Beagle Training Tips
Welcome to Beagle Training Tips Online, a website dedicated to providing high quality obedience training advice to Beagle owners.
I have owned Beagles on and off since I was a child, and wanted to share the knowledge that I have built up over the years on the subject of beagle training. My Beagles have been a source of much happiness during my life, although there have been many times when they have caused me a fair amount of stress, frustration, and anguish. I have had to deal with most of the problems that commonly affect Beagles, including disobedient behavior, over excitement, barking, whining, digging, chewing the furniture, jumping up on house guests, separation anxiety, running away while out walking, and pulling on the leash to name a few.
I now realize that it is crucial to begin training a Beagle from a young age in order to help eliminate the problems that Beagles commonly develop, and to lay the foundation for a happy, well behaved dog. I have set up the Beagle Training Tips Online website in order to help new Beagle owners learn the fundamentals of Beagle training, and how to deal with many of the problems that the breed commonly develops.
My Beagle training philosophy uses praise and rewards for good behavior, and I always try to avoid punishing my dogs too much. In my experience Beagles respond to positive rewards (especially food treats) much better than they do to negative punishments. That isn’t to say that owners should never punish a badly behaved Beagle, just that I have found training techniques based on rewards for good behavior to be more effective in cultivating happy, well behaved Beagles than punishment based methods. On the occasions when administering a punishment is necessary, I always try to implement methods such as giving a quick tug on the leash, ignoring them, or some other action that the dog doesn’t like, but that isn’t too traumatic for them. Please never become violent or hit your Beagle, no matter how badly behaved they are. This sort of violent treatment tends to cause far more problems than it solves.
Beagles are a small to medium sized breed of dog and are generally good natured and gentle in character. They are not overly powerful or aggressive, but they are prone to becoming overexcited. They can also be very single minded and stubborn which can make them difficult to keep under control and train on a daily basis.
Because Beagles are a breed of scent hound, they are armed with a keen sense of smell. This was traditionally used to hunt rabbits, hares, and other game. This sense of smell can be a common cause of disobedient behavior as Beagles are very easily distracted by smells and tend to charge off when they pick up an interesting scent trail. This is a common cause of frustration for many beagle owners while out walking their dogs. Their energetic and single minded nature only exacerbates the problem.
Beagles are also prone to boredom and separation anxiety. They require a lot of attention and companionship, which is why many beagle owners opt to get two Beagles so that they can keep each other company. I have had problems with Beagles digging up my lawn in the past, a behavior that I put down to the dog becoming overly bored during the day. Boredom can also cause Beagles to misbehave in other ways, such as chewing furniture, charging around the house, and jumping up at people.
By spending time with your Beagle and consistently implementing obedience training, you will help to avoid your dog becoming bored, and help to cultivate obedient behavior. You should also ensure that you give your Beagle plenty of exercise. This not only helps your Beagle avoid obesity (a common problem in Beagles), but the time that you spend walking with your dog also allows you to keep them company, implement further training, and effectively monitor the overall health and well being of your dog.
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Thank you for visiting the Beagle Training Tips Online website, and all the best to you and your Beagle.