Beagle Training Guide
While the Beagle is a loving, protective, intelligent, funny, and healthy breed of dog, training can be challenging. This particular breed has the capacity to learn just about anything but the difficulty comes into play because it also has a strong will and a bit of stubbornness in its personality.
We recommend that you start training your puppy as young as seven weeks. Although the training would not be too serious or difficult, it would be setting some rules.
How to Train Beagle
You need to keep in mind when training a Beagle, that as puppies, the attention span is limited. Therefore, you need to keep the focus on just one thing and make the classroom time short. We suggest that you give your puppy about a week to become accustomed to its new home and environment before you start any type of training. Otherwise, you will find the puppy too distracted to learn anything.
With the Beagle, you have a couple of areas that tend to be the most challenging, which includes potty training and barking. Some dog breeds can be taught to go outside for business very quickly but unfortunately, the Beagle is not one. In fact, it usually takes anywhere from 10 to 16 weeks to complete potty training for this breed.
Because of this, you need to remain patient but also consistent. In addition, rather than scold when accidents happen, use positive reinforcement in the form of praise, playtime with a favorite toy, or a small treat. By going this route, you will find the results far more successful.
Then, male dogs, particular those who have not been neutered, tend to bark at other animals and howl at things such as sirens. This breed is more vocal than others so you need to establish when barking and howling are acceptable and when they are not. Just remember that many times, people think when a dog misbehaves that it is completely the dog’s fault but in truth, the problem is often the owner and the method of training being used.
Let us say you have a Beagle that barks at people who come to visit. Obviously, this type of behavior is undesirable. Some suggestions on how you can control this include taking the portion of your dog’s daily food and divide it into about 10 portions. In other words, if your dog typically gets two cups of food a day, divide the two cups into small portions. First, ask people to walk past the dog without saying anything. Instead, have the person go to one of the food portions.
Have the visitor take one portion of the dog’s food, placing it in the dish. Make sure the person does not interfere with the dog eating but offers praise. Obviously, if you have just one visitor for that day, then you would take the other nine portions and feed the dog on schedule. This particular trick is great for people who work out of the home.
For instance, if you had a massage therapy business with about four visitors a day, this works well. Otherwise, you would have to put your Beagle up all day, which would then cause problems with separation anxiety.
Now, speaking of separation anxiety, this breed is definitely not one that does well alone. For this reason, most breeders would recommend you have a second pet in the house, or children or adults at home. If you only have time and space for one dog but work outside the home, you could be faced with some challenges.
Before you turn to keeping your Beagle kenneled all day, you might try leaving the radio or television on. Often, the sound of other voices will help tremendously.
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