Beagles love attention and being a part of the pack. They are very much a people’s dog and crave attention, which makes them very easy to leash train. One of their endearing habits is the desire to please and if given proper training make delightful pets. They are inquisitive adventurous and playful so need to be kept in an escape proof area, otherwise their intelligence and independent nature could allow them to escape. Beagles are not the type of dog that should be allowed to wander unsupervised and should be kept on a leash when walking outside.
Leash Training Tips
- Beagle training should begin as soon as you bring the pup home. The ideal age is 6 to 7 weeks in order to prepare them for leash training. Once they respond to their name and understand how to keep eye contact and sit and stay, they are ready. If you have to leave them unattended for long amounts of time they should be trained to sleep in a dog crate.
- It is necessary for you to show your puppy that you are the leader or head of the pack. When walking your Beagle do not allow him or her to walk in front of you. The dog should walk by your side or slightly behind you. When leaving or coming home, train your puppy to wait, allowing you to go through the door or gate first.
- Try and maintain a positive and happy attitude when training or walking your puppy as he or she will pick up on your emotions and respond accordingly. Training requires patience and understanding and it is necessary to develop a good communication system with your puppy. They do not understand words, but can relate to a particular command or sound. They mainly respond to body language and your gestures so it’s important to be consistent to avoid any confusion
- Beagles have a highly developed sense of smell and love to sniff out areas, so these pups should be allowed to sniff their environment before and after having a walk in order to satisfy their curiosity.
- Remember that the walk is for both of you and there are times when he or she should heel or walk properly, but it also needs to be fun and enjoyable. Teach your puppy to ask your permission if there is an interesting smell that needs to be investigated rather than just trying to pull at the collar.
- When walking, a short leash attached at the top of the neck will provide better control and guidance. Never jerk or pull too hard on the leash. If your beagle is pulling or does not respond to your commands, stop and do not move until he or she stops and comes to the correct position. Then reward your puppy to convey your approval and resume the walk. This you may need to repeat a few times, but soon he or she will learn.
- Ideally, Beagles should be walked twice a day for a minimum of 30 minutes to an hour. This gives them ample exercise and allows for them to relieve themselves.
- When your puppy is behaving during a walk it is a good idea to show your approval with a small reward and then allow him or her to relieve themselves and sniff the area for a while before resuming the walk.
- When you get to your destination or arrive back at home it is important to keep being the leader. Training a beagle to patiently wait while you put away their leash and hang your hat and coat is imperative and then you may allow them to go to their area.
- After you have finished your walk it is the right time to give your puppy water and to provide a meal. This gives your puppy the feeling he or she has worked to earn the meal and reinforces their place in “their” pack.
Beagles are very much “people” dogs, although they love to play and associate with other dogs, generally they usually prefer the company of their human family. They love to play, explore, sniff around and have adventures so going to dog parks and interacting with other dogs and their owners will help you have a well balanced and happy dog.