Monthly Archives: January 2014

Beagle-Training Tips – Understanding the Traits of the Breed

A real estate executive in the San Francisco Bay Area, Joseph Sabeh Jr. maintains a number of hobbies outside of his professional responsibilities. One of Joseph Sabeh Jr.’s primary hobbies is raising beagles.

Historically, people bred beagles as hunting companions. As a result, beagles are generally intelligent and energetic, and have a pack mentality. When training a beagle, trying to counteract these traits will prove unproductive and encourage problematic behaviors. Instead, the trainer must understand and work with these traits.

One of the greatest issues associated with beagles is separation anxiety, which results from the drive to be part of a pack. To discourage negative behaviors while away, owners can run or walk a dog before leaving the house to let it burn energy.

Beagles often make a great deal of noise. Historically, breeders wanted dogs with a distinctive cry that could alert hunters of prey from a great distance. Owners and trainers of beagles can train the dogs to understand when making noise is appropriate with the command “Speak!” and inappropriate with the command “Quiet!”

Since beagles were also bred to give chase, owners should only let them roam free in a yard with a fence at least five feet high. Otherwise, leashes are indispensable. People should also take into account that beagles love to dig and may tunnel under a fence if there is not cement or chicken wire at the base.

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Working with the Beagle’s Incredible Sense of Smell

Joseph Sabeh Jr. serves as the president and chief executive officer of Executive Homes Realty, Inc. Outside of work, Joseph Sabeh Jr. pursues a variety of passions, including raising beagles. To raise and train beagles effectively, individuals must understand the unique traits of the breed. For example, dogs have an incredible sense of smell, with an average of 220 million scent receptors, compared to about 5 million in humans, but the beagle has even more than the average dog.

Dogs use their sense of smell more than their other senses to understand their environment. Because of this, individuals cannot and should not try to train them not to sniff. At the same time, it is possible to encourage beagles to sniff at certain times and discourage it at other times.

To keep a beagle from constantly holding up walks by getting its nose into things, owners can distract the dog with a treat. By bringing the treat to eye level and forcing eye contact before giving the reward, one can encourage the dog to look up once in a while instead of keeping its nose to the ground.

Owners can encourage a beagle to sniff by playing “hide and seek” type games with favorite toys and treats, allowing the dog time to enjoy its sense of smell.