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Training Your Beagle to Hunt

Dedicated hunters are always seeking out a dog that will be a terrific hunting buddy. This dog should be the perfect combination of companion and hunter’s assistant. The good news is that many hunters don’t have to look any further. The Beagle is the true working hunting dog that will follow directions and be by your side when needed. Many dog owners prefer to raise their Beagle from a pup so that training begins at a young age, while others welcome an adult dog that is eager to learn the ways of hunting. Beagles have a natural hunting instinct. Many may say they are born that way. You can train your Beagle to hunt by using the following tips as a guide.

  • Bonding Time: While your Beagle is a pup you will want to form close emotional bond with him or her. This includes spending plenty of time together, providing a healthy diet, daily walks, obedience training and playtime. Your goal is to remain the leader of the pack, but at the same time establish an emotional and caring bond with your Beagle.
  • Rabbits Galore: Beagles are natural rabbit hunters and usually have a desire to hunt from a very young age. Walk your Beagle around areas that are known to have rabbits. Allow your dog to roam around and explore the area. At times their natural instinct kicks in automatically and there is no further training necessary.
  • Backyard Training: You may choose to train your Beagle in an enclosed area at first. A fenced in yard is the perfect place. You will need a tame rabbit to go further with the training. Allow your dog to run freely with the rabbit in the enclosed yard. You will want to keep a close eye on the rabbit and your dog, assuring the rabbit doesn’t get injured during the training process.
  • Reward for a Job Well Done: Remove the rabbit quickly and place him or her in a safe place away from your dog. Reward your dog for doing a great job by running and chasing after the rabbit. Use small treats, verbal praise and gently petting as rewards.
  • Repeat: You will want to repeat the process as much as possible until your dog chases the rabbit quickly and easily.
  • Practice in the Field: Bring your Beagle along on your hunting trips for practice. Allow your dog to use his skills to chase wild rabbits.

All of the training stages that are stated above will guide you to a place where your Beagle is not only your best friend, but is the best hunting dog you have ever had the joy of working with. Always maintain a close bond with your dog at all times. Train for as long as it takes your Beagle to understand his or her job. Be patient, because some Beagles take longer than others to learn their trade. Always reward your dog for a job well done, whether it is during training or out in the field. Enjoy hunting with your Beagle everyday!

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Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).