Beagles are known for their stubborn natures, but they are actually easy to train if you are consistent in your training techniques and use proper motivational techniques.
One of the things that Beagles are most notorious for is the difficulty in potty training them. For the Beagle owner in the midst of trying to handle this problem, just remember that potty training methods are the same regardless of the breed. It’s important to be consistent during training so your Beagle puppy understands exactly what it is being asked to do.
It will help to maintain a regular feeding schedule for your puppy which will make it easier for you to anticipate when it needs to go outside to take care of its bodily functions.
During the training period when you take your puppy outside, stand in one spot until the pup is finished with its business, then you can let it explore and sniff the trees and bushes as much as it wants (or as long as you have the patience for it).
Never leave your beagle unsupervised in the house until you are sure that it is potty trained. If you notice your puppy sniffing around the furniture and acting like it’s looking for a place to pee, head for the door as quickly as possible.
Beagles are extraordinary sniffers and are easily distracted by most smells. This often causes them to wander away, paying no attention to you. For this reason it’s important to always keep your dog on a leash until such time you’ve trained it to respond to your every command, especially “come.” It’s important that your dog comes to you every time you call it. To assist in your puppy learning this, reward it with tasty treats when it obeys your commands.
As sniffing nearly everything in sight is a Beagle’s favorite pastime, you’ll notice that your dog doesn’t pay much attention to you when you’re out on walks. To change this behavior and make it more attentive to your commands, teach the dog to focus on your commands by giving it a treat when you call its name and it responds by coming to you without hesitation.
Keep the dog’s leash loose, even while it’s sniffing around. If the leash gets tight it means the dog is not paying attention to you, and the best thing you can do is just to stop cold in your tracks and wait for the dog to understand who’s in charge of the walk. You can also walk away from whatever is distracting the dog until the leash once again is loose. This will help the dog learn that it only gets to enjoy a walk when the leash is loose.
Beagles can be downright stubborn so it’s important to teach them who’s in command at all times. What’s interesting about this requirement is that you’ll have to be more stubborn than your Beagle during the training period.