Training Your Beagle
Most people have the opinion that Beagles are hard to train, however most well-bred Beagles are quite easy to train once you learn what techniques to use.
Beagles are pack-oriented scent hounds that follow their noses and ears. First you need to determine what motivates your individual Beagle. Each Beagle is their own individual, with their own personality traits.
Beagles are usually motivated by:
Food Rewards (give them a small treat every time that they obey a command)
Toy Rewards (squeak a squeaky toy every time that they obey a command)
Praise Rewards (give an excited “good dog!” and give them lots of petting)
You should ignore bad behaviors or disobedience unless the Beagle may harm itself or others, or if you catch the Beagle in the act. If you catch your Beagle doing something that you find unacceptable; you may use a firm “No!”, a deep growling voice of disapproval, or water in a squirt bottle (especially effective for nuisance barking).
Do not yell, remain calm but firm, and try not to become agitated or excited; these human behaviors will only encourage your Beagle to repeat the “bad” behavior just to get more attention.
Some Beagles want any attention, good or bad. This is why it is important not to give them much attention for bad behaviors.
Training sessions should be short and sweet, no more than 5 to 15 minutes in length, and should always end on a positive note with your Beagle getting a reward for “good” behaviors. This will teach your Beagle to look forward to your training sessions.
I highly recommend that you take your Beagle Puppy through at least a 6 to 12 week long puppy class with a dog trainer, around 4 to 6 months of age. These classes are usually offered by your local Dog Club, Obedience Club, Professional Dog Trainer, or Pet Store.
The experience is invaluable for you and your Beagle Puppy. It is an excellent socialization opportunity as well as a great way to bond with your Beagle.