Post # 1
*sigh* so we have 3 dogs that we love to death, we got pup #3 in February, she’s about 6 months old now, English Bluetick Hound, totally adorable but a royal pain in my butt. Hounds aren’t really known for their trainability, so it’s been a handful, potty training is still an ongoing hell but it’s getting better – she’s go one heck of a howl though, which is cute when used sparingly but jiggles your brain when she gets going (thank god for neighbors that don’t care) Sometimes she’ll howl at something, but most of the time I think she really just LOVES the sound! I’m about to have a conniption. Anyone have a similar hound problem/how have you handled it? She gets the other two going and I can’t even think straight half the time.
Post # 3
@ErinBlue: You could take her to a trainer, but a part of any type of hound is the howling. Especially because she is young and is just discovering her sound, she probably does enjoy it. I would try contact a trainer that specializes in hunting dogs. However, it’s a part of her breed so I hope that you’re not punishing her. She’s doing what her instincts tell her to do and is alerting you. 🙂
Post # 4
Haha, I have met plenty of beagles who are in love with the sound of their own voice 😛
You could try teaching her to howl on command? That way she’ll know what you mean when you ask her NOT to howl! We did this with my pit mix and jumping (upon the advice of our trainer) and it worked really well. Can’t expect him to learn “NO JUMPING!” without teaching him “JUMP!” in the first place!
Post # 5
@PacificMrs: I think we’re gonna start training her to hunt even though we’re not really in a hunting area, pretty sure this pup just needs a “job!” lol, not punishing the howling, she looks so proud of herself whenever she does it, just gotta find a way to get it under control – we were out of town for my sister’s wedding last weekend and our dog sitter said the cops were here 3 times for the howling.
@loveandapitbull: LOVE this idea, we have a staffie too and that would probably be a good way to get him to cut with the jumping. If we can teach her that sometime’s it’s ok to howl, we might be on the right track…