Have you given up on training your Beagle? Their willful nature can be a challenge that many owners decide isn’t worth fighting. And really, if your Beagle is just a family pet, he may not need to know a whole lot. However, even if he is just the couch potato that goes on daily walks with you, there are things he should know for safety reasons. The following are three basic behaviors you must teach your Beagle for his safety.
#1 – Come
Okay, so you may be thinking that your Beagle is never going to be off-leash because you know better. But, what if your Beagle manages to escape – say, bolts out the door, digs out of the backyard, or slips his collar? Or maybe you would like to let him have freedom when you are hiking in the woods. A solid recall can also help you avoid headache in a big backyard, and can save the life of your Beagle if she bolts out the door toward the street. It’s just a good basic cue for any dog to know.
#2 – Leave It
A solid Leave It cue can keep her from chewing your shoe or stealing your dinner. It can make walks more pleasant – you can ask your Beagle to leave the grass and the trees she has sniffed for the hundredth time or all the people she wants to greet. Even the squirrel she may want to chase. Most importantly, it can save your Beagle’s life if she is about to eat something dangerous – this includes toxic human foods or maybe something unsafe she comes along during her walk, such as a razor blade.
#3 – Stay
Like Come, Stay can help keep your Beagle inside the house when you open the front door. Stay is also useful if you are trying to get your Beagle to not chase the neighbor’s cat, or the bunny that pops out of nowhere. Finally, it helps teach her self-control, which is never a bad thing, especially for a Beagle.
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