In this article you will discover the answers to 2 of the most frequently asked questions we get from beagle puppy owners about obedience training for puppies: when should you start your beagle puppy training and how intensive should it be.
FAQ 1 – When should you start your beagle puppy’s obedience training?
The right timing is essential. If you start too early, your puppy might not be physically prepared and it can make them anxious or fearful. Starting too late can lead to aggression and other behavioral issues.
The formula is: getting your puppy at the right age, training your beagle puppy on cue, remaining consistent as they grow up.
Getting Your Puppy At The Right Age – In order to prevent nipping tendencies and aggression problems in the future, puppies should remain with their mother and litter mates at least until they are 8 weeks old. In those first weeks they learn the basics of their social standing.
Training Your Puppy- start with crate training as soon as you bring your puppy home because it makes training faster as your beagle learns how to hold it for longer periods of time and not just a few seconds.
It is a good idea to start with house training when your beagle puppy is 10 weeks old and complete it between 10 and 12 weeks. Your beagle has already got used to your home and is physically capable of holding it.
Remember to socialize your dog by planning interactions with other dogs and people before the age of 15 months.
Basic Obedience Training should be started between 3 and 6 months of age. It is better to start at a young age to hard-wire the basic commands deep into your beagles neurology as responses they should automatically remember at all times. You also establish the right pack order in your home with you as the alpha leader at an early stage in their lives and this prevents many future behavioral issues such as aggression, anxiety, biting.
FAQ 2 – How intense should obedience training be?
At this stage we are talking about basic obedience training, i.e. basic commands such as sit, lie down, etc. obedience training can be done at home or in a class and with the right method it can be completed in a matter of days.
Further more advanced obedience training can wait until after you complete their leash training (3-6 months of age).
If you want to train your beagle puppy with tricks, wait until they are old enough to handle the physical stress to avoid the risk of dysplasia. Jumping, sprinting and diving are better reserved for fully grown beagles.