A Beagle puppy is simply adorable. Yours is probably gentle, even-tempered, intelligent, and determined, just as you’d expect. He loves new people and pets; he always bounds over and jumps up to say hello. Since he’s so irresistibly cute, you haven’t been too hot on the training yet. You’re just enjoying having him around. However, it’s now dawning on you that it’s time to start training him some basic obedience commands.
Training him to ‘sit’ is the first step in teaching him a whole range of commands. Lots of instructions, from ‘wait’ to ‘jump’ will require a ‘sit’ first. This type of training is also important because it will reinforce your position as pack leader and instill some much-needed discipline. Not to mention it’s a fantastic way to channel his energy into something productive.
Training some dogs to sit can prove challenging, despite it being arguably the most basic command. However, because you have a Beagle, you already have certain advantages. Firstly, Beagles are well known to be relatively easy to train. Secondly, because Beagles are a scent hound, you can get him dancing to your tune by appealing to his acute sense of smell. Training will then involve you guiding him and making it all feel like a fun game.
Because he’s a puppy he should be eager to please and a fast learner, you could see results in just a couple of days. If he’s easily distracted then you may need a little while longer, up to a week. Get this training right and you will be taking the first step towards a well-trained Beagle who can perform a variety of entertaining tricks.
Before you can start training, you will need to get your hands on a few bits. Break his favorite food into small pieces or stock up on treats. Because he’s a Beagle, smelly food, such as cheese, may be an effective motivator.
You will also need a toy and a clicker for one of the methods. Then set aside 10 minutes each day for training and try to find a time where you both won't be distracted by kids charging around.
Once you have all that, you just need patience and an optimistic attitude, then work can begin!