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#3396508 - 10/10/13 11:54 AM Re: Beagle dogs [Re: tailchaser]
turkeyhunter
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I would just mess with them alot, get them so they will come to you you when you call them. Walk them in areas where they are rabbits, and they will eventually start running rabbits on their own. An older slower dog is also a great training tool for them. I would invest in some shocking collars also to stop them from running deer. Stop that right when it starts. Good luck and have fun.
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#3396645 - 10/10/13 01:33 PM Re: Beagle dogs [Re: tailchaser]
Coyote Slayer
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I wonder if there might be a club for beagles around east tn that has meetings like the coonhunters do. If there was that would be something good to do.
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#3396650 - 10/10/13 01:40 PM Re: Beagle dogs [Re: Coyote Slayer]
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I found a good deal on ebay that is one transmitter and 2 reciever collars for like 40.00 bucks brand new. I think ill try them out, they had good reviews. I know a guy in south carolina that says he used the shock collars and they worked so well that if his dogs pick up a fox or deer trail they will just come back and sit down at his feet.
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#3396762 - 10/10/13 02:49 PM Re: Beagle dogs [Re: Coyote Slayer]
turkeyhunter
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They do work well jus make sure they are on a deer if you shock them . Do not over use for little things in my opinion, my beagles have only been shocked for deer. It only took three different hunts for them to understand deer are bad. The guy they call rabbit hunter on this site gave me alot of advise on training a couple years ago. If you send him a message he can help you with everything from training to keeping them healthy.
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#3396869 - 10/10/13 04:17 PM Re: Beagle dogs [Re: turkeyhunter]
rukiddin?
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I had 23 at one time. Sold out after college and never really got back in it. Loved it though. With the exception of my whelping box, all mine were kept on the ground in lots. I put "crusher run" gravel in my lots and over time it would set up almost like concrete.

As far as starting new pups, the best way was to put them in a "puppy pen", which was a 1-10 acre enclosure with chicken wire and plenty of rabbits. I would leave mine in them for a week or two, and 9 out of 10 times, the light would come on and they would start themselves. Then I'd run them outside of the pen with a older, slower, broke solid dog. If they got it, you will know it pretty quick if you got a rabbit dog. I don't know of many pens in TN, but i haven't really looked. I know a lot guys in NC that had running pens as big as 75 acres for adult dogs, then they would have a small puppy pen 1-2 acres. I sure miss those days!!!
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#3397423 - 10/10/13 10:15 PM Re: Beagle dogs [Re: rukiddin?]
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I dont have access to a running pen but there are about 20 acres of soybeans behind my house and a ton of brush and cover...theres rabbits everywhere. I have been letting them go after the tame rabbit alot the last couple times we have trained and they like going after him and chasing him. They usually catch him within a minute or 2 though so i put the pups in a cage and let the rabbit go until he took cover in the brush (the rabbit is tame and was very tired so i didnt fear losing him too much). I let them out and they did really well keeping their noses down. One would want to stop and try to wrestle the other every now and then but id scold him and theyd get back on track. They got right up to where the rabbit was hiding and all of a sudden went off track and went past him, i started trying to lead them back in the right direction and they went about 10 more feet and jumped a huge cottontail who apparently wasnt tired cause he shot off like a rocket and the pups gave chase for about 10 feet then just stopped and looked at me like, "Holy Crap what was that?" Anyway i was proud of them anyway. Like i said theyre only 3 months old and alot things ive read says that they dont get serious about training until 6 months. One of them started baying today too while he was in the cage trying to get to the tame rabbit. But not while tracking or chasing.
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#3397444 - 10/10/13 10:49 PM Re: Beagle dogs [Re: Coyote Slayer]
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JMO but at 3 mo old i wouldnt have a shock collar on them.At that age i say let them be pups and get them use to you and your commands. Next thing is working with them walking/being on the lead. Around 5-6 months i would introduce them to a rabbit. I like to put them down without older dog first time or 2 just to see if they even wanna try. All of them are different some might
Be useless until their 10-11 months old then it clicks for them and they turn on!! You have a few clubs around you. East Tn beagle club, Cookeville.Beagle club, and also the Hiawasse beagleClub. You cant enter your dogif it isnt akc registered but you should go and watch the dogs and meet the ppl. Even if you dont want to enter a dog its still good way to spend the weekend.

Good luck with the pups!!

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#3397458 - 10/10/13 11:21 PM Re: Beagle dogs [Re: Mud Creek]
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Thanks for the info. Ill hold off on the collars.
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#3397749 - 10/11/13 08:33 AM Re: Beagle dogs [Re: Mud Creek]
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 Originally Posted By: Mud Creek
JMO but at 3 mo old i wouldnt have a shock collar on them.At that age i say let them be pups and get them use to you and your commands. Next thing is working with them walking/being on the lead. Around 5-6 months i would introduce them to a rabbit. I like to put them down without older dog first time or 2 just to see if they even wanna try. All of them are different some might
Be useless until their 10-11 months old then it clicks for them and they turn on!! You have a few clubs around you. East Tn beagle club, Cookeville.Beagle club, and also the Hiawasse beagleClub. You cant enter your dogif it isnt akc registered but you should go and watch the dogs and meet the ppl. Even if you dont want to enter a dog its still good way to spend the weekend.

Good luck with the pups!!
I agree , I did not put a shock collar on my dogs till they started running rabbits on their own. Once they started running I had collars on them. I stayed close to them while running to make sure they ran no garbage. I was lucky enough to bust them the very first time on deer. it took two more times and they have been straight as an arrow since. knock on wood.
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#3403004 - 10/15/13 06:33 AM Re: Beagle dogs [Re: Coyote Slayer]
rabbit hunter
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 Originally Posted By: Coyote Slayer
Hey guys, i just got me 3 male bluetick beagle pups and i need some pointers from some you old timers. Theyre 3 months old. Ive been working with them everyday. They will use their nose to track down meat when you tie it to a string and drag it around. I have a rabbit and they go after him. I think im going in the right direction cause ive been studying about it alot. But I know yall probably have alot of knowledge. Id like to maybe find someone to let them go out with their beagles around east tn


Just keep handling them as much as you can, you want them used to you and come when you call them. There is really no need to get serious about their nose until they are 6 months old. At that time they are starting to mature some and will figure out what they are suppose to do, but don't get discouraged. Every dog is different, I have seen dogs as old as 2 year old before it clicked and they started hunting. They can't track or hunt sitting in a kennel, so keep them out around nature. If you have a starting pen in your area, look into that once they turn 6 months old. IMPORTANT, you will ruin a dog with a shock collar if you're not careful. The only reason I use one is if I have a dog that will run trash and usually after a couple of zaps they learn. An old seasoned dog will be an excellent teacher. Good luck, and if there is anything I can help you with, just ask.
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