16 Mistakes People Make Training Beagles – How to Fix Them

mistakes people make training Beagles

Hello, everyone. Let's look at the most common mistakes people make training Beagles. Then let's examine how you can avoid making them the next time you train!

I guess what attracted you to Beagles was a combination of two things: Beagles are simply amazing looking dogs and their happy-go-lucky temperament and compact size makes them the perfect family pet.

But A Beagle has a distinct behavior pattern hard-wired into his brain that makes him very different from any other breed

Beagles are hunting hounds and they don't care all that much about pleasing their owners. They have this independent streak and they are easily distracted. Training Beagles can be a bit of a headache.

Is It Easy To Train A Beagle?

No, It's usually a challenge.

If a Beagle is not trained in the right way he can quickly become a destructive, and hostile pet stubborn pet.

It will depend on the personality and temperament of the dog, along with your own dog training skills and experience

When you apply the wrong teaching methods, a Beagle puppy will begin making deciding how he wants you to fit into HIS life. That's a recipe for conflict and naughty behavior.

Trust me, it's going to be important to avoid these mistakes people make training Beagles if you don't want to slow down your dog's progress.

Mistakes People Make Training Beagles

mistakes people make training Beagles

1.0 Waiting Too Long to Start Training

Begin training the moment your dog comes home with you. Never wait until he becomes an adolescent and has time to develop those bad habits.

When it comes to socialization and training for Beagle puppies, you can never start too early.

Without proper socialization, your Beagle could become aggressive 

Waiting before to begin socializing your Beagle puppy you may be landed with a difficult adult dog.

Be sure to socialize your Beagle puppy with strangers and other dogs.This should not be difficult because most Beagles love everybody and get on well with other pets.

2.0 Taking a "One-Size-Fits-All" Approach

As the dog's trainer, you will have to determine which method will work best with your dog.

Beagles have a distinct personality and temperament profile. On top of this, your dog's individual character must be understood or your training will not succeed.

Beagle training, like any other dog training, isn’t as difficult as it may appear, as long as you know what you are doing and have a good understanding of the breed.

Don't depend on one dog training guide for all you need to know. Rather try out a few different things with your Beagle until you find what works.

'No' and 'Stop that' are the first words I teach my Beagles who are prone to getting into all kinds of mischief.

3.0 Inconsistent Training Technique

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Varying your training technique too often, will diminish your new little associate's ability to learn.

Let's say one day you stay patient with your stubborn little Beagle puppy, but the following day you lose your cool. He will not how you are going to react at any given moment.

It's a good idea to work on only one behavior at a time so as not to confuse your trainee.

Successful dog training demands consistency on every level.

Without it, you break confidence and trust.Stay with a consistent methodology. Don't change your mind as to what is acceptable behavior.

If Barney isn’t allowed on the couch. but you let him get away with it two times out of ten, that’s inconsistent. Try not to repeat the mistakes people make training Beagles. Set your boundaries and stick to them.

4.0 Training Sessions Must Not Be Too Long

Five or ten minutes a day maximum should be enough if you include intermittent training throughout the day as opportunity present itself.

Avoid the mistakes people make training Beagles. Longer training sessions are not ideal

5.0 Don't Nag Your Dog

This is something most dog owners do – they repeat cues. You try 'Sit', your Beagle puppy doesn’t respond. So, you repeat it again. And again. "Sit! Sit! Sit!"

What you are doing is teaching your little friend not to respond until the third or fourth time you say it.

Once you're certain your dog knows a particular behavior, don't repeat the mistakes people make training Beagles. Ask only once! when your dog ignores you it means you haven’t taught him properly, or he's distracted or just being rebellious.

Hot Tip; If you ask once and there is no response, wait a moment, look your dog right in the eye and move in a bit closer. This will usually be enough to get him to comply. Then remember to praise!

Actually, the worst cue for this is “Come.

Only use this once at the dog park. When your Beagle fails to come, go get him. Don’t use this cue at all if you're not sure he will respond

6.0 Beating A Dead Horse

Giving a command over and over, hoping the dog will “stumble” upon the correct response will usually not work.

If your little trainee gets it wrong more than three times in a row – STOP. Don't keep on repeating the same cue, your dog is likely to get frustrated and stop trying.

Your dog makes a mistake and you find yourself taking your anger, frustration, out on him. This is disastrous. Rather, play a little fetch until your mood improves, or do something else.

7.0 Punishing Your Beagle After the Fact 

mistakes people make training Beagles

Rubbing a dog’s nose in it will not teach him to never do it again.

The punishment has to immediately follow the mistake or your dog will not understand why he's being punished. All you will be achieving is getting the dog to be afraid of you.

Harsh discipline involves actions such as hitting, yelling, alpha rolls, staring your dog down, leash jerking, or grabbing the dog by the scruff of the neck is not very effective.

Try to avoid the mistakes people make training Beagles. Your dog will be more likely to perform for rewards and positive dog training.

Even a raised voice or angry tone might indicate that you are already angry with him and that he should avoid you at all cost. You may notice this at the dog park, where owners yelling at their dogs are less likely to get them to come than those using more encouraging tones.

8.0 Too Few Training Sessions

Dog training is not something you do once and have done with it.

It's important to keep your Beagle's established behaviors sharp. Work them regularly throughout the day 'down' at the dog park 'Sit' for dinner, 'wait' at the front door.

With Beagles response times for important behaviors often worsen; sometimes your dog won’t even respond. All it is, is simply lack of practice.

9.0 Keep Your Beagle On His Leash 

Beagles love to hunt. They will race after anything that moves. You may have taught your Beagle to' Come ' when you call him, but his natural overexuberance may not let you count on this command.

An unleashed Beagle in pursuit of a rabbit may ignore your cue and be run over by a car.

mistakes people make training Beagles

10.0 Try Not To Show A Lack Of Confidence

If you show a lack of confidence your Beagle will exploit it. It’s just a hunting dog’s nature. To avoid this, simply work him more and attain some training successes.

The alpha sets the rules in the pack while the rest follow. You need to establish yourself as the alpha. This will give you a head start in training your Beagle because he will have already learned to respect your authority as his leader.

I always advise students to adopt a sense of “easy indifference”—a demeanor suggesting authority and a sense of competence. Let's not repeat the mistakes people make training Beagles.

Teaching that includes anger, force, or impatience will intimidate your dog turn your training sessions into inquisitions.

Your dog will respond positively to a relaxed attitude and reflect it.

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11.0 To Get His Attention Your Dog Must Respond To His Name

Your dog must know that the sound of his name means that he must look at you and provide his full attention?

With a Beagle, you may need to go back and train this for a more reliable recall. I suggest that devote a few short sessions to this and that you practice the recall throughout the day.

Keep saying your Beagle' name ( have a reward ready). The second his gaze meets yours, mark it with a loud happy 'YES!' or 'GOOD!' and a treat

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12.0 Showing Your Impatience

Training a dog can take time. Each dog learns at a different pace. Becoming stressed out and acting frustrated when your dog goofs is not going to help.

Don't make the same mistakes people make training Beagles. Be patient! The skills will come.

13.0 Expecting too much too soon

You need to build up your dog’s ability to succeed in progressively more difficult situations over time.

14.0 Not Realizing The Importance Of Duration, Distance, and Distraction

Proofing a behavior means practicing it in different settings with various distractions. People often forget to include this in the dog training process.

When you've taught your Beagle to sit in the living room, all he knows is that 'Sit' means "put my ass on the floor in the living room."

Now you're in the park with other dogs all around. “Sit means little or nothing to him.

Begin with lower distractions and gradually work up to higher distraction levels.

Always increase duration before you add distance or distraction.
Increase distance before increasing distraction.

mistakes people make training Beagles

15.0  Bribing Instead Of Teaching With Rewards

Treats are, a great way to start your training process. Remember to add in praise, new toys, and 'life rewards' like stroking and play time. Otherwise, you will have one of those dogs that only works if you have food on you.

Liberal use of treats can often work against you.

Some trainers concentrate on what makes them feel good, instead of on what makes sense to the dog. Food can be a great motivator when training Beagles, but if your dog will only obey if there's a treat, then he's taken charge of his obedience.

There is a right and a wrong way to use food rewards. It's a mistake to hold a visible treat in your hand while asking the dog to do something.

Try not to hold the treat in front of your dog before he completes a cue. It should appear after as a consequence. Your dog sits, and the treat appears as a reward from out of the blue.

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Let's not commit the same mistakes people make training Beagles.

If you allow your dog to see what's in store for him, he's likely to offer whatever behavior he thinks will win them the treat. When there's no treat, the behavior falls apart.

16.0 Make Sure You Develop A Release Cue

Tell your dog 'Stay'. Then release him after five seconds and give your dog a treat. If your Beagle breaks position, move quickly. Lure him back into position and repeat your “Stay.'

Now immediately release and reward. The quicker this happens, the sooner he will make the association that he must remain in place until he's released.

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Richard S.

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