A: Give your shelter beagle the gifts of time and patience. You say how much he’s improved. Well, in six months, he’ll be even better. Give him suitable chewies — bully sticks or toys stuffed with peanut butter — so he has enough stuff that’s appropriate for chomping. Eventually, he will stop messing with your stuff, as long as you train him. Sounds as if he is peaceful in his cage (or crate), makes nice with his own kind and has greatly improved your life in the city. Does it get any better?
He’s a dog, after all, and he’ll stumble along the way, but as long as you’re there to praise him, he will succeed.
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