I recently became the proud owner of a AKC 1 year 2 month old Beagle. I mainly wanted an outdoor friend to go on hikes and runs as I am an active outdoor enthusiast like many of you. I liked the breed mainly for the size and hardiness. The dog is well trained with the basics (sit, down, shake, potty). Cons: He does not like to stay and does not always respond when called by name because he is too distracted with his nose to the ground. He also does not like to run unless he is hot on a scent. I hate using the pincher collar and having to douse myself with bug dope because my quick runs have turned into 1/2 hour geriatric walks due to him sniffing. I have found running on the pavement helps, due to less scent, however running on pavement is not ideal for either of us for obvious reasons. I have taken him on many mountain hikes and start to get frustrated when he holds our progress up because he has to sniff every 2í.
I realize he is a scent hound and his sniffing is hard wired. I know there has to be some sort of distraction technique out there to help us both enjoy the wilderness and stay in shape.
I am open to any suggestions for training advice, secrets you used on your Beagle, reputable Beagle trainers, etc.