Beagles are highly intelligent dogs who can become easily distracted, most often by their noses. This breed can be led astray by their own curiosity and incredibly sensitive nose; therefore, Beagles are best living on properties with fenced backyards which can limit their wandering tendencies. Known for an uncanny ability to escape, a Beagle should be micro-chipped and wear identification tags at all times. Electronic and invisible fences are unlikely to have much impact on a Beagle who will exchange a quick shock of walking off the property for the chance at finding out where a scent leads him.
Beagles are full of energy, especially when they are young, and they require daily exercise to stay happy and healthy. Because they are intelligent, Beagles need as much mental stimulation as they do physical exercise. Walking with the family, training in the backyard, or spending time at a dog park are excellent means to wear out your Beagle mentally and physically.
Positive reinforcement and consistent obedience training will result in a dog who listens and responds to your voice. A Beagle will shut down if spoken to or treated harshly; therefore, it’s best to train your dog using beneficial methods. Beagles are especially food-oriented, and food-based reward training can work for many of them.
The Beagle can become lazy and docile as he matures, and can rapidly gain weight. As this breed is prone to obesity, do everything you can to keep your Beagle fit and healthy as he ages.
Beagles have drop-ears, thus they are more prone to ear infections as air is unable to circulate well through the ears. Their ears should be checked at least once every two weeks and gently cleaned of wax buildup on a regular basis.