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Last night, Bogar the beagle went into his kennel at 10:45. For the next hour, he continued to whine, cry, whimper, scratch, and bump. At a quarter to midnight, I picked up his kennel and carried him to the other end of the house and closed the doors.

He woke up at 5, and began to whine, cry, whimper, scratch, and bump.

We put him out on the back-yard leash. He was out there for three hours. We brought him in around eight. He ran through the kitchen, looked at us, ran over to the living room, and pissed on the rug. Voluminously.

He went back out (actually, I picked him up by the collar and threw his ass out the back door), on the yard leash so that he could not reach the doors, because then he would hammer and scratch and hammer and scratch and whine and cry and hammer and scratch.

We started looking for someplace where we could put him up for adoption.

We ended up making an appointment with a behavioral trainer, for Wednesday. If he can't show us how to get control of this situation, we are going to lose this dog. I can't take it any more. I'm exhausted, Kate's sick, nothing in the house or the car is safe. I put up with him alone for a month, and couldn't teach him a thing. Kate took him to another house for a visit, and he tore around the place and whined for hours and injured the hostess. When he's calm, he's cute and affectionate and playful. When he's not calm, he's the Tasmanian devil. If we can't learn how to turn him into a good dog, he's heading for someone else's house, or a laboratory, and that would just break us.

A formal malediction on Kate's idiot nephew, who bought a brain-damaged specimen of a stubborn breed of dog at a puppy-farm, spent a year neglecting it, and left us with an intractable, uncontrollable, intolerable animal.



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Nov. 13th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry, John.

I know somewhat of what you speak as our farm seems to be the dumping ground for other people's dogs. Fortunately for us, we had a place to keep them. Dinah and Lulubelle went to good homes. (Kathy just heard that Lulu's new family really love her.) She's a sweet thing, but she's too big and energetic to be an indoor dog. Honey on the other hand is tiny, but also apparently psychotically clingy.

I love dogs, but I don't really want them in the bed with me.

I hope the training will work.

One thing I've found is that between Kathy and I, I have to be Bad Cop when one is needed. Generally, I find that a mean look and a low growl will get their attention. Sometimes that's all that's needed. I don't like raising my voice, but sometimes it's necessary to give a yell at them when they're starting to misbehave. Then if they continue, you give them the full treatment, back them into a corner, pointing a finger (or a rolled up newspaper) giving them the voice of doom and the "BAAAD DOOOOG!" until they go submissive.

Then, you can lighten up as if nothing had happened.

Yeah, I know. Most of this you probably already know, or a dog trainer can tell you. I'm sorry it's gotten you down.

Good luck!

Nov. 13th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
If he were human, I'd be suggesting that he's bi-polar. Does that appear in dogs?

Have the best

Nov. 13th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Bogar comes from a puppy breeder. He's got a fancy pedigree, but Mendel only knows what was present in the line already. Dogs can have mental problems as well as physical ones passed down. And beagles are a popular breed, so there's a lot of financial incentive to push them along.

I don't *know* that he's damaged, he may simply be feral for lack of good training and socialization when he was a puppy.
Nov. 13th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
Bipolar Bogar. Catchy.
Nov. 14th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
I hope not! There are enough people who are bi-polar without it being contagious!

Have the best

Nov. 14th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
Bi polar? I didn't know Antarctica was even for sale!
Nov. 14th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
It's not, but you can chose between it or the Arctic. *Grins*

Have the best

Nov. 13th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
You may want to ask Tina, she knows how to train show-dogs, and will have some very useful tips.
Nov. 14th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
He really is a good dog...but I understand your frustration... I know it's not PC but really shock collars work...my Dad and Mom raise dogs and have used them for training in the past as a last resort against bad behavior... I guess the question to ask yourself is "Do I like this Dog well enough to alter my life for him" if not, then he isn't the dog for your family...but someone out there will adore him. Good luck.
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