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Hello all,

I am new to the forum!

My name is Sarah. My husband and I have just adopted an 18-month old beagle/terrier mix from a local rescue. They told us he was found on the streets in West Virginia and was brought up to Connecticut by rescue volunteers. He has been at the shelter for a little over a month before we met him and welcomed him into our family.

He seems to be very timid. He is a sweet, sweet boy. Very quick to give face licks, comes when he is called, and seems to want to cuddle constantly.

He will sit down and look very sad. I'm not sure what happened to this boy in his previous days before coming to our home, but I am so glad he is safe with us now. He seems to very happy and curious as to my whereabouts constantly and gets confused if I am not following him outside on his walks with his new daddy.

It has been many years since I've had a dog, and have only ever dealt with rescues. My last boy was a rough rescue, was severely abused, malnourished and sick when we adopted him, and it took a lot of intense training and rehabilitation to get him to the vibrant, amazing, incredible pup he was until he sadly passed away in 2007.

Any tips or suggestions on helping this lovely boy with his transition to our family would be excellent. He seems to miss the companionship of other dogs, so we have thought about doggy daycare once or twice a week for a few hours to keep him socialized when we are not able to be home, but we would like to be able to train him to be able to be home by himself for a few hours here and there without any problems. We have him scheduled for training, but anything we can do at home that you can suggest would be great! I feel like a brand new mom all over again. I'm nervous and want to show everyone pictures ;-)

I look forward to "meeting" you all and hearing your input! :)
 

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I loved reading your story about this rescue. I would say just keep loving on him and definitely give him good structure. I think that a good way to acclimate a new pup that has had a questionable past into the family is to be repetitious in your daily life as much as possible. Teach him tricks and give him a job to do. Since he has beagle in him, you may need a lot of patience in order to train him properly. The beagle in him will want to hunt, and the terrier in him may cause him to dig and be a bit territorial. I'm so curious as to what his strong points are. Dogs in general are pack animals especially beagles. He might need a little buddy. Can't wait to hear how he is improving.
 

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I agree with PurePetPro. Training exercises are a great way to make him feel like he's doing a good job, reinforce his bond with you, increase his self-confidence. I highly recommend clicker training with treats - not only does it help them learn exactly the behavior you're looking for, the look in their eyes when they "get it right" is wonderful. It will make him feel like he's a good boy and pleasing you, and strengthen your relationship. My beagle mix LOVES training and trick/treat time.
 

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Welcome, and thank you for adopting a rescued dog. :) I'd love to see pictures, and look forward to hearing what you do and how he's doing. :)
 
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