How To Train Your Beagle Puppy

Beagles make excellent family pets. They are intelligent, loyal, and friendly dogs. With firm, consistent training they make wonderful companions. Beagles are members of the hound family, which means their sense of smell is very strong, as well as their hunting drive. Keeping those facts in mind can help you with your training, as well as understanding Beagle behavior.

Housebreaking Your Beagle Puppy

Teaching your puppy to go to the bathroom where you want them to go is a matter of consistency and praise. Take your puppy to the area that you want them to go to the bathroom first thing in the morning, approximately 15 minutes after they have eaten, and before retiring for the night. Praise them whenever they do go where you want them to. Beagles are eager to please, and will respond to the praise, learning where and when it is time to go. Be patient also, because accidents will happen during the training period. If you catch your puppy using the bathroom in the house or someplace you don’t want them, scold them firmly, and take them to where you do want them to go.

Behavior

beagle-puppyBeagles are very good at listening if you establish firm and consistent control from the beginning. Letting them know what you want from them, praising them when they listen, and scolding them when they don’t will soon teach them. However, because their tracking and hunting instincts are so strong, it is never good to trust them to listen once they pick up a new scent, or see another animal. Once on the trail, they will often ignore your commands to follow it to the end. You can purchase animal scents at the store to play tracking games with them to help fill their desire to track and hunt. They are generally social with other dogs, but many other species are apt to tempt their hunting instincts. It is important to begin socializing the puppy from a young age if you want to have other pets, such as cats.

Anxiety

Beagles are very affectionate and become very attached to family members. It is not uncommon for them to become anxious when their humans are separated from them. However, socializing them with other pets or not leaving them alone for long periods of time can help alleviate their anxiety. When your puppy is upset about being alone, you can expect them to have accidents in the house, chew items belonging to you, or exhibit excessive barking. Beagles do not have a bark similar to other dogs. Instead they have a loud bay cry that can almost sound like they are howling. Having daily family time with all family members, including the puppy can also help with relieving anxiety.

Whether you live in an apartment or a house with a yard, Beagles can be happy and well behaved as long as they get plenty of exercise. Training them from an early age can help them fit into your life easily.