In regard to training your puppy to be a well-rounded, well-trained dog, you will want to focus on 3 elements:
1) House training
2) Command training
3) Training to stop negative behavior, the biggest issue being biting & nipping
To begin, one must remember that a Beagle puppy is taking in the world, which grows bigger every day. They are curious by nature and have no idea that they are to follow any rules at all, other than canine instinct. It is the owner's job to firmly and lovingly guide a dog through the training process...Offering encouragement along the way.
This can begin as soon as you bring your puppy home. If raised by a small home breeder, the pup may have been using pee pads....This often does NOT mean that they are trained to use them....More likely than not, the pup was living in a contained area that was lined with newspaper or pads and simply had no choice to urinate or eliminate there....Therefore if a breeder tells you that the pup is trained at the age of 8 weeks old, it is, at best, an over exaggeration. You can expect training your Beagle puppy to take a good 2 months. Sometimes it may be less and in some cases it may take up to 3 months. During any times that you may feel frustrated remember 2 things:
When you take the time to include command training, you will be working towards having a dog that not only listens to you, but is well behaved in any situation. One of the first commands that should be taught is: Sit. This is because from this position, other commands can then be taught. For example, a pup should first be commanded to sit and then lay. Or sit while a leash is attached and then heel. This will help them learn other commands and words. Positive reinforcement is the best way to have success in the shortest amount of time. A dog will not understand any frustration that an owner has....However he or she will certainly understand praise, pats and treats when they do something that is asked of them. Tip: One of the best treats to use when teaching commands is very crisp cooked fresh bacon (oil well dabbed out with paper towels) that is crumbled into small pieces.
One of the biggest issues that faces the owners of a Beagle puppy is the issue of that pup nipping and biting. It is often done during play and often to the owners hands. However, if a pup is out of control they may be jumping up and nipping at the face and other areas. Some may think that this is unavoidable and is a part of teething. This is not true. It is unacceptable behavior and training should be done to stop this as soon as possible. If not, that puppy will grow into bigger dog who feels free to nip.....and it will be with bigger teeth! When a pup is a newborn and their whole world is the dam and their siblings of the litter, one of their few forms of entertainment and socialization is to nip and bite during play. When 1 of them does this too hard and causes any pain at all, the other will yelp very loudly. The injured pup then walks off, basically saying, "I'm taking a break from you, because you bit me too hard!".