Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva!
Yay good for you he's gorgeous!! I LOVE people who rescue animals from shelters. What was his history like? He looks like a sweetie and Beagles are gorgeous dogs!
He was brought to the shelter because he is "too big, too strong, and too goofy off the leash". The goofy part will fit right in here, as both our cats are hams (and so are we lol) when it comes to goofing around. He IS big and strong, but we're strong too and it's nothing a little experience on the leash won't fix. We got this lead that fits around his head....if he starts pulling, it tightens so he can feel the pressure on the back of his head. It works great, he actually walks with it instead of trying to drag me. I figure, once he's had more experience going for walks (they said he hadn't had much) and as long as we give lots of treats, he'll do great. Off leash (and with treat rewards, of course) he's already responding to a number of commands, including come, sit, lay down, and stay (well, for a couple seconds lol). And we've only had him for 8 hrs. He's a clever guy.
He's actually closer to a Treeing Walker Hound than a Beagle, though I agree he's gorgeous. He's a good sized dog, about 60-65lbs (though he's got a touch of a pot belly lol). However, his disposition doesn't fit the average Walker Hound description at all. He's very laid back when off the leash, and hasn't seemed restless at all in the apartment (which is not a recommended environment for this breed, since they're very active...we're going to be extra viligant about meeting his exercise requirement, and plan to use a nearby family member's fenced-in yard for off-leash play). Max is very energetic on walks, that's true, but once we're back and the leash is away, he's calm and relaxed. It seems that he'll be a perfect fit for us!