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I'm honestly a tad bit bummed because I was looking forward to getting a puppy in a year or two (I was hoping it would be next summer). It turns out that we are getting a dog next summer which is SO exciting, but he isn't a puppy lol.

Our first dog is actually going to be my childhood dog, an 11 year old (by next summer) beagle. My parent's are hoping to move soon but they don't have many options because of all of their animals, so we offered to take the beagle and they agreed.

He is in need of a name change though. His name is Jake, and my boyfriend's name is also Jake, and we just can't have all of these Jakes in the house! haha

So we've come up with this list.
Oliver
Liam
Ben
Owen
Elliot
Jasper
Leo
Luke
Mason
Milo
Zach
Theo
Cooper

Feel free to "vote" for more than 1 ;)
 

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Congrats on your soon to be new family member.

I like Liam and Jasper, Jasper being my favorite.
 

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Thanks :) I guess he's always been a family member, which can be a good thing for our first dog together anyway. It will definitely be easier having a senior than a puppy, too.
 

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I am biased because I have a beagle, I think they are so darn cute, especially in their senior years!! Post some pics as soon as you can :)

As for the names.. I really like Cooper, and Oliver.
 

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He is adorable! And I know he still has a few good years left lol. I see all these... "plump" older Beagles, and he is so fit compared to them XD He's perfectly healthy, except he very rarely has seizures (so far and few between the vet won't even put on preventative medicine, because the side effects out way the benefits for his case)

I'm visiting my parents today, so I'll snap some pictures then! :)
 

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He is adorable! And I know he still has a few good years left lol. I see all these... "plump" older Beagles, and he is so fit compared to them XD He's perfectly healthy, except he very rarely has seizures (so far and few between the vet won't even put on preventative medicine, because the side effects out way the benefits for his case)

I'm visiting my parents today, so I'll snap some pictures then! :)
It is definitely far easier to maintain the weight than it is to lose the weight, so keep up the maintenance :) look forward to the pictures. Tell us more about his personality!

also my two cents is that Milo is such an over used name, but still cute.

I am sure you will make his last few years wonderful!
 

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It is definitely far easier to maintain the weight than it is to lose the weight, so keep up the maintenance :) look forward to the pictures. Tell us more about his personality!

also my two cents is that Milo is such an over used name, but still cute.

I am sure you will make his last few years wonderful!
Oh, his personality XD Well, uh, he isn't the most well behaved dog. It actually took a bit of persuading on my part to get the boyfriend on board with this one. The compromise is that he [the dog] and I are doing obedience classes, and he needs to be a polite dog before he can come to live with us. It's not that he's a bad dog, because he really isn't! He has a lot of potential, and he's calmed down a LOT with old age. But he was never properly taught, which is mainly my fault. My parents got him for me when I was 10, but I wasn't ready for the responsibility of a dog so the ownership transferred to my parents, but they didn't have the skills or knowledge to properly train him either.

But we're going to work on it. Another reason that I want to change his name is that Jake isn't mine and my boyfriend's favorite dog out there. This is going to sound horrible but I actually thought I disliked dogs because of this specific dog, until I left home and started volunteering at a shelter... and then I realized I really do like dogs, a lot! So I just want a fresh start with him. We're going to take as many training classes as necessary, and we're starting off on a new foot... new name and all.
 

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What about the dog didn't you like? I can relate to having parents that didn't have a clue about training and caring for a dog. I only just started working when the family dog got sick with cancer, I used a lot of my money to spoil her near the end. It's such a different ball game when you're all moved out and educated on caring for dogs, getting my beagle and raising him from puppy hood has been such an adventure. You develop a completely different bond when the dog is solely in your hands.

Good luck with the obedience training!
 

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What about the dog didn't you like? I can relate to having parents that didn't have a clue about training and caring for a dog. I only just started working when the family dog got sick with cancer, I used a lot of my money to spoil her near the end. It's such a different ball game when you're all moved out and educated on caring for dogs, getting my beagle and raising him from puppy hood has been such an adventure. You develop a completely different bond when the dog is solely in your hands.

Good luck with the obedience training!
He just doesn't have very many manners. I think the biggest thing, for me, is that he steals food. He'll jump up to steal food out of your hands, he'll take it off the tables/counters, he's always right under your feet in hopes that it will fall. And he has horrible manners with his own food. He will sometimes growl at people when he's eating (his regular food, a bone, etc), and when he's waiting for his dinner he jumps up on people like crazy (he's knocked his bowl out of my hands more times than I can count).That's probably, in my opinion, his biggest problem. It's all food related.

He also has a chewing problem. Thankfully he's grown out of chewing most human things, but he still ruins his own possessions (like his beds, for example, beds never last). He's also chewed out of 2 or 3 crates.

He also doesn't walk nicely on the leash. And he has separation anxiety. He howls and cries when he is alone.

And he used to howl like crazy all the time, but he's grown out of that. Now he only howls when he has to go outside or if someone is at the door (or when he is alone).

So yeah, we definitely have a lot to work on this year, but I have high hopes for him!
And that's so good to hear, by the way. That's why I wanted to start with a puppy, and just do everything correctly from the beginning. I'm glad someone else understands that feeling. But I'm going to make this work with Jake, it'll be an adventure in its own sense. Writing this all out I wonder if a puppy would actually be easier!
 

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He just doesn't have very many manners. I think the biggest thing, for me, is that he steals food. He'll jump up to steal food out of your hands, he'll take it off the tables/counters, he's always right under your feet in hopes that it will fall. And he has horrible manners with his own food. He will sometimes growl at people when he's eating (his regular food, a bone, etc), and when he's waiting for his dinner he jumps up on people like crazy (he's knocked his bowl out of my hands more times than I can count).That's probably, in my opinion, his biggest problem. It's all food related.
:D Beagles love their food, I am not surprised by this at all. Mine won't actually grab food out of our hands, but he will certainly swoop in if ANYTHING is left unguarded. This means never leaving your plate unattended, and making sure any food items are up high out of reach. My beagle will also growl if you try to take his bone away, but the weirdest part is once my hand is actually on the bone, he immediately releases it and stops growling haha.

Getting a puppy may sound easier but I am sure it's just as difficult, and just as expensive if not more. IMO it would be way more rewarding to treasure what is left with your childhood dog, strengthen your bond, and give him some new adventures to look forward to :) Not to assume, but I'm guessing your parents don't have a lot of time for him?

Keep us updated and post those pictures!! :p
 
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I think it will be very rewarding, and this is definitely an experience that I'm looking forward to. I honestly think I'd feel a bit guilty getting a puppy without making things better with Jake, now that I think about it. But my mom is actually a stay at home mom, but she dislikes dogs. She's a cat lady.
 

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If Jake has had this name for eleven years, I would think he might be confused if you start calling him by another name. Maybe something that sounds like Jake, though I can't think of any good names right now.
 

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The food guarding thing sounds serious. The obedience classes will help with that by establishing that you are the leader. That will make a difference. I like to have unusual names, so I won't vote. Something that suits his personality. Maybe Mr Wilson, after Dennis the Menace's neighbor. Or just Wilson. Good luck with his re-education.
 

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If Jake has had this name for eleven years, I would think he might be confused if you start calling him by another name. Maybe something that sounds like Jake, though I can't think of any good names right now.
This is what I originally thought, so we decided on "Jack". But then I was told that having the names similar can actually confuse him and he could come to both "Jake" and "Jack". We're trying to weed out "Jake" completely, so it was suggested that we change his name to something completely different.

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I also think it's pretty serious, and it's something I'm going to talk to the trainer about specifically.
 

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Omg! That is the cutest, and healthiest 11 yr old beagle I've ever seen!!! He is so adorable!
 
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