If you once owned a Beagle that towed you along like a water-skier on dry land, then you'll want to avoid the indignity a second time. With your new pup, take the time to start training early so that he learns to listen. This also has the added bonuses of helping him bond to you and providing vital mental stimulation, which stops him getting bored.
Ideally, every dog should learn how to walk on a loose leash or to heel (or both!). Part of the problem is that many dogs learn at a young age that pulling is self-rewarding. In their mind when they pull, they get to the park faster. Part of teaching a dog to leash walk is to get them listening to you and to learn that pulling slows things up.
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It's not that my beagle pulls, she just won't move. When I take her for a walk, you can be sure that 20 feet outside my door she'll just start sniffing, and can do that for an hour or more. Pull on the harness and she'll dig in like a mule. What do I do? Haven't had her more than a week, I don't know what her life was like before we rescued her.
Hello Tim, Beagles are breed to track so if she doesn't seem afraid but rather seems very interested in something and simply refuses to move, I suggest switching your training tool. Check out the video linked below. How to Introduce the Prong collar – plus how to connect to buckle collar with carabiner for added safety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23zEy-e6Khg How to walk with a Prong collar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVvy6fztL2Q&t=6s When she does start to move with you, however small amount, reward her with a treat so that she learns that she has to follow you -it's not optional, but if she chooses to you will make it worth her while. Teach a command like Heel, and have most of the walk be heeling but when you want to let her relax tell her something like "Okay" or "Release" and let her sniff a bit until it's time to go again - teaching her that she can sniff when given permission but needs to focus the rest of the time. It's very possible she was an outside dog or a hunting dog in the past and is used to simply following her nose places and didn't have a lot of training. Even if that wasn't the case though many beagles are just obsessed with smells because it's genetic. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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