I haven't owned a dog since I was 8 years old but I just got a 7 week old beagle puppy yesterday and was wondering if anyone could recommend any methods/tips/books/websites on training him. He'll eventually be an outside dog but I'd like to train him for both inside and outside behavior... and I really just don't have the first clue how or where to start.
Thanks,
Matt
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The first thing to understand is that dogs are social beings who need to be with humans. Outside dogs lead a lonely existence and have little reason to care what YOU want. The first place to start therefore is rethinking why you want sa dog if he's not going to be part of your whole life.

An excellent book is "Mother Knows Best" by Carol Lea Benjamin.

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He'll eventually be an outside dog

Please don't do that to him. Dogs belong with their packs. They are not lawn ornaments.
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He'll eventually be an outside dog

Please don't do that to him. Dogs belong with their packs. They are not lawn ornaments. Canine Action Dog Trainer http://www.canineaction.com My Kids, My Students, My Life: http://hometown.aol.com/dfrntdrums/myhomepage/index.html

I see that you have changed your signature from petsmart trainer. Have you left PetSmart? or are you trying to give yourself more credability?
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He'll eventually be an outside dog

Please don't do that to him. Dogs belong with their packs. They arenot lawn ornaments.

Well when I said outside I mainly meant during the day while I'm at work. If I know my wife, the dog will stay inside more than I will!
The first thing to understand is that dogs are social beings who needto be with humans. Outside dogs lead a ... not going to be part of your whole life. An excellent book is "Mother Knows Best" by Carol Lea Benjamin.

Like I said in my other reply I mainly intend to keep him outside during the day while I'm at work. But I also do a lot of outdoor activities including hiking and camping and would like to get him use to the idea of sleeping outdoors from time to time.
Thanks for the book recommendation!
(Email Removed) wrote in . they can be quite noisy. an annoyed neighbor may complain to AC, or they may take matters into their own hands and rehome or even harm your dog. it's just not worth the risk.

if you're worried about the dog damaging your home or harming himself when you aren't there to watch him, you can restrict him to a dog-safe area or crate him. a good puppy class should be able to give you information on crating. there are crating resources available on the web, but you'll need to be careful evaluating them. some of them have odd, and even counter-productive, advice.

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I see that you have changed your signature from petsmart trainer. Have you left PetSmart? or are you trying to give yourself more credability?

I'm leaving PetsMart when my last class is finished - end of June. I've already started a class with Canine Action. My bio should be up on the website soon - she just took the picture last night.
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Well when I said outside I mainly meant during the ... wife, the dog will stay inside more than I will!

if someone's at home, it's fine to let your dog spend time outside. i wouldn't recommend leaving a dog outside ... may take matters into their own hands and rehome or even harm your dog. it's just not worth the risk.

Well we live in a pretty nice neighborhood and several of our neighbors have dogs that live outside 100% of the time. And the previous owners or our home let their dogs live outside most of the time and never had any escape problems, but I guess if there's a chance then I won't risk it. We just have a very small home and there isn't really an area for us to make "dog safe" during the day and I just hate the idea of crating.
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