Beagle Dog Training

Beagle Training 101: How to Train Beagles Young and Old

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.

Getting Started on Beagle Training: The Younger the Better

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.

Training Beagle Puppy

There are a few differences you’ll notice when training an older beagle versus a puppy:

  • It can take longer for older dogs to catch on to obedience training, leash training, and other training tips.
  • More patience is generally required to train older dogs.

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.

Training a Beagle Puppy

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.

Training Baby Beagles

Crate Training a Beagle

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.

Crate Training Baby Beagle

The 4-step Crate Training Process

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.

  1. Introduce your beagle to the crate. Put the create somewhere your family – and your dog – spend a lot of time. Make it comfortable with a blanket or towel and leave the door open so your beagle can explore at their own pace.
  2. Feed your beagle in his crate. Once they’re used to the crate, begin feeding them meals near the crate and eventually in the crate. This will create positive associations with the crate. When he’s comfortable close the door while he eats and then open it as soon as he’s done eating.
  3. Increase the amount of time they spend in the crate. When your beagle is used to eating in the crate and doesn’t show signs of fear or anxiety, confine them in the crate for periods of time while you’re home. Give him a treat once he’s in the crate and a treat when you let him out.
  4. Crateyour beagle when you’re not home. Once your dog is comfortable being in the crate for half an hour, you can start crating them when you leave the house. Leave him a few toys to play with and don’t make a big production of it – it should be a very matter-of-fact experience.

Crate Training Beagle Puppy

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.

How to Potty Train a Beagle

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:

  • Establish a regular feeding schedule. Remove your beagle’s food between meals.
  • Take your puppy out as soon as you wake up in the morning and then throughout the day ever half an hour to an hour. You should also take him out when he wakes up from naps, after meals, the last thing before bed at night, and right before you leave him alone.

Training Beagle Puppy

  • Take your beagle puppy to the same spot every time. He’ll smell his own scent and that will prompt him to go.
  • Stay with him when he’s outside.
  • When your pooch eliminates himself outside, praise him and give him a treat. Another great reward is a short walk through the neighborhood.

These beagle puppy training tips can be used for virtually all obedience training: reward your pooch for good behavior and avoid bad behavior.

General Beagle Training Tips

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.

Leash Training Tips

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:

  • Beagles who pull on their leashes frustrate their owners, which can lead to owners losing their temper and not following good training tips.
  • Beagles will also feel frustrated when they’re pulling on their leash. This leads to stress, which leads to pooches being less comfortable and accommodating in social situations. It can also lead to increased aggression.

Leash Training Beagle

  • When a dog is properly trained to walk on a loose leash, they can easily signal to their owners that they’re in distress by pulling on their leash. Without proper leash training tips, this communication method isn’t possible.
  • Likewise, owners can communicate their own tension to their dogs through a tight leash. It may be a signal to your dog that they should stop or be more aware of their surroundings.
  • Physical problems can result from constant pulling, including stress on the joints and injuries to the trachea, cervical vertebrae, and larynx.

Fortunately, leash training tips are relatively easy to master – as long as you focus on positive reinforcements and you’re consistent.

  1. Always walk in front of your dog. In the world of dogs, the pack leader is always in front. Allowing your dog to walk in front of you sends the message that they’re in charge.
  2. Use a short dog leash. You’ll have the most control if you attach your dog’s leash at the top of their neck and use a shorter leash. It’ll also help you better communicate, correct, and guide your pooch.
  3. Give yourself plenty of time. When you’re first teaching your dog to walk on a leash, give yourself half an hour to an hour, though the needs of your beagle will vary based on a number of factors.

Beagle Leash Training

  1. Reward your dog during the walk. When your dog walks where you tell him to, when he relieves himself, when he doesn’t walk ahead of you – these are the times to reward him. Start with rewarding one behavior and then add new behaviors to reward as they catch on to the others.
  2. The training doesn’t end when you get home. You’re teaching good leash habits for their safety – and your own safety – but leash habits are also an important part of overall obedience training. When you get home, teach your dog to wait patiently while you take off your shoes.
  3. A final reward comes at the end of the walk. When the walk is over, give your dog a treat and plenty of praise. You want them to always look forward to your walks and not think of them as the obedience training they are.

Table Manners

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.

Table Manners Beagle

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.

Handling Barking and Whining

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.

Barking Training Beagle Dog

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:

  1. Let your dog bark two or three times.
  2. Praise your dog for sounding the alarm.
  3. Say “Stop barking.”
  4. Hold out a treat.
  5. Your dog will stop right away – if only because he’ll focus on smelling the treat.
  6. When he’s been quiet for a few moments give him the treat.
  7. Over time, increase the amount of time between when the barking stops and when your beagle gets their reward.

Barking Training Beagle Dog

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.

Understand How Your Beagle Learns

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.

Adorable Pet Beagle

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.

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