Beagles are fantastic dogs for the family. They’re friendly and full of love. Everyone in your household loves your Beagle and he can always put a smile on your face. However, he isn’t the best-trained dog. Beagles are known for being stubborn and require creative training techniques, and he certainly proves the point. You can’t get him to ‘sit’, ‘wait’ or any of the essential commands. He’s more interested in following his nose than following your instructions. It can be extremely frustrating training him and so far you’ve had no luck. Fortunately, that is all about to change.
Succeed with this training and you’ve got the perfect foundation to teach him a range of other commands. ‘Sit’ is important for teaching him discipline and asserting your position as the pack leader. Once you’ve done that you’ll be able to stamp out bad habits with ease.
Training a normal dog to sit is relatively straightforward. Beagles, however, don’t always make life so easy. You need to be creative and really appeal to their natural instincts. They’re hounds and following their nose is what they love doing best. That means you need to use some smelly treats and food to get him on task. Once you’ve found the right incentive you’ll be able to swiftly whip him into shape. If he’s a puppy he should be very responsive and he could get the hang of it in just a few days. If he’s older and particularly stubborn then you may need a couple of weeks.
Get this right and you’ll be able to quickly instruct him to sit. This will make feeding him at meal times and putting on his leash a walk in the park. Teaching him ‘down’ and ‘stay’ will be much easier if you’ve already mastered ‘sit’.
Before training can start you’ll need to stock up on a few items. Find some extra smelly treats. Alternatively, break his favorite food into small pieces. You’ll use this to motivate him during training.
You’ll need to invest in a clicker for one of the methods. Then set aside 10 minutes each day for training. Try and find a time where you won’t be distracted by kids and a noisy household. Take him to a quiet room and practice there.
The only other thing you need is patience and a pro-active attitude. With that, your work can begin!