Intro and a few questions!

Go Back   Dog Forum > DogForum Community Welcome > Introductions

Intro and a few questions!

This is a discussion on Intro and a few questions! within the Introductions forums, part of the DogForum Community Welcome category; Hi everyone. I am new to the forums. My husband just brought home a 8 year old beagle mix yesterday who is currently getting settled ...

User Tag List

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Dia

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-09-2014, 10:50 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Intro and a few questions!

Hi everyone. I am new to the forums. My husband just brought home a 8 year old beagle mix yesterday who is currently getting settled into her new forever home. We have a 5 year old daughter, a 4 month old son and a cat. We had talks of getting a dog in a few years when the baby is older however my husband's coworker was going to take the dog to a shelter so we decided to take her. She is a very nice, sweet, calm dog so far. I am a stay at home mom so I am pretty much home all day minus a few errands.

The dog has a few issues which we are already experiencing. She is a darter. As soon as the door opens she tries to run out. I actually couldn't get out of the house this morning to take my husband to work. I had to put her in our bedroom with the door shut so we could leave. Big mistake. When I returned home 30 minutes later she had tore up the carpet and padding under the door. I was upset mostly with myself for not anticipating that. I figure we can patch the area that is destroyed but I would like to save the house from any further destruction.

She was never crate trained so I am not sure at this age if I should attempt? I have to drop my daughter off at her half day kindergarten in a few hours and I am stressing about how I am going to get out and where I am going to put the dog for those 15 minutes. I am contemplating just taking the dog in the car with us but it is a little tricky with carrying the infant carrier as well.

I am going to browse the forums to see what others have done but wanted to intro and hope someone can give me some quick tips to at least help me get through today until I can figure out a better solution. I don't want her escaping or else I would just leave her out in the house. Obviously I cannot leave her in a room though with the door shut.

Anyways hello and hope to learn more here!
noodles84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2014, 12:05 PM
Senior Member
Dawnben's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5,929
Mentioned: 82 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
You can kennel train at any age but it takes time. Mean time I would take the pup with you. Just leash and tie in the car then add the kids. You might want to get a harness to be safer. The collar can slip over the head and the dog will be gone. Hound follow their noses so can be 5 miles away before they even look up. Look up kikopup training videos for help.
Dawnben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2014, 12:30 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Lower Mainland, BC, Canada
Posts: 906
Mentioned: 46 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Hi and welcome. Kudos to you for rescuing a dog, and I think getting an older dog was a wise choice, given that your kids are young. Puppy plus young kids can be really difficult. This dog might have some issues, but her maturity means you don't also have to deal with exuberant energy or housetraining.

Crate training can happen at any age, and is a great management tool. In the meantime, you can confine her to a room where she can do minimal damage using a baby gate. Kitchen or bathroom can be a good choice. You could also get her an ex-pen, another great management tool.

You don't say if this dog has been around babies before; if not, you will need to make sure she's not upset by the different stages your son will go through. Some dogs are fine with babies and older kids, but not toddlers, or love toddlers but not babies. Some dogs also seem to love anything human. Until you are certain of her feelings toward babies, I'd strongly recommend keeping her and the baby separated. I'm not convinced tying a new (to you) dog in the car, then adding a baby and a child is a great idea unless your car has a place where the dog can ride, completely separated from the kids. I'm not trying to be an alarmist, but until you know this dog it's better to be safe than sorry.

You'll need to teach her some impulse control at the door, so she's not always trying to escape.
Teach Your Dog to Wait at the Door

It'll take the dog a few weeks to settle into her new home, too, so you may need extra patience at first while you get to know her and she gets to know her new home and new people.
kelly528 likes this.
Dia is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My Intro and Questions :) Franticfur Introductions 5 12-21-2014 11:12 PM
Intro: thisbattymom Introductions 3 07-28-2014 01:59 AM
my intro! phoenix Introductions 4 09-27-2013 12:28 AM
hello all Intro: drhemlock2 Introductions 6 08-24-2012 12:43 AM
My Re-Intro staffilover Introductions 0 07-19-2012 10:13 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:31 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.