Training your beagle will be very rewarding because you will be forging a close relationship with your dog as well as prevent any undesirable behaviors, such as chewing, digging, barking (this can really be an issue with beagles), separation anxiety. You get the picture.
Another important beagle training tip: house train your beagle so that they learn not to chew on your possessions, jump up on people, or any other things that you consider undesirable. It doesn’t really matter if your beagle is not a puppy, you still need to teach them the rules of your house.
SUPER IMPORTANT Beagle Training Tip – Learn about crate training, which has nothing to do with putting your beagle inside a cage but rather to provide a safe place for your beagle where you can leave them and they won’t get in trouble if you are not home. (Check out the resource box at the bottom of the page for more info about crate training).
Your first step will be to get to know the characteristics of the beagle breed. (If you need help with that, check out the resource box at the bottom of the page for access to more information).
Where to Start
You need to realize two key principles: your beagle is very intelligent but cannot speak or understand human language. You will have to learn to communicate with your beagle in a manner that they can understand you. If your beagle doesn’t do what you want, you are responsible for learning to communicate what you want effectively.
The next principle is strongly connected with the first one. You are going to start by deciding what behaviors we are going to reinforce and which behaviors you are going to encourage. Decide what the rules of your household are going to be.
There are many theories about dog training. You will read here about the cutting-edge information about training your beagle based on positive reinforcement, responsibility of the owner for their dog’s training. In other words, there are trainers that use punishment; this is not what this website is about. The guidelines you will get here leverage the instincts of your beagle in their training in an ethical manner.
Once you have decided which behaviors you want to reinforce and which behaviors you want to train to be avoided or substitute for more desirable behaviors, you can start creating a beagle training program. Get yourself a couple of training guides. We recommend Secrets To Dog Training.
Set a schedule and be consistent with the rules that you have decided upon.
Start your training as soon as you bring your beagle home. Puppyhood is the perfect time for your beagle to learn and carry all those behaviors into adulthood, but you can perfectly well train an adult beagle.
An option is, of course, to hire a dog trainer. However, if it is too expensive for your budget, you need to know that with the right guide you can do it yourself.