It’s time to teach your Beagle some new tricks. A life-long learner, your beagle thrives on learning new tricks to stimulate its mental and physical capabilities. If you leave your dog to its own devices, it will engage in destructive behavior because it is board. So think of trick training as a way to keep your home in one piece and keeping your beagle happy.
Trick training requires a lot of patience and practice. Once you get a favourable response from you beagle, be sure to use plenty of positive praise and treats. Just like us people, dogs get bored and distracted when they find something uninteresting. So teach your beagle some fun tricks. But before you take on trick training, be sure that your dog has got the basic obedience skills mastered. Focus on one trick at a time and start with the easy ones. Eventually, you can teach your beagle new ones, but be sure to go at your dog’s learning pace.
Let’s assume that you are a beginner. We’re going to start off with some basic tricks. These include Shake Hands, Dance, and Fetch. It’s a good idea to start with the basics because they are easy and will help build your dog’s confidence and skills. After your beagle masters the basics, you can move on to more complex tricks.
Shake Hands Trick
For the Shake Hands trick, your beagle should start off in the Sit position (be sure to use the Focus command to get your dog’s attention). Then, gently lift and shake your dog's paw with one hand while feeding him a treat with the other. Once your dog raises his paw, with or without your help, praise and reward him with a treat. To make sure the command sticks, keep repeating the trick and command until your dog shakes your hand on his own. After you master this trick, take it up a notch by teaching your dog to Wave and Hide its face with his paw. Using this trick, you can teach your dog to turn light switches on and off.
Everybody dance now! Your beagle can learn how to dance. Starting with the Sit position, hold a treat above your dog's nose until it reaches out by standing up on its hind legs. Say Dance, and give the treat to the dog while gently taking hold of his front legs. You’ll need to dance with your dog at first Dance with your dog at first, guiding him by holding its front legs while it stands balanced on its rear ones. You should never force your dog into the standing position; just reward the behavior as it occurs naturally. With enough practice, your beagle will be able to perform the trick on his own. Once he’s master the Dance trick, move to the Beg command by encouraging your dog to sit while you support its front legs.
You’ll need a long lead to teach the Fetch Trick. After using the Focus command, toss your beagle’s favorite toy a few feet away. Say Fetch before your dog runs to the toy. After the toy is picked up, praise you dog, and praise him again once he brings the toy back to you. When your beagle comes back with the toy, say “Drop it” while offering a treat. When your dog has dropped the toy, give him the treat. Once Fetch has been mastered, you can move on to Frisbee or even take it up a notch with Hide and Seek, where your beagle can locate with specific toys by name.
The basics of trick training can turn into so much more if you stick with it. Be sure to spend a certain amount of time a day with these tricks – and it’s a great way to bond with your dog!