Training Beagles – The Top 3 Things To Remember
Whether you are a first time beagle owner or a long-time lover of these wonderfully intelligent dogs, there are three important training principles that you should keep at the top of your list at all times. Training beagles can be challenging, there is no doubt about that; however, it can also be an incredibly rewarding and enriching experience for both you and your dog. By keeping the three principles of dog training in mind at all times you are sure to find the results that you are looking for – a well trained obedient beagle puppy who is a happy, well loved part of your family and a pleasure to be around!
One of the most important aspects to training beagle dogs is to have a high level of confidence. This feeling of confidence should not just be in yourself and in your skills as an effective trainer for your beagle, it should also be a high level of confidence in your dog’s ability to learn and understand what you are teaching him.
During the course of any foray into training beagles, it is likely that your confidence will slip a bit as your pup appears to be stalling in his comprehension and in his ability and willingness to follow even the most simple commands. If your beagle feels like you have lost your high energy, your excitement, and your overall confidence in the training exercises, he is very likely to try and test his limits in an effort to get your attention and to continue his mission to explore every corner of your house.
Remain confident and upbeat – use a firm and confident tone when speaking to your dog; never let him feel like you have lost faith in your abilities to work together successfully – as a team.
Like most dogs, beagle puppies are very similar to young children in that they are constantly testing their limits, their boundaries, and trying to figure out just what they can get away with before their bad behavior is corrected. Training beagles can be an incredibly challenging project, even for the most skilled dog trainer; the key to success is to ensure that you are consistent with your methods of instruction, of discipline, and perhaps most importantly of all – in your praise and affection that you offer to your pup.
You are the center of your beagle’s world – if he is not handled patiently and consistently with the affection and praise that he is seeking then he is likely to attempt various methods of obtaining your attention. Just as children often reach out with negative attention seeking behavior, so will your pup. Remain consistent, at all times. It is in the best interests of you and your beagle.
As you go through the various obedience training methods with your beagle, it is important that you do not allow yourself to become discouraged with a slow-down in your progress. Doing so could very rapidly lead to a lack of follow-through and persistence with sticking to the training program. To ensure that your training program progresses and leads to success, you should be as persistent as is possible and stick to a training schedule!
While a smart and well trained obedient dog will remember his lessons for his lifetime, it is important to remember, when training beagles, that a puppy is not a smart dog – a puppy is a puppy. Puppies require high levels of confidence in you and from you, high levels of consistency so that they feel secure and understand what the right way is, and puppies also require persistence from you. Don’t forget – it isn’t all barking orders and commands – playtime should always be a large part of any obedience training!