I keep a halter on her rather than a collar. Even so, she has slipped it several times recently; each time she has either come when I called or come in on her own. Given her history, those few times are not enough to get her dog door access during the night. Since the last post, she will sometimes go in the crate without trouble but not always. Then we employ the wheelbarrow.
Leah will stand at my chair and look up at me; if I say no, she will go away; if yes she happily jumps up and cuddles on my lap for a while, sometimes going to sleep. She is usually good with her two foster sisters but won’t hesitate to do a hip swing to make room if there is something interesting going on. Her idea of a walk on the leash is to run full tilt or as fast as you will let her. Leah definitely needs obedience training and is smart enough to benefit from it IF she wants to.
All in all, Leah is a truly wonderful handful. You just need to know her priorities and be ready to deal with them. She’s great with children; she can be overwhelming in her welcome so would not be suitable for smaller children unless she settles down appreciably.
6 APRIL 2014: Leah is a friendly, active gal who on the lookout for a foster and/or forever home that can provide her with plenty of exercise. She loves people and other dogs. Leah was adopted by a wonderful family in February 2014, but unfortunately, she repeatedly escaped from their yard, and they made the difficult decision to return Leah to BREW to find her a home with a more suitable yard. Leah will require a yard with a privacy fence that she can neither climb nor dig under, and she also needs regular run and play time. Leah is currently back in her original foster home, but BREW is also keeping an eye out for a foster home with a more “Leah-proof” fence situation. If this smart, active gal may be a good fit for your family, please let BREW know!
29 JULY 2013: Leah continues to be a lovely, affectionate beagle. She is learning some more commands like “wait” and “don’t sit on Hoosier”. She loves to run and to cuddle and will jump up on any available lap any chance she gets. Whenever there are hugs or food available, Leah is right there. In fact sometimes she gets a little pushy and needs to be reminded there is plenty of love and treats for everyone. She exhibits no food aggression but will protect her food from a potential poacher.
Leah is completely housetrained and enjoys the outdoors under any conditions. She chases birds, her foster siblings and anything she thinks might play with her. Leah likes to dig and has tried to dig out of the yard. She’s also willing to climb anything she can in order to get to a good smell both inside the house and out in the yard.
This is one of the smartest beagles I’ve met. She knows if something she wants to do is on the prohibited list and will wait for a chance to do it while alone in a room. For that reason, Leah is crated when there are no humans at home. She doesn’t like to go in and we do the wheelbarrow – lift the front paws in, pick up the rear end and walk her into the crate. She will howl as though inconsolable for a few minutes then calms down. When we get home she waits patiently to be let out.
Leah is very cooperative and will potty on the leash. She loves riding in the car, only becoming impatient if not moving. Smart as she is, she doesn’t quite get waiting for traffic. Told to quiet she will nap in her crate.
Leah is a 3-4yr old black/tan female that is fully vetted. She is friendly and good with other dogs but was a stray in Madison Co. so her history is unknown.
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