Beagles are known as "the nose on four legs," and it's for a very good reason. These hound dogs have incredible noses, and can easily follow a scent for hours. They are expert trackers, and many Beagles are employed in airports and border patrol to seek out contraband food and substances. These cute little hounds also have a reputation for following their noses into trouble, and they need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy. Training your beagle dog to find things you hide is a great way to stimulate your pet, keep him out of trouble, and enjoy a fun bonding experience. It doesn't matter what you ask him to find, he'll enjoy every minute he's searching for the prize, and you'll have fun planning his search and cheering him on.
Teaching your Beagle dog to find things for you is not only fun, but it can be useful if you tend to misplace things. Beagles have a high scent drive, and as hound dogs, they love to follow their noses. By creating a regular game of finding objects or scents, you'll not only be keeping your buddy happy, but he could also help you out in a pinch. This trick will come faster to younger dogs, but older dogs can learn to find things too, with a little more patience and practice.
Your Beagle already has a strong drive to search, so asking him to find a specific toy or item will come more naturally than other dog breeds. Because this is a more advanced task for your Beagle to learn, try using his favorite toys, scents, and treats to help him along. Here are a few things you'll need to prepare.
- Special treats that will get him excited. Try bits of hot dog or cheese.
- His favorite toy. Use one he knows the name of or really loves.
- A strong scent. You can use essential oils that have a strong odor.
- A ball.
- A piece of paper ripped into scraps.
- A box or bunch of boxes.
- Kibble or a bit of dog food.
- Another person to help you with the training.