Re: 8 yr old beagle training
I'm curious how this is going for you? We are looking at using our beagle/pit mix 4 year old as a squirrel dog and this is my fear, too - that she will just not stay in reasonable distance. She's always been a leash dog in urban areas but she has all of the indicators of being a great squirrel dog at the off-leash park. We have yet to take her out to try it in the woods, but it's my understanding that beagles have been bred to find prey and then lead you to it. They are not really bred to retrieve or come back when called - it's not in their nature. I am hoping that ours will find something, then stay with it until we arrive. I guess the best you can hope is that the dog is more interested in hunting than in the highway? Another idea we've had is to keep her leashed until we are in a place where we're comfortable there is game for her to chase. Or keep her leashed until it's clear she's scenting a tracking something (she will pull). Anyway, expecting it to be an adventure.