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Ben is a beagle cross hound we adopted when he was 11 month old, he is about 15 month old now. he knows basic comands, and he sits before we cross the road etc.
i have been in touch with the local dog training club, but it is not certain yet if Ben has a space. So we are starting ourselfes, with clips from utube, dogwistle etc. i find the utube clips quite intimidating, as they always use dogs that are really well trained already. it would be nice to follow someone from the beginning, and see the struggles and how to overcome them.

i have attached some pictures from our most recent success, socialising Ben with our cats. it was a disaster when he first joined us, and i thought it would never work, but he is getting allot calmer, round them, and in the house, not trying to get on furniture, and jumping up visitors.

i do think all Hound types are sight hounds, as movement is what triggers them. so it will be a challenge im sure. :)
i would love to get him to the point where he can run off the lead. We havent had a young dog in the house for years now, and i do realise dog training has moved on. im looking forward to the adventure.
 

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what we are working on at the moment is Ben sitting still to have his paws dried when he comes in from outside. he seems to think the towel is a toy, trying to fleabite my hands, and i need hands like an octipus, lol. but he is getting a bit better. it seems sometimes his paws get mainly dried by my sox when he stands on my feet lol.
i do talk calmly to him, and tell him he is a good boy when he sits, and lets me do what i want to. he has a sneaky treat after. :)
 

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we have been working on one word commands lately, in the house, and out and about on walks, like "come, sit and down".
we have hit a snag though, because Ben turns his nose up at treats on walks, he is just to exited, by all that is going on around him. he does respond well to praise though, i dont know how helpful that will be if i did try re-call off the lead again.
i dont want to start giving him bits of chicken etc, because that is making a rod for my own back.
i also will contact dog training again next week, by then they should be organised after the holidays. i hope Ben can have a place!!
 

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got in touch with the local training club again today...fingers crossed....hope Ben can go..... :D
 

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we had a good walk today, apart from the usual madness, when Ben saw 2 Squirrels, he responded very well to his dog whistle, and the word "come".
He came back and sat by me.
He was on a 5 meter flexi lead. i think i will order him a training lead later. :)
we also saw a poster for new dogs wanted for a flyball/rebound group.....
it might be worth checking out, but no good if it is outdoors at the moment.
 

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yesterday, we had chance for the first time to work with Ben on his recall lead, im so proud of him he did amazing, i filmed him on my phone, but cant figure out how to share the clips...lol... cant wait to try again!! :)
 
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