|Barked: Thu Mar 15, '07 11:35am PST |
| Mommy is laughing right now because your description of Tucker going mental sounds just like Biscuit.
This is typical beagle behaviour, I'm afraid. Biscuit sounds like she wants to murder the other dog, but if you bring her over, she's as friendly and happy as could be. It's sort of like she's saying, "Hey you, over there, look at me, see me?" and "Hey Mommy, bring me over there's a dog." Unfortunately, non-beagle owners usually dont' realize that your beagle is in fact just saying hello. LOL. The beagles also react to your nervousness because you're probably tugging on the leash and yelling at them excitedly, so they think, "Oh there is something worth barking at here." Be careful to calmly quiet the dog. Try putting him/her in a sitting position.
I went and got a spray bottle which I promptly labeled "The BAD Beagle Bottle." It works really well - one squirt to the bum does it and there's no hard feelings. I also got a remote citronella collar for when we're at the park - it is extremely effective. Biscuit's only worn it three times and now all I have to say is "Citronella" and she gets the message. If she's really bad I'll put it on her (turned off) and she's quiet as a lamb. LOL
But the thing is, beagles bark - it's part of their breeding. They call to each other when they're on the hunt. There's not really too much you can do about it. As Dr. Stanley Coren (Canada's dog guru) said, the reason humans brought dogs in to live with them centuries ago was because the dogs barked and scared away predators. If dogs didn't bark, we wouldn't have them.
Edited by author Thu Mar 15, '07 11:38am PST
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