Top 7 Tips to Make a Beagle Listen to You

 Beagles are notorious for their stubbornness. The dog often ignores our commands and does whatever he wants. This is not because beagles are stupid. This is because they are very smart.


Top 7 Tips to Make a Beagle Listen to You


So I called a friend of mine who is a dog trainer and asked him how we can get our dogs to listen to us. I made a step by step program for us to follow, and surprisingly, it did wonders. Now, Groot is more obedient and disciplined than he ever was.

So I decided to help you all, and with the trainer's permission, I've listed all the steps you need to take to get your little dog to listen to you.


Step 1. Teach the command "look at me"

The first thing to do while training a dog is to make sure they are looking at us while we ask to 'look at me'.

Beagles are an exotic breed. It is easy for them to be distracted by a bird or even by a new scent. The Look at Me command will allow you to get your dog's attention. It is much easier to communicate with your dog when he is looking at you.


Teaching see leadership:

Say "look at me" and how your favorite beagle treats.

Then place the reward near your face between your eyes.

When your dog makes eye contact with you, give him a treat.

Practice this continuously for a week.

Now say it without showing your dog the treat. Praise your dog when he looks into your eyes and give him a treat.


Step 2: Do 10 minutes of exercise every day

A common misconception is that training a dog is a one-time thing. But it is not. Training is a lifelong process. You should take at least 10 minutes each day to train your dog.

Teach them new tricks, review old commands, and train them to act. Training should be conducted in different places and environments. So train your little dog in parks, in your own backyard, in your friend's backyard, in public places. This will give you better control of the dog in different situations.


Step 3: Expose them to different environments

An important aspect of getting our beagles to listen to us is exposing them to a variety of places, situations, and people. They may seem distracted at first, but doing this regularly will make them more social and comfortable.

Here are some things you should do:

Take them to the dog parks regularly.

Take them to public places.

Mix them with different people. They should feel comfortable seeing a man with facial hair or a woman wearing a hat and sunglasses.

Let them smell different things. Beagles are scent hounds, they love the scent.

Set up play dates with different dogs.

Introduce them to other pets, such as cats and turtles.

It is highly recommended that you start exposing your dog to different environments since he was a puppy. However, if your dog is an adult, it is better to be late than not to be late.

We got the dog in December 2019, just before the pandemic. The entire country has been under lock-down for more than six months. So we didn't get much opportunity to connect with him. But once we got the vaccine, we started exposing him to different situations.

Yes, we did take some time to properly socialize the dog and make him comfortable in a different environment.


Step 4: Give them enough exercise

A tired beagle equals a happy and obedient dog. Whereas a beagle full of energy equals disaster.

If your dog is as hyperactive as Groot, you should make sure he gets enough exercise every day.

Communicating with a beagle full of energy is like shooting into the sky for a star. So be sure to remove all excess energy, especially before training.

This is what our schedule looks like

Take a the dog out for a long walk twice a day. Once in the morning and once before going to bed.

Apart from that, he can play in the backyard for a few hours every day.

We take him to the dog park twice a week, where he interacts and plays with the other dogs.

Every Sunday we take him to a jogging track where he can run for 10 to 15 minutes.

After all this, he still had some energy left to hurt him.


Step 5: Use gestures with verbal commands

Dogs communicate with each other through their body language. It is easier for a dog to understand gestures than verbal cues.

So start using gestures along with verbal cues for important commands like sit, stay and look at me.

Since I started using gestures, I've noticed that the dog follows commands much more successfully than before.


Step 6: Understand Your Beagle's Emotional State

Beagles are less likely to listen to you when they are distracted by the presence of another dog. Or when he is afraid of loud thunder sounds. Or when he's nervous before going to the vet.

In such cases, you need to deal with the underlying issues first before teaching your dog to listen to you.


Step 7: Don't Give Up

Just remember one thing, it is never impossible to train a dog. No matter how mischievous and naughty your dog may be, they have the potential to be a well-behaved dog. This is only possible if they do not give you.


He still does some naughty things every now and then, but that's okay.

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