Originally Posted by Dekka
I dont' want a beagle as they are not great off leash dogs. Sure some are ok, esp those who get the chance to hunt. But those who don't sure seem to miss it. Smeagle your vid was awesome, but I have found even ones trained for obed need to be 'working' to stay around. If you are just chillin and only keeping half an eye on the dog a beagle is not for you.
Yeah of course, when she's off leash and we're just going for a walk and she's not working she won't behave like that all the time, she's a beagle and I like her to do what she enjoys which is running around scenting. But if I give her a command she'll comply with it and her recall is very reliable. I used to have issues with her recalling when she was heavily stuck on a scent, but we addressed that specifically and now she's great.
Obviously being scent hounds training them to do off leash work may involve more work than training off leash work with a more naturally human focused and bidable breed, but then again I have tonnes of labs, goldens, BCs etc in my obedience classes that have no off leash reliability at all so it's not something that always comes naturally.