. This begs the question “how to stop Beagles running off”
Most of the time when your Beagle takes off and doesn’t come back when he’s called its a clear sign that the “come” command needs more work.
If you have Beagles running off and out of sight, you may experience real anxiety. Nobody wants to lose their dog or see him in harm’s way.
If your Beagle makes a break for freedom when you are on his daily walk the very worst thing you can do is chase after him/her.
This turns Beagles running off into a wonderful game of chase.
Instead make loud distracting noises and as soon as he/she turns around lie down. Most of the time the dog will come back to investigate. As soon as he does, praise him and give him a treat no matter how anxious and upset he has made you.
Of course passers-by will think that you are insane.
I know that I should have a bomb proof pen and fence. I go for long periods and there is no problem, no Beagles running off. Then you go out in the back yard one evening and man! No one is home. I really do think that they have a pair of wire cutters hidden in the back fence.
I also think that this latest rash of escapes all started after they saw that World War II movie with Steve McQueen in the prison camp.
1.0 The outside world and all its smells and sounds is enticing to a Beagle. If you have Beagles running off, check the fencing to see that it is secure before letting your dog run free. Are there any loose boards or gaps that he could squeeze through? A soft place where she can dig?
Your Beagle will spot a potential escape route more quickly than you will, so put him on the leash and stroll around the perimeter with him.
2.0 Beagles that attempt get out of the backyard are often those that need training or are left on their own for extended periods. Regular exercise and will help to make sure that your dog becomes contented with his surroundings.Frequent walks will cut the likelihood of it wanting to escape.When the dog gets to know that he is going to get a walk when you come home he will be less likely to want to escape.
3.0 Exercising your Beagle before you leave for work will most likely cause the dog to sleep for most of the morning.
4.0 Stopping your Beagles running off may be as simple as making sure that he/she has toys to keep him/her distracted, adequate shelter from the elements water and somewhere comfortable to sleep.
An old, tired-looking beagle wandered into the yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home. He followed me into the house, down the hall, and fell asleep in a corner. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.
The next day he was back, resumed his position in the hall, and slept for an hour. This continued for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: “Every afternoon your beagle comes to my house for a nap.”
The next day he arrived with a different note pinned to his collar:
“He lives in a home with ten children — he’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?”
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