Beagle Training and Puppy Training, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Are Beagles easy to train?
Not really, no. Like all hound breeds, most Beagles don't care that much about pleasing their owner. Beagles tend to have an independent, "what's in it for me" attitude that can make training a bit of a headache.
Beagles are also easily distracted. Especially when a Beagle is outdoors, his head is usually swiveling around, nose sniffing, looking at everything except you. Sure, you can get your Beagle's attention if you bribe him with a treat – Beagles love food – but that's not a sensible way to train a Beagle. No one wants a dog who only obeys when you're waving a cookie.
So when you ask, "How easy is it – training a Beagle?" my answer is, "It's a challenge, but it depends on whether you're providing sufficient companionship and exercise to keep the dog satisfied. It also depends on the temperament and personality of the individual dog, plus your own dog training skills."
That's where I come in. My dog training articles will help you train your Beagle to be well-mannered and well-behaved. I've been working with dogs for 35+ years, as a dog trainer, canine psychologist, breed advisor, and author of 15 books about dogs.
Dog Training – What Works, and What Doesn't
Some dog training methods are based on what makes the owner feel good, rather than what on actually makes sense to the dog. For example, "positive-only" dog training is a big fad right now. Now, treats can be great motivators for training Beagles, but if your dog will only obey for a treat, then he is in charge of his obedience, not you. [read more]
These Dog Training Videos Turned Buddy Into a Good Dog
Sometimes it's easier to train your puppy (or adult dog) when you can see the correct training techniques in action. I recommend these dog training videos, which are based on respect and leadership. [read more]
Teach Your Beagle To Respect You
"Respect Training" is the dog training method I use and recommend for training Beagles. A dog who respects you will do what you say and will stop what he's doing when you tell him "No." Teaching your dog to respect you means interacting with him in specific ways that encourage respect. [read more]
You Need Dog Training Help.... But From Where? Private Lessons? Public Classes? Dog Training Books? Dog Training Videos?
So your puppy needs training.... or your adult dog needs training.... and you're looking for some help. Should you hire a professional trainer to come to your house? send your dog away to be trained? sign up for a group obedience class? read a book? watch a few videos? Here's my advice on where to get dog training help when you really need it. [read more]
Teach The Right Words In The Right Ways To Your Beagle
My method of training Beagles includes teaching specific words in specific ways so that your dog not only learns the words but also develops the respectful attitude that makes him happy to obey you. Teach your dog words and he will understand what you say. Teach those words in the right ways and he will actually DO what you say. [read more]
Solving Beagle Behavior Problems
One of the most common questions dog owners ask me is: "How can I stop my dog from doing (a specific bad behavior)?" My answer is almost always the same, no matter what the misbehavior is.... [read more]
Training Beagle Puppies
Just got a new puppy? Beagle puppy training starts the moment you bring your puppy home. If you use the wrong teaching method, your puppy will begin making decisions about how he wants you to fit into his life, and that's a recipe for conflict and behavior problems. Whatever your puppy does, you must react properly or he will learn the wrong things. Here's my recommended schedule (what to teach, when to teach it) for training your Beagle puppy. [read more]
Housebreaking Your Beagle
There are two keys to housebreaking. Just two, but you have to get them both right. And I mean 100% right, not 50% right. Otherwise you're going to end up with a dog who is 50% potty trained, and who wants that? So here they are – your two keys to housebreaking.... [read more]
Here are my dog training tips for training Beagle puppies and adult dogs:
Keep your Beagle on-leash. Beagles are hunting dogs who will chase anything that runs. Of course you want to teach your Beagle to "Come" when called – and you must work hard on this. But for safety, you should count on this command being most useful when you're calling your Beagle inside a fenced area. An unleashed and unfenced Beagle who is in pursuit of a squirrel will ignore your Come command and could be hit by a car. Beagles are not an off-leash breed.
Provide enough exercise. Beagles were developed to be hunting dogs, not pets to hang around the house or stick out in the yard. Your Beagle needs to vent his energy through exercise and active play sessions – else he will vent it through destructive chewing, baying, and howling.
You can't coop up a Beagle in an apartment, walk him once or twice a day, then take him to an obedience class to "train out" all the undesirable behaviors. It doesn't work that way.
Keep your Beagle securely fenced. Many Beagles can climb like monkeys and will scale a 6-foot chain link fence. Other Beagles will dig under. Training isn't the solution to confining a master escape artist. Instead, you need to provide enough exercise to keep your Beagle satisfied, plus an ultra-secure fence to keep him safely contained.
Teach your Beagle to respect you. Respect Training is the key to training your Beagle to be well-behaved.
Teach the right words to your Beagle. My method of training Beagles includes teaching specific words in specific ways so that your dog not only learns the words but also develops the respectful attitude that makes him happy to obey you.
You will need to work especially hard on "Come" and "Quiet." Also "No" and "Stop" (when properly taught) will keep your Beagle from getting into many types of mischief. "No" and "Stop that" are among the first words I show you how to teach in my book.
Stop searching for dog training tips for each behavior problem. There are no little tricks that stop individual behavior problems. You stop most behavior problems by providing your dog with more exercise and interesting activities, providing more hours of companionship, and establishing the right relationship of respect between you and your dog.
Start training your Beagle puppy the moment you bring him home. But you need to teach the right things in the right ways. Read more about training Beagle puppies.
Start housebreaking right away. But expect it to go slowly. Like most hound breeds, Beagles don't tend to be naturally clean. It can take awhile for them to catch on to housebreaking. Read more about housebreaking Beagles.
Socialize your Beagle with strangers and other dogs. This is usually not difficult because most Beagles love everyone and are excellent with other pets. However, there are Beagles who are painfully shy or even nasty. Read more about why your dog acts the way he does toward strangers and other animals.
To help you train and care for your dog
To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.