Getting a Puppy!

@lisa0351 (303)
United States
May 31, 2009 8:29pm CST
Well I really really like Beagles and have always wanted one. Ive been reading up on them and want to get one, but Im a little scared about it. I live in the country and we have a lot of rabbits, squirrels, you name it. Ive heard they like to chase and will not listen when they are chasing. Also Ive heard they can be hyper. We have a fairly small house, and a big open yard for excercise....Im just nervous my puppy will run away or be way to hyper. Any advice?
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@fgoemy (8)
• Belgium
23 Mar 10
I have 2 beagles. not one of them go off chasing rabbits. i trained them in a puppie school and they listen very wel. i live in a city and they walk calmly next to me. i never had any problems with distroying my stuff. my opinion is, iff you have the time to put in to them, and train them and be verry strict with them, they wil be the best dogs ever. you need to understand that its a beagle, not a golden retrever. so dont expect them to be like that. i never lost them when i go to the forest for walks. you need to put the time and patients in them i love my beagles and would never choose another breed over them
@thaMARKER (2559)
• Philippines
1 Jun 09
when i was still in college, my sister bought 2 dogs and been with them for years but when i moved out from my sister's place, i left them too. so i planned to have my own dogs of my own after college since i cant take care of them while goign to school. i already graduated but i think its so impossible to get one. i really want to have one for me as well. a Maltese one.
• United States
1 Jun 09
Hello Lisa. I can tell you this. If you don't want a hyper dog/puppy, don't get a beagle. And it doesn't help to think that they will grow out of it. Usually, it takes about 3 years before they calm down. And they love to hunt. That is what they were bred to do. You can train them, but it takes a lot of time and effort. It's not something that can be accomplished in a day or two. They are wonderful family dogs, but they are not for someone who wants a quiet animal. We had one for awhile, and ended up having to find her another home. She chewed the phone cable off of the outside of the house and in two, three different times. Each time, it cost me $150 to have the phone company come out and fix it. I had to buy a new pair of prescription sunglasses because she stole mine off of the lawn chair. I found them in a hole under the house a year later. She chewed up everything. One day, I was getting groceries out of my car and heard this strange sound. I turned around and saw that she was knawing on my metal car door. We loved her dearly, but she was way too destructive. One day, I lucked out. A lady that worked with my dad was telling him that her beagle had just passed away, and she really wanted another one to be her companion. She didn't mind the destructiveness...she actually thought it was funny!! I still see her from time to time. Lucy is now 5 years old and still very hyper, but her owner loves it. So, don't get a beagle if you want a quiet dog. I would suggest a Golden or a Lab. I am a groomer, and out of all of the dog breeds, these are the most calm, I think. And no, it wasn't just my beagle. Every single one I have had the pleasure of meeting was the same way. They are meant to be bird dogs, and need that, otherwise, they have behavior problems. I hope I helped you out.