Your Beagle dog is everything you hoped he would be. He’s determined, intelligent and even-tempered. Not to mention, he has a fantastic sense of smell. This all makes him the ideal hunting companion. When it comes to deciding on a dog to hunt duck, the Beagle is up there with the top contenders. You haven’t had him long, but he’s got the energy and eagerness to learn, that could make him a formidable hunter.
Training a Beagle dog to hunt duck is a fantastic way of bonding with your dog. It’s also an ideal way to exercise him and keep him mentally stimulated. Plus, it comes with the added bonus that it may significantly bolster your hunting performance. If he listens and respects you, you may just have just formed an effective and harmonious hunting duo.
Training any dog to hunt duck can be challenging. Fortunately, Beagles are fast learners and eager to please. However, you will need to use a range of obedience commands and train regularly. You will also need to get him familiar with his future prey. That means he needs to know what they look like and smell like. Throughout training, you will need to use an effective incentive to keep him on task. Because of their powerful nose, a particularly smelly food, such as cheese, is often a sensible choice.
If he’s a puppy, he should be receptive and up for the challenge. You could see results in just a couple of months. If he’s older and not quite the quick learner he once was, then you need to be prepared to invest up to six months into training. Succeed though, and you may find coming home empty handed is a thing of the past.
Before you start training you’ll need to gather a few things. You will need duck decoys and scent spray. Both can be bought both online and from local hunting stores.
You will also need a serious amount of treats, or his favorite food broken into small pieces. Try and find 15 minutes every other day that you can commit to training. You will also need some space in your yard or local field to train.
Once you have the above, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude, then you will be ready to get to work!