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Beagle Puppy Training

By Glyn Sheridan
 

Overview

Your beagle puppy descends from a long line of English hunting hounds, selected and bred for his outstanding sense of smell and congenial personality. As an adult, your beagle will reach a height of between 13 and 15 inches and will weigh approximately 20 lbs. Your beagle puppy will form a loyal bond with you and your family and he will be a fine companion animal, but his intrinsic sense of the hunt makes training challenging. Early socialization and obedience training will help you control your beagle's natural urge to chase anything that moves.
Train your beagle puppy with love and patience.

Walking

Begin leash training your beagle puppy as soon as possible. While some breeds adapt to a walking lead easily, the beagle is likely to be distracted by every strange smell on the sidewalk. Predominantly a scent hound, this breed may walk with its nose close to the pavement, prepared to track a tantalizing scent at any moment.

Maintaining a brisk walking pace with a beagle puppy, without pulling him along, may prevent him from sniffing the ground constantly. To reduce distractions, carry a few tasty treats in your pocket and use them as rewards for walking without pulling. Alternately, hold the treat in a closed hand to prompt a reluctant puppy to begin walking.

Housebreaking

Begin housebreaking your beagle puppy as soon as you bring him home by placing him outdoors in one spot in the yard frequently. Until he is 4 months old, your puppy may find it difficult to control his bladder for longer than an hour or two at a time.

Because their sense of smell is acute, house training should include preventing "accidents" that leave behind an odor, signaling your beagle puppy to do his business in the same spot. Restricting this breed to a small area with washable flooring may help reduce this problem. If accidents do occur, move the feces or a urine-soaked paper towel to his outdoor potty spot. His sense of smell will reinforce what he is supposed to do.

Obedience

When he is not distracted, your beagle puppy will strive to obey and please you. Consistency in training techniques and daily reinforcement is necessary to reduce your puppy's natural desire to go in a different direction. Use positive reinforcement and avoid scolding and punishing your beagle puppy for mistakes.

Baying

Beagle noise may be a factor when keeping a beagle outdoors in a yard or a kennel. Along with his ability to bark, your beagle may enjoy baying. Although this is natural for his breed, it can quickly annoy the neighbors. The use of a citronella collar that emits a small squirt of harmless citronella may discourage your beagle from barking or baying. Remove the collar when the puppy is indoors and on walks. Do not use a citronella collar near a noisy playground or loud street traffic that may inadvertently set off the collar, punishing your dog for no reason.
Comments (6)
Aug 19, 2009 kota
I have recently adopted two beagles puppies(a first for our family) after losing my beloved Peepers. They are doing very well and have been good company.The only issue that they have been having is that they don't like to have their paws get wet due to rain or morning dew. They have been very good about going to the backdoor to let me know when they need to go out to go potty. I have tried to take them out on a lease seperately and that seems to have helped. They seem to almost be afraid of the cold wet feeling they get. I am very proud of my little Gracie and Dakota, for 10-1/2 weeks old they are doing great!
Oct 19, 2009 puppyloverguy
so cute
Jun 16, 2010 dogloverjmg
Awwwwwwwwww!!!!! Such a cutie-pie!!!!!
Aug 3, 2010 Kenzienza
CUTEST DOG EVER
Oct 21, 2010 ajagusiak
I have a daschund/beagle puppy and have the same problem as "kota". I have found if I run out w him and play in the grass he is more likely to follow me. When it is raining I have a very large umbrella and hold it over both of us. It is kind of nice that he doesn't like wet paws then because he does his business and wants to go inside, not stay out and play. He also doesn't go running for puddles or mud which is very nice.
Nov 26, 2011 skybailey19
my two beagle puppies also hate going out in the rain... this will be their first winter so well see how it goes lol
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