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Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: 1A, 1B, 2G & NY 9-J
Re: Beagle ?
The fellows above give good advice and everyone of them have a lot more experience than I do, but this is what I learned this summer...
Both of my gyps started easily at six months. The timid one, however, would not hunt, would not hark or run with other dogs. If she would run with others, she would run back to me at the first loss. After 3 1/2 months it wasn't getting any better. I was at wits end. I was ready to break her off rabbits and teach her to be a leashed blood tracking dog.
Experienced beaglers told me she would probably grow out of it.
I left her at caxtell's starting pen for 20 days where she learned to find her own rabbit and run with unfamiliar hounds. I took her to running when I got her back and was amazed.
She harked to other hounds and is running on her own. She leads the pack, and holds the line pretty well for a hound with Midwest and lp breeding.
So what I learned....
Once your pup learns that the rabbit stink is in front of the barking hound, you'll be all set.
Good luck with your hounds.
Lake Effect Beagles
V.P. Presque Isle Beagle club