Your Beagle is everything you thought he would be. True to their nature, Buddy is excitable, even-tempered, intelligent and determined. This makes him a great canine companion to have around the house. However, you want to put your Beagle to some more serious work. You have a problem with squirrels. So while you want to keep Buddy around in the evenings, it would be great if you could put him out to work in the daytime.
Training Buddy to hunt squirrels may be a fantastic and effective way to put an end to your squirrel problem. However, there are also other benefits. For example, the obedience training involved will cement your position as pack leader. This will make it far easier to teach the hound a range of other commands and behaviors. This training will also stimulate the dog and put all that energy to good use.
Training a Beagle to hunt squirrels is much easier than many owners realize. This is because Beagles naturally have many of the characteristics needed to be an effective hunter. The challenge comes in finding the right incentive. Fortunately, like most dogs, Buddy probably has a weakness when it comes to food. If not, the right toy could well do the job. Once you have your motivator, you will be able to reinforce training with consistent practice.
If your Beagle is just a puppy then they should be eager to please and extremely receptive. This means you could see results in just a few weeks. However, if Buddy is older and more interested in sleeping than chasing prey, then you may need several months. If you get this training right, you won’t have to worry about squirrels sneaking in through small gaps and wreaking havoc.
Before you can start training, you will need to go out and collect a few bits. Squirrel decoys and scent spray will be needed. These can be bought from a range of online stores. You will also need to stock up on tasty treats. Alternatively, you can break the dog's favorite food into small chunks.
Toys and a clicker will be required for one of the methods below. Set aside 10 minutes each day for training. You will need a yard or local fields to practice in.
Once you have all that, just bring enthusiasm and a positive attitude, then work can begin!