Info needed about Beagles
we recently lost our 12 year old dog with cancer. We got another dog from Animal Control which had been a stray. We were not familiar with Beagles and their habits and although he is a beautiful dog and pretty good the most of the time, we were not aware until after we got him that although we have a fenced yard that it is not adviseable to let them off a leash. We have put 2 of the screw type stakes and a 10 foot cable at one and a 20 foot cable at the other. Both stakes are meant for 100 pound dogs and he is 44 pounds so should be strong enough. I tried to walk him but I'm 81 and he is 4. He was much too strong for me, if he saw something that he wanted to get at. He appears to be good with people and other dogs. I also walk with a walker and can't take a chance at what could happen. Do any of you have any advice about the back yard and if this is suffiecient. He loves company and is pretty good outside if someone is out with him. The same in the house but when he wants something he is pretty demanding and howls and cries like crazy. Is there any way that we can curb the howling and crying? Also he likes to put his feet up on the counter and the table and sniff out food. Although I am trying to be very careful where I set things he got a dish of butter off the table and had it mostly devoured before I caught him. We want to do our very best to train and keep him if at all possible. On the other hand we don't want the neighbours to be bothered by the cying and howling.
All replies appreciated, greatly.