I should have researched beagles before I bought one! After buying Charlee (5 month old beagle) I starting reading up on the breed. I've been reading that Beagles bark/bay/howl a lot and they will wander because of their nose. I have had the exact opposite experience so far with Charlee. Maybe it's because he is still young, but he rarely barks and he never leaves my side. I would like to hear other people's experiences with their own beagles. Thanks for your feedback!
Mel, for a first beag you are lucky! Many beags "get lost" on a scent & become deaf to commands! An "apha male" like my last one can be a real challenge! A shy one like Jethro is easier to train as I have learned. Jethro
was a very shy pup when I purchased him as he was also the last one/ "runt of the litter"! Goober, my first puppy was an "alpha dog" that "chose me" when I met his litter as he trotted up to me before all the other pups.
The owners said, "oh, you must have been pre-trained by a beagle"! (A shy one will be less stubborn & easier to train than a "headstrong" one). Goober was a much more destructive (to property) challenge than Jethro was,
I loved the end result of his training & the fact that Goober still holds our record as the longest living one @ nearly 16.5 yrs! (He might have lived even longer if he had not been "such a dynamo")! (He did outlive his teeth &
refused to use the doggie stairs I purchased for him to get on by bed)! In comparison, Jethro is much calmer & quieter & uses the doggie steps to get on & off my bed!
Well if you teach it while it's young, you should be ok. But, it is most beagles, because of their hunting instincts, when they get a smell they will wonder off and not even hear you calling, or not even care. So, when it gets older i would keep it leashed unless your in a safe area, but if it still stays by your side, you have one nice dog!
I've had pretty much the same experience with Beagles young and old...They put their nose to ground and that's it. Their ears are turned off and they start chasing down a scent. The only sure way to keep them around is to walk them on a leash or have a tall fence to keep them in.