Are Beagles Easy To Train?

All dogs have Traits and quirks that are breed specific. Beagles can be hard to train due to their inquisitive nature. However, with the right training and time invested it is a very achievable task. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Beagles are intelligent but can be stubborn.
  • Early socialization and consistent training are crucial.
  • Positive reinforcement works best with Beagles.
  • They can be easily distracted by scents.
Photo of beagle, puppy, sat on the beach.

Do I need a dog trainer to train my beagle?

If you’re new to dog ownership the task of puppy and dog training can seem a little daunting at first. New owners can feel pressured into having the perfect dog, (It’s a little known secret but even the best trained dogs can be a little naughty at times) so don’t worry too much about your puppy. In time you will get to a place where you’re happy with their behaviour. The secret to good training is patience, time and consistency. 

Dog trainers can help massively with training and socialisation. They can offer a major boost in your dog’s development but they can’t do everything for you. A one hour session once or twice per week will help you to become a better owner giving you the tools and tricks you will need to give you and your dog the best start. 

This however is only a small part of the story. Once the training sessions are over, you will need to put into practice everything you have worked on in class and spend time perfecting your relationship with your dog. Expecting outstanding results in just a few days is not achievable. 

We would recommend (at least in the first six months of a puppy’s life) a minimum of an hour or two per day, training your dog through play and out on walks for the best results. As stated earlier patience, constancy and time are the secret to puppy training success.  

How to train a beagle puppy?

Let’s start by looking at the breed’s traits. Beagles have been bred for hundreds of years as hunting dogs. This has resulted in your dog having a strong instinct which can be distracting for you beagle. A beagle’s sense of smell is its main distraction. If you have ever met a beagle out and about you will notice they basically spend the majority of the walk with their heads down smelling and sniffing constantly. So be prepared for distractions and be patient when your beagle stops paying you 100% attention, they can’t help it; they just love to smell things. 

Be consistent when training your beagle.

 All dogs can get confused by inconsistencies, keep it simple and fun. Plan your sessions before you start and stick to easy terminology and hand signals. Your beagle will recognise your body language and gesture’s just as much as the commands you say when you want them to sit or stay. Keep your sessions fun with lots of praise and rewards when they get things right. 

Beagles tend to love treats so small treats like cooked chicken breast chopped up into rice sized portions work best. Treats and praise help to reinforce good behaviour in your beagle and can help your dog to focus and break your beagle’s natural instinct to wander off and sniff. Always praise and treat for good behaviour, never punish your dog by shouting or being angry as this will break confidence and confuse your puppy. 

Remember your dog wants to please you. So treats for good behaviour encourage your dog to do more of what makes you happy, no treats or praise and your dog will soon figure it out. Just be patient.   

Training sessions should always be consistent and fun. Try and repeat sessions around the same times every day to reinforce your dog’s understanding of what you expect from them. Reinforce with praise and keep verbal commands and hand gestures consistent throughout each and every session. Your dog will have energy to spare in the morning and will be most receptive to training at this time of the day. Giving your dog a good active and stimulating training session early in the day can also help get rid of high energy, prevent your dog feeling bored, and help your dog keep calmer during the day time. A well exercised and stimulated puppy is less likely to destroy things in your home as your dog will have used up energy and most likely spend time resting and feeling more content.  

Start training early

Beagle puppy’s like all dogs are more receptive to training when they are young. As dogs get older habits become more difficult to break or adjust as time goes on. Put in the hard work as early as you possibly can to set yourself up for success. 

Training your beagle should be fun and engaging for both your puppy and you. Use toys, treats and positive praise to show your dog she/he has done well. Try to play games like fetch or go find to keep your dog stimulated. Keep calm and don’t be over-excitable as your beagle will mimic what you do. If you’re high energy and loud, your dog will be too. So keep a calm and mellow approach to training. Remember beagles are high energy dogs so long walks can lot’s of exercise can help. Your beagle is highly intelligent and independent, she/he is also easily distracted by smells so try and keep your beagle focused with high value rewards and treats. 

The Importance of Early Socialization

From a young age, it’s crucial to expose your Beagle to various environments, sounds, and people. This early socialization ensures they grow up to be well-rounded and confident adults. For more insights on this, check out Do Beagles Like To Be Picked Up?.

Routine and feeding time.

Establishing a routine in a puppy’s life is extremely important. Beagles and all dogs are creatures of habit, knowing what’s next and what to expect throughout the day will help with training. Keep playtime and training sessions to a routine (mornings/after work). 

Keeping mealtime to a consistent schedule helps with toilet training too. Your dog will need to go to the toilet at a more predictable time if you keep meals at a regimented schedule too. This will help reduce the possibility of accidents in the home.   

How to potty Train Your Beagle?

Start potty training your beagle puppy as soon as you get them home. Beagles love to mark their territory and have a strong instinct to do so even at this early age. Try and spend as much time outside in the garden with your puppy and praise her/him when they go to the toilet. You may find that grass is preferable for your beagle pup or they may prefer to go on gravel. Try and take note and encourage them to go to a designated area so it becomes routine. Remember reward and praise is essential here. Your puppy needs you to let her/him know she’s done well. 

If your puppy does have an accident in the home you must clean it up thoroughly with special dog odour neutralising cleaning products. Your beagle has, as we have discussed, a heightened sense of smell and will return to a toilet corner if he/she smells a previous accident, as far as your puppy is concerned, this is where they go to the toilet. If you see your pup going to a previous accident area in the house keep an eye on them and pick them up if they start to go. Take them outside to the designated toilet area and praise them for going. Over time your puppy will prefer to go to their outside toilet and even start to go to a back door to be let out. 

Train your Beagle to let you know they need to go the toilet

Training your dog to bark on command can help your puppy let you know it’s toilet time. Once you’ve taught your dog to bark on command , go to your door and say speak. When your dog barks, open the door and give them praise and a reward. Keep on repeating this as part of your regular training sessions and before long your pup will be able to let you know when toilet time is and you will have no more accidents in the home. 

How to crate train a Beagle?

Crate training is an effective way to teach your beagle good behavior and give them a safe and comfortable space to relax. Here’s how to crate train your beagle:

  1. Choose the Right Crate: The first step is to choose the right size crate for your beagle. The crate should be large enough for your beagle to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. However, it shouldn’t be too big, as this may encourage your beagle to use one corner as a bathroom.
  2. Introduce the Crate: Once you have the crate, introduce it to your beagle gradually. Start by placing the crate in a quiet area of your home and leaving the door open. Encourage your beagle to explore the crate by placing treats, toys, or bedding inside.
  3. Feed Your Beagle in the Crate: One effective way to get your beagle comfortable with the crate is to feed them their meals inside. This helps them associate the crate with positive experiences and creates a routine around mealtimes.
  4. Encourage Naps in the Crate: Another way to help your beagle get comfortable with the crate is to encourage them to take naps inside. You can do this by placing a comfortable blanket or bed inside the crate and leaving the door open during the day.
  5. Gradually Increase Crate Time: Once your beagle is comfortable napping and eating inside the crate, gradually increase the amount of time they spend inside with the door closed. Start with short intervals and gradually increase the time as your beagle becomes more comfortable.
  6. Use Positive Reinforcement: Whenever your beagle goes into the crate voluntarily, give them plenty of praise and treats. This helps reinforce positive behavior and encourages your beagle to associate the crate with positive experiences.
  7. Avoid Using the Crate as Punishment: Never use the crate as punishment for your beagle’s bad behavior. This can make them associate the crate with negative experiences and may make crate training more difficult.

By following these steps, you can effectively crate train your beagle and give them a safe and comfortable space to call their own. Remember to be patient, consistent, and always use positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior.

How to train a beagle to stop howling?

Beagles are known for their distinctive howl, which is a natural part of their behavior. However, excessive howling can be a nuisance, particularly if you live in an apartment or have close neighbors. Here are some tips on how to train your beagle to stop howling:

Identify the Trigger: The first step is to identify what triggers your beagle’s howling. Beagles may howl due to separation anxiety, boredom, attention-seeking behavior, or in response to certain sounds or smells. Once you know what triggers your beagle’s howling, you can work on addressing the underlying cause.

Provide Adequate Exercise and Mental Stimulation: Beagles are an active breed and require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to stay healthy and happy. If your beagle is bored or restless, they may be more likely to howl. Make sure your beagle gets plenty of exercise, playtime, and mental stimulation through interactive toys and training sessions.

Use Positive Reinforcement: When your beagle stops howling on command, reward them with praise, treats, or toys. This reinforces positive behavior and encourages your beagle to repeat it in the future.

Train Your Beagle to “Speak” and “Quiet”: Training your beagle to “speak” and “quiet” on command can be an effective way to control their howling. Start by teaching your beagle to “speak” on command by saying the word “speak” when they howl, and then rewarding them with praise and treats. Once your beagle has learned to “speak”, you can then teach them to “quiet” by saying the word “quiet” when they stop howling and then rewarding them with praise and treats.

Use Desensitization Techniques: If your beagle is howling in response to certain sounds or smells, you can use desensitization techniques to help them overcome their fear or anxiety. Start by playing the sound or introducing the smell at a low volume or intensity, and then gradually increasing it over time. Reward your beagle with praise and treats when they remain calm, and be patient as it may take several sessions for them to become desensitized.

Seek Professional Help: If your beagle’s howling persists despite your efforts, or if you suspect it may be due to a more serious issue such as separation anxiety, seek the help of a professional dog trainer or behaviorist. They can provide personalized advice and training techniques to help address the problem.

By following these tips, you can train your beagle to stop excessive howling and improve their behavior. Remember to be patient, consistent, and always use positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior.

How Long Does it Take to Train a Beagle?

The time it takes to teach your beagle will depend heavily upon their age. Puppy’s are easy to train and they learn fast. With a puppy you are going to see results faster than an adult dog. A puppy absorbs information fast, so it is important to start the training in these early months. The length of time it takes to train your puppy will also depend upon their environment. Due to their strong sense of smell they. can become difficult to train. However if you have them in an environment where they will not become distracted this will quickly speed up the process. For a puppy it will take two to three months to see results if the proper training has taken place.

When in these training sessions with your puppy you will want to be doing 5 to 10 minute sessions 2 or 3 times a day to see the best results. These short sessions allow for your hound to take in information easily but more often. You should also be using positive reinforcement throughout these sessions.

When a beagle reaches 8 to 12 months older you should be changing the training style. At this point the training sessions should be once a day and last 15 to 25 minutes. It is important to not keep these sessions going on for too long as they can be straining mentally and physically. Good results will not come if your beagle has lost their concentration.

A realistic time frame for your beagles training will be about one year of consistent training.

What Makes Beagles Difficult to Train?

While beagles are intelligent and quick learners, they can also be notoriously stubborn and easily distracted, which can make training them a challenge. Here are a few factors that can make beagles difficult to train:

  1. Strong Hunting Instincts: Beagles were originally bred for hunting small game, and their strong prey drive can sometimes override their training. They may become fixated on a scent or a movement and ignore their owner’s commands.
  2. High Energy Level: Beagles are an active breed that require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. If they don’t get enough physical and mental activity, they may become bored and restless, which can lead to destructive behaviors like chewing or digging.
  3. Selective Hearing: Beagles are known for their selective hearing, which means they may not always obey commands, especially if they’re distracted by something more interesting, like a squirrel or a scent.
  4. Independent Nature: Beagles can be quite independent and may prefer to do things their own way, rather than follow their owner’s commands. This can make training them a challenge, as they may not see the value in following instructions that don’t align with their own goals or interests.
  5. Short Attention Span: Beagles are easily distracted and can have a short attention span, which means they may quickly lose interest in training sessions that are too long or repetitive.

Despite these challenges, beagles are trainable with patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement techniques. It’s important to start training early, establish clear boundaries and rules, and provide plenty of opportunities for exercise and mental stimulation. With the right approach, beagles can learn a wide range of commands and behaviors, and make loyal and loving companions.

Useful Tools in Beagle Training

When training a Beagle, certain tools can make the process smoother.

Training Treats

Given their love for food, training treats can be a powerful motivator for Beagles. However, it’s essential to ensure that these treats are healthy and given in moderation.

Clicker Training

Clicker training can be an effective way to train Beagles. The clicker sound serves as a marker for the desired behavior, followed by a reward. Over time, the Beagle associates the clicker sound with positive reinforcement, making it easier to teach new commands.

Advanced Training Techniques for Beagles

While basic training lays the foundation for a well-behaved Beagle, advanced training techniques can further enhance their skills and behavior.

Harnessing Their Keen Sense of Smell

Beagles have a remarkable sense of smell, which can be both an advantage and a challenge in training. Utilizing their scenting abilities in training sessions can be beneficial. For instance, scent-based games or tracking exercises can be a fun way to engage them. For more on this, this article offers a deep dive into the world of Beagle scent training.

Addressing the Howling Behavior

Beagles are known for their howling, especially when they detect something intriguing. Training them to control this behavior is essential, especially in urban settings. A combination of commands like “quiet” or “hush” and positive reinforcement can be effective. If the howling is attention-seeking, it’s crucial not to reward the behavior by giving them the attention they seek.

Socialization Skills

While Beagles are naturally friendly, further socialization training can ensure they are comfortable in various settings. Regularly exposing them to different environments, animals, and people can make them more adaptable. Group training classes can also be a great way to socialize them with other dogs.

Leash Training

Given their strong scent drive, Beagles can often get distracted during walks. Advanced leash training techniques, such as the “heel” command, can ensure they walk beside you without pulling. Regular practice and positive reinforcement are key.

Tables with Advanced Training Milestones

6-8 monthsAdvanced CommandsBeagles should start learning advanced commands like “heel”, “leave it”, and “place”.
8-10 monthsReduced HowlingWith consistent training, the frequency of howling should reduce.
10-12 monthsOff-Leash TrainingBegin practicing off-leash training in controlled environments.
Table showing advanced training milestones

In conclusion

Beagle pups are great house pets that respond well to a consistent patient training routine. A dog’s training is only as good or bad as you personally make it. Try to make every training session fun and engaging with lots of praise and rewards. This is the golden rule to training all dogs. Using a recommended dog training school can help accelerate your puppy’s training but you must also put in the hours to get great results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my Beagle keep pulling on the leash?

Beagles have a natural instinct to follow scents, which can lead them to pull on the leash. Consistent leash training and using tools like a no-pull harness can help address this behavior.

How can I stop my Beagle from digging?

Digging can be a natural behavior for Beagles. Providing them with a designated digging spot or engaging them in other activities can reduce unwanted digging. It’s also essential to ensure they are getting enough physical and mental stimulation.

Why is my Beagle so vocal?

Beagles are naturally vocal dogs. They use barking and howling to communicate. Training, socialization, and ensuring they are not bored or anxious can help control excessive vocalization.

How often should I train my Beagle?

Consistency is key when training Beagles. Short, daily training sessions are more effective than infrequent, longer sessions. It’s also essential to practice the learned behaviors in different settings.

Adam Docherty

Hi I'm Adam. At Pet Know How we aim to help you learn everything you need to about your pets.

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