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Beagle Puppies Learn Social Skills

Feb 16, 2008
This happy little dog has a way of making friends with children of all ages as well as providing loyal companionship to their owners. They have also been used as visitors for patients in hospitals and have been known to help promote a Their ability to hunt down a scent with amazing stamina has been part of the breed's heritage for centuries. While easily trained, these otherwise intelligent animals are quick to head off in a new direction if a new smell crosses their path. This inherent desire to hunt is one of the more endearing qualities of a beagle puppy. The beagle also has a role with law enforcement and its search for contraband shipments, especially in confined areas where larger dogs and humans may not fit. They are not as intimidating as larger dogs and their keen sense of smell can isolate the smell of what they are looking for, narrowing down their search to prevent false alerts.

Fans of cartoons already know that Snoopy, from the "Peanuts" cartoons is the most well known beagle in the world. Due to its popularity, many families have decided to have a beagle puppy for a pet and are rewarded by a fun loving, loyal animal that ingratiates itself into the family. Often considered to be a happy dog, the beagle has an even temper and docile temperament, and can easily be integrated into a family, even where young children are present.

While some may consider the beagle to be mischievous, they are looking to have fun and their breed is well known for liking to play with others in the household. When a puppy is born and has the opportunity to learn how to act around other puppies, they can quickly adapt to a new home with a new human family. As highly intelligent dogs, a beagle puppy can learn new behaviors and be ready and willing to demonstrate their new abilities.

Very few beagles will be kept outdoors, despite their heritage of being a hunting dog. Their small size and genuine appeal make them a great indoor pet, yet they will require room to run and jump to work off some of their natural energy. The highly developed sense of smell possessed by the breed makes them eager for a hunt, but if they cannot get outside to find a new scent, they can be equally happy to sniff out fun with other family members.

However, this penchant for hunting can also be hindrance for their training as their short attention span can quickly allow the distraction of a strange scent to take over as they head out in search of its source. A beagle puppy may be willing to learn but a new smell will divert their learning into a game of hide and seek. If the puppy is allowed to roam free in a yard, they may disappear on the trail of a different scent.

In addition to being great family pets, the beagle puppy can be trained to work for a living, happily wandering through tight surroundings sniffing suitcases and baggage in airports where larger dogs cannot fit. Their use by customs officials to find contraband in shipments is growing every year and their uncanny ability to separate scent and zero in on one specific odor is helpful to many government agencies.

In their earlier days of hunting, they were known for their stamina, enabling them to chase down a rabbit through all types of terrain while their handlers rode on horseback, often extending the hunt for several hours. It is this stamina that make them ideal for use in many situations where they refuse to give up until they have found what they have been instructed to locate. When a beagle puppy is not working for the government or out in the field hunting, they can be found playing games with the children of the family.
About the Author
Michelle Adams has extensive experience with the beagle breed and enjoys their fun loving nature. Beagles are known for their intelligence as well as needing a little nudge now and again to keep them on the right path. Most families find beagles puppies to be full of life and spirit, willing to become part of the family and hoping to please their owners by learning al they are taught. The ability to learn quickly and adapt to new situations make beagles one of the most popular breeds for children. Choosing a name for a new pet can be difficult and many owners wait a few days for the personality to show through before trying out beagle puppy names . When the right names is chosen, it can
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