Help with puppy training
By - TheSkinOfTheBanana
I have a 2 year old beagle named Thor that I've had since he was 2 months old. This behavior is normal for a beagle. They will chew on everything for the first 8 months or so. Then it starts to taper off. Now he rarely chews on anything he's not supposed to. Make sure to get him many chew toys. And keep some in every room in your house. The key is to teach him with positive reinforcement. If he's chewing on something he shouldn't tell him no and immediately put his chew toys between him and what he's not supposed to chew on. Wiggle it in front of him and get his attention. When he starts chewing on his toys instead pet him and tell him hes a good boy and give him a treat. Over time he will associate getting a treat when he chews on his own toys.
As far as the lunging goes Beagles are very vocal (you will eventually learn what Arrooooo is) and very happy /playfull. Thor did the same thing at that age. He still occasionally does it at 2 yrs old. He will bark or Arrooooo if you will and run at people. To someone not familiar with beagle behavior this can seem like he is gonna attack. But in reality most likely he's getting excited by seeing a new person and just wants to play. The best indicator is his tail. If he's excited and just wants to greet and play with a new person he will wag his tail like crazy. If he's agitated then his tail will be tucked down toward the ground and not moving. As long as you see a wagging tail they are happy and looking to play with this new person.
By 4 months old I had Thor trained to sit, lay down, shake hands, roll over and to wait. I can tell him to sit and put a treat in front if him and tell him to wait. And he wont touch the treat until I tell him he can. At 2 years he has also learned to use a staples easy button to let me know he has to go potty. As well as play a toy piano if he wants a treat. You can see these on his instagram page @thor.dog.o.thunder
Another thing with beagles is they were bread to be hunters. So you need to nurture that hunting spirit. What I do is play hide and seek games with him. Ill hide a treat in my pocket, my sock or somewhere around the room etc. And tell him to find it. As soon as I say find it he will start sniffing all over me until he picks up the scent. When he finds his treat he will touch it with his paws and look at me. That's when I'll give it to him and tell him he's a good boy.
You're going to encounter one more beagle behavior. When you start walking them outside they will go into hunting mode and try to drag you everywhere to smell everything they possibly can. This doesn't seem like an issue when they are 2-3 months old and 7-8lbs. They are deceptively powerful dogs though. Thor is a rather large beagle at 55lbs of muscle. Even at 240lbs I occasionally have trouble holding him back if he really want to drag me toward something. So it's very important to start the walking training as soon as he's had all of his shots and can go outside. Start by keeping a pocket full of treats. As your walking him if he tries pulling you gently tug his leash and tell him "slow" make sure to reward him when he pays attention. Sometimes they will just get to excited and won't pay attention. If that happens then stop walking and tell him to sit. Again reward him if he does. Whe he stops to go potty pet him and tell him hes a good boy followed by a treat.
They are very smart and easily trained. You just have to be consistent with the training. Dont expect him to learn everything in a week. But as long as you keep at it he will become a well behaved little gentlemen.
Thank you so much for this! I feel much better now. I've had cats all my life so I have no idea what I'm doing! I'm glad that this is just normal beagle behaviour
Feel free to message me if you have any questions I'll be glad to help out.
love the staples easy button idea!!!
my tyson just gives me “the look” and i know its time.
Oh another treat beagles love is ice cubes. If you have wood or tile floors they will enjoy playing with it. Slide it across the floor and watch him go wild chasing it.
I did think about giving him some ice cubes to help with his teething
Ice is good for many reasons. Helps when they are teething. It helps to cool them down after walking / playing out in the heat. And helps clean their teeth.
I gave him an ice cube last night and it was incredible how much it calmed him down
really good tips in the comments!!
my tyson is 9 months and is following the same pattern more or less. Beagles are wonderful dogs and its just the first few months that seem rough.
Thank you, this gives me a lot of hope
Beagles can be really wonderful companions, but training can be tough, especially if you don't have much experience. Don't be afraid to get some help. Puppy training classes are fun, you'll both learn a lot and can be a great way for your beagle learn how to socialize with other people and pets in a positive way. It's usually not too expensive and most of the bigger pet store chains have classes. Beagles, like most dogs, can be destructive when bored. Consistent training can be turned into more of a fun game and can just become something you do together daily. I had great luck with scent training with my beagle at the park or even in my own backyard. If your beagle shows a propensity to dig, try building a raised bed in your backyard so your new friend has a special place they can dig to their heart's content. The trick I found with my beagle was being consistent and being positive. It's a TON of work in the beginning, but it will pay off so much for both of you. One last quick tip, that I learned the hard way. Don't use a regular collar and leash with your beagle. Instead try a harness and never, ever a flexible retractable leash. Too much risk of injury to you, your beagle or others if your beagle catches sight or scent of something that needs chasing. They were bred to hunt and chase. That instinct can override the best of training. It's not a negative thing, just a part of who they are that you always need to be mindful of. Good luck to you and your new friend!
Thank you for this, we tried a collar and it lasted about 30 seconds 😂
Yeah, us too. Beagles give Houdini a run for his money! I still really recommend a collar so you can have a name tag with your contact info, just, ya know for walks and such go with the harness for sure. They do make some really great comfy padded harnesses and you can even get them with printed wordsike "In Training" or "Nervous" that can maybe help while your beagle is learning manners and how to socialize. My boy was deaf and I was able to find a great leash and harness that had it written on it. It helped a lot so anyone who wanted to pet knew to ask first so he wasn't startled. He was 15 when he came to live with me and that's why I knew so much about puppy training classes. Beagles are usually super social and will have an absolute blast getting to meet other dogs and people. Good luck!!
I would also like to throw in that teaching him stupid pet tricks will help with overall obedience and housebreaking long term especially the closer he gets to one year-old. My beagle would revert on housebreaking if I didn't keep teaching him a stupid pet trick basically every two weeks for his entire life. 😂
Haha, I will definitely keep that in mind 😂
this is normal puppy behaviour. i recommend going to /r/puppy101
they have a great wiki on all puppy raising things - note that you have to use a web browser on a computer to see all their great content.
general rule of thumb for puppies is 1 hours up, 2 hours sleep. they have to sleep in that pattern to reduce tiredness as they are growing rapidly right now.
during the night, they should be able to settle for 4 hours at one time. crate training is recommended for puppies since it goes hand in hand with toilet training.
other than that, i recommend setting up mutliple puppy proof pens in the house, and only giving the puppy access to those areas until they are housebroken.
Thank you for this, I'll look at that page now.
I think he keeps trying to fight going to sleep and it's making him grumpy, but once he's down he's completely out of it!