Beagle Puppy Training
Training a Beagle puppy early is one of the best things you could do for the dog’s well-being. It will make it easier for you to train your Beagle puppy later on as he grows older as he starts to learn the rewards of behaving.
Beagles that are allowed to misbehave in their early months tend to carry on the mischievous behavior into the later stages of their life with them. They get used to howling, digging, chewing, biting and with time this behavior forms into habit.
When Should I Start Training My Beagle Puppy
When I’m talking about puppy training I don’t necessarily mean “trick” training, although it can be used for obedience training as well. What I mean when I talk about training is teaching the puppy to behave both at home and in social environments.
The sooner you start teaching the puppy how to behave, the quicker he will learn which things he is allowed to do and which behavior is unacceptable. So my suggestion is to always start early. Don’t wait until the puppy hits a certain age to train him. It will only give time for the bad behavior to turn into habits.
What Kind of Training Methods Should I Use
For the most part I would say that you should use which ever techniques work best for you and your dog. There is almost always more than one way to tackle a behavior problem. So just try which ever makes more sense to you.
The only suggestion I have is to never use training methods which encourage the owner to hit or slap his puppy. Punishment based training, which involves yelling and hitting the dog, do more harm than good and doesn’t work on the Beagle dog breed.
Is Socializing My Puppy Important
Socializing your Beagle is one the most important things you should do. You want to train the puppy to get used to behaving in social situations. Meeting new people and animals is very important for their development, but unfortunately it’s often ignored.
Your Beagle puppy needs to learn how to react to new social situations and how to behave in a public environment. Socializing your puppy will help him grow confidence and improve his behavior in public.
Starting House Training/Potty Training
When you take the Beagle puppy home from a rescue shelter or a dog breeder, the puppy should be already old enough to start house training. So unless you like cleaning up after the puppy’s messes, don’t put it off and start immediately.
The more you take the puppy outside the better. The more time the dog gets to spend outdoors, the less likely he will go potty indoors.
Additional Beagle Puppy Training Tips
Want more tips? Here are a couple of more training tips to help you train your Beagle puppy:
- Always keep things simple and fun – if the Beagle puppy is learning new things and having fun at the same time, he will have a much easier time remembering things he learned. Remember that positive reinforcement is not limited to just treats, but a good emotion and mood as well.
- Instead of punishing the puppy, correct him – Don’t hit, smack or shout at the Beagle for chewing on your shoe. Instead replace that shoe with one of his toys. When you catch the puppy misbehaving, use the moment to correct his behavior and teach him something new.
- Let the puppy have some fun – Beagle puppies are a lot like curious little children, except they walk on four paws and grab things with their mouths. Let them explore and try out new things. Give them a chance to satisfy their curiosity when appropriate.
- Don’t substitute the crate for a walk – When house training the puppy, don’t replace the Beagle’s walks with time spent in a crate. Crates can be useful training tools to help you potty train your puppy quicker, but they should not be used as a “wonder solution” to magically house train the pup.