To teach your Beagle tricks, even the simple ones, you should always have some of his favorite snacks, be in a quiet suitable location and manage to keep the training sessions to under 15 minutes or your Beagle will begin to get bored. Don’t forget that when he gets something correct offer him great deals of praise and a reward snack, just beware not to get him extremely ecstatic or he might lose focus.
Teach your Beagle to offer you his paw
To teach your Beagle to give you his paw, initially get him to sit, then as you state the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a snack. Now do it again, and after a few practices do not take his paw so fast. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and only then take it. You must see that he is bringing his paw up as you say the word. If he does not then go back to saying it at the exact same time. Do it a couple more times then slow your reaction once again. After just a few sessions most Beagles pick this trick up rather easily.
Teach your Beagle to offer you a high five
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a progression of a more basic trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Place a treat in between your fingers and lift your hand slightly higher than you’d do for the paw trick. Your Beagle will expect you wish to perform the paw trick and will reach for the snack with his paw as we had trained him in the previous trick. While he reaches up you say “high 5” and give him the treat. Once your Beagle has mastered the paw trick this one should be very easy to master and with only a few sessions he will be accomplishing it on hand signal instead of from your voice.
Teach your Beagle to leap through a hoop
Before you begin this 1 I would simply like to ask you to be a little practical and not suspend the hoop too high up as you don’t really want your Beagle to injure himself while carrying out the trick. Set your Beagle to 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to pay attention to your hand on the other side of the hoop. Place a snack in your hand and offer the Beagle the command to stop sitting. At first he may attempt to walk around or under the hoop. When this takes place begin once again. Your Beagle wants the treat and will soon find out that going around or below does not work so he will quickly begin going through it. The second he does, say “hoop” and give him the snack. He’ll soon be jumping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I first began teaching this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop six inches from the floor and slowly raised it to waist height. In case you own a smaller dog you might desire to begin with the hoop on the floor so he just goes through the hoop and after that gradually lift it once he gets used to the trick.
I hope you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Beagle. Have patience with your Beagle and most importantly, have a good time!
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