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Beagle Behavior ProblemsThe characteristics of the breed developed to turn into a good hunting companion (intelligence, energy, great sense of smell, independence and desire to belong to a pack), if not addressed properly during your beagle training can turn into serious beagle behavior problems.

What Are The Most Common Beagle Behavior Problems?

In this wonderful article Animal Planet points out some of the most common behavior problems with beagle.

Separation Anxiety:  Beagles crave the attention of their “human pack” more than most other breeds. If left alone for long periods, your beagle will get into trouble. Before heading out the door to work, give your pet a brisk walk, a run around the park or a game of Frisbee to burn off piece.

Digging: Beagles dig for a variety of reasons — boredom, to cool off in the freshly dug earth or just that overabundance of energy. This will help reduce his anxiety and keep your house in one because it’s fun. Whatever the motive, distract him from the flowerbed by making sure he has plenty of appropriate dog toys while out in the yard. If you have the room, create an area where your beagle can be a beagle and dig to his heart’s content.

Attention-getting Vocalizations: Call it howling, baying or barking, beagles were bred to have a distinctive voice that carried for miles. What better way to alert hunters to prey? Since you probably don’t need your dog to point out a downed rabbit, train you dog to know when howling is and isn’t appropriate. By teaching your talkative pup the commands “speak” and “quiet,” you will have control over when and where he decides to let his presence be known.

Chasing: No explanation is needed for how this behavior originated. Because beagles will take any opportunity to get a taste of freedom, keeping a beagle on a leash and having a fenced-in yard is important for your sanity as well as the safety of your wannabe hunter. The National Beagle Club of America recommends fences be at least 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall and also suggests installing chicken wire or cement at the base of the fence to deter escapes through an excavated tunnel. Read the full story here.

 

So what to do about them?

  • Training, training, training is the solution to many, if not all, your beagle behavior problems.
  • Start as soon as you bring your puppy home by socializing your puppy and teaching the basics.
  • Make sure that the whole family is on the same page when it comes to the household rules.

Discover how to stop your beagle behavior problems for good from home.

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