How to train a scent-obsessed Beagle?
The average dog's sense of smell is 1,000 to 10,000 times more sensitive than a human's.
Dogs that were bred to hunt by scenting the prey, like Beagles, Basset Hounds and Bloodhounds, seem to have an even more agile nose than average.
If you are a little bit tired of having to deal with your Beagle constantly sniffing around everything what possible, read these lines on how to train a scent-obsessed Beagle.
Remember that Beagles, like any other dog, learn best in a positive environment. Keep training sessions short and fun, ending them with the dog performing a command correctly. Young Beagles especially, have short attention spans so you should train for five minutes at a time, two or three times a day. Try to experiment a bit with other treats your Beagle may love: ice cube chips, apple chunks, single kibbles of dry cat food or moist cat treats, goldfish crackers. If your Beagle dog is young and active, consider taking her to an agility class.
Start with great treats though it is important that you do not exaggerate with treats during the training. Start by collecting some extra-special, extra-smelly treats such as cheddar cheese cubes, thin hot dog slices, bits of doggy "jerky," anything small that your Beagle puppy can consume in one gulp.
Get your Beagle's attention off the ground and onto you. Show your dog the treat, close enough that it can sniff it, but don't let your Beagle have it.
Call your Beagle and say "watch me" and hold the treat up near your eyes. When your Beagle dog looks at you, praise it and give it the treat.
Go throughout the whole process few times but remember: make it fun!
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