Training your beagle is not only important, but essential for running a happy home.
Obviously you don’t want a dog that is so out of control that they go to the bathroom everywhere or is destroying your home and valuables. Here we will discuss some of the most important training tips that will help you raise your beagle to be the perfect pet and roommate for your family!
1. Be Patient & Fair
It is important that your Beagle has an understanding of what you are asking, before you correct or punish him (or her) for not following your command correctly. With that said, it is also important that the punishment fits the crime. You should never correct or punish your dog just to release anger or clearing out the built-up emotions by unloading them on your beagle.
Instead, keep the lines of communication open, send them the message that they did wrong, in a stern, strong voice, but still let him know what role he plays in your family. Remember, the way you punish and/or correct your beagle, is another way to strengthen (or weaken) the bond you have. Think of it this way, ask yourself if you’re being fair BEFORE you react in the wrong way.
2. Be Positive, No Matter What Happens
It is very important to have the right attitude while training your beagle. While this shouldn’t even be said, there are many pet owners that give up or punish their dog for not catching on right away. It is essential for beagle training, that you praise your pup at the right time and in an appropriate manner.
Praise is free, so use it to your advantage! Praise your beagle when you can see that they are TRYING to get it right. Use praise when you can see that they are focusing on the task and giving you their attention, because that is the first step. When they succeed, shower them with your love and affection. No matter what, it is important for you to communicate the message that you’re proud of your pup. If they can understand that you’re proud, you will have no problems training your beagle.
3. Play on the same team
When training your beagle, another essential tip, is to remember to play on the same team. Training your beagle is not a “You vs Your Dog” effort. It is more like you both are playing on the same time, but in different positions.
More accurately, think of yourself as the quarterback that makes all the play calls. Your dog is more like your running back or your wide receiver, that finishes the play you started. If they don’t finish the play, you can’t win. Like playing football, training your beagle is a team effort. Of course, before you can “play the game” your pup must learn the plays first.
4. Spend Time With Your Beagle
In order for your beagle and you to be on the same team, you must spend an adequate amount of time with him. Teaching your beagle the tricks and commands you want, will not be an overnight endeavor. It will take a little bit of time and dedication. Try bring him into more aspects of your life. Let him sleep in a crate or doggy bed next to your bed. Practice the simple commands on a daily basis. Going at a slow pace is a good thing. It will provide you with more opportunities for interaction and practice, which will ultimately improve the reliability of your Beagle.
Beagles are a very intelligent breed. If you show your pup the things he needs to learn and teach him how to complete your commands, but most importantly, stay positive and loving, your dog will be the most obedient on the block.