Beagles That Suffer From Fear
Fear Is A Terrible Life
I got Amanda on the 13th of February. The Animal Shelter called to tell me they had three Beagle dogs to choose from. We picked the tri color to match our other dog. I noticed she was very timid, but very gentle. I did not know it at the time but she had been very abused in her short life. She had been starved and had heartworm, hookworm. and ringworm. She is on antibiotics and is doing a little better. She has to go to the University of Fl. to get spayed next week. Amanda is two years old and is skinny. She has had to find what ever she could to survive. I feed her small meals several times a day to put weight on. She is almost 20 pounds, hopefully she will gain two pounds before her operation.
Whoever had this poor creature before we got her needs to be shot, to spend some time in jail. No one from the animal shelter would be able to deal with her, they have a full house this week with so much work. I will keep her and make it work, for she desperately needs a home.Update Amanda is doing great she walks with her leash. She goes for rides in the car. She has gained the weight she needed.
You can see in the photo above the ringworm on Amanda's leg. She is finally getting better from this and her leg is healing. She had 5 of those spots on her body and 2 on her tail.
Trixie my other beagle was extremely jealous of Amanda. After 11 days this has gotten much better. We left them alone and came back from church and I got a pleasant surprise. The house was in order and they were both asleep on the same chair. How wonderful to see this.
The Animal Shelter
I wanted to put this photo in this article, because the shelter does such a wonderful job. They do all they can for the dogs and cats. There is a tremendous amount of work and energy goes into this animal shelter. There seems to be a lot of caring and compassion for the animals by the caretaker. This is hard work and needs to be recognized once in a while by the people who live here. They do a great job.
Problems To Solve
I have several problems to solve.
1. To get her to eat more.
2. To put on a harness.
3 Lose the fear of the leash.
4. To come when I call her.
5. To come in the house.
Is there Progress?
This Sunday will make 3 weeks we have had Amanda. Number 1 is much better, but it was done with a lot of patience and soft treats as she did not know how to eat properly. Number 2 is accomplished, no more fighting and rolling over and crawling on her belly when she see the harness. This was a very large accomplishment for Amanda. Number 3 is getting better after miles of walking and trying to catch Amanda. Number 4 I am open to suggestions for this problem. She will not come when she is called. Number 5 She will not come in the house deathly afraid of doors. Help need suggestions.
Some common sense rules if you get a dog that is skittish and full of fear.
1. Don't take the dog unless you have a tremendous amount of patience.
2. Speak softly to the dog and no yelling.
3. Work the dog with a harness not a choke collar
4. Pet the dog gently on the head if he does the right thing for you, or give a treat.
5. Spend time with the dog.
6.After a few weeks try to socialize the dog. If the dog has fear I would wait that long.
7. The first bath be as gentle as you can with the dog. I did not trust someone else bathing her. I hope that maybe later I can send her to the Petsmart.
8. Continue to call the dog everyday by its name. Do this even if the dog does not come. I tried treats and tomorrow I will try a piece of meat tied on a string and pull it in though the kitchen door.
9. Never use your hands for anything but showing love and never hit a dog.
10. Just love the dog,hope for the best. If you can do these things it's probably fine for you to take home a dog that suffers from fear. Remember it requires time and patience, and a lot of love. All good things will happen.
To Control Fear
What Would You Do To Eliminate Fear ?
Abused animals are really no different than abused children. They both have that same look in their eyes. You know the look I am talking about, if you don't you are truly blessed. Dogs that stay away are the fearful ones. I am really fed up with the abuse of these helpless creatures, and besides if you can hurt an animal you can hurt a child.
Did you ever think what it would be like to be in a crate that is 26X26X18 inch? Beagle hunting dogs are used for hunting only. I don't mind the hunting dog if it is not mistreated. Amanda had no name when I got her. She had some miserable poor excuse for owners.
She will have her surgery to be spayed this coming week. I hate her to leave us as I am sure this 50 mile trip will traumatize her again. The animal shelter will bring her back to me.
Fear Takes Away Joy
Fear In Beagles
Keeps the dog from really living. She wants to come in the house and almost does but she can't take the step over the door step. I usually just go in the back yard and get her. It is a real chore. She is just getting use to the TV. She put herself in the corner where my husband and I could not reach. I thought I would have to call the Fire Dept.to get her out. There is a small space between the bed and the built in table for the lamp. It is only about 9 inches, but she squeezed in that space. We finally got her to come out, but it was no two minute job.
If I have company she hides under the couch. I am hoping this gets better. I hope it all does.
I would like to see people that have their dogs taken away spend a few months in jail. We need to do something that will break this up. They don't realize or care what damage they have done. In that case that the abuser doesn't care we need to make them think about what they have done. The next victim might be a child.
Advice For Getting A Dog Full Of Fear
Don't get a dog if you are afraid of it. Amanda is not mean, she has lost a lot of her spirit from someone elses abuse. Last week she did well, today was terrible. My husband put the fan on and she is back behind the couch. If she was so fearful to bite I would not take her. She is a very gentle soul. That is the beagles greatest asset. She loves my grandkids and loves to play in the yard.
I am going to keep this dog, so leave a suggestion if you have any. Thanks.
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