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Old 08-19-2014, 09:07 PM   #1
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I am a new owner of a Beagi (beagle/corgi). Buddy came into our lives 3 weeks ago. He is 1 1/2 years old, and just amazing!!!! We (me, husband and 6 1/2 year old twin boys) have had our kitty Benny for 4 years. My husband said we would never have a dog, no matter how much the boys asked for one. LOL A couple of months back they joined a 4H Cloverbuds dog group(having a dog is not required) and of course they want for a dog grew, and so did mine. They have been borrowing dogs for hikes and this past Sunday they had their first dog show at the Washington County fair here in Rhode Island. They did not use Buddy.

Buddy was meant to be their dog...yeah, that hasn't worked, he is mine LOL He is very attached to me. He has been passed around for a year and a half and I guess he thinks I am going to disappear. This morning he actually got on the sofa with Lucas and sat there for about 10 minutes and that is a HUGE deal!!

I am working hard on training him on the leash, as I guess it is a beagle thing, but when his nose gets a scent he is ready to hunt. I have been able to teach him sit, down and stay. He is so smart and such a good boy.

The boys have dog training every Friday now and Buddy has gone twice(had it only two times now). The first time they had to ask me to leave because he was trying to get to me so bad that he was too hard for the boys to control but then they had to ask me to come back because he was so stressed trying to find me. Now I stay with whatever boy at the moment is working with him and help. Easier on the boys, easier on the dog.

Working on crate training because if he ever does a dog show, which hopefully he will if he can get use to not being with me, he has to be in a crate.

He has gotten much better at not barking when we leave. First two weeks was really rough, but thankfully my neighbor is a dog lover(she has three) and it doesn't bother her at all, she is always reassuring me that it is ok and he will get better, and he is. Thankfully he doesn't chew or destroy anything when we do leave.

He is so funny. He doesn't play with any toys that I have gotten him. Seems very odd to me. I try to encourage it but he has no interest.

We are dealing with him being itchy. He doesn't have fleas. No hair loss. His skin isn't irritated looking. No sores. I give him doggy allergy pills, fish oil on his food and he eats 4Health with limited ingredients as recommended by my friend who is a groomer/vet tech. Plan was to give him a bath once a month so his skin didn't dry out but have been reading that with a beagle every two weeks might be better because of the itching, so trying to figure that out. Feel so bad for him.

I never knew I was a dog person LOL He has completed my life and he is what has always been missing, I just never knew it.

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Welcome to the forum. I don't know who is the luckiest you or Buddy. Years back we had a Beagle mix who had skin trouble. The vet had me give him 25mg (1 tablet) of Benadryl each day. It didn't make him sleepy and stopped him from itching. Our boy these days is a big Black and Tan Coonhound mix. He has food allergies and he eats a special food that has no corn or wheat and takes allergy tablets prescribed by the vet. He takes hydroxyzine for his itchies. It took several months for it to really get in his system, but he is so much better now, and it doesn't make him sleepy which Benadryl did. I don't know about there being special time "requirements" for bathing Beagles. We have members who have Beagles, and will probably know about that. However, we use an oatmeal shampoo for Dunny to alleviate any additional itchies that a plain dog shampoo might cause. Hope some of my "rambling" helps. Looking forward to pictures of Buddy being posted.
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Welcome! Love your story. The separation anxiety should get better. My Sadie had a horrible time with it when we first brought her home but she doesn't get upset at all now, because she knows I'll come back.
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Welcome to the forum. I don't know who is the luckiest you or Buddy. Years back we had a Beagle mix who had skin trouble. The vet had me give him 25mg (1 tablet) of Benadryl each day. It didn't make him sleepy and stopped him from itching. Our boy these days is a big Black and Tan Coonhound mix. He has food allergies and he eats a special food that has no corn or wheat and takes allergy tablets prescribed by the vet. He takes hydroxyzine for his itchies. It took several months for it to really get in his system, but he is so much better now, and it doesn't make him sleepy which Benadryl did. I don't know about there being special time "requirements" for bathing Beagles. We have members who have Beagles, and will probably know about that. However, we use an oatmeal shampoo for Dunny to alleviate any additional itchies that a plain dog shampoo might cause. Hope some of my "rambling" helps. Looking forward to pictures of Buddy being posted.
I am the lucky one for sure!! He takes allergy pills, fish oil on his food, grain free food.I just ordered him Burt's Bee Itch Soothing Dog Shampoo last night, lots of good reviews and I know a dog groomer who has used the products. I love their stuff, had no clue that had stuff for dogs. Got an itch spray too, so we will see what all happens. Fingers are crossed. If I see no improvement with the new shampoo he will be heading to the vet.

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Welcome! Love your story. The separation anxiety should get better. My Sadie had a horrible time with it when we first brought her home but she doesn't get upset at all now, because she knows I'll come back.
It is so hard. When not home my thoughts are constantly on him and worrying about him. I just want to scoop him up when I get home but I read in a number of places that a big deal shouldn't be made over leaving and returning.

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What a story and welcome aboard to Df it's nice that Buddy has taken to you but it's also important that all the family have thier fair share of him too being too clingy to one person isn't doing him any favours as such but he is young still so prephaps this can be reversed some what! SO when you are with Buddy and one of the boys or both you could stay in the back ground so to speak but bring the changes in slowly and gradually it will take time so patience is a virtue!! Re toys keep at it try different toys like squeaky ones, tuggers some rope may be or a even a boomer ball these are great and virtually indestructable as my dog is a Staffy Bull Terrier and love a challenge and now she has one and gets frustraited as she can't burst,shred, destroy this ball! So might be worth investing in one Do let us know how you get on and pics please!!!! Good Luck
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It is so hard. When not home my thoughts are constantly on him and worrying about him. I just want to scoop him up when I get home but I read in a number of places that a big deal shouldn't be made over leaving and returning.

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It's correct and you could be feeding his habit I know it's hard not to make a fuss but gradually change this behaviour and in turn his behaviour will change too
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What a story and welcome aboard to Df it's nice that Buddy has taken to you but it's also important that all the family have thier fair share of him too being too clingy to one person isn't doing him any favours as such but he is young still so prephaps this can be reversed some what! SO when you are with Buddy and one of the boys or both you could stay in the back ground so to speak but bring the changes in slowly and gradually it will take time so patience is a virtue!! Re toys keep at it try different toys like squeaky ones, tuggers some rope may be or a even a boomer ball these are great and virtually indestructable as my dog is a Staffy Bull Terrier and love a challenge and now she has one and gets frustraited as she can't burst,shred, destroy this ball! So might be worth investing in one Do let us know how you get on and pics please!!!! Good Luck
He loves to be brushed and I was told brushing him more might help with some of the itching, so the boys have now taken that over. I keep his brush where they can always get it and keep the treats next to it so they can give treats too. Yeah I don't want him just attached to me, he is such a great dog,so much love.

I hope to get to the pet store this weekend to find some new toys to try. I am glad he hasn't taken to chewing on the kids toys as I was worried it might happen, but he has no interest.

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It's correct and you could be feeding his habit I know it's hard not to make a fuss but gradually change this behaviour and in turn his behaviour will change too
Oh I don't make a fuss when I leave or return. I know it is for the best. I just get up and go and when I get home so what I need to do and then focus my attention on him to take him out.

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