New puppy - a bit of training advice!
Hi fellow hound hunters! I just got a new 6 month old beagle pup on Tuesday, already started and running rabbits! She is a sweet little devil, extremely high energy and a good drive to hunt. I have a small problem though. I recently moved and our new house constantly has rabbits in the yard, which I would count as a plus if we didn't live in the city. My adult dog will sometimes chase them but I can call him off and he will come back. She, however, tried to rip my arm off to get after the rabbit and I'm not sure how to handle this.
I don't want to discourage her from following a hunting instinct; I want her to understand that rabbits are something for her to chase. But at the same time I don't want her to get out across a street or lost somewhere in the neighborhood because she took off after a rabbit, and I also will be keeping her indoors so I can't have her distracted every minute while outside (much harder to housebreak a distracted pup!) So, for the guys who keep dogs in the city, how do you handle rabbits in the yard, and specifically for the guys whose hounds live in the house (I know there are a few on here!) how do you handle outside potty training time? I have been taking her out about every hour, then if she shows signs of having to go taking her out as well. She has only had one accident in the house in two days, so I think we are doing pretty well so far. Puppy advice needed guys, thank you!
A bad day hunting rabbits beats a good day of anything else!