Beagle Training for Common Dog Behavior Problems

We present below some dog behavior issues that all dog owners are bound to encounter. As you help your dog to learn that it can do better, it is inevitable that you yourself learn a thing or two. Have fun learning with your dog through beagle training!

Chewing

Never give a puppy a shoe to chew on; the worse that you could end up teaching the dog is all shows are meant for chewing, and there is no such thing as expensive shoes or cheap shoes. If you will have a puppy at home, expect that it will chew, since it will be teething. Chew toys will need to be available, and the puppy will keep up the nibbling until the puppy reaches one year of age.

With Beagle training in mind, what’s to be done if you see your puppy chewing on something that is a no-no? Say to it “give”, then take it away gently. Then, always give your puppy the correct chew toy as a sort of trade, telling it “Take”, with a cheerful and affectionate “good boy” once the dog has the right toy in its mouth. In case the dog refuses to give up the bad toy, put your hand behind the dog’s head, and use your thumb and forefinger to gently apply some pressure on the back of the jaw where the upper and lower teeth meet. The dog then sees that if it continues biting down, it hurts itself. Always pronounce clearly the “give” command, and praise the dog if it takes the “good” trade toy.

Running Away

Puppies love to play chase, and it genuinely gets the most fun when it is the one being chased, preferably by its human owner. So puppyhood is the best time to teach a dog that if it runs, you do not chase. Rather, try turning around and taking some steps away, squatting or sitting down, and pretend to ignore the puppy. In a while, the puppy will come to you, demanding attention. Allow the puppy to touch you. You may respond by patting, cuddling and scratching the puppy. If you give the puppy a treat at this point, it will all the more stay with you. As the puppy matures, show the treat first, then say “come” to teach it this command.

Biting

The sight of puppies chasing, biting and nipping each other is no cause for much concern, but it is otherwise if a puppy turns to nipping you!

In case of a biting puppy, the Beagle training solution is to imitate a puppy playmate’s reaction. If your puppy bites you (even if not painful), give the yip-noise that a hurt puppy would also give. Then turn away to ignore the puppy. If the puppy plays with good manners, always praise it.

In the case of a puppy that runs after you while nipping, do not avoid it. Instead, stop (a target that stops is not fun anymore for the puppy), say “No” to it, then ignore it. Other things you could do to dissuade puppy-biting is to encourage your puppy to occasionally take food from your mouth, starting from the moment it enters your home.

A word of caution to the “yipping” noise method. This strategy works only if the puppies have been left intact long enough for them to learn this lesson among themselves. Thus, a reliable breeder cannot afford separating or putting up for sale his or her puppies before 8 weeks of age.

Digging

There are concrete and real explanations why a dog digs. A dog will do so in order to hide a toy, to have a bed of damp earth to lie on, to keep themselves busy and occupied, and to chase some critter which went underground.

Some breeds of dogs are certified diggers, such as terriers. All this shows the importance of studying what instincts are dominant in a puppy before being sure of going for them.

To end, you can be sure that the tone of your voice already helps communicate a lot, so be confident and calm in teaching the dog its manners. Not only are praise and common sense important to communicating with a dog, but teaching it what “No” means is also valuable. This can be done by combining a good stern “No” and a squirt of water to catch a stubborn dog’s attention. The advantage of this is that it does not hurt the dog, nor you.

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