Teaching a dog to play dead is one of the first and easiest tricks for canines to master. That isn’t always the case with all breeds, though. Beagles, in particular, can be a challenging breed to train because they tend to have a more independent nature and are not as concerned with pleasing their owners as, for example, a Golden Retriever. Additionally, Beagles are prone to distraction, especially when outdoors and exploring the sights and scents around them.
Although your Beagle may take a bit longer to train than other types of dogs, by no means is it impossible to teach your beagle some new tricks! Teaching your Beagle to play dead can help build and strengthen the bonds and communication levels between you and your dog. Not only can you entertain your family and friends, but you can also help your Beagle to learn to settle on his side. This trick may encourage anxious Beagles to calm down and relax.
It’s helpful if your Beagle understands the 'down' command before training him to play dead. Otherwise, patience, consistency, and practice will yield the best results for mastering this trick.
Training your Beagle to play dead can fortify your relationship with your dog. Beagles tend to enjoy physical challenges, and this kind of training can enrich the time your dog spends with you. This trick is also a useful way in which to move your Beagle from being underfoot around the house.
Although Beagles may take a bit longer to train than other breeds, they have an undeniable zest for life and enjoy human companionship. Use your Beagle’s personality to your advantage, and have fun teaching your pup how to play dead!
The lessons below will work best with some of your dog’s favorite treats and a clicker if you use one for training purposes.
Because Beagles can be somewhat stubborn during training, make sure that you have plenty of patience available. Beagles may not be as subservient as some breeds, but they do love to bond with their owners and families. Stay patient, upbeat, and consistent with each step of training, and your Beagle will have this trick down in no time at all.