October 7th, 2021 by Carli Podella
If you are bringing a beagle puppy home, be prepared to invest some time and energy into training. Beagles are known to be stubborn and difficult to potty train, so crate training is definitely recommended. You will probably want a small crate as beagles are unlikely to soil where they sleep. For this reason, you don’t want too much room in your crate.
While beagles are very stubborn, they also tend to get distracted, which makes training a beagle more difficult. On the positive side, beagles are very food motivated and will generally respond for positive reinforcement with a treat as their reward. Beagles are smart dogs, and they love to eat. While they are not necessarily good listeners, they can be trained!
Beagles have a natural instinct to hunt and chase. Because they were bred to hunt, if they catch the scent of something interesting, they will become focused on following the trail. The beagle’s nose will dictate his behavior! Beagles are hunters and explorers and may not return when you call them. Remember the food reward as they love to eat! Keep treats on hand, and they will come when called. It’s also important to keep your beagle on a leash when going for a walk. If they see a rabbit, their instinct will tell them to hunt down the rabbit!
Consistent training and food rewards can change your beagles’ stubborn behavior, but they will need lots of training to get them to listen and to follow instructions, especially when they find something more interesting to do! Be consistent, have plenty of food treats on hand, and you may find more success in getting your beagle to listen.