|Barked: Mon Feb 27, '12 10:05am PST |
|I'm going to say something that may seem a bit harsh, but at this point needs to be said.
According to multiple posts in the Snoops Dogster group and several other Dogster forums, you've had this dog roughly 5 months (end of Sept according to your previous posts), he has a slew of issues including major SA and a cervical spine/back condition that is to be managed , as needed, via pain control, yet affects his exercise tolerance, gets overwhelmed around kids, and even though he has been through some obedience work, he still ran off (a typical Beagle trait) after slipping his collar last weekend. You've been taking him into “public” as far back as December where he has shown issues with barking at other dogs; way to early for even a well balanced prospect. This dog is NOWHERE near ready to be vested (your other thread) or even going to class with you. For most people, this is, at best a pet, at most an ESA, NOT a SDIT or even a prospect.
At best, you are putting the cart before the horse; there is a reason most of us say get a CGC before taking one out in public.... it gives you time to know your dog and what it is really will do in most situations.
There is a reason you don't see very many Beagles as Assistance/Service Dogs. With Labs and Goldens you may find 1:10; with most hounds, it's literally 1:10,000 or more. In literal thousands of Beagles I've worked with/ had my hands on in the last nearly 20 years, I've been around a handful that would make it as prospects. From everything you've posted, this dog is nowhere near ready and you are seriously rushing things.
You've stated that those in your college/university classes question what you are doing with him.... ever thought that maybe it is because they either see behavior issues you are overlooking or know of his other issues? They raise huge questions.
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