Okay, I am a new beagle owner (almost 3 months now), with a fairly inexpeiranced youn dog (1 1/2 yrs). Since I gave the dogs age, he wanted me to give my age as well 40... I have hunted with beagles before but they were not my dogs and we had 2-4 with us. Luke (my dog) seems to have a good sniffer on him, seems to run a rabbit well once he gets on one. He has lost a couple but most he has been able to run for a while, maybe 45 min or so. I am getting my kids involved with hunting and we are having a great time. My duaghter 13 shot her first rabbit the other day and my son 9 has been able to get off a few shots. I used to hunt all the time as a youngster, then I found that thing they call girls and my interest changed a little but I have always had a passion for hunting. We own a couple farms, about 250 ac in total so we have a lot of space to hunt so I am excited to spend some time with the kids in the woods.
Now to the real question/problem. When we first hunted he seemed real gun shy but he seems to be working thorugh that well on his own, last time out 6 shots and he never stoped. The big issue I am having is he will not respond to me when called, espically when he is on a rabbit trail. The second is he seems to run them a little slow, but he is accurate, the third is he hunts a little close, 10-15 yds, and sometimes behind us. Will hunting him with a good expearenced dog help with hunting too close or behind us?
The second is he cold trails a little but I can not tell when he is actually on a cold trail or he is about to jump one. I have let him go before only to find out it is a dead end, other times I am ready to move him along thinking he is cold trailing when boom there the rabbit goes. He dosn't seem to send me much of s signal when he is close as opposed to just trailing. He dose howl when he is real close, like when he reaches where the rabbit was sitting his bark changes then he has a real nice chop. Don't get me wrong, I think he has some good potential, but I am afraid of continuing with him and letting him no some things that are not just exactlly right. Any advice?
I have expearence with training border collies on sheep and I think some of the same rules apply in general but its the hunting thing I am a little lost on what to do....Anyone???
First of all, trying to call your hound while he's running a rabbit is a waste of time. He's doing what he know's and nothing else matters to him. With his nose filled with scent, his brain is pre-occupied with one thing RABBIT!!!!! Try watching for the rabbit out in front of him (rabbits will run a circle), stand where you seen the rabbit cross, he'll be along shortly. Pick him up there.
Now for the rest,
Hunt and speed in a hound is hereditary(bloodlines). Sounds like your hound is what is called a gundog brace hound. Slower on speed and search (hunt). Steady on a line (track) with little breakdowns (checks-lose of scent on a trial).
Everyone has different likes and dis-likes in the style of hound they feed.
We like a run to catch type hound, they bust the briars and brush during their search for a rabbit, once a rabbit is up (jumped) they drive the track (line of scent)as hard as conditions allow with as little breakdowns (over running scent line, track)as possible.
Hope this helps.
Great advice ! I've hunted with a lot of beagles since dad was a breeder of hunting beagles, and every dog I've ever hunted with has different "voices" for different situations - cold trail, back trail, hot on the line etc Try to determine if your dog changes his "voice" under these situations, if he does it's your job to figur out which is which. Good luck !
within my family (uncles and cousins) have around 25 to 30 beagles and beagles are like humans everyones a different personality. we have a couple dogs like your hunting its all what you are comfortable with. like wild and wonderful said its all hereditary you cant smell the track and you run run the rabbit so thats what you will have to deal with but in my opinion you will have more rabbits jumped with a dog that hunts close and handles well. so hunting with another wont help the dog if its running but im a pure believer and shock collars cant help speed or cold trailing but for back tracking and listening cant beat it a collar with vibrate is a good choice. best of luck!