Activities For Beagliers

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Introduction

Most of the hybrid dogs that we've written about tend to be less famous than either of their parent breeds. The Beaglier is one of those hybrid dogs that stands as the exception to that trend, as these dogs are so famous that they even have an entire Wikipedia article dedicated to them. As you may have been able to tell based on their names, Beagliers result from mixing Beagles with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. As a result of their parents having such radically different appearances, Beagliers tend to look drastically different from one another. That being said, however, Beagliers tend to have very friendly personalities and are game to try out all sorts of activities with their human family members and friends.

Trick Training

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Dog Treats
Leash
Activity description
Patience is the name of the game here; the goal will be to teach your dog how to sit, stay, and lay down on command over the course of multiple 30 minute training sessions. Most dogs can be taught how to perform a number of tricks on command, Beagliers being no exception to that trend, but it will take a lot of time and practice before your dog masters a particular trick. To successfully teach your dog a new trick, you won't really need much else than a dog treat to help retain their attention while you are teaching them a new trick, making this a cheap activity to partake in.
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How trick training works
The idea behind using a dog treat to retain your dog's attention is key to this activity because your dog will begin associating your requests to perform a trick with the potential for them to earn a reward. In the later stages of trick training, you'll want to remove the treats from the equation and reward your dog with praise and a pat on the head. But early on, it's key to helping your dog get the basics down.
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Trick training basics
While holding on to a dog treat, get your Beaglier's attention by holding the treat in front of them. While your Beaglier's eyes are locked on the treat, lower the treat to the ground while saying "down." Once your dog is all the way down in a prone position, give them their treat and reward them with praise. Get another treat and repeat the process, but don't give them the treat until they successfully complete a down stance two times. After this is mastered, you can move on to fun tricks like "roll over" or "give a paw."
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Box Hunting

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Any Day
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30 min
Items needed
Cardboard Boxes
Dog Food
Activity description
This activity will test your dog's problem solving skills as well as their nose. You'll need a few cardboard boxes for this activity, as well as some food that your dog loves that also has a strong scent. While your dog is sitting down, you'll want to have them watch you place their food in a cardboard box before you then shuffle that box among the others. Your dog will then need to use their sense of smell to sniff out which box contains their food while you watch from the sidelines and offer your Beaglier praise and encouragement.
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Choosing the right food
We're not just talking about the taste; you'll want to get a hold of some food that's got a strong enough scent that your dog can pick up on. Even if your dog is on a specific eating regimen, you can still find an assortment of diet-friendly options that smell great. Beef and chicken are great options that have a lot of protein and tend to emit a pleasant smell.
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Upping the ante
When you start playing this game with your dog, using a few (as in 3 or more) boxes is great for keeping things fun and relatively easy. But if you find that your clever dog is starting to get bored with this activity, we suggest getting more boxes to make things more exciting. It's one thing to watch your dog find their food with just 3 boxes in the mix. Imagine watching them try to find their food out of 15 or 20 boxes.
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Sand Jogging

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Any Day
Free
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30 - 45 min
Items needed
Water
Leash
Doggy waste bags
Activity description
This no expense activity is probably best described as being easy to get into but hard to master. Sand jogging is tougher than regular jogging because the uneven nature of the terrain will cause your leg muscles to work differently than they normally would. As a result, you and your dog will definitely feel more of a burn the longer the two of you play in the sand. You can try this activity out at your local beach or even at an area with a lot of sand dunes if you feel that you and your pup could use the extra challenge. No matter where you go sand jogging, bring plenty of water for you and your dog as you're both sure to work up quite a sweat.
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Stretch those joints
Stretching is essentially a prerequisite for any sort of cardiovascular or muscle building activity and sand jogging is one of the most intense cardio exercises a person can try. It will be easy enough for you to stretch your own joints, but your dog is going to need some help; to stretch your dog's legs, gently take them and slowly pull them away from their center of mass. Do the same with their hind legs as well and you're basically good to go. Remember to stretch again when done.
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Pre-plan your route
Whether you plan on jogging at the beach or by the Pyramids of Giza, you'll want to figure out how long it should take you and your dog to jog to a certain distance both ways. You can use resources like Google Maps to try and gauge the amount of time needed visually or you can use resources like Yelp to see what others who've already jogged through an area have to say.
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Pace yourself
You don't have to try running at full tilt in the sand; in fact, we heavily advise against it, in order to get a good workout. Rather, you will be just fine jogging at an even pace alongside your dog. Early on, jogging slowly will help your leg muscles adjust. Jogging slowly later on will simply help you and your dog conserve more energy. Stay hydrated and watch your dog for fatigue or windedness.
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Round Robin Recall

You'll need a few other folks to help you out with this one, but Round Robin Recall is ultimately a very simple game. To play it, you and your assistants will need to get a few dog treats, form a circle around your Beaglier, each take turns calling your dog's name and then give them a dog treat as a reward for coming over to you. This game is an excellent way to get your dog ready for obedience training as well as a number of other activities.

Scented Fetch

As the name implies, this activity puts an interesting spin on an old school game. You and your dog will go about playing a game of scented fetch exactly as you play a normal game of fetch. The caveat here is that you will coat the items you want your dog to fetch with a number of unique smells beforehand. You can do this by getting a bottle of lavender spray, for instance, spraying a little bit onto a tennis ball and then rubbing the spray all over the ball.

Conclusion

There are quite a few dogs whose reputations precede them but we feel that Beagliers are one of the breeds that are definitely worthy of all the acclaim they've been given over the years. We're hoping that you've come to feel that way as well, after reading this article, and will consider adopting one of these friendly little furballs if you're searching for a pet. Beagliers can make great additions to households of all shapes and sizes due to their small builds and adaptable personalities. As far as cons go, Beagliers tend not to like being left alone so you'll have to accommodate them if you live a particularly busy life but that's about it; these dogs are all around great companions for people of all walks of life.