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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