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Beagles That Suffer From Fear

Updated on October 8, 2015

The Beagles

The first day home with my granddaughter.
The first day home with my granddaughter. | Source

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.


She is not standing up straight hopefully she will get enough confidence,
She is not standing up straight hopefully she will get enough confidence, | Source


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.

Animal Shelter

This is where both Amanda and Trixie came from.
This is where both Amanda and Trixie came from. | Source

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.

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They can finally sit together. 2/26/2015
They can finally sit together. 2/26/2015 | Source

Abused Animals

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 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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  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Cornelia , I to have wondered why people abuse pets. I love my pets and they bring a calm to my life. Thanks,Stella

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    Korneliya Yonkova 

    2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

    What adorable creature. It is so sad that she has suffered so much. I have always wondered why people takes pets if they don't want to look after them?

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    AliciaC, Thanks for your kind comment. Amanda is doing better. Last Friday was the first time my dog came when called and went out the door by herself. I can stop carrying her. Almost 6 month for this improvement.

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    Linda Crampton 

    3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I hope by now that Amanda is doing much better. Thank you so much for bringing her into your life. She needs you!

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Alexadry, thanks for the comment and reading. I just came back from a cruise and left my dogs with a sitter and she did really good. I knew she would never stay in a kennel as it is better to leave her in her own home.

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    Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

    3 years ago from USA

    You are so right that it takes a lot of patience with these fearful dogs, but these dogs are also the ones that give you a whole lot of satisfaction once they start blooming into more confident dogs. I have known many wonderful beagles.

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Mary615 looks like I will go looking in the Bible for the other 12 times dogs are mentioned. I only ever got 24. Thanks looking. Stella

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    Mary Hyatt 

    3 years ago from Florida

    You and I were talking about dogs being mentioned in the Bible. I ask Mr. Google and was led to a very interesting website They listed 36 verses that mention the dog. I enjoyed reading.

    Thanks for causing me to go looking!!

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    Mary Hyatt 

    3 years ago from Florida

    It breaks my heart to hear of a dog that has been mistreated! They don't forget, and it will take Amanda a long time to be able to trust you. Just with my little blind dog, it will take a lot of time, love and patience.

    When I was working with Baby to get her to find her doggie door, I put down a trail of Cherrios leading to the door. Maybe you could try that to get Amanda into the house.

    I volunteer at our local shelter, and have seen some real heartbreakers! Right now our shelter is as full as it can be. They are waiving their adoption fee to help with the problem.

    Good luck with Amanda. She sure is a beautiful Beagle.

    Voted this UP, and shared.

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Elsie, thanks for stopping by and for your comments. Amanda is doing better but still skittish. Thanks, Stella

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    Elsie Hagley 

    3 years ago from New Zealand

    It's terrible how people abuse dogs, I don't know how they can do it, I love all animals.

    Just give Beagles lots of love, I'm sure by now with your caring body and kind heart that you will have a perfect dog.

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Nell, Thanks for your comment about Amanda. It is getting better she almost makes it in the house now. We just pick her up the rest of the way. She is coming now when I call her. I think a little more time and she will be a lot better. God Bless, Stella

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    Nell Rose 

    3 years ago from England

    I am so pleased you took her in, she certainly needs a good home. I think one of the best ways to get her to go through doors etc is for her to see your other dog do it. maybe try taking them both at the same time, and always doing this until she feels okay to do it herself? it may make her feel safer, good luck and bless both of you, nell

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Adventuretravels Thanks for the comment, but I just love dogs. Amanda is almost able to stay in the room with us for about an hour before she hides behind the couch.

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    3 years ago from UK

    I cannot believe that anyone could be cruel to animals -let alone dogs! You are an angel taking her in. You are blessed with amazing patience - that's why you are such a good guitar teacher. I admire you in many ways.

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    Uzochukw Mike 

    3 years ago from Oba

    This is great. I am happy Amanda got better after some time.

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    3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    Youareso kind toadopt amanda, she needs encouragement and love right now

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    Mel Carriere 

    3 years ago from San Diego California

    I hate animal abuse and especially dog abuse. Yes I am a letter carrier but strangely enough I love dogs and I always try to cultivate friendships with them. I hope this dog gets over its psychological trauma. Great hub!

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    She went to the vet yesterday to get fixed. I know they are great with dogs. I hope she comes back not being more traumatized as we only had her for three weeks. The night before she licked my hands and face. As long as she is not mean and will not bite anyone she will always have this home. She was making progress, and we hope it continues. We all love her. Thank you for the comments. I will try and write another hub and see how she is doing. Have a great day.

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    Melody Lassalle 

    3 years ago from California

    This breaks my heart because it hits close to home. I have a fearful dog, but she wasn't abused. She was skittish when she was given to me as a pup. I worked with her daily and she became confident. It was going really well. Then, just before her first birthday, my Dad died, our elderly neighbor who was best friends with our dog moved, she had a traumatic experience at the emergency vet, and two months later we moved. My dog had the equivalent of a nervous breakdown. She became a fearful dog who trusted no one. I had to work with her constantly for several months. Eventually, she started to trust me and then trust other family members. Now 4 years later, she still has some quirks, but she is much happier dog. And, we are a happier household. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it. I hope you Beagle turns out fine!


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