BTTR is a 501c3 charity dedicated to finding forever homes for beagles (and the occasional "wannabe" beagle), and to educating the public about responsible pet ownership. We are located in Chesapeake, Virginia and survive solely on your donations.
The Beagle Blog (By Leo the Beagle)
Volume 1-2 The #1 Skill Your Dog Should Learn
Here at BTTR we adopt on an average of 50 dogs a year, with at least 5-10 of them being puppies under 6 months. We check up on our adopters (especially puppies) about 3 months after adoption and generally they are all having some issues, some are small, some are bigger. Many of these issues stem from lack of on-leash exercise. Things like destructive behavior, anxiety, excessive barking, excessive energy, and being “into everything” are all signs of lack of regular exercise. The most common answer we get for “What does your dog do for exercise” is “he/she runs around the backyard.” What athletic breeds like beagles really need is leash walks 1-2 times a day for at least one mile (a little more, a little less depending on your dog’s age and health).
Just because you have a fenced in yard does not mean your dog shouldn’t learn to walk properly on a leash. There are times your dog will have to be able to walk nicely AND potty on a leash. For example: going to the vet, traveling for vacations, evacuating for hurricanes, if your fence is damaged by a storm, the list goes on. Teaching your dog (young or old) loose leash walking opens a whole new realm of possibilities for you and your pet. Check out the benefits below:
- Your pet gets tired FASTER walking on a leash since they experience new sights and smells (be sure to vary your route to keep this benefit going)
- Your pet is less likely to exhibit unwanted behaviors if properly exercised
- Your pet wills HEART will be healthier for the continuous cardiovascular exercise much more so than playing in the backyard
- Your dog will be calmer and better behaved when going out on the leash since it isn’t such an exciting/scary experience every time
- Your dog (and his or her human) will be healthier and less prone to obesity (a big issue with beagles)
- If your dog is use to pottying on a leash house breaking is easier and it will be less of an ordeal when you take your pet on vacation, must evacuate, your pet is hospitalized or boarded, or you find yourselves without a safe fenced in area
- Your pet will be far better socialized and less reactive to cats, other dogs, people walking by, staying calm near traffic, and facing new situations
Always start out with a harness when training a dog loose leash walking. Avoid “choke collars” since they can do serious permeant damage to your dog’s throat. Stick with it, don’t keep changing harnesses or corrective collars every few days, try something for at least 2 weeks before changing unless you feel it is unsafe. Don’t allow someone unable to control the dog (such as a child or the elderly) or people who may not be able to deal with difficult situations that they might encounter (such as a dog fight, dog gets loose, whether or not a dog should be allowed to greet a person or dog) walk your dog alone. If you have questions about teaching a dog the basics, give us a call or contact a local trainer.
Click HERE to read more Beagle blog articles such as "Car Ride Safety" and "Cold Weather Tips"
Hours of Operation:
We are a small 100% volunteer run rescue. To make sure we have staff available we do "meet and greets" by appointment only. We are here 7 days a week and for extended hours so scheduling is flexible.
Beagles to the Rescue
PO Box 16522
Chesapeake, VA 23328
(Please Note This Is Not Our Physical Address)
Adoptions: 850-380-3891 (Christine)
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