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Group obedience training is good for the dogs because it offers them socialisation in a controlled and safe environment. Being outside of the home in a highly distracting environment is great for training - a lot of people will find their dogs will be obedient in the home but not when they go out to places, its one of the main gripes of people just starting out at our obedience club! So if you want to do obedience training at home, you need to make sure you are taking the dogs out to different places with different levels of distraction and practicing there too because you want good behaviour to transfer to different environments.

We have been doing obedience club training for more than a year now. It is fantastic and Daisy is progressing through the various classes. The best advice I can give you is to go to a club that allows you to work at your own pace. Clubs that run say 6 week classes are not always going to work for different dogs, because different dogs learn at different speeds.

The question of how many lessons you will need is totally dependent on what level of obedience you want from your dogs (basic manners, trial level obedience etc). When will my dog be trained is a question people ask all the time but really training is for the life of your dogs /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif

Basic commands we work at in obedience start at heel. This is not loose lead walking but obedience heel work. The dogs must learn that they need to sit in line with your left leg, and the cue to heel is giving when you step off with you LEFT leg. It's important to make sure you are stepping off with your left leg first as down the track when you teach the dog to stay, stepping off with your right leg is a cue for the dog to stay.

With beagles, I find teaching heel is effective if you use high value treats, like chicken or sausage. Show the dog you have a treat and hold it to your stomach, so they are looking up at you as you walk. The dog should remain in the 'heel' position, walking with you and looking at you.

When you stop walking, the dog should sit as soon as you stop in the heel position.

Here is a video I did of myself teaching Daisy some basic obedience at home, to give you an idea of how we work heel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM_O9HJzhV0

Other commands normally taught at dog school are down, stand, sit/stay, down/stay, and the recall exercise. I would suggest going to a few classes to get the hang of how to teach these commands as you will find it easier to teach at home once you have a bit of practical experience.
 

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You're welcome T&L!

A trainer that doesn't want to work with beagles is a trainer who doesn't know what they are doing! Yes, beagles can be tricky, but they are scent hounds which means they need to be trained a bit differently to other breeds.

I have used a behaviourist for my beagle too, she was wonderful and really helpful. She was also a vet nurse so had lots of experience dealing with naughty beagles and knew what to expect /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
 
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