Are beagles easy to train? How to potty train a beagle? These are some of the most commonly asked questions of folks who’ve recently bought or adopted a beagle puppy. The good news is that beagles are relatively easy to train – as long as you understand and follow the best beagle training tips.
As with any breed of dog, the earlier you can train a dog the better your results will be. Does this mean that older beagles can’t be trained? Of course not! The old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” is nothing more than an old wives tale.
There are a few differences you’ll notice when training an older beagle versus a puppy:
Remember that dogs are creatures of habit. As a result, you’re not just training older beagles new tricks – you’re training them to ignore their old habits. Teaching them to unlearn behavior can take time and patience.
Though beagles can be trained at any age, the needs of owners of a new beagle puppy will be different than those of an older beagle dog. This section will cover beagle puppy training.
According to the Humane Society, the first step in beagle crate training is selecting the right crate. They advise that the crate should be large enough for your beagle to stand up and turn around but not much larger. However, it’s fine to choose a crate for your beagle puppy that will accommodate their adult size.
If you do so, block off the extra space. The goal is to ensure they can’t eliminate in one end of the crate and simply retreat to the other side. Some local animal shelters may rent crates, which allows owners to choose the right size now and upgrade when necessary.
It can take days, weeks, or months to crate train your beagle, depending on their age, past experience, and temperament. Try to assure that the crate is associated with something pleasant and follow this series of small steps to avoid going too fast.
After you’ve successfully crated your dog when you’re gone you can start to slowly move it toward the location you’d like it to be in permanently. Moving it gradually every few days will prevent your beagle from becoming alarmed.
Experts suggest beginning to potty train a beagle when they’re between 12 weeks and 16 weeks old – that’s when they’ll have enough control of their bladder and bowel to learn how to hold it. If your puppy is older than that then the potty training process may take longer.
Experts also say that confining beagle puppies to defined spaces – like crates – helps too. As they learn that they must go outside to do their business, you can gradually begin giving your beagle freedom to roam the house. Training a beagle puppy to go outside begins by following these tips:
These beagle puppy training tips can be used for virtually all obedience training: reward your pooch for good behavior and avoid bad behavior.
Learning how to train beagles of any age requires consistency and a focus on rewarding positive behavior. Avoid training tips that focus on creating negative consequences as this can confuse your pooch.
Many people don’t realize the importance of leash training tips. Whether your pup is young or old, it’s essential that they walk correctly on a leash for a wide range of reasons:
Fortunately, leash training tips are relatively easy to master – as long as you focus on positive reinforcements and you’re consistent.
One of the most important things you can teach your beagle is how to behave as they eat. As your beagle grows, he’ll become more concerned with asserting himself – and beagle puppies often choose mealtimes as a chance to do so.
Giving in to his demands is a mistake because obedience training requires you to teach him that you won’t respond to his every demand. He needs to learn that people can be unpredictable and he needs to accept this unpredictability as non-threatening.
Help your beagle to do so by imitating the most unpredictable people of all – children. Step quickly towards his bowl and then immediately drop a treat. Bump into your beagle while he’s eating or playing with a toy and then immediately drop a treat. This will reward him for behaving calmly.
Follow these table manners tips on a regular basis – but not at every meal. If your puppy ever freezes while he’s eating, growls at you, or even glares at you, stop the training and try again. Once again, you’re looking to reward positive behavior – not punish bad behavior.
Barking is a natural part of your beagle’s behavior but certainly you – and your neighbors – will be happier if you can get it under control.
Remember that most dogs don’t understand that barking is good or bad because the human response can be confusing. At times he’s ignored, other times he’s shouted at to stop, and he may even be encouraged to bark in certain situations – like if a suspicious stranger is in the yard.
The solution is to teach your beagle that he can bark but only until you tell him to start. When you say, “Stop barking,” it should be an obedience command – not a punishment. Follow these steps to train your beagle when to bark:
No one likes to hear their dog whining but if you comfort him every time he does it you could actually be making the situation worse. This is because your beagle can start to think he’s being praised for whining. He’ll then get into the habit of doing so when he wants your attention.
The best way to combat this problem is by not going to your pooch when he whines. He’ll quickly learn that whining and / or whimpering is not an effective way to get your attention or approval.
It’s important to understand that your dog will learn very quickly. As a result, it’s essential to teach your dog from the moment you get him.
Dogs learn via association. If your dog does something you like then you should reward him. This increases the chances that he’ll repeat the behavior. Just make sure the reward is linked to the action. It should take place within a second or two. Treats and praise both work.
Your pooch must be taught what he can do and what he can’t do. Harmless behavior can be ignored but if your dog is doing anything dangerous then it must be interrupted with a sharp “no” followed by a reward when he stops the behavior and gives you attention. Shouting is not the best way to train your dog.