Teaching Your Beagle to Sit
Teaching cool tricks to your Beagle (roll over, play dead, fetch, etc.) can be a lot of fun, but before you begin you have to train your dogs the basics. Sit is one of the easiest tricks that you can teach to your Beagle and usually they can understand the trick in couple of minutes and fully learn it in just a day or two.
Sit is also one of those commands that can come in helpful while training other tricks. So take out 10-15 minutes out of your day and spend that time teaching your Beagle how to sit on command.
Steps to Training a Beagle to Sit
First get a nice treat that you know the puppy will be interested in and get his attention with it. If he doesn’t show interest, let him smell it to confirm that you have something good in your hands.
- Now that the dog is in front of you and is completely focused on the treat, it’s time to get him to sit. Hold the treat in front of him and above his head. Don’t hold it too high or he will try to jump for it, but still hold it out of his reach.
- Start moving the treat towards him, while keeping it at the same height. Once you move the treat above him and out his sight he will do one of two things. The Beagle will either sit to maintain eye contact with the treat or he will start walking backwards. Your goal is to make him sit, so if he starts walking backwards, try this again until he sits down.
- As soon as you see him prepare to sit down, say the command that you want him to associate with sitting. Make sure you say it before he sits down and not after.
- Once the Beagle’s butt touches the ground, reward him with the treat and some praise. You want him to know that he is doing a good job if you want him to learn the sit command.
If your Beagle isn’t too interested in the treats or loses his interest too quickly, try to train him right before you give him his meal. The treat will smell a lot better on an empty stomach!
If the dog keeps walking backwards and doesn’t sit, try repeating the training methods above with the wall against the beagles back. This way he will have no room to go back and will be forced to sit.
If that doesn’t work either, try taping the dog on his butt to encourage him to sit down. It’s not the ideal way to train a Beagle dog to sit, but if nothing else works then it is worth a try.
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