If you own a Beagle, you know how important proper discipline is to the happiness and wellbeing of your dog and family.
Not only is it important for your Beagle, it is a necessity to train owners and include every member of the household, including the children. By including everyone in the process, each member will be able to properly manage your Beagle and nurture it so it becomes a well-adjusted part of the family.
Puppy school is a great place to start, especially if this is your first time owning a Beagle. You should wait until your dog is about 6 months old before putting it through any serious training.
If this is your first time with a Beagle, you should think about hiring a professional trainer. Because trainers have experience and knowledge with this breed, they can handle any most behavior problems associated with a dog. When choosing a trainer, be sure to select one that is purposeful and patient. A trainer is well worth the expense, especially when you get to enjoy the well-trained Beagle in your own home. And if you plan on entering your Beagle in agility, hunting or any other type of dog competition, you’ll notice that profession training really does make a difference.
Even after classes end, you’ll still need to continue obedience training on your own. By incorporating lessons into your everyday routine, your Beagle will be able to remember and improve upon its behaviour. Here’s a great way to easily insert obedience training into your everyday routine:
Tell your pup to "heel" while it follows you around the house, and to "sit" and "stay" while you prepare dinner. First thing in the morning, get your Beagle to "roll over". While you get dressed, have your dog "go find the ball" and "go get the leash" before you go for walks together.
Obedience training is a lifelong commitment, but don’t let that stop you from owning a Beagle. It’s a great way to bond with your dog while instilling important and valuable lessons that will serve it through its entire life.