Training Beagles: A Comprehensive Guide

In this blog post, we will explore training beagles and how to train a beagle. We will discuss what training is like for the canine and why it can be so difficult to teach them commands. Beagles are intelligent hounds that have been bred over centuries to hunt rabbits, rodents, and other small animals. They are also known for their ability to sniff out certain types of food items from long distances away due to their strong sense of smell. These two traits make training a challenging task- but not impossible!

Do you need a dog trainer for training beagles?

Dog or puppy training can be a difficult task.

Beagles are intelligent and their sense of smell makes them excellent trackers, but these two strengths also make training challenging at times.

As we explore the training process, it is important to remember that there are many different approaches to teaching obedience in dogs.

Some methods work better with particular breeds than others so you should always experiment with techniques until you find one that clicks!

It’s been shown that canines trained by professional trainers are more successful than those trained by their owners. However, the type of training you do will depend on the situation; the best option for you will vary depending on your lifestyle and preferences and what each individual hound needs.

Why are beagles hard to train?

Beagles strong sense of smell can make training more difficult because they become easily distracted by smells in their environment.

In addition, training a beagle requires patience and time. Beagles have been bred for centuries as hunting hounds with strong instincts that must be overcome during training to make them more obedient pets.

A key factor in training is the trainer’s consistency; if you are inconsistent when training then this will confuse the dog and it may not learn commands quickly because of this confusion.

Dogs also need praise after they perform well completing an exercise or task so that they know what behavior was expected of them in future situations – this can help break down their natural instinctual responses which would hinder training progress!

Understand how your beagle learns

Dogs can learn by watching you (known as modeling), through repetition (classical conditioning), or through association with something else positive or negative.

To effectively teach your hound, you need to understand how they learn. Beagles are one of the breeds that learn strongest by experience, so training should be a series of experiences and rewards rather than direct commands.

“Experiences teach us about probability,” says Dr. Stanley Coren, professor emeritus at UBC who’s studied canine intelligence for over three decades, “and dogs will have an association between events.”

The best way to train is through positive reinforcement training which means rewarding good behavior with treats or praise instead of punishing bad behavior like yelling or shaking them in anger.

With this type of training, you can change their behaviors without fear or intimidation – it also makes training sessions more enjoyable for both adults and puppies!

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A beagle sitting down on command in exchange for a tasty treat

Consistency is key when training a beagle

A training routine should be the same every day to teach your beagle that certain behaviors are expected.

These sessions will need to be repeated consistently until your beagle understands what is expected of them and can follow commands without hesitation – this may take anywhere from weeks to months depending on how smart they are!

The best time for training is during their waking hours when they’re most alert, so do not try this at night or in the morning before breakfast (especially if you feed your pet after training).

You’ll want consistency throughout all aspects of life; put treats by doors where he’s supposed to sit/stay rather than giving them as rewards only in training because this promotes good behavior across different situations.

If you don’t give him treats for sitting in the morning, he’ll never want to do it again!

Getting started on training: Training a beagle puppy

Training a beagle is easier when they’re puppies because training becomes more difficult as time goes on.

You’ll need to start training your pup from day one and it should become an enjoyable game for both of you by the end!

Beagles respond well to mental stimulation so think about fun activities like playing fetch or high-value food rewards during training sessions.

You can also use toys, treats, praise, and playtime in addition to basic commands that will help develop obedience skills.

When he’s older it may take much longer without consistent training – but don’t give up hope!

As long as you stay patient, dedicated, and persistent with his training there are many success stories out there waiting for him too!

What are the typical character traits of beagles?

Beagles were developed for being exceptional hare hunters, the key character traits which enabled them to be good hunters are;

  1. Following smells obsessively
  2. Independence 
  3. Lots of stamina and energy
  4. Food driven

We see those very traits in Beagles today, and this explains why Beagles can be more challenging to train than other dog breeds. 

Their sense of smell is a huge distraction for them when you are trying to get their attention or call out a basic command. Sometimes there’s just something that smells more interesting than what you have to offer. 

When they used to hunt, they had the freedom to go wherever they wanted. The main objective was to locate the hare that they could smell.

Their masters just followed them. Again, coupled with their nosey nature, asking a Beagle to return to you when out on a walk can prove challenging. 

As they would be out on a hunt for a whole day typically, Beagles needed to have a lot of stamina and energy to be able to last for the day and of course keep up with the hare.

The boundless energy, when not managed through regular walks, can distract them when you are attempting to train them. They are just too fizzy and will not listen to you.

Can i leverage any of these traits to help train my beagle?

The sense of smell and their obsession with food can be used to your advantage for training them. For example, Bonnie, our 2-year-old Beagle, when out on the walk I carried treats with me.

I used them to train her to walk on the leash. When I came to the time where I wanted to teach her off the leash, it proved successful from the start.

Bonnie had got used to me always having something tasty with me. She knew when I called her; she was rewarded with a treat.

Somedays off the leash, she will walk to heel as she just knows I have food, it’s pretty awesome.

I would always recommend off the leash practice in the safety of your backyard or an enclosed park area.

Only let your Beagle off the leash in an open space once you are confident she is recalling. And never do this near highways or roads, to avoid causing any road accidents or harm to your Beagle.

In terms of treats you can use for training, we use specific dog training treats bought from a pet store, which have minimal chemicals or preservatives in them.

Treats that are made from whole foods are great; fish skins are a great example. You can also make your own dog treats as a cheaper alternative.

Teaching basic commands and boundaries to your beagle

Teaching your beagle some basic commands will pay off in the long run.

Dogs respond better to training when it is fun and interactive so think about playtime, toy time, or even a treat which will act as your reward for training.

If beagle training sounds like a daunting task, I would recommend training them in stages.

For example, start with teaching basic commands and boundaries such as ‘no’ or off the couch first before you try training them on any other tricks they may need later down the line. Or break it into two sessions each day; morning training around breakfast time for an hour then evening training after dinner so that your dog gets adequate rest between their lessons too!

Teaching beagles how to stay calm during storms is also important – this can help prevent anxiety and stress from becoming overwhelming when confronted by strong noises of thunderstorms or fireworks etcetera.

There are many cases where if dogs have been trained not to show fear or anxiety during training, they will not show fear or anxiety when out in the field.

As a dog owner you want to teach your Beagle how to stay calm and not show any signs of aggression; this can be done through training them with other dogs that are similar in size to theirs.

The following commands are basic ones you can try with your Beagle. 

Make sure you have their full attention, so go to a quiet spot in the house. Let your family members know you will be training to avoid any interruptions. Finally make sure you have a bag of healthy, tasty dog treats. 

Before you start training, you need to ensure you have captured your Beagle’s attention. This can be done by having a treat in your hand. Facing towards her, show the treat in your hand, but don’t let her grab it.


  1. Make sure your Beagle is stood up. Hold the treat near her nose.
  2. Move your hand with the treat in it, over her head, but still close to her nose. She will raise her head to follow, and she will sit. The moment this happens, praise and reward your Beagle with a treat.
  3. Repeat this another few times.
  4. In a new training session, later that same day or the following day, repeat the above steps.
  5. You will notice your Beagle will sit for longer; at this point, you can add the word ‘sit’ as she goes to sit. Timing is key. If you say the word ‘sit’ too early, she will associate that word with the wrong action.
  6. Repeat the training a few more times, with the ‘sit’ command thrown in. And hey presto you will have a Beagle that can sit on cue.

Lie Down

  1. Get your Beagle to sit in front of you. Hold out a treat in your hand, but don’t let them take it. They just need to know it’s there.
  2. Lower the treat in your hand to the floor, hold it close enough to your Beagle so that their nose is lowering down between their front paws.
  3. They may try to stand up, don’t reward them, but keep repeating until their elbows touch the floor. When that happens, praise them and reward them with a treat.
  4. Keep repeating the above steps in several short regular sessions. When they seem to be dropping to their elbows add in the command ‘down’. Again timing is critical so that they associate the right action with the command.

Take treats without aggression

  1. Start with a tasty dog treat in your hand but with a closed fist.
  2. Hold out your fist with the treat in it, to your Beagle. She will most likely mouth and paw your closed fist to get to the treat.
  3. Ignore this behavior and wait for her to use the soft part of her muzzle to have contact with your hand. When this happens, open your hand flat, and with praise, let her have the treat.
  4. Repeat this a few times, and when she softly approaches your closed fist, add the command ‘nicely.’ 
  5. After plenty of practice, when you give your Beagle a treat and call nicely, she will take it from your hand gently.

How to teach beagles what they can or cannot chew

Beagles are an intelligent and active breed of dog. They require training to learn what is or isn’t allowed in the house, as well as training for good behavior such as sitting when told instead of jumping on guests.

Beagles can be trained through positive reinforcement techniques like food treats or praise.

These dogs love playing games so training with a ball helps them think more about their actions while they’re having fun running around and bouncing off things.

The following are some tips you may find helpful if your dog is chewing up shoes or household items while playing with them. If caught in the act of chewing something that should not be chewed on, offer an acceptable chew toy without any shame (i.e., no yelling at him).

If you find that your dog is still chewing up shoes or household items while playing with them, try training him to not chew these things by first removing any footwear from an area where they are allowed and placing them in another room.

training a beagle what they can and cannot to chew is important
training a beagle what they can and cannot to chew is important

The obedience training process will take time, so don’t get discouraged if your dog isn’t fully trained after only a few days or weeks.

One very important thing to remember when training is never to hit your pup with an object like a shoe just because he has been chewing up something- this can lead to aggression issues!

Instead of trying out negative reinforcement methods (like hitting), try positive reinforcement obedience training instead: offer him his favorite food treat or toy as long as he does what you want him to do at the moment. This reinforces good behavior by rewarding it while undermining incorrect behaviors by withholding attention for those actions until you can redirect them to a better alternate option.

Designated areas for food, water, and bathroom

When training your pooch or beagle puppy it’s crucial to establish designated areas for food, water, and bathroom. You’ll need to create an environment that is conducive for training so these are the three things you should determine beforehand.

By having designated areas for these necessities, you are reinforcing training from the earliest stages.

If your pup is able to eat, drink or go outside for bathroom breaks when they want to, training can become difficult and frustrating.

Your dog will not be as likely to understand that he needs to wait until you tell him it’s time because these things are readily available at any given moment in time without restriction.

Establish a feeding schedule for your beagle pup

One of the most important training steps you can take is to establish a feeding schedule.

Dogs are creatures of habit and they like knowing what’s coming next.

Establishing designated times to feed your pup will create an environment where he knows when it’s time for food, water, or bathroom breaks; making training much easier and less stressful for both you and your beagle puppy.

Introduce crate training

After establishing a feeding schedule, take the next step and introduce crate training.

Crate training is like giving him his own little den where he can relax. You will want to implement this method of training when you are unable to supervise your pup or if there’s going to be a disruption in their routine (such as guests coming over).

It helps them feel more comfortable and secure while they’re left alone for short periods of time which makes it easier for them to get through that initial adjustment period from being home alone while also reducing any anxiety-based behaviors such as barking or whining.

Crates come in all shapes and sizes, so you will want to do some research before purchasing one.

A good rule of thumb is that your pooch should be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably in the crate with enough room for a mat or bedding material.

Do not leave training collars on their necks when they are crated because this can cause pressure points which may lead to injury over time! (Collars can also get caught on crates.)

You’re better off training them in another area where he’s free from any dangers such as ropes and cables.

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Two of our beagles enjoying their crate, home sweet home!

Potty train your beagle

As soon as you bring your pup home, it’s important to start training them about the proper way of going outside.

Beagles are very territorial by nature and they will want to discharge their scent in every corner imaginable so this is where training comes into play: teach him that only certain parts of the house need his peeing and marking routine.

To do this, pick an area near a door or one with high traffic for your dog to go when he needs to use the bathroom; don’t let him roam around freely throughout the entire house!

When he goes potty in these designated areas reward him with praise (or whatever treat motivates good behavior) and praise him when he comes back in.

In the early days, you will need to keep an eye out for any accidents on your floor and clean them up promptly.

If you suspect your puppy is about to toilet in your house, pick him and place him outside in the designated area.

This will help reduce the likelihood of accidents and training your pup to go where you want him to!

Consistency is key during training a beagle puppy

One thing that many people have trouble with when training their dogs, including beagles, is consistency.

It’s important for owners to remain consistent in order to create an environment where training can take place without much interruption or stress on either party involved.

How to handle barking and whining

Dogs bark and whine for different reasons.

If you’re training your pup to stop barking or whining, it’s important to first determine the cause of these behaviors before trying out any training techniques.

It could be that he is just excited to see someone come home from work or has a lot of pent-up energy due to not being able to play outside that day.

If you find training beagle puppies on this behavior difficult, try creating an environment where they can have more stimulation such as inside with toys or a dog park at the end of the street.

This will help him feel less anxious and bored when left home alone for long periods of time while training in increments becomes easier over time.

Tips to help reduce your dog barking and whining;

  • Give him plenty of calming toys
  • Bring him out for walks and playtime
  • Offer him training treats when he’s quiet and calm
  • Dogs react to training in different ways, so it’s important to be creative and think of new ideas that will work for your pup.
  • In the case of barking or whining, try putting them in a serene environment like inside with toys or out on their dog run.
  • Take plenty of walks with your beagle puppy as this reduces anxiety levels while giving them room to play and tire themselves out (a tired dog is less likely to bark).
  • Reward good behavior by rewarding obedience training with tasty treats- he’ll love you more than ever! And lastly but most importantly: offer plenty of cuddles during training sessions–he needs some extra TLC too after all his hard work!

Remember – never hit your dog with an object in an attempt to keep him quiet, this could lead to aggressive behavior and is not nice for any dog!

Make sure your pooch is getting enough exercise

While teaching your beagle pup, make sure he is getting plenty of exercise!

Take him on long walks and play in the backyard with toys to keep his mind active.

This will help reduce anxiety levels while training as well as provide a healthy outlet for all that pent-up energy pups can have when they are not able to go outside or get enough stimulation from playing outdoors.

Leash training tips for your beagle

It’s important to train your beagle pup on a leash and harness early!

Dogs that are trained from an early age tend not to pull hard or chew the training device.

Leash training your beagle pup is all about keeping calm and gentle.

In order to train a beagle pup using a leash, it’s important not to yank or pull hard on the lead as this will only scare and make training more difficult for both you and your dog.

Instead, take some time to walk calmly with him before ever attempting any other type of command such as sitting or stopping in the future. Start by having him wear his harness which also reduces back complaints that can occur due to long periods of pulling at a young age from learning what it feels like when he is being pulled backward on his stomach during leash training sessions.

6 Tips To Stop Your Dog Pulling When On Leash

  • Avoid training your dog when they are tired or over-hyper
  • Keep training sessions short (around ten minutes)
  • Don’t yank on the leash, but instead walk calmly and constantly praise them for good behavior.
  • Walk in a straight line to reduce confusion while training
  • When training with treats during walking sessions make sure it’s something that will not give him any type of stomach upset or diarrhea such as small pieces of cheese or peanut butter; these goodies tend to be his favorite!
  • Once you have mastered some basic commands like “sit”, “come here” and “stop”, try training him how to respond appropriately when he sees other animals by using different types of rewards including toys, treats, and even verbal encouragement.

Why socializing beagles with other dogs and people is crucial

Socializing your beagle pup is crucial for training and development.

In order to properly socialize a dog, it’s important to expose them early on in their training sessions with other animals such as dogs or cats that he might not have met before.

This helps build confidence in both the animal being introduced and reduces anxiety levels at the same time by training him how to behave appropriately around different types of people too!

One way you can start this process would be taking your dog out every day during training walks so they become used to all sorts of new stimuli including traffic noises while also learning how to pay attention when told instead of pulling towards potential distractions like squirrels along the roadside. This will ultimately reduce negative behavior such as barking or growling when in new situations.

Dont’s for disciplining your beagle

There are many training strategies out there that people use to discipline their dogs.

However, it’s important not to hit your beagle because this can lead to aggressive behavior or make training difficult for him in the future.

Never shout or scream at your beagle during training sessions.

Don’t punish or scold him for mistakes that he might have made such as breaking a training command in order to get the desired response from you instead of continuing to work on training until they finally do it correctly.

The best way to teach this is by using positive reinforcement, which usually include treats and verbal encouragement when they do something right!

This will also reduce anxiety levels because dogs tend not to want what’s bad for them like being yelled at or hit so teaching them how good things happen with obedience and patience will make training easier while making both parties happy too.

Plus, he needs some extra TLC too after all his hard work, training is tiring!

Remember never to use a whip or anything else you could hurt your pup in an attempt to keep them quiet as they might bite back and create more problems than solutions when training sessions don’t go well (which happens!).

Do’s for disciplining your beagle

What training strategies work the best for training your beagle?

Positive reinforcement is the key to success when training and it can come in various forms.

Praise from humans is another thing that many dogs respond well to, especially if he’s doing something right like sitting down on command!

Treats are usually effective as well since they’re tasty rewards for good behavior (generally speaking!).

Lastly, some trainers recommend playing games such as fetch where your dog has fun while learning how to follow instructions which will ultimately make both of you happy!

Remember, always reward your beagle puppy when training for good behaviors!


In summary, Beagles are fabulous dogs to own and have interesting behaviors which can make them challenging to train. But with commitment, patience, and some tasty, healthy dog treats, you can train your Beagle to do most things. If you don’t have the time to do this, there are many well-qualified dog trainers that can help.


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