Beagles exercise is essential as they are lively and energetic hounds. They have a reputation as being an “eternal puppy” and have a playful and enthusiastic nature even as a senior. Exercise activity should involve socializing and engaging all of their senses, including their sense of smell.
Beagles need to sniff the ground; it’s how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued in the next yard.
Here are 5 suggestions to make Beagle exercise enjoyable for both you and your dog
#1: Your Beagle needs lots of exercise!
Aim for at least one hour of exercise each day although Beagle exercise needs vary according to your Beagle’s health and age. They are likely to remain healthy with a daily exercise schedule and a stimulating life that includes the usual running, hiking, playing fetch and walking Beagles. Also introduce fun activities such as doga, agility, doglates, Beagle training and even surfing on your favorite beach.
Beagle parents are advised to keep their dog on a leash for walks as they are prone to trailing scents or running off to chase game!
#2: Involve the kids in Beagle exercise
Beagles are well suited to children due to their gentle, playful nature and small size. Your Beagle is part of your family so allow opportunities for this little fella to join in various family activities. Dogs and children rarely tire of games such as tag and fetch and your Beagle’s stamina will be equal to that of most children! These fun family times could create treasured memories for years to come.
#3: Engage your Beagle’s sense of smell
Exercise for Beagles should also engage their supreme sense of smell. Because of their tracking skills Beagles are used professionally such as in search-and-rescue operations, detecting gas leaks and finding lost children. Many airports worldwide use Beagles to detect drugs and contraband foodstuffs.
Beagles are born to track and will constantly be sniffing around the home.
Hide treats to make a treasure hunt, or try moving your pet’s food bowl at meal times, and your little detective will soon be on the case.
#4: Beagle exercise needs are varied and stimulating
Socialize all you can because Beagles love being around people and are extremely sociable dogs, they make one of the best therapy dog breeds. Beagle training should start as a puppy to socialize your dog and encourage good habits and communication. They are happy and friendly dogs and thus do well interacting with children in hospitals and schools, also the elderly in places such as nursing homes. In 2008 Uno the Beagle won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York. He has now completed his therapy dog training and works as a therapy dog.
#5: Take part in organized Beagle exercise events
Sports such as Beagling and Tracking involve exercise that owners and their dogs can find mutually enjoyable. Puppies can be trained for these activities from as young as 12 weeks old provided their vaccinations are up to date.
Beagling involves something similar to foxhunting with the Beagles chasing the scent of hares and rabbits with the hunters following on foot.
Beagle parents can purchase animal scents and play tracking games at home – a fun way to exercise your Beagle!
Tracking involves Beagles searching in pairs or small packs. Here they are judged on how accurately they search for and find rabbits. They are ideally suited for this as they remain focused and diligent.
So how much exercise does a Beagle need?
As much as you want to give – their energy will outlast yours!