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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Clever Beagles Making News ~ Guest Post

Recently, there have been some pretty interesting stories about beagles in the news. This clever breed of hound has one of the best noses there is, which makes the beagle a highly useful working dog. Not only have beagles been trained around the world to sniff out narcotics and other illicit substances, making them a very useful border protection tool, but their superior sniffing ability has also made them prime candidates for other jobs.

Since the 70s, the beagle has been trained to sniff out termites, and can be one of the most effective ways of determining whether a building is infested with the destructive bugs. In fact, beagles often succeed where other detection methods have failed, and reduce the need to rip apart a home in order to find the termites. Highly trained beagles can smell the mites through the wall, and signal to their owners whether there is in fact an infestation. Termite sniffing beagles are so valuable, that one owner in Australia has his dog, Biscuit, insured for $15,000.

However, not all owners reap the benefit of their beagle having such a fantastic sense of smell, and these stories also make the news: Arnie, a 10 year old beagle in Largo, has long had a taste for cold hard cash, and has the ability to sniff it out from wallets or hiding places around the house. Recently, he managed to extract $300 from his owners wallet, and the only way his owners have been able to recover the money is to extract it from his poop.

Because beagles are so heavily ruled by their noses, it can be hard to stop them wandering once they get hold of a scent from somewhere, which can be a serious issue. Some owners use the beagles love of chasing scents to play games with their pets, purchasing scents and using them to play tracking games with the animals; this is a really good way to exercise your beagle’s brain and body, and helps them be more content in their daily life.

10 comments:

Loy Cerf said...

Nice post...Although I'm not sure what I'd do with $300 after a dog had 'found' it! LOL

easyweimaraner said...

It's a very good post,9 of them are my neighbors and they are very loud at "work" but perfect hunting dogs... I like Beagles
(and Bagels too) ;o))))

speedyrabbit said...

some interesting info

da tabbies o trout towne said...

good thing arnie doez knot werk for ore in a bank !!!

Two French Bulldogs said...

We would play with the green stuff then head to Petco
Benny & Lily

Kjelle Bus said...

Ooops :)

Cotton said...

Beagles are nice, I have a beagle friend :)
Cotton

Jeanne Pursell said...

Hmmm...very interesting! We are thinking it might be fun to make off with the green papers and hire a taxi for a trip to the pet store for some goodies!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Lord Fernandez said...

Beagles are fun. I have one - and her name is Midori. She and her other Beagle friends have a Beaglehood of traveling Yodapants. This Yoda costume is traveling around the world. Check out the pics of the Beagles who had been Yoda: http://whenwewasyoda.wordpress.com

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