A short thank you for your input about the puggles. I have a puggle and I can relate to everything you said, She must have a lot of beagle in her because I am at my wit's end with trying to get her to come when called. When I yell "cookie" she does come a-running. I did take her to school (and we are going back) and we learned a few things, but the thing that frightens me the most is that a few times she has bolted out the front door (back yard is fenced in) and she takes off. I am afraid she will get hit by a car (I live in the city) or she will be taken by someone. A trainer did tell me that at about eight months then tend to forget what they have learned. I have to watch this little girl every minute as she seems to have a one track mind and I have started to leave a leash on her in the house. Any other advice would be appreciated from beagle owners, especially about the taking off. Wish me luck
P.S. To other Puggle owners, don't give up. They are really sweet pups and just have to grow up. Just like kids.
First you need a treat that your dog can NOT resist. And you will need a whistle too!
For practice go out to the backyard and let pup run around.
Next blow the whistle and in a BIG HAPPY voice call your dog. Keep it simple- "Name COME!" As soon as your dog gets to you let her know she was a "Good Girl-Good come!" give a bit of the treat. Keep practicing and ONLY giving this treat while doing the whistle training. NEVER give this treat at any other time! Make sure your dog is an expert at this game. It could save her life.
IF your dog does get out grab your whistle and special treat.
NEVER yell at your dog for actually getting out. She may just run faster! Keep the voice happy and excited. Wave the treat, blow your whistle and give your command! With any luck all the earlier training with the whistle and treat will bring her right back. Do not scold her IF she comes right back! This means to her that she was bad for listening!!! She will remember that!
Do NOT run after her. Slowly approach her like you have all the time in the world. If she thinks she's in trouble with you she will run. Act casual like this happens all the time. Talk nicely and approach slowly.
Beagle (Maggie) has ran out on me a few times and it was scary! I did the above things and saw that I could approach with ease. On the occasion that she was yelled at or thought she was in trouble she RAN! Try to not scare your dog if it happens.
Keep the whistle and the treat right by the front door. You may want to keep a spare leash there too!
Another method would be that you just put a leash on her when company arrives. If she acts like she's going towards the door promptly snap the leash and say "NO!"
I learned everything I ever wanted to know about beagles by my darling brat Maggie-LOL! She was a horrible, terrible, rotten little puppy! She constantly had me in tears! Now she is fantastic though far from perfect dog. I wouldn't give her up for anything. You just really need to understand the mind of a beagle. They are #1 Stubborn #2 Intelligent #3 Lives thru the nose. YOU will never change that though you can train around it. Food will always motivate a beagle- use that to your advantage!
ALWAYS have an emergency plan if your beagle does get out. NEVER chase a beagle to them its sniffing a whole lot faster and they can outrun you.
I should add that beagles can learn WORDS as well as commands.
Just like you would a child say the word slowly and show the item. This is helpful for when your beagle misbehaves or you need an alternate command to get your dog to obey-LOL!
Beagles don't actually forget lessons they just choose to ignore them. Positive reinforcement will help put your dog back on track. Though at 8 months they tend to do a teenage thing and rebel the parents. They will continue this off and on whenever they think they can get away with it. Stay consistent with a beagle. Do NOT ever let them think a new packing order is needed. YOU need to stay top dog.