Month: March 2020

Hunting Beagles Vs. House Beagles

Hunting Beagles High Resolution Stock Photography and Images - Alamy

Being one of those people who have had the privilege and joy of being around Beagles my whole life, and having had the opportunity to live both sides of the hunting dog vs. house dog question, I’d like take this opportunity to address both sides of the issue. In some circles this is a heated topic. In my mind it is not. It’s simply a matter of choice.

I’m fortunate to live outside of Washington, DC. I have access to many of our national museums and art galleries. Not long ago I was wondering through the National Gallery of Art when I came upon some early 18th century English paintings of what appeared to be Beagles (or at least small tri color hounds). They were lounging around on the straw covered floor of some medieval hut while their master reclined in an oversized wooden chair. Another painting showed a group of tri colored hounds bounding out of a cottage while their master followed behind with gun in hand. There were others I won’t try to describe simply because I could never do them justice. It did, however, remind me of the many times I’ve argued the hunting vs. house dog topic with those who don’t believe a hunting dog belongs in the house and those that don’t seem to believe a hunting dog should ever be used for hunting.

Hunting Dogs Should Not Be House Pets: I was raised by two wonderful gentlemen who were steadfast believers in this philosophy. …

Who Is Training Whom Here?

I’m debating what format this article should take. I have many things that I feel that I did correctly with the ‘girls’. The ‘girls’ are the two female Beagles, currently age 7 ½ months that dominate our household.  I have an equally long list of items, probably more, that I wish that I had worked on more, started earlier, or had done at all.

To start with I didn’t think that hunting dogs should be spoiled.  How do you define ‘spoiled’?  Is treating them with care and respect spoiling? Is showering them with affection when they’ve done well spoiling? All I know is that my paradigms have shifted.  Perhaps the only aspect of their care that I still feel is spoiling is feeding them people food.  It can’t be good for them, look what it’s done to me.

Bear in mind that I’m not talking about a pack of animals here. I’m speaking directly to the rest of you out there with one or two dogs that you have as much for the pet value as you do for the hunting value. Those with a kennel full of critter chasers have less to go around. Less time per animal, less affection, etc. But this is relative. The dogs compensate by taking what they get. The message to the pup is the same. Let’s refine this, then, to a list of DO’S and DON’TS for the Beagle puppy owner/hunter.

DO’S

  • DO spend as much time with your animal as you