Four to six weeks
is a good time to start.
Use food and treats and see if your beagle puppy
Start by playing a game of find
it, and hiding the treats, so
the puppy will go searching and
use his nose and get the treat.
Often you will see the beagle wag
their tail and keep their nose to the ground
with this game. You may even hear them do some
tonguing, a sound you hear when a beagle has picked up
a rabbit scent and is on the trail. Here are some
books on training beagle for rabbits
Other things you can try
Beagles Unlimited suggests the Following:
When your Beagle pup reaches the age of 6-8 weeks old you need to incorporate a couple different forms of training. Pups at this age have a short attention span so keep the training sessions to about 10 – 15 minutes for no more than two or three times per day. This is a great age to teach your pup to retrieve and to track a scent trail. This level of training will last for several weeks.
A good place to start teaching a pup to retrieve is by using a hallway in your home. Roll up a pair of socks, put your puppy in the hallway, and then you set at the end of the hallway. Tease your puppy with the sock roll and then toss it down the hallway when your puppy is looking in that direction. Give your puppy the “fetch” command and encourage it to go get the sock roll. Often your puppy will run down the hallway, grab the sock roll and try to run past you.
When your pup gets to your location you need to take the sock roll away from it and say “good dog” while giving your puppy lots of love consisting of vigorous petting. Once your puppy starts bringing the sock roll back to you on command, you can take this activity outside, and then start adding some rabbit scent on the sock roll. It will then be an easy transition to switch from a rabbit scented, sock roll to a small, frozen, dead rabbit. Yes, you should be keeping a frozen rabbit (fur and all) inside a gallon freezer bag in your freezer. Since your retriever training sessions are always short and never more than 30 minutes maximum, the frozen bunny will not thaw out and spoil. Refreeze the bunny immediately after each training session so it will keep for several months. Eventually you can graduate your Beagle onto retrieving a full size, adult rabbit.
You can also buy rabbit scent
at Bass Pro Shops, and
sprinkle it on of your dogs
favorite toys and hide it.
Beagle Puppy Rabbit Training
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