When And How Should I Start Beagle Obedience Training? Here Are Tips From My Own Experience

Tips for a Well Behaved Beagle: I know I made a heap of mistakes when I tried to train my own dog “Gus”. But we can’t change the past – I know! I am really passionate about helping as many others avoid the mistakes I made, which is why I am here talking to you I guess! Save yourself the stress and frustration, I only wish there was a guide like this when “Gus” was around. Anyway, here are a few extra tips for you.

When you take possession of a new Beagle puppy one of the first things you want to consider is that when it reaches about three months old, enrolling it in Beagle obedience training to set the stage for having a pleasant companion with which to live.

Between the ages of three months and six months, an early training program can acclimate your puppy to the concept of training as well as being around other dogs in a similar atmosphere. Basic manners can be learned such as not jumping up on people and becoming used to your command voice. Being able to give directions in a firm, yet friendly voice, is what the owner can be taught, especially if this is your first experience in Beagle training.

At about six months, you puppy can graduate to Beagle obedience training where it can learn to sit, stay, come and walk quietly on a lead. While the puppy is young a slip collar can be used, but as it gets older a regular collar with a snap-on lead will be needed to prevent it from slipping out of the collar to chase after a real, or imagined, prey.

Obstinate is a word often used by trainers to describe a Beagle, and training a smart animal is not always easy to accomplish. Although a Beagle is typically easy to please, it can also be short on attention and quickly lose interest in what is attempted to be taught.

Because of their short attention span Beagle training lessons should be short and they should also be consistent. For example, when teaching your Beagle to come, saying the word three times in a normal voice and the last time in a voice that is close to yelling, may teach you Beagle to come only after you have said it three times and yelled it once. While it is not the outcome you are looking for, it can be the result of inconsistent Beagle training techniques.

Beagle puppies learn very quickly when they are young and taking them to obedience school may offer a surprise about how quickly they can learn basic skills. Some obedience schools offer Beagle training in what might be referred to as puppy kindergarten for pups three months and older where they can learn basic skills and socialization. At about six months you should enroll in obedience classes and if it is your first time, beginners obedience classes where he can be taught to sit, stay and come and walk on a leash.

Rewards are better training tools than punishment

If you give the command to come during Beagle training and your puppy instead sits, you should ignore it and simply repeat the command in a steady voice. When he does some offer him a treat as a reward so he begins to equate the treat with the proper performance to each command. Treats should be broken into pieces and given in small parts to help prevent the Beagle training from turning into extra weight.

Consistency in expectations as well as voice level is an important part of Beagle training as is not having the individual lessons last too long. Like children, puppies have a limited attention span and will get bored with the Beagle training and attempt to find a diversion elsewhere. Beagle obedience training will surprise you, when you realize how quickly a Beagle can learn and remember the basic commands.

You must also remember to maintain consistent expectations at home as well as at Beagle training classes so the animal does not get into the habit of listening to your commands only when in class and not at home. This is a very real possibility according to many trainers and often confuses the dog and frustrates the owner. This is especially important when potty training your Beagle.

Begin training your pup early in life

This is so since whatever is learnt early in life is easier to learn and teach. Besides, the older your untrained dog, the more difficult for you to make him “un-learn” all his bad habits.

Be gentle and humane while training

Train your dog with gentleness and humaneness, and always use positive motivational methods. Make your obedience sessions upbeat so that he enjoys them, but if things begin to drag, try the play training approach by using games like Hide-n-Seek, Fetch, etc.

Understand if he demands or begs for your attention

If your dog wants your food while you’re dining, that’s bad enough. And if he jumps on you while you’re lounging around, that doesn’t speak well of his training either. Does he demand your attention when you have visitors or does he ignore your commands? If he responds to you well at home, you can expect the same of him outdoors too, but if he doesn’t, he’s going to ignore you when he sees other dogs in the street or pigeons, passers-by or food scraps.

Give commands to him that you want enforced

If you give your pet a command, see that he obeys it. But if it is not, then the message your dog picks up is that obeying you is really at his discretion.

One command must beg one response from him

Make him learn that every time you shout out a command, it must be answered by one response from him. If you repeat your commands, your dog gets bored and doesn’t apply his mind to anything you say. It also teaches him that you’re calling his bluff. So, don’t say “Sit, sit, sit, sit!” if what you mean is “sit.” Once you’ve said the word, lure him into doing what you want him to, then reward him amply.

Don’t combine commands

If you combine commands, it confuses your dog. So, either say “sit” or “down,” but never “sit down” as he knows that each of these words is for a separate action.

Speak in a calm and authoritative voice

When issuing a command, neither should you speak in a loud nor harsh voice, but certainly speak in a calm and authoritative voice. Even if he is especially unresponsive, let your voice waft across to him calmly. Then, he will begin to respond. Sometimes, dogs don’t respond because they are confused as to what their owners really want and at other times they could be deterred by fear or nervousness.

Use your dog’s name positively

Take your pet’s name positively rather than combining it with reprimands, warnings or punishment. Your dog should be confident that when his name is called, good things will happen to him. He should be able to respond to his name with enthusiasm rather than fear.

Correct his bad behavior, rather than punishing him

Teach your pet what he should do, communicate this to him, but don’t beat him in order to teach him. This will not serve to teach him the lesson you want him to learn but instead will undermine your relationship, and keep all the fun out of your motivational training.

Time your training

You need to catch your dog in time just as he is about to make a mistake in behavior and correct him in the act. For instance, just when he is poised to jump on the kitchen counter and grab some food, correct him then and there. In his mind, the action and your response combine to teach him the lesson you want him to learn. Now, he will never jump onto the kitchen counter for food.

Don’t give your dog attention when he misbehaves

Don’t do this because this only reinforces this kind of behavior that you want out of his behavior pattern.

Be patient

Your untrained dog may give you many occasions to lose your cool, but keep a handle on your anger. It doesn’t pay to be angry nor should you yell, hit or be harsh with your pet. This intimidates him and instills fear and stress in his mind where you are concerned.

The Dog Obedience Training For Your Beagle

When a dog misbehaves it is not because they are bad, it is usually because they are dogs and they are simply acting like the animals they are. They will eat the furniture and everything else that strikes their fancy, jump up on things and people and even bite the hands that feed them. While dog obedience training may not solve every issue of behavior you have with your dog, it is a way of helping the dog understand what your expectations are.

In most cases, the dog will want to please its owner, once it understands just which of you is the boss, and once established will mostly do as directed. However, before the new dog will give itself over to dog obedience training, the social pecking order has to be understood. This by no means hints that harsh steps are needed to make the dog submissive to the owner. Simple commands such as sit, kiss or stay can be taught with an even, stern, not necessarily loud voice, can make the animal understand who is in charge.

By recognizing the dog’s submissive behavior with praise, the animal will become open for additional dog obedience training and additional steps can be taken. Certain breeds, however will only acknowledge one “big dog” in the house and the owner’s spouse or children may be ignored if they attempt to give the animal a command.

It Is Never Too Late To Begin Training

The old saying that it is not possible to teach an old dog new tricks is not valid as dogs can and will be open to dog obedience training, provided it is done in the right fashion. Beginning dog obedience training should start as soon as the dog arrives at its new home, regardless of the animal’s age, as it has learned behaviors that you may want it to “unlearn” before it begins to learn new ways of doing things.

Once a relationship and order has been established between you and the dog, it will be ready to start learning expected behaviors from you. Understand, however that some old behaviors may creep back into the animal’s daily routine and you must show the dog through your dog obedience training that you understand he is a creature of habit, but that the actions are unacceptable.

If you have never trained a dog before, it may be good to take you and the animal to a dog obedience class to learn the basics and then continue with dog obedience training at your home. Remember to be consistent with the training or the dog may become confused about what is expected.

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