Category: Beagles Unlimited Magazine

Beagles, Boys And Bunnies In The North Country

Up north, in Minnesota, winter lasts a long time and the rabbits run big. We hunt lots of public land and literally have hundreds of acres to ourselves once the deer season’s over. From December until mid-April we can use public land but after April 13 the public land closes to dog training until August. The hunting season, however, ends at the end of February so there’s almost six weeks that old bugs gets chased with out the threat of some chilled six shot. In spring, the bucks cover a lot of ground and really lay down scent. On the other hand, for about the same six week period from August to the end of September Mr. Bunny can get chased but not gunned; and in August rabbit numbers are usually up.

That’s when my ten year old son, Fergus, and I find three or four evenings a week to train what he calls “The Falls Creek Pack”. We load the hounds in the kennel and in five minutes we’re at a good running spot. There’s cover for every preference. We have small pine stands, river bottom willows, and thickets of wild raspberry, plum trees and crown vetch.

On this March evening we choose river willows and thickets surrounded by an open field. My son handles the dogs and lets Roxy off with the command to “get on”. Then he lets Donna follow. The dogs know this place and start hunting cover that has produced rabbits in the past. Roxy …

Running Agility With Confidence

It took a long time before I felt confident that NEA and I would have a nice, consistent run on an agility course. During the first 1 ½ years of competition with her, she completed 1, maybe 2 courses.  Most of her time was spent running out of the ring in search of something other than the nervous, screaming maniac I had become. In fact, someone once said to me, “I now know what the letters NEA stand for…Not Enjoying Agility.” That hurt.

I decided that I needed to investigate how I could change my attitude so I would have a Beagle on the line that would not only enjoy the sport, but would want to stay in the ring with me to do it. Thus began a soul-searching period that not only helped me to relax, but gave my Beagle confidence in me, which in turn gave me confidence in her.

What I did was realize that agility is fun. It is what I do as a hobby, because not only do I get to spend time with my dogs, but I get to run courses and decipher challenges…make decisions that are not life or death…realize that my dog will love me no matter how well or poorly we perform. I am a competitive person by nature so it was difficult for me to tone down my expectations, but once I realized that I was placing unrealistic expectations on me and my Beagle, it helped me to put things …

House Hunters

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Christmas day had arrived and I was a bit apprehensive about giving her the puppy. My wife to be, wanted a dog, and being the frugal gentleman that I am I decided that a cute, cuddly seventy-five dollar Beagle was as good as a big hulking four-hundred dollar black lab. The only problem was she wanted the black lab.

Since that day my wife has become a bigger Beagle advocate than I am. We have accepted not only one but two Beagles into our household and contrary to all I had ever been told, both have become proficient hunters.

While I am not trying to persuade every Beagle owner to open their houses up and make room for their dogs, I want potential Beagle owners and people who are looking for a pet/hunting dog to know that keeping a beagle in the house is not necessarily bad thing in terms of hunting. I hunt with several different Beaglers who kennel their hounds outside, these dogs are excellent hunters and give their owner the desired results of dead rabbits.

While rabbit hunting and field trials are certainly enough reason to want a Beagle, I wanted a house dog. Keeping my Beagles in the house has allowed us to constantly interact. They know I am the Alpha male. I have found that my hounds listen significantly better than those that are kept outside, and as most all Beagle owners know this is an invaluable asset. I have found no evidence in either …

Understanding Your Dog&Apos;S World

Time and time again I’ve heard people voice concerns about how their Beagle(s) does this or that.  To humans the behaviors are confusing, but if we put ourselves in our dog’s place the behavior would be completely understood. As humans we make the mistake of projecting our social morays onto our pets. We assume because we are the humans our dogs automatically understand we are their superiors. This simply isn’t so. If we are truly the “superior” species then it is up to us to understand our Beagles perspective, and help them fit their Dog World into our world.

RESPECT: Who’s the “big dog” in your house? You think it’s you, right? Not if you haven’t made it clear to your Beagle. Just because you control the food time, play time, and sleep time doesn’t mean you will have your Beagles respect.  The concept of you controlling these things is lost on your Beagle. It’s up to you to train your beagle and, frankly, I have very little patience for people who whine about their pets doing this or that if they haven’t spent any time training the animal and helping them to understand who is “boss”. So get a good training book, get up off your butt, turn the TV off, and work with your Beagle or find a trainer who understands hounds and work with them on training. Respect is not free…it’s earned, especially in your Dog’s World.

POSSESSIVENESS: Desensitizing your Beagle is a very important part …

More On Inbreeding

The beginning Beagler can easily get the wrong idea about inbreeding. He may see other successful breeders making close matings, such as brother-sister, father-daughter, and mother-son crosses, with seemingly good results, and therefore may come to the conclusion that it is the best road to success. This simply is not true. Inbreeding, as I have said previously, can be like “playing with fire” if you don’t start with absolute top-notch individuals; and even then there can be many hidden surprises. Hence, the breeder must be ready and willing to cull out any and all faulty hounds that result from close matings. He must also select the right individuals to carry on the line. One misstep here and he’ll soon know it.

Each succeeding generation multiplies the chances of more firmly imbedding, not only the good qualities the he (the breeder) is trying to sustain, but also the undesirable traits and hidden weaknesses that he would do well to avoid. So, you see, you’ve got to get rid of every weakness when it appears or else you are going to have it around “haunting” you from then on.

If you have a hound that is strictly the product of outcrossing, then that hound will have 62 different individual ancestors in his five generation pedigree. If you mate him to his sister the ensuing litter would have only 32 individual ancestors. Then, if you continue the brother-sister matings on through, say the fifth generation, you will cut down the ancestry enormously.

The …

Fido Come – Tips On Calling Your Dog

Always reward your puppy for coming to you. Puppies can be rewarded with petting, verbal praise, a treat, a toy, play, or a combination of the above. Mix up the rewards your puppy gets to make it even more exciting.

Don’t ever chase or grab at your puppy when you call him. Neither will make your puppy want to come to you next time. Your puppy needs to learn to come to you when called; allow him to do that!

Never call your puppy to punish him, or for any activity your puppy views as unpleasant. Remember rule #1: Your puppy is always rewarded for coming to you. If your puppy is engaging in inappropriate behavior, you go to him and distract him or trade with him for a treat or toy, depending on the behavior. For instance, if your puppy starts to chew on the table leg simply distract him from the table and give him a toy in its place praising him for chewing on that.

Make yourself easy to come to. Standing up straight, even leaning slightly back, will make you much more approachable to your puppy. Bending over and leaning toward the puppy looks scary from the puppy’s point of view, (remember body language and what is says) and he will not want to come close to you. If necessary, you can sit or kneel to attract your puppy to you.…

Selecting A Thirteen Inch Beagle

Have you ever wished that there was a system or an effective guideline that you could use that would raise your chances of selecting a pup that would mature under thirteen inches in height? I have. I have been fooled more than once by a pup that looked to be the small one in a litter, only to find out later that it grew a lot bigger than I expected.

One time I drove across several states to buy a pup from a well-known breeder. When I arrived and looked over the parents, they were both ‘borderline’, or right on the thirteen inch mark in height. So then I turned my attention to the litter itself. There were five pups in the litter and they varied quite a bit in size. First, there was a very large male pup — obviously going to be a big hound. He was big boned, and had big feet. These were both indications that he was destined to be large. Next, there were three females that were somewhat smaller and were all about the same size. I figured they would be the ‘borderline’ thirteen inch individuals like their parents. Finally, there was a beautiful little male — less than half the size of the big brother. “Well,” I said to myself, “This is easy. There’s no doubt that this little fellow will be a thirteen incher.” So I watched him a little while to see if he was what I wanted in other respects. …

The .223 Remington &Ndash; The Perfect Caliber For Taking Coyotes

The Johnny Stewart caller wailed away with the pitiful sounds of a young jackrabbit in distress. I had just settled into a cozy notch in front of a large boulder surrounded on both sides by sagebrush. The shaded boulder was on a hillside that overlooked a small, sunny valley and the surrounding sage-covered hills. Three to five minutes into our calling sequence, I saw a large male coyote, in his prime, top the hill in front of me as he came trotting down a fence line. The sun was glistening off his beautiful, silver tipped coat, and the snow accented him like a field of diamonds. He stopped to check the wind, which would be the last thing he would ever do as a 52-grain Speer HP smacked home. The bullet was powered by 27 grains of Winchester 748 powder and a Remington 7 ½ primer in Remington brass. Harvesting this dog coyote was the pinnacle of the hunt.

I was hunting in southern Idaho’s immense, rolling BLM land at the invitation of a friend – an up and coming varmint hunting guide named Joe May of Nampa, Idaho. This wasn’t the first time we have hunted together, as we had spent a memorable week chasing barren ground caribou in the immense open tundra of northern Alaska. On this hunt, the openness and view was awe inspiring compared to the brush-choked closeness of South Texas where I call home.

I’ve hunted coyotes for most of my life, but this trip …

The Badds Meet Ferris Wheel Freddie

Tow-the-Line Rusty lay under the old willow tree where Clem Badd Sr. had moved him earlier in the summer when the sun kept flooding the dog’s little corner of the world.  Rusty was a reddish color with darker patches of liver, and white tipped feet and tail, but you could never tell it now from laying around in this pool of dust all summer.  Rusty was itching to get back to wabbit huntin’, but he never let anyone know it.  He was from an old beagle line, distinguished, blue blood.  So when Jake came wheeling in to the yard Rusty would raise one eye … look across the red-dog of the drive and give that long basset-type sign.  Oh, he wanted to jump up and strain at the chain like one of his partners in crime Off –Line Louie but he maintained his calm exterior.

No one is quite sure where the Badd family came from.  They just showed up one day at the old, Murphy place and moved in … that was nearly 40 years ago.  Rumor had it that they came from some teeny town down in North Carolina, and that they had to leave town rather quickly.  It was also said that old Ray Murphy moved them in to help take care of the place, but even after years of living there little changed.  Murphy later died, and as the Badds began to keep the taxes paid on the place, the farm was one day put in …

Thoughts On Socializing Of Hunting Dog Puppies

With every new breeding season, some of us will again face that exciting time when we go to pick up our new hunting buddy from the breeder, be it a hound or a birddog. Most of us have some uncertain feelings about how to introduce the new pup into our family and home – after all, there are the possible puddles on the rug to face, and so many things can go wrong. Here’s some food for thought on how to socialize your pup, and introduce him to his future life as a cooperative, reliable gundog.

What is a good pup?

Of course, a good pup comes out of good (proven) parents, a clean kennel and a careful breeding program of a reputable breeder. Litters from professional breeders are absolutely necessary to get field bloodlines with the desired density of superior genes to be worth considering as a performance hunting dog. The best pup of the litter is the one you like best. Usually you can’t predict a pup’s natural ability at pickup-time. So go with what you like: color, temperament, size, etc. The bully of the litter is not always the best! Of course, pay close attention to undesirable traits, such as extreme dependence on litter mates (pup will never go somewhere alone!), shyness of “normal” situations (humans, other dogs, especially moving objects!) and any bodily fault.

Early development

According to scientists studying dog psychology, the young dog goes through several stages of imprinting. The most important and critical …