Beagle barking, baying and howling -7 deadly mistakes beagle owners make when trying to control it (and what to do instead) – Part 2
In the first part of this series, we covered the first three worst mistakes when trying to deal with your Beagle’s barking: expecting your Beagle never to bark, not understanding the reasons for their barking and not acting as the alpha leader of the pack. (Did you miss Part 1? Go here).
In this second and final part, we are going to consider the following mistakes: creating the wrong brain connections, lack of enough exercise, yelling and, believe it or not, giving your Beagle loving attention.
MISTAKE 4 –Creating the wrong connection in your Beagle’s brain
If your Beagle barks a form of manipulation (to get treats, for example) and you give in just to stop the barking, you are reinforcing the connection “barking = getting what I want”.
Instead of rewarding the wrong behavior, start rewarding only good behavior. Teach your Beagle a “stop” command and reward them when they stop barking with a treat.
MISTAKE 5 – Not providing enough exercise
Since boredom is very often a reason for their barking, make sure your Beagle is getting plenty of exercise, which helps also with their training.
MISTAKE 6 – Yelling “no” and expecting your Beagle to stop barking
Yelling doesn’t help because your dog either gets confused and barks out of the frustration of not understanding what’s going on (remember that dogs don’t understand human language) or misinterprets your yelling as you barking along and starts to bark even more.
MISTAKE 7 – Providing loving attention when your Beagle barks
If you do, you will only increase the anxiety or fear that caused the barking in the first place because you are sending the message that they were right in barking at whatever they started to bark.
It is much more effective to resort to training by teaching your Beagle simple commands that include speak and be quiet, giving you more control and shifting your dog’s attention from whatever caused the barking in the first place to you.