Beagle Training Tips
Beagle training requires a lot of persistence and this page will give you some Beagle training tips. Beagles are better known for their tracking abilities rather than their listening abilities and therefore training beagles can be very discouraging. Beagles rank among the lowest when it comes to obedience. Keep in mind that you will have to be rigid but at the same time show that you care. I think the following Beagle training tips will help.
Walking your Beagle training tips
Most Beagle owners would agree that walking them is one of the most frustrating events there is. Beagles put their keen nose down to the ground and constantly pull and tug as they move from each discovered smell to the next. To make walking more enjoyable start with a six foot leash. This will give your Beagle a radius to explore that is the right size for a leisurely walk. If he starts to pull and tug then quickly change direction. Your dog will quickly learn that you’re deciding the direction and pace of the walk, not him.
Begging Beagle training tips
Another area of Beagle training is to control their begging. They always seem to be where the food is and know who to stare at with those big eyes to get some of it. This may seem cute but giving in may cause a training problem. The first thing you have to do is to remove the beagle from the scene. At first start by placing him in his crate just before you eat. This will help stop his interest in the aromas he will smell. Later you can tell him to stay in a dedicated spot away from the food. The important thing is to remain consistent. If he starts to lapse and come over to the table to beg, go back to the crate for a few days. Eventually it will pay off and you’ll be free of a begging beagle.
Barkling Beagle training tips
Walking your Beagle is just the beginning. You also must teach barking control, a major issue with many Beagles. The hound dog howl of a beagle can be very obnoxious to you but to the dog it is simply a means of protecting your home. To get it under control requires a bit of counter-intuitiveness; believe it or not you have to encourage him to do it. Get your beagle to bark at you and while he is doing it, ask him to “speak” and give him a treat. Continue this practice and when you want him to stop simply turn your back and say “shush”. After a few training sessions your Beagle will understand the two new commands.
The basics are important but it is also fun to teach your beagle some tricks. Put that super sensitive nose of his to some use and teach him to shake. Simply put a treat in your closed fist and hold it in front of him until he becomes frustrated to the point of clawing at it. When he does say “shake” and open your hand to let him have the treat. Keep doing this and it won’t be long until you have him shaking your hand without a treat.
Training a Beagle can be a real challenge. Be patient and remain consistent and you will be rewarded with a well trained dog.