You’ve barely had a minute to catch your breath since your Beagle puppy entered your life. In many ways, he’s exactly what you expected: determined, even-tempered, intelligent and excitable. He puts a smile on your face as soon as you see him bounding up to you. However, one thing you didn’t count on was how much energy he would have. Fortunately, you have plans to put that energy to good use.
Training him to hunt rabbits will benefit both of you in a number of ways. Firstly, it’s a fantastic way to channel his energy into something productive. This type of training will also instill discipline and set him up to be a well-trained, obedient dog in the future. It’s also a fantastic way to bond with your new canine pal. Not to mention, it could significantly improve your hunting results.
Training any puppy to hunt rabbits can prove challenging. He will be restless and eager to explore everything around him, so keeping him focused won’t always be easy. Training will start by teaching him a range of obedience commands and getting him used to his future hunting environment and prey. To do all this, you will need the right incentive. Fortunately, Beagles have a particularly strong sense of smell. So the right smelly food will be your gateway to successful training.
Because he’s a puppy, he should be receptive and keen to please his new owner. This means you could see results in just a month or so. However, if he’s stubborn and not the most avid student, then you may need up to six months. If you can get this training right you will have an efficient and obedient hunting partner who will ensure those days of returning empty-handed are over.
Before you get to work, you will need to get together a few bits. Some rabbit decoys and scent spray will be required. You will also need to stock up on tasty treats for rewards and motivation.
Set aside 15 minutes each day for training. You will need access to a yard and local fields for training. The more often you train, the sooner you will see results.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude, then work can begin!