Posted : 11/21/2007 12:02:32 PM
Beagles are stubborn because that allows them to do the job for which they were used for hundreds of years....to get on a scent trail and stay on it. Part of their brain is turned "off" when they are on a trail. They really can't hear or see anything but the hunt.
The drawback, of course, is that most beagles aren't used for hunting anymore. So that leaves us humans in a precarious position. We have a dog that has the energy to run 4 or 5 or more hours non-stop on a trail with 100% focus on task, but we have nothing for him to chase.
The real solution is finding fun methods of training that use food, games, play and other good things as rewards. Hounds, beagles included, love a good game. So if you can find what your beagle likes to do and find a way to make it into a game, you'll be able to train him to have great recall, call him off a trail (because being with you is fun!)
Some hounds, especially from hunting lines, aren't the best of cuddlers and some don't want or seem to need physical affection at all. That's unique to the dog and he may or may not grow out of it.