Beagle Hunt Training: How to Teach to Fetch a Bird and Fox Hunting

Introduction

Beagle is a perfect hunter that is able to trace small or medium-sized wild animals and lift birds after they have been shot by a hunter.

As a rule, people who keen at chasing wild animals, are prefer to by a young Beagle who is already trained with basic hunting skills. But how to train a small Beagle puppy if you want to use it as a hunting dog?

Chasing a Rabbit

  • Stage 1. When your Beagle puppy is 8 weeks old, you can start to give it wild rabbit skin to play with. This way, Beagle puppy learns the rabbit smell and wants to chase the fur. After 2 weeks of playing with the skin, you should begin to play hide and seek with it. When a puppy has found a skin, begin to drag the fur along the ground to and fro so that a puppy can see it. The puppy will put its nose to the ground and begin to track the trail of scent.
  • Stage 2. When your puppy has already known a rabbit scent, you can take your Beagle outdoors to chase a real rabbit. When you see a rabbit, put your puppy on the trail and let it to chase the animal. Make sure, that a dog doesn’t see a rabbit, so that, it can rely only on its scent.
  • Be careful! If your puppy is not able to trace a rabbit at once, never punish it for doing this way. Praise your dog and keep trying.
  • Stage 3. After several weeks of placing your dog on fresh rabbit scent trail, your puppy is ready to search for a rabbit on their own.
  • Recommendation: the best way to begin this hunting training is to let your puppy to trace a rabbit in some enclosed area.
  • Stage 4. When your puppy is able to run a rabbit for a moderate time (10-20 minutes), you should begin to run the puppy with a good rabbit hunting dog or group of dogs.
Advice: your puppy may be shy to chase an animal with other dogs. Just give your puppy time. It takes approximately 1 year to teach a young puppy to hunt rabbits

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Fox Hunting

Warning! Before training your Beagle to hunt a wild animal (especially, a fox), make sure you have vaccinated your dog against rabies! Foxes are the main disease carriers.
  • Stage 1. Teach your dog some basic commands that will help you during tracing a real fox: “stay!”, “sit!” and “come!”
  • Stage 2. Teach your dog to fetch that is necessary to return the fox to you on your command. Start with playing, a puppy should know how to fetch and bring you a toy.
  • Stage 3. When your Beagle puppy is 8 weeks old, you can start to give it wild fox skin to play with. By doing so, a puppy will be get used to a fox smell.
  • Stage 4. After your puppy have remembered a fox smell, you should begin to play hide and seek with it. When a puppy has found a skin, begin to drag the fur along the ground to and fro so that a puppy can see it.
  • Stage 5. When your puppy has already known a smell of a fox and can find a skin relying just on its scent, you can take your Beagle outdoors to try to chase a real animal. When you see a fox, put your puppy on the trail and let it to chase the animal. Make sure, that a dog doesn’t see a fox, so that, it can rely only on its scent.
  • Stage 6. When your puppy is able to run a fox for a moderate time (10-20 minutes) and have been shown a fox kennel, you should begin to run the puppy with a good rabbit hunting dog or group of dogs.

How to Teach to Fetch a Bird?

First of all, your puppy should know how to fetch a toy. Then, play with your dog by fetching a bird’s trunk.

Slightly, but surely your dog will understand what to do with a bird and will bring it to you on your command “fetch!” As soon as you perfect the command, you can teach your Beagle at “real” environment during hunting.

Сonclusion

Beagle is a very skillful hunter that will be very useful to a man, who is keen at chasing wild animals. Begin to train your Beagle at every puppyhood using our tips to make your dog a swift and quick hound.

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Author of 1001doggy.com Silvia Brown
Written by Silvia Brown
Glad to see you, my friends! I started this blog several years ago as a hobby and continue to write articles about dogs.
I'm a dog lover and the proud owner of two wonderful dogs: French Bulldog Maya and Beagle Tom. It's been more than 10 years since I had a dogs and worked closely with them. I've raised four dogs throughout my life and have experience assisting in the births of two dogs. At least once a week, I volunteer with friends at a dog shelter AMA Animal Rescue and Animal Care Centers of NYC in NY.

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