Beagles are everything you want from a dog. They’re intelligent, determined, excitable and even-tempered. They also have plenty of energy so you’re always kept on your toes. You and your family have nothing but love for your beagle. He’s now an essential member of the family and it wouldn’t be the same without him. Because he’s got a fair amount of energy to dispel you take him out for daily walks. However, while he loves chasing things, he’s not so good at the retrieving part. He’s not going to make an excellent hunting dog like this and he’s going to make walks somewhat frustrating.
Training him to fetch will alleviate these concerns. Beagles are a breed of hounds so they have the nose to track down prey. Fetch is one of the first steps in training him to be the hunting dog you would like him to be.
Because Beagles are intelligent dogs, training them to fetch is relatively straightforward. The challenge is teaching him what you want him to do initially. Once he understands what you want he’ll quickly catch on. All you need to do is ensure you have the right incentive. Beagles have a strong sense of smell so appealing to that is always a smart move. You’ll have to use a combination of toys and food therefore to master this training.
If he’s a puppy he should get the hang of it in a matter of days. He should be a fast learner who’s keen to please. If he’s older and not so keen on following orders anymore then you may need a week or two. If this training comes off, you’ll have the perfect way to exercise him. He’ll be left peacefully dozing in the evenings, instead of causing trouble.
Before you can start training you’ll need to gather a few things. You need to get hold of some toys he’ll want to play fetch with. Beagles love tennis balls. Alternatively, a brightly colored frisbee should also do the trick.
Then get your hands on some mouth-watering treats, or break up his favorite food into small pieces. You can practice when you’re out on walks so you don’t need to set aside any extra time for training.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and you’re ready to get to work!