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When to cull?

Question for you guys/gals that run beagles. I have a 1 year old female hound that is driving me nuts. She is started on rabbits, will open/trail and circled a few rabbits on her own, running solo. However, between my buddy and I we usually run 10 hounds in a pack, when we run them all this little female will barely hunt at all. She'll go out with the others for short bursts, but then comes back and stands at my feet or mills around on her own. I have one of her litter mates, a male, who is started, but has a lot to learn, but he will stay out with the pack all day and stick with them when running a rabbit. I think this little female could turn out, when hunting on her own she has a lot of hunt, but when packed up she just sits back. She has been around this pack since she was a puppy, so she knows all the other dogs. Any suggestions? i'm thinking just try to keep soloing here or brace for awhile, maybe she's not confident enough to run with the other dogs or get intimidated? All the other dogs i have ever had would always atleast stick with the pack whether or not they were contributing much or not, they atleast wanted to be with the other dogs, this one acts like she's not interested 90% of the time, on occasion she will go out and run with them on a track for a short time, but then give up and come back. Any suggestions, I like this little hound, she is smaller than the rest, probably only 11", but I like running a pack and don't have the time to keep her to just run her solo. How long do you guys give a hound before you cull them? My friend says to wait another year or so and see what she does, which I probably will do, but thought maybe some of you would have suggestions. Thanks a lot.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-05-2014, 11:22 AM
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Is this a serious question? If the pup hunts well solo there are probably hundreds of guys out there who only hunt with one beagle that would buy her or take her from you and be happy as heck to hunt with her.
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The moment they start driving me nuts they are gone. That doesn't mean they won't do well for someone else...Like was said, lot's of guys hunt one dog.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-05-2014, 12:03 PM
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I LOVE hunting dogs solo!! Plenty of guys like me.

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Either they generally do what I want them to do NATURALLY or they are moved on to either a hunter, trial guy, or pet owner. Depends on the style and what the dog is showing. Plus, If you don't have the time. Then its time to move her on. Post an ad be truthful. Someone will buy her and probably wonder why in the world you sold her..LOL. One man's trash is another man's treasure.
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Re: When to cull?

In my opinion the first mistake is putting a 1 year old dog down with a pack of 10. I always try to solo or brace young dogs until they show they can circle a rabbit consistently and handle the pressure the other dog will put on them.

If it were me and the dog had a lot of positive attributes I would hold onto her and solo or brace her. There are some dogs that just never can handle the pressure of a big pack. Only time will tell if that's the case with your pup.

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-05-2014, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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I know what you mean mundellm, the second i get rid of her, the switch will turn on in her and i'd wish i had her back. Not sure why people are asking if this is a real question. I like hunting with a pack of beagles, solo dogs are great, nothing wrong with that at all, for a long time I only had one or two and it's a blast, I just like running lots of dogs. I'm guessing I shouldn't have used the word "cull", if she doesn't work out i'm not planning on shooting her or anything, I already have a couple people that would buy her off me or i'd give her away to a friend. I just thought maybe some of you would have past experiences with younger dogs who have acted this way and have ideas whether they would at some point join the pack or if they tend to always stay loners.

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John-Pa, yeah I was kinda thinking that. I'm thinking to just try and run her solo or brace with another, I think she must get intimidated trying to keep up with the others and that's why she quits, if I drop her solo it's game on. I think i'll try the spring and summer with a lot of solo time. Thanks

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Re: When to cull?

tough decision.
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