What To Do When Your Beagle Won’t Come

Beagle won't come

Hi, thanks for visiting.Your Beagle won’t come when you call.He refuses to listen!As soon as I let him off the leash he runs away and acts like he can't hear you?

I understand your anxiety! A dog that runs away like this becomes a danger to himself and a headache to his owner.

Your Beagle has no idea that a car can kill him. An accident can happen in a flash and you could lose your dog forever. Put his safety first and keep him on his leash until you can sort out this problem!

As they grow up, Beagles begin thinking for themselves. They become more independent. Suddenly he's too busy exploring or playing."COME" means "the party's over.

Your Beagle won' t come because coming back means the fun ends!

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What To Do When Your Beagle Won’t Come

This is not bad behavior. Getting hot under the collar and punishing your dog won't help. Your dog just needs to be trained to respond to this command.

Can you recall the first time this occurred?

How did you react?

If you're anything like me you called to your dog over and over until he finally determined in his own sweet time, to accept his leash. You have taught your dog to understand the “COME” command but doesn't respond when you call. That stubborn Beagle won't come when he' s called.

Don't waste your time yelling his name over and over. Trust me he'll just keep on ignoring you. Without realizing it, you've taught him it's okay not to come when he's called.

I suggest you only give the command twice, no more. If he doesn't obey, go get him. As soon as you catch up with him, don't admonish or smack him. Snap his leash on, put him in the car and go straight home.

Beagles won't come? No rewards but no punishment either.

Back To Basics

When a Beagle sees an animal they were bred to chase, the temptation is overwhelming. In a field where there are birds, or in a wooded area where there”s rabbits its easy to lose the competition for your Beagle's attention.

If you haven’t taught him to come reliably when there are no distractions, there’s no chance he’ll obey when there’s a squirrel or some other appealing scent competing for his attention.

Practice the cue multiple times a day

 Start at home without distractions. Now go into the backyard and call him to you feeding tiny pieces of chicken, every time he comes. Now add a few minor distractions and practice at some other safe, less familiar place.

it's a good idea to begin by calling your dog to the things she most enjoys, such as a game of fetch or mealtime, before working your way up to less compelling reasons for him to come to you.

What If You've Created Some Apprehension

I know its hard not to get angry when your dog doesn’t listen.

He takes off.Your Beagle won't come back! You yell for him to “Come” You get frustrated because he won't listen.

You may have an audience and you're shouting “COME”

You're frightened; Of course, he doesn't understand that either. 

Your dog hears your angry tone and knows he's in trouble. When he finally makes it home or comes to you those last few feet, he often gets in trouble!

This reaffirms the fact when he comes to you sometimes bad will happen, but running away was FUN!

Actually, your dog doesn’t associate the running away and ignoring you with getting punished when he gets back, he associates COMING to you with getting punished!

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Dogs Want To Be Where The Fun Happens And Where The Treats Are.

So, encourage your dog to chase you, play fetch, identify the sights and sounds he finds most fascinating and call him over to check them out. Make it your job to be fun and deliver goodies. Practicing his recall with games and treats will definitely help.

Try to teach your dog that "come" means something really good will happen. Make them think that something exciting is about to begin.

You are a big person compared to your little Yorkie. Sometimes, getting low and acting excited can make your dog more likely to come to you.

crouching down with arms open

If he doesn’t immediately come running after you have said your cue, try crouching down with arms open and a relaxed, happy face. Most dogs will be much more likely to come to a person in this position than one who is standing up straight in a “serious” posture.

Don't stand about and chat while your Beagle finds interesting things to do at the park. Give your dog a chance to run his fool head off or to play with the other dogs. When the early romp has worn off a bit, spend the time with your dog.

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This may sound like hard work but trust me it’ll make the walk more fun for both of you.

Don’t Call Your Beagle For Something He Hates

A dog learns by association. This means that if you call your Beagle to you every time you need to do something he hates, like a bath or to brush his teeth, he will associate the cue negative outcomes.

For these just go and get him.

Call for the fun stuff, and try to find ways to make the unpleasant things better. When I leave the park I always, take a moment to play with him, get him to sit to get a treat or keep whatever he may have found. I call my dogs for playing and petting as well as when plays over and its time to go home.

What If You Don’t Mean it Most of the Time?

How often have you heard owners call their dogs and they don’t even notice their dog's not coming. It becomes perfectly normal for their dogs to ignore this command. After some time, the owner has desensitized the dog to the command and it begins to mean nothing at all.

If you just give up when your Beagle won't come, he learns there’s no reason to obey you.

If you don't offer positive reinforcement to your dog whenever he comes to you on cue you won't be providing the necessary incentive for obedience. We often don’t reinforce enough to make it worth it to our dogs to listen when we say come."Come" has to be the choicest word your Beagle ever hears; it should be followed by hugs, love, and rewards.

One Last Thing

Try not to use the command if you have no control and your dog is unlikely to listen

Most owners seem to have a whole selection of commands. The truth is that a number of different words and tones of voice simply add to their dog’s confusion.

Choose one word or phrase to use every time. Try to use same consistent tone. Once your dog considers the cue irrelevant, they have a difficult time learning that the word means something after all. Try a new cue-- Instead of using“Come!,” try “Here!” 


Richard S.

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