But those are all things that the dog naturally wants to do! Follow a scent!I agree!
Ive always been told you shouldn’t take a dog into the field unless they have an unshakable recall and leave it command. Obviously people are out there training beagles for hunting, drug sniffing, cadaver searches, missing people etc, it can be done.
I have had a lot of hard stubborn dogs and done a lot of rescue. Some things you can work with and "train out" of a dog while other things are hard wired and will *never* just go away. With a lot of effort you may be able to suppress it for a while but you never know when it will pop back up.
Knowing the difference is important. Constantly harping on a dog or using increasingly harsh methods in an attempt to wipe out a strong trait intentionally bred into them is cruel and often pointless. Some things you work on, some things you work around.