My student. Shades of
live in Costa Rica. It is not the Third World but it is definitely
not the First World. I say that because you may ask, "why don't
you just take your beagle to an obedience class?" Or you might
say, "why don't you just exercise her on a long leash?". Well,
there really aren't any obedience classes here and I love to see a
dog run free when all of the risks are kept to a minimum. I have
had some experience training dogs in the past so I thought I'd see
what I can discover about training beagles.
This part of the site is not only
where I'll show you our progress but, I hope, you will offer your
suggestions, share your experiences and offer me some support.
Fresita is a very well behaved dog in
the house and when on a leash. She knows all of the basic
obedience commands and performs them well and quite dependably. If
you are a beagle owner you know the problem begins when you are
not on your property and the beagle is off leash.
So far there is one thing I am sure of
and that is that Fresita wants to please me with all her big
beagle heart and soul. The problem is two-fold. When she is
seriously running and sniffing she doesn't hear a thing and she
knows I am her papa but she loves every other person she sees.
My job, as I see it and please correct
me with an
if I'm wrong, is to find a way to get her attention when she is in
the beagle twilight zone which I am quite sure is a very cool
place. Once I have her attention she is really a very obedient
I plan to
put up a series of videos depicting our work and short
descriptions of my thoughts about what and how we are doing.
Hopefully the quality of the videos will improve with practice.
video files are in Flash format. Clicking on a link below will
a pop-up window.