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Hi everyone. Thanks for visiting. Let's take a look at how to go about socializing an adult Beagle you've adopted.
A puppy that was born a stray or has grown up in a less-than-ideal environment can grow to be shy, nervous, and distrustful of people.
Socializing a Beagle is the learning curve the dog needs the experience to become a friendly, well-adjusted member of the family. It teaches him not to be afraid of ordinary everyday things that happen around them.
Shelter dogs have been given up by their owners for a range of mostly minor behavioral problems. Almost all these can be fixed with careful training and proper care.
An older rescue dog that has never been socialized properly as a puppy will just need someone to help him through this process later in life. This will become your responsibility if you've decided to adopt him.
The good news is that it is never too late to start socializing an adult Beagle.
The bad news is, that it can take some time and patience before the dog gains confidence and settles into his new safe and loving home.
With a puppy as long as he's near to you, he's likely to feel pretty safe. With an older rescue dog, it’s different. He's already scared. A shelter dog may have come from a neglectful or abusive background.
These dogs will be feeling sad and unwanted or very frightened after being abandoned. You must understand that this Beagle's world has been turned upside down.
Your dog may need encouragement to get him to leave the house. If he's scared of something, don’t force the issue.
Play in the backyard for a while instead of at the dog park. If he doesn't like strangers, put him in another room when you have friends around.
When socializing an adult Beagle it's best to choose your battles.Your first responsibility is to do what’s best for your dog.
When you're working with a puppy they have no preconceived notions about what’s going on around them. Some things may be scary or startling, but there’s nothing from their past to make them uncomfortable.
An adult rescue dog’s life experience often works against him. He may have had a bad experience with some of the things on your socialization list already, so, you’re already a few steps behind.
Strange dogs, new people, vehicles, over-exuberant children?You have no way of knowing what kind of negative reinforcement your Beagle may have experienced in the past. He could have been neglected or abused, and he was at the shelter so you know he was abandoned. Your dog will have grown wary of the world.
If your dog is terrified of meeting new people, there may be a good reason. If he cowers at every larger dog he sees he may have been bullied in the past. He might be scared of traffic, loud noises, the doorbell or trains, so take things slowly.
Things are always more scary for your dog up close. If he's showing signs of being afraid of other dogs, start by taking him somewhere he can see the dogs at a distance, but where there’s a fence separating them.
Let your Beagle watch the other dogs and observe their behavior. Every time a dog approaches the fence, give your dog a treat. If your dog reacts aggressively towards the other dogs in the park, move away and then slowly move up until he's quiet.
If your dog is afraid of traffic find a park or a large piece of open ground with a road running alongside.
Keep him as far away from the traffic as possible, encouraging him to play eat and relax.
Don’t walk him on the road until he's comfortable at a distance.When socializing an adult Beagle you should try not to rush things.
Take your dog to the dog park at a quiet time of day. Walk him to a quiet corner of the and play tug games or fetch to build his confidence.
Pay attention to your Beagle's body language. If he looks nervous (tail low or tucked, ears back, lip licking, etc.) or is resisting going close to other dogs then take a few steps back.
When you force a dog to face a scary-one on one situation, it may cause him to go on the offensive or shut down entirely.
If you have other dogs in your family, let them meet each other in an area of the home that's free from distractions. Do not let their first meeting be in your car when you go to pick up your new dog.
After that just taking him out and walking around in the neighborhood will help him grow more comfortable. From kids in the street to the mailman, his world becomes a little less scary when you’ve walked around the block a few times.
If you have a family member who has a dog your Beagle already knows and likes, schedule a few playdates or take your dogs on a walk together. After a while, when their tails are wagging in one another's presence let them play together in an off-leash setting.
Dog to dog aggression is often inadvertently trained in. When you see another dog and tighten the leash, your tension is often relayed to your dog.
He growls, you tighten the leash more and maybe shout at your dog. It won't be long before he becomes conditioned to get tense, as he begins to associate other dogs approaching with his owner's anxiety.
Now your dog wants the other dog to stay away, and he tries to accomplish this is by barking and growling.
Do not change your behavior at the park when you approach another dog. Try not to tighten the leash, tensing up or talk to your dog in a nervous one of voice.
Continue walking as you before and let your dog choose how to reacts.
On a walk, each time you pass another dog without incident, praise your dog and give him a treat.
Excessive panting, tail tucked between his legs, yawning, or hair sticking up are signs that should not be ignored. Whenever you notice these, move away immediately. Making sure your dog, other people and other animals are safe has to be your first concern.
When your dog runs to hide from you, don’t go after him and pull him from under the bed. Beagles are curious, social animals and he'll eventually become bored and lonely by himself. Give him a Wobbler toy filled with peanut butter when he comes out.
Puppies can be introduced to someone different every week. With an adult Beagle newly adopted from a shelter, things need to be done a little slower.
Try to add one new person a week into your dog’s life. Get them to hold out treats or drop them on the floor nearby without making eye contact with your dog. Ask them to speak to the dog in a happy, encouraging voice.
Keep him on his leash at first and don't force him to go near. Let your dog make the first move.
Try and pick one thing at a time and work on that. If you your Beagle to get used to other dogs, for example, don’t do anything new until he's shown improvement with that particular hurdle.
If you expect too much too fast when socializing an adult Beagle, you’ll only slow everything down with unnecessary stress and frustration.
Don't shout or punish your dog for being scared or try to force him to do things he doesn’t want to do.
At the same time, don't coddle him. A reassuring GOOD DOG and a treat are rewarded enough.
If you make too much of a big deal about something, he might think its really something he should be frightened of.
Here's the bottom line: Give your Beagle happy and pleasant experiences around other people and other dogs, take it slow, and you will see a big improvement!
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